For the month of January our message is ‘time to do what you’ve always wanted.’ Making the changes and taking the leap into the career or creative path that you want can be a daunting task. Especially if we’ve taken time to establish ourselves in one field.
This list of famous people will prove to you that it’s never to late to make a giant leap in your chosen career, or to choose a totally new path.
So read, be inspired and know that you can do it!
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1. Painter Wassily Kandinsky
The abstract painter Wassily Kandisnky has been a massive influence on the history of art with his groundbreaking energetic and colourful works in the early 20th century, not to mention the influence he had as teacher at the Bauhaus art school.
His name is synonymous with shape, form and colour, but had he not made the bold move of leaving a successful career as a lecturer of law study art at the Munich Academy when he was 30 years old we may never heard of him, his work and the world of art may have looked very different.
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2. Musician Seasick Steve
Musician Steven Gene Wold, better known as Seasick Steve, almost wins the prize for making it the latest and for proving that sometimes sticking to what you love is the best plan. The blues performer was in his mid-60s when he made his big break performing on Jools Holland’s Hootanany on New Years Eve 2006. After that his popularity exploded across the UK. Following the performance he won and won the 2007 MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act and recorded his major-label debut, ‘I Started Out with Nothin' and I Still Got Most of It Left’
Before that he had been played music and working as a recording engineer on and off for years.
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3. Actor Alan Rickman
We were all sad to hear the news of this great actors passing this week. Such an amazingly talented, kind and generous man who will be sadly missed.
The actor made his mark on the wider world and started his illustrious film career in his forties playing the terrorist Hans Gruber in the film Die Hard. Although didn’t attend drama school straight away. At the age of eighteen drama school was considered a less sensible option than a degree in design, and following his education at Chelsea College of Art and Design and the Royal College of Art he worked as a Graphic Designer for a number of years.
Eventually he knew that he needed to make the move into acting. He successfully auditioned for the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and studied their for two years, supporting himself the whole time by working as a dresser. His acting career starting properly when he was in his early thirties and he didn’t he got his breakthrough role he earned at 36 in Les Liaisons Dangereuses at the Vicomte de Valmont.
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4. Fashion Designer Vera Wang
She is well known as a prominent fashion designer, but Vera Wang had quite a varied past. She started out as a figure skater at the age of eight, but failed to make the US Olympic figure-skating team. In the 70s she was an editor for Vogue magazine. in 1989, when she was 40, she started designing wedding gowns, opened a design salon the following year and has gone on to gain world wide notoriety for her fashion, fragrance, eyewear, shoe, jewellery, and homeware collections.
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5. Marathon Runner Fauja Singh
Fauja Singh, now 104 years old, beats all of the above mentioned to the post as far as age is concerned. As a young man he had been an amateur runner but gave it up in 1947. It was in 2000 at the incredible age of 89 that Singh attempted his first marathon. He had trained to run 12 miles easily mistakenly thinking that marathons were only 26 Kilometres and not the 26 miles that they actually are. Following this realisation he went into serious training, shooting to fame four years later when, at the age of 93, he completed the 26.2 mile distance in the record breaking 6 hours and 54 minutes. At the age of 100 Singh attempted and accomplished eight world age group records.
So there you have it. Five people who showed that it’s never too late to fulfil your dreams.