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Some Other People Who Had a Rough Time in their 20s
has a hard time in their twenties (see this article!
). Here are more success stories!
Was a substitute history teacher while he wrote his novel (received as “dull and uninspired” and remains unpublished), continued as a substitute teacher, fades into crowds.
Moved to LA at 23. Told himself if he wasn’t making a living as a writer by 30 he would move back to the east coast. Now thought of as the “wunderkind of the New York Transit Authority” at 31 he is the youngest employee to be named regional bus dispatch coordinator.
During her 20s, she worked as a receptionist at a Motel 6 while researching her nonfiction debut novel exposing corruption in the local Los Angeles government. As a Motel 6 assistant manager at 56, she still has a draft saved on her old macbook somewhere.
In his early twenties, Graham was a promising concert pianist, working as a lounge musician by night while recording his demo album, which sat on music producers’ desks and eventually became scratched while gathering dust.
Spent his 20’s as a waiter and aspiring playwright. Following the advice of a coworker who told him “This place is so crazy, you should write a musical about it”, California Pizza Kitchen: The Jazzical, enjoyed a two-night run in the community room at Hopewood Short-Term Housing Solutions in Hoboken, NJ
Worked many jobs including DJ-ing for childrens parties, sign-twirling and catering all through his twenties to support his passion for directing. In his thirties he decided he couldn’t keep that up, became an administrative assistant for his catering company.
Worked as a busboy at a clown-themed burlesque nightclub all through his late twenties - today. Wants to open his own restaurant but is too tired at the end of each day.
Within a year of living in LA, her web series “Is My Make-Up On?” made her one of Hollywood’s hottest new writers. She is currently the youngest writers on Parks and Recreation. However, it all means nothing because what she really wants to do is act.
Went back to college to study architecture in his mid-twenties, couldn’t afford to graduate so he upped his hours at his job as a retail assistant at Abercrombie, but his classes kept conflicting with his shifts and it really wasn’t that flexible of a job since nobody else would cover shifts because they were goddamn high school students with no respect, so he decided he wouldn’t be a great architect anyway, became a temp.
Spent his 20’s being abused as an assistant at a top talent agency, trying to network and get noticed by key industry players. Now 34, he is Gwen Stefani’s nanny.
As a talented, kind, aspiring painter in her 20s, Anna spent her days as a vet assistant. By night she worked really hard at her art and put herself out there, but forty years later is still a vet assistant, has no relationships or savings.
Dead at 25
As an aspiring writer in her mid-twenties, Anne wrote tumblr posts and tweets to distract herself from the impossible feat of paying student loans while not receiving funds for her work. She has three part time jobs, hasn’t had internet since October.
At 26, running one of the most esteemed and highly regarded comedy training programs in the world. Left to write for a web series. Currently a tour guide at Universal Studios Hollywood, “The Entertainment Capital of LA.” Rather than finish his current pilot in time to get on agents’ radar before staffing season, he watched a lot of netflix in the motel room he lived in.