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Creative Pathways

If you speak to pretty much anyone in the creative sector they’ll tell you that their journey has been a curious one, most likely filled with twists and turns. There may be a combination of volunteering, formal learning, falling down and getting back up again – but that’s why we love it! This toolkit contains some resources to help you take that first or next step in your creative career.

Like any good play, where the plot has problems for the characters to solve, we hope that the resources and films in this toolkit will help you to navigate the many possible journeys you may take in your creative development.

Wanna hear about some projects that support young people in their creative pathways? Don’t forget to watch our brilliant short films below!


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Set Up as a Sole Trader in Scotland
Everything you need to know about setting up as a freelancer.
Cash for Culture
This popular publication from Creative Lives has been specifically created to help cultural groups – or any voluntary/community group wishing to carry out creative activities – fundraise for their group.
Things to Consider When Starting a New Youth Theatre
Keen to set up your own group? Before you embark on your new and exciting journey, sit down with a cuppa and consider these constructive questions.
My World of Work
An incredibly useful website for exploring further study options – whatever field you’re interested in.
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Inspiring Careers @ The Rep
In this booklet you will find all the information you need about the range of jobs that exist in a working theatre such as Dundee Rep.
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YT Essentials: You’re Hired! Advice Booklet
“On this occasion we’ve decided not to invite you for interview” …sound familiar? Then this booklet is for you!
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Creative Commons Youth Mentoring Toolkit
Everything you need to know about setting up a youth arts mentoring project – for mentors and mentees.
Federation of Scottish Theatre’s Mentoring Programme
The FST Mentoring programme aims to raise self-awareness, encourage increased self-reflection and support a people-centric approach to working.
Young Work App
The Young Work App
The Young Work App is a free app designed to help young people build confidence and connections with practical support to bridge the gap in any life and work skills.
Creating Opportunities for Youth Leadership
Glasgow’s Toonspeak Young People’s Theatre has long had a reputation for creating brilliant formal and informal leadership opportunities for young people. But we’ll let them tell you!
Top Tips for New Freelancers
New to the world of freelancing or considering giving it a go? It’s not nearly as scary as it may seem – promise! In this film, some experienced makers, directors and producers share their top tips for getting started as a freelancer.
Top Tips for Emerging Leaders
Interested in becoming a youth theatre leader? These wonderful folks have shared some tips and tricks to help get you started.


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View our resources for youth theatre groups, theatres, practitioners and  professionals

A young theatre performer makes glasses with her hands
Creative Pathways
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Getting Started