Artists Who Began Pursuing Their Craft Later In Life And How I Reacted When I Found Out
Ava DuVernay: She had a successful career in PR and didn’t make her first short film until she was 32! How I reacted: Phew!
Joy Behar: She didn’t start doing stand-up until her 40s! How I reacted: Oh thank God.
Toni Morrison: She didn’t publish her first novel until age 40! How I reacted: OK that’s a huge relief.
Lynn Shelton: She didn’t even begin pursuing a career as a film director until her mid-30s! How I reacted: There’s still a chance for me!
Phyllis Diller: She did stand-up for the first time at age 37! How I reacted: That makes me feel way better.
Claire Denis: She directed her first film at age 40! How I reacted: I’m going to be fine.
Kim Gordon: She didn’t even pick up a bass guitar until she was almost 30! How I reacted: That gives me so much hope, not to make it about me (but in this context it is).
Carmen Herrera: She started making art as a child, but didn’t sell her first painting until she was 89-years-old. Last year, at age 101, the Whitney had a huge (incredible) exhibition of her work! How I reacted: I have so much time!
Me: I did stand-up for the first time when I was 29! How I reacted: I’ve sacrificed everything for this so it better work out.