There’s a lot of talk in the entertainment business about it being a “young” business – and face it a hell of a lot of pop stars, movie stars and celebrities are all young people (early-mid twenties or even younger).
Some people say if you’re over 30, there’s no way you’ll a) make it in show business, and b) make a hit record. But is that really true?
There are a ton of examples of people making it big or putting out classics well into their 30s and beyond. The music business is all about one thing – connecting with an audience.
If you can make music that connects with a lot of people – something that ain’t exclusive to 20 year olds – you can get put on in the music business.
Sure, if you’re 35 and you’re making pre-teen, boy-band pop records, you’re not gonna be a huge success as the artist. But even if you’re 50+ and you can move people with your art – you can have hit records and more importantly a very successful music career.
Sade came out with Soldier of Love in 2009 at the age of 50 which hit #6 on the Billboard Hip-Hop/R&B Charts and #52 on the Billboard Top 100.
Luke Bryon released his debut album around 30 and today, at 38 years old, has a song that’s hit #41 on the Billboard Top 100.
And just look at the examples in the picture above.
And let’s be real for a minute – in terms of what makes a worldwide “smash hit” today (in the age of YouTube), it doesn’t even necessarily mean #1 on Billboard.
Psy’s Gangnam Style is arguably one of the biggest songs of the last 15 years – it was an international phenomenon with young people and old people alike – and that record only peaked at #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100.
And Psy released that track when he was in his mid 30s.
You don’t have to be in your teens or 20s to be a success in the music business.
But you do have to make spectacular fuckin music. And I mean spectacular. You also gotta know who to talk to, and how. Like I said, hit music connects with an audience on a deep level….
…And usually has a ton of marketing and promotion behind it. And that’s why you need to hustle hard on both your music quality/style, and your marketing machine.
In the independent music game, no one else will do it for you. And you have to do it as big as you can, no matter how young or old you are.