"they would have spotted you sooner or later-...."
You think seriously that I waxed philosophical out loud this way in front of my employers & their clients ?
Brother I couldn't have talked this way and not be "spotted" as not being on the team and risk being unemployed. Nah ,it was best I got out when I was still young enough to pursue that old poem/prayer about asking to be granted the strength to change the things I can, the courage to accept the things I can't , and the wisdom to know the difference".
Not to wory, though as I'm currently loving pusuing my digital artistry at my drawing board along with advanced 3D animation work now and that ahs put me in touch with a far wider network of creative talents of all ages than I ever had in my previous life.
i dunno, unless you're getting at something that I'm missing entirely. ;-)