I'm 42. I have a two-year old son and a nice little job. I live by the sea out of pure luck, but am otherwise dirt F'ing poor tbh. Apart from that, though, it's all pretty swell. But the thing is, I've always wanted to be an author. I love SciFi, I love to write, I love when people read my bullshit. Since I learned to write, I've wanted to write. You know how that feels.
I see a few people here and there (and often here,) lamenting the fact that they haven't gotten a break yet. Like, look at this prodigy over here, making movies when they're 25, making it big, living the dream! Authors starting young. Musicians becoming rock stars before they even hit 30. F'n MOZART.
But listen, two weeks ago, I got my first offer of representation for a novel I wrote *YE*A*R*S* ago. I've written so many other things since then, hundreds of thousands of words that went nowhere special. After all this time, and all those sporadic query letters - an offer.
Two weeks later? ANOTHER offer, from a bigger agency.
And yesterday, I signed with the bigger agency. STERLING LORD LITERISTIC. http://www.sll.com/default.aspx
STERLING LORD, okay, as in, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, as in, Kerouac's On The Road and the list goes on. As in, only signs like five people a year, out of thousands.
My agent (MY AGENT) loves my novel, and wants me to write more - prequels, sequels, other shit I make up, blah blah. She already knows who she's going to pitch it to.
So what I'm saying is, eff those child prodigies. You don't have to be one! Unless it's your dream to be a dewey starlet and play ingenues or something, you don't have an expiration date. You can take the first step WHENEVER. Particularly if you're a writer of any kind, or a composer, that kind of thing. You know, Hollywood is a bitch to anyone over 30, it seems like, (particularly women,) but I think that even then it's possible to get into acting. I know a woman who got started in her 50s, doing TV shows and such. She's not famous, but she makes a living.
Please don't anyone be discouraged if you feel like you're arriving too late, or you started too late in life, or you'll never get there because the clock is ticking. The clock is ticking on all of us, forever. But, as I always said, you just keep on trying till you run out of cake.
(And then just keep baking more cake. ^_^ )
So I wanted to tell you all that story. And now I want to tell a hundred more.