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When it comes to careers, it's not always smooth sailing on your own. With the fear of missed opportunities and the conclusions of industry chatter, finding your own path can be a decision that takes years in the making. While most people try to postpone their calling, here at Collarts we encourage you to follow your gut instincts to pursue your creativity by delivering an education experience full of passion, individuality and opportunity that will give you the skills you need to find success.
From fashion to music, the following artists made their leap of faith later in life, proving all it takes is an idea, a belief or a vision to dictate how your creativity changes the world. With strong personal and professional development leading our own ethos at Collarts, these artists never said never and are now experts—even legends—in their fields. And we love it.
Channeling her performance and art catapulted Peaches at age 32
Before she shared her teaches of peaches, Merrill Beth Nisker—better known by her stage name Peaches—was a music teacher. Born in Ontario to a Jewish family, Peaches began her musical career in the 1990s and played in a handful of bands throughout her life. Moving to Berlin at 32, it was here that she was signed to the Kitty-Yo label after adding the finishing touches to her alter-ego; releasing her sophomore, The Teaches of Peaches (2000) that finally earned her the international recognition she deserved. When Canadian Jewish News wrote "associated music teacher pioneers electroclash", her stardom and controversy in electropop had already begun changing music history.
Leaping into fashion, Vera Wang began designing her signature gowns at age 40
Vera Wang started out as a figure skater who failed to make it to US Olympic figure-skating team. After dedicating her early years to sports, she decided to dive head-first into fashion writing. Earning her stripes in publishing and fashion, she became an editor at Vogue, working with the company for 15 years. After being passed over for the editor-in-chief position, she left Vogue and became a design director for Ralph Lauren, discovering her love for garments. Designing her own wedding dress, she soon opened her own bridal boutique, launching her own signature collection soon after. In essence, Vera Wang turned what began as a single bridal boutique into a fashion and lifestyle empire with an overall retail value of over $1 billion.
Shedding himself of an old image gained the ground 2 Chainz needed at age 34
In 2011, Playaz Circle's own Tity Boi decided to make his name more "family friendly" and 2 Chainz was born. Tauheed Epps, better known as 2 Chainz, found his fame upon tailoring his name, releasing his seventh mixtape under the new moniker, T.R.U REALigion, with chart-making success. Since first climbing the charts, he's topped the Billboard 200 and rapped with the best of those in the hip-hop industry, including artists Nicki Minaj, Kanye West and Lil Wayne. Currently, 2 Chainz works for Def Jam Records, an imprint of Universal Music Group.
A passion for her ideas didn't betray J.K. Rowling, who published the first Harry Potter at age 32
J.K. Rowling was 32 when Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was published. At the time, she was a single parent on government wages, struggling to make ends meet without a job. Somewhere on a delayed train traveling from Manchester to London King's Cross in 1990, Joanne had an idea, and for the next five years, she began to plan out the seven books of the famous Harry Potter series. She wrote mostly in longhand and amassed a mountain of notes, many of which were on scraps of paper. The first few chapters of Harry Potter are rumored to be created on napkins. She's now the worlds highest paid author.
College and Seinfeld didn't call out to James Murphy, but by the time he hit 30, music did
Before creating LCD Soundsystem, James Murphy dropped out of New York University (NYU) and turned down a writing opportunity for Seinfeld at 22. A time before it became one of the most acclaimed comedy shows of all time, Murphy had decided to pursue music and was in a handful of different bands, filling in his extra time as a sound engineer for Sub Pop band, Six Finger Satelite. At age 30, LCD Soundsystem released its first album; heavily influencing electronic music and earning itself two Grammy nominations. James has recently returned to the project and continues to make music as LCD Soundsystem.