When we’re first starting out, we’re mostly happy just to be given a chance to exercise our craft. Doesn’t really matter what the work is or who it’s for so long as we get the chance. We are extremely accommodating too, because we’re just relieved to know that the world wants what we have to offer. We don’t worry about too much else.
However, the outlook evolves as the years tick by, and as our commitment to our work gets stronger and deeper, we become fussier about who we lend our hard won skills to. After all, we spend years developing them, as well as making personal sacrifices and overcoming difficult problems in service to our work. Making this kind of investment consistently over a long period of time means that we place an enormous value on what it is we do, so we don’t want to give it away too easily. We have a certain confidence and a certain pride, which was perhaps lacking in our younger selves.
There is nothing worse than seeing a middle aged actor desperately scrambling around for even the leanest scraps of work. This is what happens when you fail to make that investment in your work – you’ll give it away to just anyone.