Workers in leisure and cultural industries often express that they are passionate about their work. Passion may be seen as an opportunity to gain more pleasure and well-being at work. However, it may also lead to over-involvement, exhaustion and self-exploitation. Contrary to traditional analyses mainly based on psychological and personal dimensions, this article tries to demonstrate how collective construction of shared and sustainable ideals at work, including some motivating and realistic goals, help workers to manage their passion and successfully combine interest in work and regulation of their involvement in their jobs. This paper is based on a qualitative study (observations and interviews) of four structures in the world of current popular music with a more specific comparison between two of them.
Keywords: Involvement, exhaustion, self-exploitation, passion, creative industries