If there’s anyone who knows the ups and downs of being a child actor, it’s Ben Affleck. He started acting at nine years old and hasn’t stopped since. At the AutFest International Film Festival, Affleck opened up about his kids possibly becoming actors — and his approach is incredibly practical and considerate of where they’re at in life. Because it’s no secret that being a child actor isn’t easy.

Who would we be if we didn’t show Ben Affleck as a young actor?

Here he is in Dazed and Confused (1993!). He was 21 years old. Um, swoon.

He went on to say,

Good tip!

via giphyHaving been successfully working in the industry for over 35 years now, Affleck attributes his longevity to his ability to take criticism.

via giphyWell, the Affleck/Garner kids have plenty of time to figure out their careers. They’re still kids — the oldest, Violet, is only 11 — but we certainly wouldn’t be opposed to seeing them on our screens someday.

And if they aren’t inclined, they’re lucky to have great role models in Ben and Jen. Whatever happens, we have no doubt these kids will go far!