Yeah but I speak of the term "professional" by what it actually entails, not what kids want it to be. Not only are they legally not able to be professionals, they do not have the skills I listed previously or the experience to be one. If you go to a dentist or a doctor, would you hire one about age 50 with 30 years of experience, or a teenager who does it occasionally and is just starting out and has no real experience?
Would you hire a lawyer to represent you that is similar in age and experience, or would you hire a 14-year old who studies "some law" online? The answer is easy. Luckily the law prevents the 14-year old from having a business legally. I was technically ready to go pro around age 10 after 3 years of experience, but I couldn't legally. Sure I did part-time gigs here and there, but that is not the same as earning a livelihood through magic entirely. It is very difficult , and I spent 10 solid years developing and building my business.
So you can see why I get a laugh every time some 14-year says he is a professional. Usually after his 1 hour birthday party for his cousin, and earning $20 in tips. Then has to go to bed by 9pm for middle school the next day, and so his parents can bring home the real bacon that actually allows him to stay living; and get more "tricks."
LOL, that made me laugh, and i really needed one, thanks. Interesting points and rather amusing.
I was making a fair bit of money before i was 14 doing acting but i doubt i would have called myself a professional actor.
I did start to make a lot of money as a magician when i was 16 and on from there but of course when i look back i cringe and say "I cannot believe i was doing those tricks" or whatever but that is a good sign to show we have improved , like you said earlier about yourself looking back.
I certainly hope i do not get to an age where i look back and say "That was me at my best".
But you are taking your own personal stance when it comes to YOUR hiring perspective. Maybe you wouldn't hire a magician without those 'credentials' , maybe i wouldn't either, but plenty do and plenty pay good money. Maybe they are silly or maybe they think they are getting their money's worth, either way, they still hand it over.
Oh well.... C'est la vie