Artists have always supported their creative practice by holding down a second or third job, and a so-called portfolio career is nothing new for freelancers...



The Great Hall, Level 5, Tower Building
2007 NSW

Vivid Ideas Exchange, University of Technology Sydney (UTS)
From: $15.00
SLASHIES! Creatives in different colours!
SLASHIES! Creatives in different colours!


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Chika Ikogwe

Chika Ikogwe is an award-winning Nigerian-Australian Actor and Writer. She graduated from NIDA in 2018 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Acting) and has worked extensively in the industry since. She currently has a slate of work in development as she is incredibly passionate about bringing Afro-centric voices to the forefront of Australian entertainment.

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Kate Smith (PHD)

A comedic writer, cabaret artist and actor Kate’s plays have toured extensively throughout Australia, U.K, Hong Kong and USA. She is a Create NSW Regional Arts Fellow researching podcasting and performance, a project officer at Arts OutWest, a theatre academic and mentor to regional artists. Kate is also a senior yoga/meditation teacher.

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Joel Jackson

Joel Jackson is an actor and musician, best known for his AACTA and Logie award winning turn as Peter Allen. Joel’s an Officer Cadet in the Australian Army Reserve, a volunteer and ambassador for Soldier On, an organisation aiding veterans return to civilian life, and the Australian Children’s Music Foundation. 

Travis De Vries

Travis De Vries

Travis De Vries is a Gamilaroi and Darug creator of dark fiction, graphic artwork and fantastic worlds. Travis is a conceptual artist, performer, writer, composer, photographer and commentator creating genre spanning and boundary crossing creative work. His storytelling comes together to create an experiential style of work that is both familiar and weird. 

Event Details

Artists have always supported their creative practice by holding down a second or third job, and a so-called portfolio career is nothing new for freelancers, but it’s time to lift the lid on the realities of a ‘slashie’ life. Is this juggle a passionate journey towards multi-skilled creative and financial fulfillment? Is it a life of business bewilderment, financial exploitation and burnout? Or both? SLASHIES! is part panel, part workshop and part networking event for creative professionals pursuing more than one avenue of work.

Hear from a panel of experts discussing their own careers as maestros of multiple hats, followed by a workshop discussing innovations to help creatives overcome the challenges of the slashie life. Our panellists are:

Chika Ikogwe - actor / writer

Travis De Vries - conceptual artist / performer / writer / composer / commentator

Joel Jackson - actor / musician / podcaster

Dr Kate Smith - performer / podcaster / academic / yoga teacher

There will also be the chance for some light networking with other creative professionals who are wearing multiple professional hats. Meet, talk and learn from each other as we share the honest stories of expert ‘slashies’.

Discover how they juggle their own careers, navigate the pitfalls and celebrate the benefits. You’ll also get to meet experts from the world of creative entrepreneurship across business and the arts, and receive extra resources and support for the entrepreneurial journeys of creative ‘slashies’.

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