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How Old Is Too Old?

Barbara asks:

I had a question about age – I looked through your posts but was not able to find any posts about it – how old is ‘too old’ from what you’ve seen in the work field? Are people willing to hire inexperienced PAs only in their early 20s?

I’ve met at least two first-time PAs who were in their early 30s; out of the scores I’ve worked with, they are definitely the exception.

That being said, if you’re on your first show (and maybe not even then), people will assume you’re in your mid-twenties. Perhaps this is just my own bias talking, but I wouldn’t make any effort to disabuse them of that notion. I’m not saying you should go out of your way to talk about The Facebook, or whatever it is kids do these days, but I wouldn’t mention going to the theater to see Star Wars on your ninth birthday, either.

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