Young or Old has it’s own advantages in this industry

Bill Bangham is working as a coach/mentor with Jennifer Nelson on her story she is doing in Santiago, Chile as part of the Storytellers Abroad Workshop. [NIKON Z 6, VR Zoom 24-105mm f/4G IF-ED, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 8000, 1/100, ƒ/5.6, (35mm = 62)]

While having children in your twenties you are able to physically do more than in your thirties, studies show your wisdom from living longer gives you an advantage.

A 2015 study showed that women who have their last child after age 33 are more likely to live to 95.

“For the unlearned, old age is winter; for the learned, it is the season of the harvest.”  

~Hasidic saying

When I would do communications projects in my twenties I was just trying to cover the basics. I didn’t really understand how any of what I was doing was helping in the bigger picture.

The offering bags are two different colors one for the tithe and one for the offering at Bon Berger (Good Shepherd) Baptist Church located in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. (Photo by: Stanley Leary) [NIKON D2X, Sigma 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC, Mode = Aperture Priority, ISO 400, 1/15, ƒ/2.8, (35mm = 60)]

Financial experts tell you to put a little money away early because it compounds interest over time.

While we often only look at money, each day we have experiences that go into our “MEMORY BANK”. That too is growing with compounded interest.

At the age of twenty I am just learning to shift those gears and now in my fifties I am looking around and seeing those around me in the race. I look for opportunities.


When you hire someone who is new they have unique things to bring to the table. Their youth and lack of experience means they are most likely flexible because they are not locked into a process.

When you hire someone with experience, they bring all that to the table for you. They can anticipate your needs better than often you can. They have been there before. Just because they are older doesn’t mean they are not flexible. Often those with experience are more flexible. They made those mistakes in the past of not listening when they should have to the client.


Never be ashamed of your experience level. Use whatever you have to your advantage.

When you are young you realize you don’t have experience. That is OK. Many clients are looking to give new people a break to discover new talent.

When you are old, be sure to let the client know you are taking care of them. In your correspondence use all that experience to ask better questions to help the client achieve their goals and to let them know you are thinking ahead and anticipating for them.

“Getting old is a fascination thing. The older you get, the older you want to get.”

~Keith Richards