Friday, September 25, 2009

5 People Who Hit It Big...In Their 30s!

So you're about to turn 30, or maybe you're well into your thirties, and you haven't become the success you always dreamed of?   I found an online list  (at which I had to share of famous people ”who were still clearly on their way up at age 30.

Some had found their path but hadn’t attained any success… some were in a completely different career… some were on the verge of giving up or had given up. But they all peaked after turning 30, found their true calling and hit their prime.”

1. Sylvester Stallone, deli counter attendant.

After getting no career traction as an actor in his 20s, Stallone attacked his 30s like any 5′3 man should: He wrote a movie where he was an all-American hero with unbelievable success in sports.  That movie was “Rocky”… he banged out the “Rocky” screenplay in three days, in between working at a deli counter and as a movie theater usher… and it launched his career with an Academy Award for Best Picture.

2. Andrea Bocelli, lawyer.

He’d loved music and singing his whole life… but didn’t really see (no pun intended) it as a career possibility. So, after school, he got a law degree at the University of Pisa. At age 30 he was working as a lawyer and moonlighting in a piano bar for fun and extra cash. He didn’t catch a break as a singer until 1992, at age 34.

3. Martha Stewart, stockbroker.

When she was 30, Martha Stewart was a stockbroker, no doubt learning all about finance and the ethics involved therein. Two years later she and her husband purchased a beat-down farmhouse in Connecticut… she led the restoration… transitioned into a domestic lifestyle… and the rest is history.  I actually met Martha circa 1992, and that's material for a whole other post.

4. Julia Child, government spy.

Absolutely the wrong career. At age 30, Child wasn’t cooking… she was working for the U.S. government as a spy. She went on clandestine missions to China and Sri Lanka (which, at the time, was called Ceylon) to get intelligence documents to agents in the field. She didn’t enter cooking school until age 36.  When I think of Julia Child I always flash back to Dan Akroyd on SNL, and while I haven't seen Julie/Julia but I definitely want to.

5. Harrison Ford, carpenter.

When Ford was 30, he starred in “American Graffiti”… which was a huge hit. But he got paid a pittance for acting in it, decided he was never going to make it as an actor, and quit the business to get back into the more financially dependable world of construction.
Four years later, he met up with George Lucas again (for those who don’t know, Lucas directed “Graffiti”) and Lucas cast him as Han Solo. 

Now, in his 60s he's in a longterm relationship with Ally McBeal.  Go figure.

For a complete list....there were 11 people in all, log onto:  Geek Tyrant and check it out!


Charlie said...

So life doesn't end when you're in your thirties? Yay!

Michael Rivers said...

What a great list! Very interesting. I want to hear all about meeting Martha.

Brooke Santor said...

I like this, it means there is still time for me! LMAO!

KenPaul66 said...

I didn't realize Sly Stone was so short.

Kevin said...

I'd love to see a list like this for folks in their 40's!

Very inspiring!

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