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If you’re approaching the big 3-0 and haven’t had your first hit record, quit beating yourself up! A musician’s path to success is varied, with many twists and turns on the way.
If you feel nervous about being an aging musician, you aren’t alone. It isn’t uncommon for musicians to openly dismiss the possibility of musical success after the age of 30. Our entire culture champions youth and puts its full support behind promising young musicians as quick as they can be born. Even the heroes of music, for the most part, were young. Their ability to create in their youth is like a testament to the power of human will.
With so many tales of youthful success and excess, many young musicians put pressure on themselves to fit their achievements into a tidy timeline that sees them cashing out of the biz right around 30. But while it can be easy to chalk up many artists' successes to their youthful enthusiasm and energy, being young doesn’t really equate to being successful. The fact is, so many of our heroes lived in a very different time. A time where expectations were higher and opportunities were plenty, especially for musicians.
So give yourself a break. As we saw the last time we talked about a musical life after 30, there are plenty of exceptional musicians who hit their stride in their 30s. It’s all about having the right attitude and never giving up on making the music you need to make – not what age you are. To prove it, here are five more iconic musicians who finally found success in their 30s.