Bo

SLASH:
Copywriter / Translator / Scriptwriter / Receptionist / Illustrator / Exhibition helper

SLASH SINCE:
3 years after graduation

PRIMARY MOTIVATION:
Personal development

TIME SPLIT PER WEEK:
25 hours Copywriter / 10 hours Translator / 5 hours Scriptwriter / 5 hours Receptionist / 5 hours Illustrator / 2 hours Exhibition helper (on average)

TOTAL MONTHLY INCOME:
HK$23,000 (on average)

MAIN DIFFICULTIES:
Lack of clear career path

SEES SLASH AS A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE:
Yes

SELF-IDENTIFIED SLASH:
Yes

Bo is a SLASH in her 30s who has done over 30 different types of jobs in her career. Graduated as journalism major, she initially worked full time as a lifestyle magazine reporter. However, after a working holiday in Germany where she tried different jobs such as waitress and babysitter, she decided that the SLASH lifestyle is more suitable for her. She now works as a copywriter for magazines, a translator, while occasionally also a receptionist, an illustrator and an exhibition helper.

She enjoys having multi-dimensionality in her jobs, as she believes that having different experiences can stimulate writing. With a SLASH lifestyle, she can utilize idle time to write and work on her writing jobs while being a receptionist. This flexible schedule gives her more free time to pursue her interests in calligraphy, Chinese painting and Japanese, and these are also interests that she wants to develop into parts of her SLASH career later. She thinks SLASH is an organic process whereby she can always learn different things and develop herself personally.

Being a SLASH works for Bo financially. She is not the breadwinner for her family. She can also support herself with non-writing jobs during low season (January to February, and July to August), when she has fewer writing jobs.

While Bo fully enjoys being a SLASH currently, she wants to become a professional translator, as being a copywriter is not a recognized profession. She hopes by having a professional skill, she can have a clearer career path in one of her jobs (and have more guaranteed income), while continuing her SLASH lifestyle.

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