10 icons who didn't make it until they were over 30

Publish Date
Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 12:32PM

If you've got absolutely no f**king clue what you're doing with your life, you're probably not alone. But just cos you're in your 20s, still eating nuggies and getting drunk every weekend, doesn't mean your life is over.

There's a heap of successful people who actually didn't break out or make it big, until they were over 30! We're not saying they didn't work hard before then to get to where they are now, but it's a good argument for proving that good things take time. Kia kaha, there's still hope...

1. Ray Kroc
Claim to fame:
McDonald's Founder
Job before: selling paper cups and milkshake mixers
Breakout age: 52 years 

2. J.K. Rowling
Claim to fame:
 Harry Potter Series
Job before: single Mum on welfare
Breakout age: 31 years

3. Harrison Ford
Claim to fame:
 Star Wars Franchise 
Job before: carpenter 
Breakout age: 30 years

4. Vera Wang
Claim to fame:
 renowned wedding dress designer
Job before: failed aspiring Olympian US figure-skater, editor at Vogue
Breakout age: 40 years

5. Amy Poehler
Claim to fame:
 SNL writer / Parks and Recreation 
Job before: aspiring actress, working in comedy theatres
Breakout age: 29 years

6. Alan Rickman
Claim to fame:
 Die Hard (1988), Severus Snape - Harry Potter series (2001)
Job before: ran graphic design business
Breakout age: 42 years

7. Vincent Van Gogh
Claim to fame:
 post-impressionist artist, one of the most influential figures in Western Art
Job before: ran graphic design business
Breakout age: 42 years

8. Ricky Gervais
Claim to fame:
 The Office UK
Job before: random radio station jobs (and got fired lots)
Breakout age: 40 years

9. Oprah Winfrey
Claim to fame:
 The Oprah Winfrey Show
Job before: born into poverty, studied at University, news anchor on Baltimore's WJZ-TV
Breakout age: 32 years

10. Melissa McCarthy
Claim to fame:
Job before: stand-up comedian, actress on Gilmore Girls
Breakout age: 41 years