I am a B.Com graduate working as an accountant for the past 15 years. I am 35 years old. Now, I want to become a film critic/copy editor. Can I change my profession at this age? I have written regular letters to the editors of various newspapers for the past four years, and a number of them have been published. This is the only experience regarding a film criticcopy editor. Will this help? Is there any specific course for becoming a film criticcopy editor? Please inform.
It will be difficult for you at this age to get a full time job as a film journalist/copy editor. It is very difficulty to get a job on the basis of your experience in writing letters to editors. There is no specific course which can train you to be a film critic/copy editor. A bachelor/master degree in Film Studies helps one in a profession as film critic. A degree or diploma in Journalism helps one in copy editing. But, at this age, doing these courses won’t help you in particular.
In any case, most of the film critics work on a freelance basis. There are no particular qualifications which you may need to work as a freelance film critic. Age is also not a barrier here. So, you can try to work on a freelance basis. Get in touch with sub-editors/copy editors in newspapers or magazines who are in charge of film sections and show them examples of your work. If you can impress them, they may give you assignments.
Copy editors are employed full time. But you can work as a freelance journalist. You can approach sub-editors/copy editors of newspapers and magazines for assignments.