Growing up to be a slashie… It’s not really something to aspire to, is it?
I mean, the definition of a ‘Slashie’ is someone who thinks that their day job isn’t their real job. As in, a model who really wants to be an actress, and is therefore a model slash actress (model/actress), or a hairdresser/singer, waiter/writer, and so forth.
I am aspiring to be a slashie though, because that would mean I have the TIME for an aspiration, to believe that my day job (erm… wiping bottoms, grocery shopping, editing, picking up children, nursing rabbits with pneumonia, researching and medical writing, making 3 different breakfasts cos ‘I DON’T LIKE THAT’ all at the same time) is not my REAL job, then YES. I want to just be a slashie. Just two items please. One job title, then a slash, then another job title. Ah. How serene it would be.
I don’t even care if I’m better at one side of the slash than the other. Look, Kylie Minogue was first and foremost an actress at the time of Neighbours, and was a Singing Budgie when she went to add the slash with ‘Locomotion’. Now? She’s an international pop phenomenon, and if she tries to throw the ‘actress’ slash back in, she’s taken much less seriously for such highly credible efforts as Street Fighter: The Movie. Open your MINDS people of the world, and bend them like Beckham. He does. He’s a soccer player slash model. Quality is not what matters here. What matters is that both sides of the slash pay money.
Perhaps the difference between the modern-day slashie versus the old-school performer is that the guys and girls of yore were expected to come as a full package, able to dance, sing and act with their eyes closed. The closest we’ve come to that in recent years is with the graduates from the Mickey Mouse Club – Justin Timberlake, Christina, Britn..oh.. Actually JT is the only one from that pack who can sing, dance AND act.
In the acting category, there are some FASCINATING forays into the slash singing realm. Some of these Slashies have the most tempting song titles on their albums, like Molly Ringwald’s version of ‘Don’t You (Forget about Me)’ - YES from the Breakfast Club, and yes singing THAT song from the end with Judd Nelson. As a jazzy lounge number. Oh the irony. Or Bruce Willis’ song ‘Respect Yourself’. While singing into a pool cue. Ahem.
You may like a peek because it’s pretty amusing. And, almost, perversely, kinda good. If you are still wearing your stonewashed jeans.
I’ve missed another smaller category of modern-day awesome who actually CAN do it all, inhabited by the likes of Hugh Jackman (YES I most certainly WILL be dragging my husband along to see the new Wolverine, purely for the QUALITY ACTING), and some other people I don’t feel like thinking about now because Hugh is all we need.
I want to know about your career-type aspirations. I’ll show you mine if you show me yours.
High on my personal slashie list? Writer/sleeper. Lounge singer/drinker. Recliner/eater of cheese and olives (with martinis). Wine-taster/manuscript-assessor. Mrs Jackman/potato enthusiast. There are plenty more where this came from.
If you could be any kind of slashie, what would you be? Have your singing/dancing/fire-twirling aspirations been dashed by the arrival of reality and/or children?