Ryan writes in:
I’ve seen you answer questions from people asking if they’re too young to be a PA, but I’ve only seen one person who said they’re too old, and they were 24.
I’m 28 , soon to be 29, and I’m looking to change careers. I’ve got a little bit of cash saved up to support myself if I were, say working for peanuts, and I would like to work my way up in the television industry, but I’m worried that I might have missed my chance.
I have no idea how long it takes to move up from production assistant to 2nd AD up to executive, and I don’t want to be 50 and still trying to climbing the ranks. Would it even be worth it to try and start or am I simply too old?
It’s really hard to judge if you’re too young or too old, too big or too small, too quiet or too talkative. The real answer is, if you show up on time, do your work, and are generally pleasant to be around, people will hire you.
You might never get promoted. You may become stuck in a role you never wanted in the first place. You may find your goals change, and you’d rather be a DP than an AD.
It’s not a satisfactory answer, but it’s the truth. You cannot go into this business expecting any kind of certainty. If that doesn’t sound like the life for you, that’s totally okay. It’s not good enough for a lot of people. But you’re at the stage in your life where you have to decide what’s right for you, not knowing what the future will bring.
Being an adult sucks, doesn’t it?