Pathways into Creative Working Lives

Taylor, Stephanie and Luckman, Susan eds. (2020). Pathways into Creative Working Lives. Creative Working Lives. Palgrave MacMillan.



The promise of ‘doing what you love’ continues to attract new entrants into the sector of the cultural and creative industries. The collection asks if the promise is betrayed by the realities of pathways into creative work or, more positively, if a creative identification presents new personal and professional possibilities in the precarious contexts of contemporary work and employment. Two decades into the 21st century, aspiring creative workers can undertake training and higher education courses. They can attempt to convert personal enthusiasms and amateur activities into income-earning careers. Many are self-employed, some utilising skills developed in other occupations. This book presents research on pathways into creative work in a range of occupations and national contexts, including Australia, Belgium, China, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Russia, the US, the UK and Vietnam. Chapters explore transitions and issues, and the obstacles that new workers encounter.

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