Finding Success In Later Life- Inspirational Late Bloomers

Unsure of what you want to do when you leave uni? Relax, you’re not alone. We’ve all had sleepless nights worrying about what career path we want to go down, but Aurore (Agnès Jaoui) from the new uplifting comedy I Got Life!, arriving in UK cinemas on March 23rd, shows us that it’s never too late for a change.

Agnès Joaui by Eddie Briere

The film may centre on her new found love life and the friends by her side, but from the trailer, we can see that Aurore is also struggling with her career and what to do next. So if you’re worried that you don’t have everything figured out, don’t panic. We’ve compiled a list of famous faces that didn’t hit the big time until later on in life.

Vera Wang
Known for her gorgeous bridal gowns and amazing fashion designs, not many know that Vera Wang begun her career as a figure skater, only transitioning into the fashion world when she didn’t make the Olympic team., only leaving to start her own independent fashion brand aged 40. Clearly all those years of experience in the industry paid off because, before she knew it, she was taking the world by storm and designing pieces for the likes of Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian and Victoria Beckham, proving to everyone that success doesn’t always happen early on.

Samuel L Jackson
Despite starting to act in his early 20’s, Samuel L Jackson’s career didn’t take off until he was offered a role in Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction, aged 45. After struggling with addictions for the majority of his young adult life, Jackson managed to acquire himself the role that sky rocketed his career, turning him into an internationally recognised actor. Mentored by Morgan Freeman in his younger years and appearing in over 30 films before fame, Jackson showed determination and resilience through all of his rough patches, proving that if you work hard for something it’ll pay off in the long run.

Colonel Sanders
In spite of establishing one of the most successful fast food chains in the business, Colonel Sanders was not always a household name. Starting off as a steam engine stoker, insurance salesman and filling station operator, this businessman didn’t open the first KFC until 1952 when he was 61 years old. This is a great example of age being just a number, him being the oldest on this list to claim fame, and also displays that it’s okay if you don’t know what you want to do, you’ll figure it out when the time is right for you.

Betty White
After being turned down by multiple movie studios for being ‘unphotogenic’, it would’ve been easy for this American actress to give up her career before it had even started. Luckily for her though, and us, she stuck to it and didn’t give up. Like any aspiring star, White would take any job that she could get, whether it be singing, commercial reading, or making background noises, she would do anything to get her name out there – something that clearly paid off. Starting on the radio and working her way towards the big league, it took her a while to build up her career. Despite having been on television since the age of 18, White is most known for roles that she played in her late 40’s – 70’s, making her a perfect inspirational late bloomer.

Vivienne Westwood
Although catwalks, fashion shows and luxurious garments may be a part of this British fashion designer’s everyday life, that wasn’t always the case for her. From a factory worker to a primary school teacher, this success story is definitely one that took a while to get going and it wasn’t until 1971 that she was really able to start establishing her brand. Her big break came about when her husband began managing punk band the Sex Pistols, who all wore her designs, subsequently drawing attention to them, and her. Even though she discovered design at the age of just 17, Westwood did not go on to pursue it as a career until she was 30, proving that you should never give up on something that you love.

Judi Dench
Being brought up around the theatre, it’s no surprise that Dench ended up pursuing a career in show business, even if it was a bit later in life. After making her professional debut in 1957, she spent much of her early career focusing on theatre performances, only branching out into film here and there. It wasn’t until she was in her late 20’s and awarded a BAFTA for the most promising newcomer that her career really started to take off. Despite originally having an interest in set design, Dench’s change of heart definitely paid off for her as she landed a role in Goldeneye, making her an internationally known actress, recently appearing in titles such as Murder on the Orient Express and Victoria & Abdul.

I Got Life! is in cinemas March 23. You can book tickets at Check out the trailer here!

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