Layla Fanucci was a music teacher for 25 years and then a simple DIY project changed her life. The California native — one of 60 inspiring women in the book It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over — had never painted in her life, but she decided to pick up a brush and make art for her living room. It brought out a passion Fanucci never knew she had and stunned her friends, nine of whom paid for custom art. The more Fanucci painted, the more she realized it made her happy. With her husband’s encouragement, she quit teaching and gave herself two years to make a living as an artist. In that time, she produced 200 paintings and sold enough to make about as much as her former salary. After quite some back and forth with an art consultant in New York, Fanucci had her first solo show — a success that led to being exhibited in top galleries all over the world. In 2014, one of her paintings sold for $100,000. It would have taken 33 years teaching to make what she made last year selling 32 paintings total. (Photo: Layla Fanucci)
It’s easy to get discouraged from pursuing a creative career. Maybe an adult told you that was not a real job. (It is.) Perhaps you just didn’t think you had it in you to make your passion projects a full-time gig. (You do.)
But the worst inhibitor of all is feeling like you’re too late. While it is certainly difficult to find a career that fulfills you and realistically supports your lifestyle, there is no time limit that prevents you from making a career change.
Related on Yahoo Makers: 91-Year-Old Maker Finishes Middle School and Proves It’s Never Too Late to Learn
If you’ve searched all the advice the Internet has to offer and still not convinced, let these determined professionals who got a second chance inspire you to a happier life. Whether you’re 16 or 60, you deserve a career that makes you jump out of bed every morning because you can’t wait to get to work.
Also on Yahoo Makers: