Maybe I have an unhealthy disrespect for the world of film/tv? Maybe it is totally different from everything else people have ever encountered in their 'real' lives? In my day job - I get IT contract work word of mouth. How? I have a track record and I've made lots of friends over the years. I do the job, very few complaints, and I work to keep these friendships, usually in a pub.
They recommended me and the pool grows.
That is networking - so why is everyone so stressy about Media (darling)?
Fair enough, if you're not a spring chicken, you can't start as a runner and make contacts to give you work in future.
As an old outsider? Using rules from the abnormal world (none of which apparently count), to switch careers:
- Bash away until you can produce good, consistent work
- Have a laugh and get to know people & hopefully be pleasant enough that some of them like you - I have worked with complete twats and I would not touch a project that has anything to do with them. And I would tell everyone what a shite they are.
The only problem I can see for old gits changing career is that it takes a hell of a long time to get good enough to be worth employing. It's possible that by you time you (we... one - whoever) is decent and consistent, we'll be too fossilized to leverage that. That's our fault for starting late.