Maybe I should move to Portland! (that is where I already send all my USA purchases which I reship! Because I have my reshipper's warehouse address in Portland)
I swear to god I am not a hipster, yet I'm also a keen cycling fanatic (seriously, I moonlight as a bike messenger as well.... could I be any more of a stereotype without meaning to?), am an anarchist, drink cider not beer, have weird/obscure niche taste in music, follow a paleo diet, etc etc etc etc... I'm just digging my hole deeper the more I talk.
Anyway, I think we've passed "peak beard"? But I've been growing beards on and off for years, and I will again, that won't change.
On the topic of Gandalf, I once recorded sound for a Lord of the Rings parody web series, and our "gandalf" was glorious to lav up! Because I could hide his lav right out in the "open", because it would be hidden from sight underneath his long white beard and as a bonus the beard acted as fantastic wind protect!
Now for a totally unrelated pic (as if this thread wasn't already enough off topic!), just because it is funny:
Not sure how it gets in the way of your personal life, but professionally, dude think about who hires you and if that's important to them. One of the reasons my partner and I went with Video Dads (and now Gear Dads for the offshoot review site) is because we thought it would keep away the douchey marketing execs whom we didn't want to work with anyway.
Also, in Portland Oregon you can't get a freelance creative gig without a Gandolf beard. And you're at basically his birthplace.