I believe that it’s never too late to be what you might have been and to chase your songwriting dreams. I was in my mid thirties when I started trying to write professionally. A friend of mine just landed a starring role (Her first) in a movie with some HUGE actors at age 49. I know someone entering medical school at age 52.
Age is just a number.
It doesn’t have to limit you or hold you back. Does it sometimes present obstacles? Yes. But, I have never known of any of those obstacles to be fatal.
You are not likely to become a recording artist in your 40’s or later. But it could happen! And, who says you can’t write a hit song in your 50’s or 60′? My friend Bill Anderson has been writing for a long time, but he is still having hits in his 70’s. He’s life-time learner. And today there are plenty of youtube videos or books like Song Building to help you improve your craft.
If you have a dream and you’ve started late, don’t give up.
Your success is probably limited more by your own doubts than it is by the number that follows your name.
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t reach your goals or capture your songwriting dreams. Prove the skeptics wrong. Do what they say can’t be done. Break new ground. Somebody will do it. It might as well be you. You never know when success is just around the corner.
At the end of the day, no one cares how old the man or woman is who wrote Katy Perry’s latest hit. They are listening for a great song.
So, forget about your age.
Be it “too young” or “too old”, just write great songs. Refuse to be defined by your age. You are only as old or as young as you choose to be.
Forget the number and write on.
Write on! MD
Marty Dodson is a multi-hit songwriter, co-founder of SongTown, and co-author of The Songwriter’s Guide To Mastering Cowriting.