Inspirational Artists Who Got A Late Start

In this industry, it’s tough not to compare yourself to other people’s successes. While there are no clear guidelines on what it really means to “make it” as an artist (as this can mean different things to everyone) – you may sometimes feel like you are behind. Today I want to remind you that everyone goes at their own pace and there is no expiration date on your talent!

Let’s take a look at some musicians, actors, dancers and artists who really hit their stride a bit later than you might expect:

Andrea Bocelli


Andrea Bocelli was 34 when he released his first album. He didn’t become mainstream, however, until his third album. He is one of the best selling singers of our time!

Melissa McCarthy

BERLIN, GEMANY - MAY 26: Melissa McCarthy attends Spy: Susan Cooper Undercover' Berlin Photocall at Hotel De Rome on May 26, 2015 in Berlin, Gemany. (Photo Luca Teuchmann/Getty Images)

While Melissa McCarthy began acting in the ‘90s, it wasn’t until the release of Bridesmaids in 2011 that she was nominated for an Oscar. She was 41.

Vincent Van Gogh


Every heard of him? One of the most famous painters of all time had his first art exhibition at 32. His most famous works were done in his thirties.

Sheryl Crow


Sheryl Crow didn’t release her first album until she was 31. Her biggest hit, “All I Wanna Do” came a year later.

Misty Copeland

NEW YORK, NEW YORK--MAY 22, 2014--Prima ballerina Misty Copeland will be a make history as the 1st African-American woman to dance the lead role of Swanilda in the famous ballet Coppelia. She will also be a guest judge on "So You Think You Can Dance." Portrait of Copeland taken at Lincoln Center of Mary 22, 2014. (Photo by Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Most dancers begin training when they are extremely little – so, Misty Copeland is inspiration for late starters as she only began dancing at age 13!

Morgan Freeman


While Morgan Freeman worked bit parts throughout his life, it wasn’t until Driving Miss Daisy that people really started to take notice of this amazing talent. He was 52.

Keep shooting for the moon! You never know when your big day might come. 

About Chelsea Diehl

Chelsea is a social contributor for Acceptd and the founder of My College Audition.