It’s Never Too Late For Success Even in Your 40’s

Steve Carrell 40 Year Old Virgin

He found success in his 40's

Last time I wrote a post about people who found success starting in their 30’s, and it got amazing feedback. Some wanted to know if hope was there for 40 year olds. There definitely is!

I just read a 2009 survey that said the average median age of 539 company founders when they started their current companies in a variety of industries, including aerospace and defense, computer and electronics, health care, and services, was 40. (This is consistent with their previous research, which found the average and median age of technology company founders to be 39).

For this post, I have actors and entrepreneurs on the list. You might not want to be an actor, but their stories are inspiring. Plus being a television/movie star is one of the most difficult professions to succeed in. So to be a working, successful actor for many years is a huge achievement.

Steve Carrell

America’s favorite 40 year old virgin got his big break in his 40’s.

Earlier in his career he was a mail carrier, but fired cause he wasn’t efficient enough. He planned on applying to law school, but was unable to write an explanation why he wanted to be a lawyer on his application form.

He then turned to acting. He did some children’s theater and a commercial. He got a minor role in a movie. He had some small roles in short lived television shows.

Some fans will remember him as a correspondent on the Daily Show starting at the age of 37. That lasted for six years.

I first remember him as a hilarious news anchor in Bruce Almighty. He was 41 years old. Then things started to get better. The next year, he had a memorable supporting role in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy.

In 2005, Carrell signed a deal with NBC to star in The Office. Though the first season’s ratings were mediocre, they renewed the show due to the anticipate success of his first starring role, The 40 Year Old Virgin. Their guess was correct.

That movie established Carrell as a leading man at 43. It was a huge hit!

That translated to The Office becoming a hit on television. In his third year on The Office, he was paid approximately $175,000 per episode! There were 25 episodes that season, so you do the math.

Since leaving The Office in 2011, he has focused on his movie career playing comedic and dramatic roles.

Hard to imagine Steve Carrel not making audiences laugh, but it took him awhile to let people know his true comedic abilities. For him, it took a series of small roles, till he got his first starring role in The 40 Year Old Virgin that changed his career forever.

Samuel Jackson

He’s acted some memorable roles in Pulp Fiction, Die Hard with a Vengeance, Jackie Brown, The Incredibles, Shaft, Snakes on a Planes, and the Star Wars prequel trilogy.

It’s hard to believe he found success starting in his 40’s. To me, it seems like he’s been acting forever! But it was a long road filled with small roles, heroin and cocaine addiction.

After college, he moved to New York and spent a decade acting in stage plays. He had tiny roles in movies. I remember he was in one of my all time favorite comedies Coming to America playing a robber. He was 40 years old when that movie was released.

While in New York, he developed an addiction to herion first, and then cocaine. After seeing the effects, his family entered him into rehab. He came out clean.

He continued with minor roles and did have a role in Jurassic Park playing a scientist.

Then he was asked by Quentien Tarintino to star in Pulp Fiction. The role was written specifically for him. Although that was his thirteenth film, the movie made him an international superstar at age 46. It also resurrected the career of John Travolta.

From there, he found starring roles in everything from a Jedi knight to next summer’s highly anticipated movie, The Avengers.

The 2009 edition of The Guinness World Records, stated that Jackson is the world’s highest grossing actor, having earned $7.42 billion in 68 films.

It all started in his 40’s.

Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond as former Vice President Dick Cheney

He was a regular on Saturday Night Live from 1995-2009. You may know his impressions of Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Regis Philbin, Sean Connery, Al Gore, and Dick Cheney. He’s been on the most episodes of any cast member in the history on SNL.

When he left the show he was the oldest cast member in history at 53.

In his 20’s, his ultimate career goal was to be on Saturday Night Live. He took a rough road to get there.

In college at the University of Florida, he had been turned down by professors and directors for plays, because he constantly fumbled his speech. One theater professor, David Shelton took a chance on casting him in a play. From there he convinced Darryl this was a career he should pursue. That gave him confidence to continue acting after college.

He moved to New York after college, but he struggled. He was abused as a child and that affected him all throughout his life. He turned to alcohol to ease the pain. He spent his first three years waiting tables and drinking so much that he was barely able to go to auditions.

He cleaned up his act, cut back on drinking, and studied at an acting studio whose alumni included Robert DeNiro, Billy Crystal, and Barbara Streisand. That led to roles in off-Broadway and regional theater.

He tried stand-up comedy, performing at a local club when he was 26. The next year, he made it his ultimate goal to be on Saturday Night Live.

It took him 13 years to make his dream come true. So many would quit after just one year.

He moved back to Florida doing some voice over work the next few years. He kept his eye on his goal and developed a philosophy of self improvement that got him through those years. (I love this)

“I came up with a concept when I was 27. The concept was that if I could make one small improvement in myself, in my abilities, once a week, that would be 52 improvements by the end of the year.”

That’s what he focused on and at 32, moved back to New York, determined to be a successful stand-up comedian and attract the attention of Saturday Night Live producers.

Being in his 30’s he knew he started late.

“By the time I was 32, I figured I was too old to make it anyway. But I had that terrible moment of truth when I realized I had to try even though I thought I wouldn’t make it, because that was my dream.”

He was still struggling with his past and kept drinking. However, his dream was the only thing that kept him going.

He put pictures of Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr. and Mahatma Gandhi on his wall for inspiration. His reason was that they were people who probably didn’t have any evidence that they could accomplish what they wanted to accomplish, but kept going anyway.

On Saturday Night Live he was known for his incredible impressions, but the stand-up clubs at the time didn’t accept it, so he had to keep those talents hidden.

During the next seven years, he had two auditions for Saturday Night Live and failed. Most people would have just given up their dream. He didn’t.

One night in 1995, he did a one line impression of Bill Clinton. In the audience that night happened to be an SNL producer, who hoped to fill a void for a Clinton impression.

Then he got an invitation to audition directly for SNL creator Lorne Michaels.

He said he had been preparing for that moment for 12 years.

He landed the role at 39. When the first episode aired, it was a month before his 40th birthday.

He said 39 was way too old to be on Saturday Night Live, but that didn’t stop him being a cast member longer than anyone in the show’s history.

At an age when other struggling actors had long given up on their dream, his was just beginning.

He went from a struggling actor, to having Presidents know his name. A couple years after on SNL, he performed at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. He performed there a total of three times.

After 14 seasons, on SNL and over 200 episodes, it was time for him to leave the show.

He leaves some advice that we should all remember.

“Remember that life is a marathon, not a sprint. Just because you don’t make it by the time you’re 25 doesn’t mean you’re not going to make it when you’re 29 or 39.

“I never really thought I was going to make it, but I’d become this crazy, coiled up human who was determined to try to make it. You have to just keep plugging away.”

Mark Pincus

Mark Pincus

If you’ve ever played Farmville, Cityville, Mafia Wars, Zynga Poker or a handful of games online, then you’ve played games created by Zynga, a company founded by Mark Pincus.

Zynga was his fourth company. He started it at 41. After each previous company was sold, he went into brainstorming mode for his next venture.

It started by building a poker game for Facebook when they started allowing developers to create for the social media site.

The game was launched July 2007 and by September, the company was profitable.

Now as of July 2011, there are 232 million users. His company is potentially worth between $15-20 billion in just four years. He just became a billionaire this year.

John Paul DeJoria

You may not recognize his name but if you’re a woman, you’ll know the first company he started, Paul Mitchell Systems. For the guys who don’t know, they sell hair care products to salons. It’s big business.

If you’re a tequila drinker, you’ll know his second company.

He started Paul Mitchell at age 36. When he started it, he was homeless. This was the second time in in life he was homeless. This time he wasn’t getting along with his wife, so he left and gave her all the money.

A financial backer was suppose to give half a million to start Paul Mitchell. He never showed up. So he slept in his car for two weeks. In the end, the investor never showed up. Instead he borrowed $350 from his mom and his partner (Paul Mitchell) came up with the other $350. As of 2011, Paul Mitchell Systems had over $900 million in annual revenue. (Imagine what that investor is thinking now)

At age 45, in 1989, with a friend, they started the Patron Spirits Company, maker of the premium tequila Patron.

This is how the business got started. (I always find it interesting how big ideas got started.)

I started Patron in 1989 with a friend of mine. I had put my friend Martin [Crowley] in the architectural business. He had a little bad luck in his life, so he would go down to Mexico, buy stone pavers and furniture and come back to the United States and sell it to architects. I said, “Martin, why don’t you bring back a few bottles of whatever the best tequila is that Mexicans drink down there.” So Martin brought me back the tequila and this bottle he found, that was the same bottle as Patron today.

He said, “JP, I have this idea; taste this.” I thought, Wow, that’s smoother than anything we’ve ever had. He said “I can make it smoother. I can send a mixologist down. And here’s a bottle we can put it in, and I’ll design this beautiful label for it. What do you think about going into business together?” We made it a little smoother, put it in these hand-blown bottles. So I bought a thousand cases–12,000 bottles. And my thinking was, if no one bought it, I would keep it, because Paul Mitchell was doing good. And for 10 years everybody I knew got one–for their birthday, christening, bar mitzvah, any kind of holiday you could think of. “Here’s a bottle of tequila! [laughs] If you’re too young, give it to your parents.”

He didn’t have to resort to giving it away as gift. It’s now the #1 selling premium tequila. Celebrities drink it. Rappers rap about it.

Before he starte the company, tequila was seen as a cheap drink. As Ed Brown, CEO of Patron says, “”Who would have ever thought of doing ultra-premium tequila back in those days?” John Paul DeJoria did and now he owns about 70% of the company.

I couldn’t find how much he’s earned through Patron because it’s a private company, but he said it’s extrememly profitable and very large.

His net worth is $4 billion according to Forbes. That’s a lot of hair care products and tequila.

It’s Never Too Late

One advantage about being in your 40’s is that you have more experience. Most entrepreneurs I read about have that attitude that “it’s now or never”. It’s a powerful motivator to know you’re not getting any younger.

However, we’re living longer and longer now so even if you find your success in your 40’s, you still have decades to grow it and enjoy it.

I leave you with a quote by Anthony Robbins,

“We usually overestimate what we think we can accomplish in one year, but we grossly underestimate what we can accomplish in a decade.”



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73 responses to It’s Never Too Late For Success Even in Your 40’s

  1. Thanks for doing this Benny. Having gone out on my own at 40 (I’m now 41), I was feeling like the old lady in the Blogosphere. But this gives me hope! I only feel about 25 (with the wisdom and insight that an extra 16 years provides) – and I’m full of passion and drive. I really do sense that this is the start of my biggest adventure!

    • You’re welcome Ruth! It was a learning experience from me. I tried not to find the usual people you see on these kinds of lists. So I learned a lot of how these five took more than half their life to have their big success.

      Still lots of time for your Ruth!

      • Enith Valverde June 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

        Dear Benny,
        I really liked your article. Now I am 47 and after more than 25 years working for different employers, now I am my own boss. I have just opened my own business and I’m happy due to it. And as you mentioned, I feel that now I have more experience and that if I don’t do what I dream now, when could I do it? It is my time!

  2. Darrell Hammond’s Bill Clinton is EPIC! lol

    I’ve always felt this way about success. I’ll be 40 in a year, and it never stopped me or made me think “I’m too old for ‘X’, guess I should just pack it in!”

    I have a friend closing in on 50 and she’s auditioning for America’s Got Talent. My cousin’s music career is gaining a lot of traction now and he’s in his early forties.

    Society seems to expect you to “grow up” once you hit 30 and just work until retirement because that’s what you’re supposed to do. Man, I refuse to grow up. I’m still chasing the dream, and if I don’t do it by 40 I’ll do it by 50…and I’ll STILL be kicking it and having fun.

    Life is definitely what we make of it, and reading these stories only cements that fact.

    • You’ll be 40 in a year? You haven’t aged a day in your avatar! That’s so cool about your friend auditioning for America’s Got Talent. There’s a guy on the X Factor who’s 60 I think, but has got an amazing voice! I’m sure the success from the show will give him a career in music that he has always wanted.

      Love your attitude! Life is definitely what we make of it and we should treat it as an adventure. Let’s not hurry through life just to get to the end. Am I right?

      Hope you have a great weekend! Tell Beyonce I said “What’s up”.

  3. Damn Benny, Catering to us geezers will surely get you some brownie points and a free cane.

    Sweet post and very inspiring. I didn’t know SamJax got started so late. Very cool stuff.


    • I do what I can to please the over 40’s. I had no idea Samuel L. Jackson got his big break so late either. Hurry up and have something go viral so I can add you to the list.

      Thanks for your comment Brad!

  4. You know I love this post Benny! Having been inspired by your post highlighting those starting over in their 30’s, I took it a step further and addressed the baby boomers.

    I love hearing people’s stories though. What they did before they got to where they are now. It just goes to show you that it’s never too late to give up on your dream. Or if you have an idea, why not go for it! It really doesn’t matter your age. Life is worth living period and exploring new options.

    I really enjoyed this one Benny, thanks for sharing these stories.

    Hope you are doing well!


    • Thanks Adrienne! You put together a great list with some people didn’t know about. Since I did the 30’s doing the 40’s next would be natural. I do enjoy reading people’s stories as well. It does inspire me that that one moment when everything we’ve experienced up to that point comes together and something magically happens.

      I’m doing well! Staying busy now that I’m married!

  5. Hey Benny,

    This is one of those kind of posts that not only make me smile but also gave me a little bit of inner peace after I was done reading.

    So glad to know that for some people success may come at a later date.

    I wasn’t aware that Samuel L. Jackson was not very recognized before Pulp Fiction, really took me by surprise and I loved the tequila story. Particularly because I’m from Mexico I guess.

    Great and amusing to read article Benny, you take care my good friend!


    • Thanks so much for reading Sergio. I learned something about each of those guys as well! I thought Samuel L. Jackson was famous before Pulp Fiction. I also thought he was much younger in that movie. Had no idea he was over 40! I love the tequila story as well. I need to find a drink to import and make some money!

      Thanks for your comment Sergio!

  6. Hey Benny!

    You do us 40-somethings a great service! Appreciate the research. Very inspiring to read of those who persevered over time and experienced the kind of success they achieved. And that’s really the bottom-line of it: success will NEVER be achieved by those who quit somewhere along the way. Of course, we don;t all aspire to the same kinds of success, but success as a father or mother or runner or spiritual person or moral giant, whatever, is still achieved the same way. Thanks for sharing these posts with us, Benny! Just awesome!

  7. Really great article!

    I’d to offer another angle about this great issue and it’s: the people around you:
    I wrote an article once about some of the big inventions and how most of the surrounding people (some of the professors and other “important” people) around the inventor told them: “it won’t work!” or “what are you doing??” or “you don’t have better things to do or dream about??” ect.

    Same here – this is one of the classic sentences people around you might say… “you are 30/40 it time to give up/do something better/stop “playing”/it’s to late for you ect.

    I say: IT’S NEVER TO LATE!

    One last thing:
    Remember the great words from the song sunscreen:
    Some of the most interesting people I’ve meet where over 40!

    Wish every one a wonderful day!

  8. Great post Benny. Its never too late for a new beginning. The mind says that I am too old to do something but consciousness knows no limitations.

  9. I’ve heard John Paul DeJoria’s story before. It’s absolutely remarkable. Every time I hear/see it it lights a fire under my ass. Just goes to show that there’s no excuse for anyone.

    • It’s amazing what he’s done with his life. Patron just blew up. I knew he started the company but didn’t know how he got the idea for it. I’m sure people thought he was crazy to sell premium tequila when cheap tequila was just fine for people. Now they’re in the vodka business from what I saw. Amazing.

      Hope you’re doing well in NYC!

  10. Benny- I love the quote and the stories. I also like the Tony Robbins quote ( your never to old to be what you might have been)
    Just like never asking a girl out you will always have the what if question. Taking action on any venture fires the spirit and keeps you going. Thanks

    • Hey Paul. I believe this is your first comment here. Thanks! Sadly I had many regrets for not talking to girls growing up. Great opportunities slip by. I hope to not have that kind of regret for my life (not w/ girls) moving forward. Hope your life is full of taking action!

      Thanks again.

  11. Nice post Benny. It’s truly never too late 🙂 Good to know there’s hope for me yet!

    • It’s never too late Eden. Not until we have our last breath on this Earth! A man just ran a marathon at 100 years old! So it’s never too late.

  12. i guess then being 30 and leaving my corporate job, getting depressed and trying to kill myself a few times, isn’t too late to start anew… 🙂

    • It’s not too late! You sound like you’ve lived a full life and made it through the rough parts. The future can only be brighter for you. Our future is always a clean slate.

  13. It’s never too late. That’s a good motto and belief. However, I can’t help but feel it is too late some time.

    • Brian,

      I know it’s and up and down game. Some days feel like we can rule the world. Other times it feels like “why bother?” If you feel it’s too late, then guess what? You’re going to be right. When you defend your limitations, rarely will you be wrong. Ultimately, life is how we make it. I hope you find what you’re looking for.

  14. You are so right. I’m 42 myself, and started my journey last year. Just release my first software 1 month ago, so it is very exciting times and your’e never to old for this game I think.


    • Congrats on releasing your first software! You’re never too old for getting into the game. These people and many others have proved it.

  15. This is very inspiring…I hope when I get 40, i’ll be successful as they are..thanks….

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  16. Benny’s enthusiasm is unstoppable! I like that about Benny!

    Ironically, Mark Pincus is the only internet-related guy featured in this mix of awesome. And what about bloggers? Are there any 40+ year old bloggers out there that rack up a million or more per year after taxes?

    Out of 150 million bloggers in the world, there has to be at least fifteen 40+ year old rockstar bloggers out there! [grin]

    Find them, Benny. Give us hope!

    • Hey Stan!

      I do wonder about bloggers. That would be an interesting group of people to feature. I’ll have to look into that for sure. There definitely has to be a group of bloggers out there! Thanks for the idea Stan!

  17. There’s still hope for me be FILTHY rich. Good to know. I love this series Benny. Your writing has really started to evolve.

    • You still have a long way to go in your 30’s. By your 40’s you should be hitting your stride. So it’s never too late. We’ll be waiting for that party to celebrate your first million!

  18. I met up with Mark Pincus last month. He’s pretty pumped about Zynga’s propsects for 2012. Nice fella, and encourages commerce in SF. Drives an everyday X5, and wore exactly what you have in the picture! lol.


    • That’s really cool Sam! I bet he’s got great stuff in line for 2012. I was inspired by his story for sure. Wore the same thing? That’s really funny! He must really like that shirt!

  19. Benny, It is never too late! That’s right, we’re just getting started.

    Love the inspiration and examples. I think it is easy to see examples of younger people starting things and making huge changes, but there are great examples of older-dudes busy making a difference.


    • Thanks Troy! I always believed that if we didn’t find success in our 20’s then it was too late. However, that’s when I thought of life as a straight line. I thought it was too late to get off the tracks and do something else. Then I learned that life is not a straight line but a series of zig zags. So finding success in your 30’s, 40’s, or even 50’s or later is very possible.

      Thanks for your comment Troy!

  20. This is the first time I visit this blog.
    Benny, you are a PRO.
    Amazing examples.
    And I’d better follow you.

    • Thank you Luis! Welcome to Get Busy Living. I wouldn’t say I’m a pro. I’m learning to get better every day. I’m glad you enjoyed the examples! Look forward to seeing you around in the future!

  21. Thanks for the motivation,Actually this is a reality of life. will use it to the best of my ability.

  22. Benny it really is never too late.
    I loved all the examples of people who started or made it later in life.

    When i turned 25, i thought my life was all down hill. I was behind all my friends because i started college 3 years late after living in Japan for 3 years. But i caught up.

    Then when i turned 30, i thought again, my life is half over.

    I’m 40 now and i dont’ feel that way anymore. But it’s probably because the older you get the more you realize that time is precious and you need to take advantage of every moment. I don’t look back anymore and say my life is half gone but rather i look forward and see all the potential for all the things i’m going to do.
    Thanks for an inspiring post

    • Thank you for being an inspiration. Many people would be scared to do what you did. You’ve moved your family to France and are really enjoying life! Many people would think after you have kids and while they’re still young, that it’s too late. I know you’re just getting started as well.

  23. This is my first time visiting your blog and I find this post inspiring. I love how you made it clear that success knows no boundaries. Also, your writing is exceptional. Expect me to come back regularly from now on.


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  24. Great article. I’m an author, screenwriter and filmmaker, but I always wanted to use my skills as a boxer and martial artist to become an action actress in movies and TV. I hold a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and Wing Chun, and now I train in mixed martial arts (MMA).

    I’m now 50 (51 in June) and I’m working on making this happen. Now that I’m single, with no kids in the house, I can focus on fulfilling the last part of my goal. I’m even writing a book about my journey entitled Next Stop Hollywood (Fulfilling Your Dreams and Goals After Age 30, 40 or 50).

    • Wow! Quite a resume you have Jillian. I’m sure you’ll reach your goal since you’ve achieved a lot so much already. Best of luck to you!

      • this is my first time reading your blob… i agree with all of the above. people around me in singapore always think that ‘oh you too old for this n that’…
        i always belief, its never too late to be successful or to achieve your dream. your posting is awesome , thank you!

        • You’re welcome! Don’t listen to the people who say it’s too late or you’re too old. Those are the people who’ve given up on their dreams and don’t want you to achieve yours.

  25. Hi, just an observation they are all men, any women?

  26. Its so wonderful to read your blog as you are clearly someone who is open minded and a free thinker. I think ageism is such a problem and needs to be addressed in our society. Especially being a female, if you aren’t successful or at least ‘on your way’ by 21 its time to think of other options. That’s how everyone makes you feel anyway. Age is a concept. I would rather hang out with someone who is 104 and awesome than someone 18 and boring. You can be successful at any age, don’t let people put limits on you. You have one life, its yours, not anyone else’s!

    • You summed it up very well! We get put into phases in our life based on age. If we haven’t reached success or found what it is that makes us feel alive by a certain age, then it’s too late. That’s what the majority think, but the unconventional ones like you and I know that age doesn’t matter at all.

  27. Dear Benny,

    Really your words give me some energy. I have reached 40. I left my MNC job in 2005 at the age of 31 for enjoying my freedom in teaching profession. When I left that job I had constructed a house, enough and sufficient money and happily married, I was well-off till 2005 and since then, my financial condition have been poor as my earning from teaching profession is so little.In 2010, I got a chance to do my PhD…. Now I am almost at the end of my PhD course. Probably, I may give my final presentation by next year (2014). I have two kids… many times I go into depression by feeling guilty that I became poor because of my bad decision in 2005, i.e.,resigning from MNC job in 2005… close friends are all VPs and Sr. Executives in various MNCs worldwide. Even if I earn my PhD next year, how can I compensate the huge loss which I incurred so far…. silently I cry in a dark and isolated room. CAN U THROW SOME MORE LIGHTS, MR. BENNY??????

    • It’s hard to give you an answer to your problem. If you were successful once before, you can be successful again. Stop thinking about your bad decision and start thinking more about how you’re going to support your family. You have great qualifications so I’m sure you will be able to find a great job.

  28. “who would have thought of doing premium tequila?” um Mexico

  29. amazingafrogirl February 3, 2014 at 1:18 am

    All of these examples are of people who STARTED working in their particular fields BEFORE they were 30. The headline is misleading. Considering how long it takes each of them to “find success” after struggling in their careers for a while, what are the chances of let’s say a working attorney who decides in his or her 40s to pursue an acting career? That leaves a lot less time for struggling.

    • I’m sorry I didn’t mean for the post to be misleading. I just wanted to show that sometimes it takes awhile before reaching success. Many people will think that once they hit 40, it’s too late.

      Why not you? The world is filled with people who got started late. And why can’t you be the one that inspires others who are over 40 to take a chance at your dream? Yes after 40 leaves less time than someone who is 30, but it’s not how many years we live, but the quality of life. As a working attorney, maybe that person has the financial resources saved up and can take a chance. They know that if it doesn’t work out, they could always go back to being an attorney.

  30. Also all men. What about the ladies?

    • Sorry about that. Definitely was not intentional. Just when I was doing research these names came up. But I will dig deeper and find some women for a follow up.

    • justine moore July 24, 2014 at 6:41 am

      I found this for us ladies,I hope it inspires you Roxana ladies

  31. here’s the thing or the question: what if you arrive in “hollywood” in your early 50’s. you saved up a bit but that’s your ENTIRE life savings. you need to still find work, that is flexible that you can go on auditions in the daytime AND this job needs to make a very good salary because southern california everywhere is NOTORIOUS for the cost of living.. let’s say you give it 10 years (which is the usual standard “time concept” it takes to “make it”… so now your in your early 60’s living in a tiny apartment in north hollywood and STILL wondering worrying about paying your rent each month and STILL trying to “make it” and with no guarantee still AND your reaching the age of retirement and you because you’ve been struggling for 10 years throughout your 50’s into your early 60’s you have hardly any savings, much less retirement savings…moving to hollywood and trying to “make it” starting in your early 50’s?

    UNLESS you have saved up a FEW years of living expenses and i’m talking 2,3,4 years worth just in case you might not have to work somewhere doing something OR you come from a wealthy family…. i DO BELIEVE they are overwhelming odds for ANYONE (unless like i said you have years of money saved up, come from a wealthy family, your drop dead gorgeous or incredibly talented) in their 50’s to go to hollywood and become a successful working actor. NOT trying to be a DOWNER but i’m being realistic! for those of you who ARE or would be in your 50’s and you want to succeed badly enough to struggle at that age and for years to make it in hollywood, more power to you! good luck!

    perhaps it would be better to try and be a “bigger fish” in a smaller pond in another city being a working actor then a “little fish” in a big pond like hollywood.. at least in other cities (except new york!) you wouldn’t struggle trying to pay your rent/mortgage and bills! you would still be doing something you love, able to live comfortably a nice 2 bedroom house as opposed to a tiny1 bedroom overpriced apartment and of course with so much less competition..

    • Now with youtube hollywood is need not be a geographic location… could do skits and monologues and post them online…..and then you could get a call from a casting agent

  32. Chyrise Thomas June 2, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Love the article, but where are the women? 😉 There are lots of us over 40 out there too trying to be successful.

  33. Been reading the posts/questions here, and want to share with you all a quote I hold to heart dearly, perhaps one you are familiar with. It keeps me positive and focused, and I believe really addresses the concerns many have about age and whether if it’s too late or not to find success at 30, 40, 50 or beyond.

    “Whether You Think You Can or Can’t, You’re Right”–Henry Ford

    In other words, if you believe you’re too old, you’re right. If you don’t accept that and believe you’re never too old, again you are also right. The main point is belief and faith. Without them, we throw the towel in, and settle on mediocrity. Keep fighting the good fight, they haven’t buried you yet.

    Thanks for your inspiring work, Bennie.

    • Oh yes, Henry Ford millionaire ..I could make up witty quotes like that too if I had no worries day to day.

  34. Good post! Just want to share my 2 cents for what it’s worth….
    Time is truly relative, we don’t know how long we will be here and are not guaranteed a single minute. With that being said, as long as you have life, you have time.

  35. Hi, I’m new to your blog but this post resonated with me. I broke free from the corporate world in my 40s and at the age of 43, started my first business which led me to earning a low six figures each year for the next 4 years. I know it’s an old adage but age really is just a number.

  36. I have no money, no car and no connections..all these ppl had ppl that cared about them.

    What a load of crap.

  37. ourabsentfriends December 11, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    They’re all men. Just sayin’

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