...Hmmm seems I've been lumped in with the troll/sarcastic crowd by the OP.....
What intrigued me was this thread's title which draw me to hit it, and to my amazement/puzzlement as I read the preamble the inference that 30yrs of age would by any measure preclude developing as an artist or in this instance a 3D polygon modeller was an erroneous self imposed indictment. Reading on - the more nonsensical the thread's premise, confused I attempted a detailed response to clarify/pinpoint exactly the OP's concerns in relation to progressing as an artist where both an attempted formal educational solution and the years of collaborative game development across multiple game middleware packages had not accomplished.
IMHO an essential element for organic modelling is an ability to conceptualise characters by drawing/sketching in either the traditional or digital medium. I enquired into whether the OP had an art background, if so suggesting an option of posting work with the emphasis that this forum's membership encompass all visual artistic backgrounds, disciplines and skill levels a logical avenue I thought for attaining focused feedback to enable progression. However by the cherry picked non tagged fragment [I had assumed the following quote was aimed at my initial response] if correct it seems the bulk of my reply has been arbitrarily dismissed:
Originally Posted by TacticalSiege
Well the main reason i went to university was to get it "on paper" that i can do these things because a lot of companies wont hire you if you don't have the degree or diploma to back it up.
Yes perhaps but not always the case, organisations will also usually gage the perspective applicant's aptitude for the position by a number of relevant factor's ie: prior knowledge/practical experience/evidence of own work/communication skills/potential for progression...etc - rather than specifically the hard copy qualification, I might also add that these criteria translate across industries in whatever field of endeavour. From my experience during the probationary/assessment period once the applicant has successfully navigated the application process, a primary attribute most employers value is team integration or how you interact/collaborate with others in communicating the company's vision to the market place moving forward.
Re-reading this thread in its entirety clarified for me an irksome dismissive tone and condescending attitude which doesn't bode well for future employment opportunities if an adjustment is not forthcoming, further illustrated by OP's juvenile final post yes in THAT! context 30 is to old.