I’ve been lying about my age for a few years. Professionally I’ve told dozens of people “I’m almost 30” or “I’m 30” for the past 4 years.
It squeaked out once when I was 26 and I noticed it actually had a calming effect on a producer. The number seemed to ensure him that I could handle the challenge he was about to throw at me.
Midway through 27 I just started saying “I’m almost thirty” more often. It was beneficial since I was running a video department. It’s not like I went out of my way to inform people I was almost 30, but it kept my age vague enough to give me the respect I needed.
Just before I turned 28 I started freelancing again and without thinking rounded up from “almost 30” to “30” when asked. The first time I did it it just came out. And like the first time I said I was “almost 30,” being actually 30 put an executive producer at ease even more.
There’s probably a deeper conversation to be had about ageism in the film industry, but regardless, I’ve been telling people on two coasts that I’m thirty for a couple of years now, and implying it was imminent for even longer.
I turn 30 today. For real.