'Slasher' Careers-The Rise & Power of Appropriating Many Jobs

Slasher careers are on the rise.

You might well be a slasher yourself.

I know I definitely am.

Not to be confused with the ‘horror’ connotations, being a slasher means appropriating lots of jobs, often simultaneously, which usually feed one another, your skills branching out and intertwining, allowing you control, freedom and financial reward.

Slasher or portfolio careers prevent boredom and enable you to have many fingers in pies, the lifeblood for creative success.

I read about slashers in this month’s Elle and nodding furiously away at every word, I had to mention the phenomenon in my recent Stylist workshop ‘Turning Passion into Pounds’-emphasising to the audience just how empowering being a ‘slasher’ is.

Many of we millennial mums find slasher careers our preferred option of working.

It means we have flexibility and most importantly, equality in the workforce, something our own mothers struggled with much more than we have.

Many of my closest of friends are juggling several jobs at once: bloggers/ social media managers/ e-shop owners/ consultants and more, all balls in the air-spreading the risk that can come with freelance life, liberating themselves while feeding their creative and business needs.

Looking at my own list of job titles- along with full-time blogging, I flit between consultancy work, PR, lecturing, modelling, presenting, vlogging and writing for other publications. One day I hope to be an agent to add to the list.

Oh, and I have a TV series in development along with a book.

I also direct and produce video content for global brands, I develop recipes for my blog and the greatest and most stressful job that never gives me a day off or holidays is of course being mum to two wonderful kids.

As you can imagine, when I’m asked what my job is, I usually reply, ‘How long have you got?’.

Sound familiar?

We’re all rocking the slasher way to varying degrees aren’t we?

Coined by Marci Alboher, author of One Person/Multiple Careers in 2007, to describe the ‘slash’ in the job title who of someone who is a X/Y/Z – or journalist/PR/filmmaker for example, it’s fast become the way most of us inhabit the workplace.

Thanks to the internet, we can now work remotely, to our own schedule and terms. I know I can make deadlines by night when my kids are asleep if need be and I often create food posts first thing in the morning, waking before the rest of the house, when it’s quiet and the light is good.

Reflecting on my own mother’s career before I was born, as a university lecturer, I remember at 2, her deciding to stay at home with me, meant an end to her teaching career and PHD. You couldn’t work online in the 80’s so there wasn’t the same scope of opportunity for her to take her skills as teacher and apply those to blogging or starting a creative business.

Today, vitally, slashing means taking on work you still enjoy, around your family if you choose to, while you work towards your dream job or end goal/s.

While seeking employment in the film industry after my MA aged 21, I worked in radio, for the BBC, I wrote scripts on spec but I also taught English GCSE, lectured in MA screenwriting and filmmaking safe in the knowledge I could always rely on teaching work (something I love anyway) throughout my freelance, and until the last few years, unstable career as a director.

Now, slashing has taken the ‘back-up stable career’ one step further-I can do many jobs within 1 week (not one or the other) and my day can veer from writing personal posts to client work, running social media accounts or paid placements for my own platforms, featuring in campaigns, shooting for editorial pieces online/print or for TV, covering theatre and restaurant reviews, consulting on brand pitches or hosting workshops and lecturing at universities as a guest lecturer.

The constant is always (at the moment) blogging and vlogging but branching out into other areas and using my various creative skills and business acumen, creates more VISIBILITY for me, my brand, my portfolio and thus greater OPPORTUNITY.

Jessica Huie MBE spoke a lot about visibility and opportunity in our workshop. On the importance of PR and self promotion to help push your brand/skills/business.

So own the various roles you appropriate and know that every job will offer something to the next and ultimate ‘dream job’ too.

Being a slasher doesn’t make you a jack of all trades, master of none, just someone who refuses to be confined or limited to one set role, someone who is open to possibility and grafting for the opportunities (even the ones which don’t yet exist).

The digital space is a BIG one, it works democratically allowing you to frankly, be whomever you want to be, and simultaneously too.

#nolimits. Get slashing!


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88 Responses

  1. Pen

    Great! I’ve heard of the term portfolio careers but slasher careers is a new one for me. Above all else a slasher career sounds like an immense amount of fun. Thanks Pen X

  2. OneDizzyBee

    I never knew there was a name for it. Slasher, I like that! Even within my “regular” job, I don’t really have a title that describes what I do, because I do a little bit of everything. I get bored if I’m not constantly challenged, so I’m always poking my nose into this department or that, looking for things to do. Then there are all the “side-projects” outside the day job. Perfect! Forevermore, I’m going to start telling people I’m a slasher 🙂

  3. Someone's Mum

    This is really interesting. Definitely a sign of the times that careers are evolving in such a way. I am just starting out trying to expand into different areas. You have so many exciting things on the way! 🙂

    • Honest Mum

      Thanks so much, so glad you enjoyed the post and it resonated. I love the freedom and joy working in this way offers us all 🙂

  4. Becky at PinksCharming

    I have never heard the term before, but I, too, am a slasher! Though not as many slashes as you 🙂 I have three: mummy/copywriter/journalist/blogger and it’s so great to be able to use all of my skills again! Becky x #BrilliantBlogPosts

  5. Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    Vicki, I love this and how you’ve elaborated and described us! LOL, Instead of telling someone that I am a writer, photographer, recipe creator, story teller, tips adviser, I am just going to say that I’m a slasher! I can’t wait to see the look on their faces! I think when I get my business cards made that’s exactly what I’m going to put on them! SLASHER

  6. Mrs Tubbs

    That sounds exhausting just reading about it! But, even if you’ve got a conventional job, you’re often doing loads of extra stuff. My research job now involves managing the advertising!

  7. Charlene

    Yeah, I’m not sure you’re busy enough 😉 I think being multifaceted is so important in todays society. Things move so fast it’s naive to think one skill will get you by for your whole career that being said juggling isn’t my favourite thing, I love to get engrossed in something…

  8. becca farrelly

    I had never heard of the ‘slasher’ term but I definitely know a lot of people who can be describe as one! It sounds like you are one busy lady! 🙂


  9. Tammymum

    Wow I had never heard of a slasher before, other than horror films… But what an interesting and inspirational read! You sound like a very busy lady but loving every minute of it – long may it continue x

  10. Charlotte Oates

    I love the idea that there’s actually a term for people like us who make money is a few different ways.

    I find it quite easy to describe to people what I do (although it can take a while!), the problem I had this week was what to put as my occupation on my car insurance forms – I described my jobs to the lady on the phone and she had no idea!

  11. My Petit Canard

    Hi Vicki, I love and totally agree with the concept. I often find myself dividing my days and weeks into the many roles and responsibilities that I have and would love for this to diversify even further and for it to ultimately, at some stage become a way of life for me and my family. The opportunities that we have now are so many, its up to each one of us to find them and grab them with both hands once we do. Great post! Emily #BrilliantBlogPosts

  12. Arthurwears

    Love this-I definitely think this is the way to go! I love variety and creativity and to learn new things! At the moment I am a new mummy, a part time nanny and a blogger. Before maternity leave I was a primary school teacher specialising in early years, I’ve also worked as a professional headhunter and recruitment consultant in the legal field, investment banking, office administration and supply teaching. The most important thing for me at the moment is to do things that fir around being a full time mummy to Arthur – I think it’s great that this is now becoming a ‘thing’ and will hopefully be seen as a huge positive #brilliantblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Absolutely, love how many jobs you’ve had and currently juggle, it is so empowering how much choice and flexibility we can now have as parents.

  13. Helen @actuallymummy

    That is an interesting term! I’ve been doing this by default for 5 years now, and have always called it Portfolio Working. I honestly think it’s the way forward for mums (or anyone, actually – it doesn’t need to be restricted to the parenting set) to earn a living when they want to be flexible around their children. It’s also a useful way to maximise productive time, by stripping out the endless wasted commuting hours I used to do in my youth. I honestly see the workforce picture changing dramatically over the next 20 years, and I find that exciting for my children.

    • Honest Mum

      Absolutely Helen, it’s such an empowering way to work and means our own children will have the freedom of choice and the ability to full control the way they work. Yay!

  14. Laura

    Such an interesting post, I’d never heard this term before, love it. Does PA/blogger/mum count lol? Thanks for sharing #brillblogposts

  15. mumof3

    Never heard of this word before, but I definitely aspire to be a slasher! It always used to bother me that I couldn’t settle on just one ‘proper’ career but wanted to do a bit of everything. And I still do, but also want to be there for my children as much as possible. Working on it… #brilliantblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Aw you sound like me, I always want to do everything and simultaneously, a really inspiring place to be and we can make it work for us and our family x

  16. Joanna @mumbalance

    The name Slasher doesn’t sound great, but I see where it comes from. You are right that the online world offers great opportunities for us, mothers. I would not be a good mum if I did not have a creative outlet and a way of making money online.

  17. Carolyn

    It’s the first time I’ve heard of the word ‘Slasher’ but it’s definitely becoming a more common job(s) title! That list of yours us definitely impressive though! #brilliantblogposts

  18. Elizabeth (Plant Based Bride)

    I’m a slasher, too! I blog, perform in theatre, teach, and have two “regular person” part-time jobs. It can be stressful sometimes, and sometimes I do feel I’m developing a bit of a jack of all trades, master of none skill set, but everything I do makes me better at my other jobs, in one way or another.

    • Honest Mum

      Well done Elizabeth, I don’t believe in that phrase of being a jack of all trades because as you say, they all feed into the others and nourish us, go you x

  19. Helen

    Spot on! It’s taken me a long time to take the leap and the time… But it’s amazing how having kids actually opens up those magical extra hours (called the night). Great to read of all your adventures and successes.

  20. Morgan Prince

    I hadn’t heard of that term before, but it’s an interesting one. I have to say I do feel like I do so many things at once that I can’t give myself one label. I’m a SAHM, a writer, a social media manager, and so much more. You’re right Vicki, we should own it all! 🙂

  21. Lizzie Roles

    I simply don’t know how you have the time to do it all and then I remember the many hats I wear too! Director to our business, blogger at Lizzie Somerset, blogger and social media volunteer for Yeovil Community Church, Mum to kids, housekeeper, taxi driver. I think it’s amazing that you have carved out this career that fits you and your family life like a glove V, well done you xo

    • Honest Mum

      Thank you sweetpea, we are all doing so much and much give ourselves a big pat on the back. Thanks for being such a true friend to me, so glad to have met you through blogging x

  22. Dr Adam Alexander

    Well said Vicki! I’m not sure I’d ever call myself a slasher (although I probably could with my profession haha!). I have a lot of respect for your achievement. You have literally done so many things and you are both talented and successful at whatever you turn your hand to. Jobs that have similarities definitely link to other jobs. I did a lot of sports during university and found her the skills are transferable. For example, having skill in taekwondo made learning to break dance easy! Does this make me a sports slasher too? Or is there another term for that 🙂

    • Honest Mum

      Haha you are so multi-talented Adam, the fact you operate on eyes would definitely mean you’d get crazy looks if you referred to yourself as a slasher. I love your comment that jobs with similarities cross pollinate, I really find all my work in the creative industries are interlinked in some way x

  23. Emma T

    I’ve never come across the term before, but it makes total sense. I think women are so much further along in doing this type of thing in their life too. Maybe being a mum helps with that, making it a need rather than a choice in many situations.

  24. Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

    Oh Vicki I simply do not know where you get all the time from to do everything! I am worn out just being a foodie blogger/mum/wife/housewife I do not know if I would have tine for much more. Just being a blogger is much more time consuming than non bloggers realise! Luckily I can combine the foodie side of my blogging with our meals so that is two jobs in one! Hope you have a great week xx

  25. Amber

    Such an interesting post and one that’s very relevant for me. I’ve just learned that I’m being made redundant from my lovely office job and desperately trying to find a way to use blogging/photography/poking my children up chimneys as a stopgap until I find something new! Just not sure where to start, really.

    • Honest Mum

      Hi darling, the chimney comment made me laugh. Sorry you have been made redundant. The world of opportunity is waiting though. Write a plan or a list of goals and work out how to get there. Do you want to run your own photography business? An e-shop? Make your blog your job. All possible with your talent, passion and work ethos. The British Library runs fabulous workshops and their business centre there is so insightful and inspiring.

  26. Jodie Allen at Budget Beauty and Babies

    You really are such an inspirational woman! I love reading your posts like this, they are so mativating and leave me feeling like I could do anything my heart desires. Thank you for sharing! Sounds like you’ve got so much going on that no two days are the same – what an exciting way to live!. #brilliantblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Thank you darling Jodie, that means a lot. Life is busy but a lot is pretty ‘normal’-making deadlines, hanging out with the kids, cooking. I do love the variety that blogging brings, never bored that’s for sure xx

  27. Becky, Cuddle Fairy

    Wow Vicki, you have really built your brand into something substantial. It’s wonderful that you have branched out into so many different areas. I’m excited to hear that a book is coming! I love it – #nolimits! Great way to think. Thanks so much for hosting hun xx

  28. Debbie

    Hi Vicki, ‘slasher careers’ an interesting term indeed, I’m not sure if the term conjures up images of people working several jobs, but it’s a term I will now not forget (and may even impress my children with should they ever come across the term).

    We hear so much bad things said about the internet, when there is so much good to be said about the word wide web. It opens up opportunities to people, allowing them more freedom in what they do and a chance to follow their dreams.

    At least now if anyone tells me they are a slasher, I know not to run for the hills!


  29. Sara at Handy Herbs

    I had never come across the term ‘slasher’ before but I can relate to what you are saying. This was such an interesting read. Thanks so much for your inspirational words! #Brilliantblogposts

  30. John Adams

    Well this is an interesting post. I am, these days, definitely in the midst of a slasher career. I think women have pioneered this trend, but us boys are increasingly catching up. Technology and advances in it dictate this will become the norm, especially for those working in the media. Thanks for hosting your wonderful linky. John Adams; Father/Writer/Blogger/Social Media Manager/PR Consultant

  31. Agent Spitback

    I have never heard of the term “slasher” before but I love the meaning and the image it conjures up! I have an image of a strong woman bashing her way through, making her mark on her world, juggling and multitasking and living life to the limits. Thank you for sharing this and being so inspiring! You rock!

  32. Claire at Life Love and Dirty Dishes

    I hadn’t heard of the term before, but I am becoming one. It’s amazing to be able to turn something you love into your job and gain other opportunities through it. I feel very empowered and in control of my destiny. And it’s thanks to bloggers like yourself, who are always so willing to advise and encourage. Thanks 🙂 #brilliantblogposts

    • Honest Mum

      Oh that means a lot Claire, it’s thanks to bloggers like you, who want to read and connect, I can do this for a job and anything is possible. So incredible reading you are in control of your destiny, because you are and how empowering is that? xx

  33. Amy Doust

    So pleased to have a name for it and recognition for it. It’s the way forward for families in this fast paced world. Thanks for this!

  34. Random Musings

    I haven’t heard the term before, but it makes total sense, I think most people dabble in more than one area these days either because they want to or because they need to! Thanks for hosting #brilliantblogposts 🙂

  35. jeremy@thirstydaddy

    I think most people fall into this category nowadays, either by necessity or because the internet allows them to follow dreams that may otherwise have been out of reach

  36. Sue @ Home Heart Harmony

    I’ve never heard of the expression ‘slasher’ before but that is definitely what I am! For me, it’s evolved on its own and is more about finding what fits best with my children and our lives. I guess that’s what a lot of Mums are doing these days, we’re all just trying to find what works and what makes us happy! Thanks for sharing, v. interesting read xx #brilliantblogposts

  37. Gianna

    This is really interesting! Must read more about it! Like the idea of having fingers in lots of pies ? #brilliantblogpost x

  38. Juliet McGrattan

    I’m so pleased to finally have a name for the multitude of jobs I currently have. Each is different but they all compliment each other and allow me to feel satisfied and fulfilled. I now can’t wait for the next person to ask me what I do so I can reply, “I’m a slasher!”


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