Why Does There Seem to be an Age Limit to Enter the Film Industry?


hello future anna, I hope that by the time you get this you've done what you want to do in life because age seems to be stopping a lot of people. it's actually ridiculous. it drives me mad. why is life dictated by age? oh, you're too young honey. ha, you're too old. Sweetie, how old are you? ugh it drives me up the wall, especially when dreams and possible futures are affected by something as silly as how many times we've been on a full earth cycle!

I go to quite a few film events however they're only open to people aged between 16 and normally 25. I get it, it's the young person/school age/just leaving uni vibe who are at the beginning of their career and need a push in the right direction. but what if I'm 40? and suddenly want a career change? and have loved film all my life yet because I didn't go to this sort of thing 20 years prior, I'm not allowed access. it really makes me sad. it puts across the message that the industry is only open to new, fresh, YOUNG talent and no one else. no one else can have their say or their shot at the big time.

When I was at the ScreenSkills event in Manchester the other day (blog post: https://annasnothere.blogspot.com/2020/02/trying-to-find-film-opportunitiesfunds.html ), I met a lovely girl but she said that she wasn't going to the final talk of the day as you had to be under a certain age and she was JUST over the line. maybe by only a few years, but age can really put a stop to what people want to achieve in life and I just don't think it's fair. not one bit.

Maybe there are things available but I don't know as the things recommended to me are for my age group, but for what I can see, there isn't anything for those who are older.

I also guess that it's "normal" for people to decide what they're going to do with their life at my age, and anyone after will be set up in a career and not want dramatic change. but that just isn't true:

Bob Ross was in the US Airforce, but when he retired, he began to paint at age 41.

Ken Jeong was a physician until he wanted to become an actor at the age of 38.

Kathryn Joosten decided at the age of 42 that she wanted to join her community theatre group which led her to professional acting.

People decide at all ages to try something new, and a lot of well known names didn't get their big break until they were in their 40s or even 50s:

Alan Rickman was 42 when he got his role in Die Hard

Octavia Spencer was 41 when she got her big break in The Help.

Dame Judi Dench didn't become a Hollywood name until she was in Golden Eye at age 61.

I'd love for the industry to be more open and welcoming for people wanting to change their career path, whether that's having specific events and teaching people how they can turn their current skills into an entertainment based career, or opening up these days that I go to to everyone. Only one or two things have ages on them as a limit, but lots don't, so why are we closing the door for lots of people before it's even open?

Hopefully things can change, because I'd really love for people to make their dreams come true, no matter how old they are.

Please comment if you do have any advice or know of anything I don't about the topic!


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