Age ain’t noth­ing but a num­ber

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Let me take a mo­ment to thank you and the team at ImagineFX for such a won­der­ful mag­a­zine. I look for­ward to read­ing it ev­ery month, and al­ways learn some­thing new. It inspires me to con­tinue my stud­ies and im­prove my skills.

Which leads to my ques­tion: is there such a thing as “too old” to break into the il­lus­tra­tion busi­ness? I’m 48 years old and con­tem­plat­ing a change of ca­reer back to my first love of art. I won­der how dif­fi­cult it will be at my age to get es­tab­lished in the field, though. I’d like to think the qual­ity of the art would be more im­por­tant than my age, but I’m cu­ri­ous what your opin­ion is. Any in­sights would be ap­pre­ci­ated.

Thanks very much! Maalus Male­fecti, via email Beren replies Wow! It must be the po­si­tion­ing of the stars and moon – peo­ple are itch­ing for a change into the art world! My first im­pulse is to say, “Hell no!” Age shouldn’t be the ba­sis of an art di­rec­tor say­ing yea or nay to em­ploy­ing you. That’s the prin­ci­ple. The re­al­ity is a lit­tle more murky. Truth is, it de­pends. It de­pends on where your skills were at be­fore you orig­i­nally changed ca­reer. It de­pends if you have an ab­so­lute burn­ing pas­sion to do art, go­ing back to sharp­en­ing your draw­ing skills if need be, study­ing all hours of the day and night. Ul­ti­mately, it de­pends on the stan­dard of your art right now. Speak­ing of which, send it in – I’d love to see it!

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