A reader emailed me this question this week, and it is definitely one that has come up before. How old is too old in the music industry? Should you ever throw in the towel simply because you're not a kid anymore?
In short, my answer is no! You are never too old to pursue your music industry ambitions. There are many reasons your musical life may have taken a backseat over the years, but if you've got the time and inclination to jump back in, never deny yourself the chance by deciding you are simply too old.
Now, of course, there are a few practicalities to consider. Certain genres of music make age a bigger issue than others. If you want to be, say, Justin Bieber - well, that gets tougher to pull off every year you get past study hall. And yes, no matter what genre of music you play, some people within the industry will play the age game and be hesitant to work with older musicians - but then, some people won't. There are people within the industry who want to work with good music, no matter who is making it. Those are the ones you need to concern yourself with if you are thinking of jumping back into music later in life.
Of course, if you'd like to dip your toes into the business side of things as you get older, your age is not necessarily barrier there, either. In fact, your maturity and work experience can be trump cards. If you don't have any music industry experience, you may have to take on "learn-the-ropes" jobs around younger people or even go back to school, but there's nothing in the world wrong with that - absolutely nothing.
If you are trying to suppress your music industry ambitions because you've decided you're too old, quite simple, you will regret it. Just because you may face a few more obstacles than a fresh faced teenage pop star, that doesn't mean your ship has sailed or that you can't carve out a niche for yourself within the industry that allows you to satisfy your music biz dreams.
What do you think? Does age matter in the music industry? Share your thoughts!