They say that Goudy started a new career from scratch at age 40.
However, he had been a bookkeeper prior to then (1905), a job in which penmanship was paramount.
Nowadays, one can get into type design from a variety of disciplines, but from bookkeeping, unlikely.
When did you folk start out, and from what previous (if any) career or education?
To start the ball rolling, I had studied Fine Art, worked as an art director and graphic designer, and went into type design full time at age 47 (although I had made income “on the side” from type design since age 32).