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The “Slash Generation”

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We wonder not only what we’re supposed to do with out lives, but why we choose to do what we do with our lives.

Some of us, well most of us, think it’s destiny that we end up where we are.

Others think they’re supposed to follow their parents footsteps and do what they did, and some of us just straight up don’t know what we’re supposed to do.

Luckily for us, the majority of the ones who are reading this now, the ones who moved to Holly-weird from wherever they were before, at least have an idea of what they want to do with their lives because otherwise why would we move to the hardest, most expensive city in America to survive?

We all came to LA to do something with our lives, to become a well-known name and to make other people proud.

What do we do, exactly, for work? Well, that’s a great question.

It’s definitely not working to be a “Mrs.” like some other women I know.

We all have a slash in our title. We can’t imagine just being one thing, doing one thing, having a legacy of one thing in our life. We’re what I like to call the “slash generation.”

We are artists overall and our resumes list everything from bartender to model, writer, actor (yes, I was in the audience once for a TV show and they told me I could technically put that on my resume).

We’ve worked in production, we drink so much wine we consider ourselves sommeliers, and we frequent the latest posh bars and clubs so often that we could technically sell celebrity maps and be tour guides. We have so many good looking friends we swear it’s our calling to be managers…. Yet, what are we really doing with our lives in LA?

We’re figuring it out. And, that’s okay.

For the majority of us there will come a time when something will click. When we don’t want to be a slash. When we want to have a specific title and are ready for the next thing life has to offer like a 9-5 job, marriage and a family. The majority of us realize that.

But, most of us will continue to be a slash., because it’s in our DNA. And I for one will continue to be an Agent/Writer/Artist/Motivational Speaker until I’m ready to move past it. Or, maybe I’ll never grow out of my slash title… and that’s okay too.

Editor’s note: “Multi-hyphenate” and “mulitpotentialite” are both great terms for the “slash generation”. Here is a fantastic Ted Talk all about “multipotentialites”: (click below)

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Lindsay Cooley

About Lindsay Cooley

Lindsay's mission in life is to set an example for everyone to believe in themselves and live the life they’ve always imagined! She believes that everyone deserves to be extremely happy, no matter what anyone else says! Shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New York for the SUNSHINE, Lindsay fell in love with the entertainment industry and worked in the Adult Commercial Department at The Osbrink Agency until she was recently scooped up by FORD Models to be an Agent at their office in Los Angeles. At FORD she is able to contribute more of her expertise in fashion, which she LOVES. With a Bachelors Degree in Advertising and Marketing Communications from The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, putting people into advertising is a natural fit. Above and beyond submitting/pitching client’s everyday she helps style test shoots, gives personal wardrobe advice and thrives on bringing positivity into any aspect she can. In addition Lindsay loves going to the beach, live music, wine tasting (cab and chard are her faves), spin class, painting and writing!