This book presents research on pathways into creative work. The promise of 'doing what you love' continues to attract new
entrants to the cultural and creative industries. Is that promise betrayed by the realities of pathways into creative work,
or does a creative identification offer new personal and professional possibilities in the precarious contexts of contemporary
work and employment? Two decades into the 21st century, aspiring creative workers undertake training and higher education
courses in increasing numbers. Some attempt to convert personal enthusiasms and amateur activities into income-earning careers.
To manage the uncertainties of self-employment, workers may utilise skills developed in other occupations, even developing
timely new forms of collective organisation. The collection explores the experience of creative career entrants in numerous
national contexts, including Australia, Belgium, China, Ireland, Italy, Finland, the Netherlands, Russia, the US and the UK.
Chapters investigate the transitions of new workers and the obstacles they encounter on creative pathways.
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