Margaret's Open Road
There are no excerpts for this Leader.
Los Angeles, CA
achievement, baby steps, comedy, compromise, dreams, independence, judgment, Korean, making a living, parents, pursuit, running away, wealth
- At age 16, she realized she could be a comedian, but her parents weren't supportive, so she ran away to San Francisco.
- Says she realized very early on that she didn't want to ever compromise her own happiness to appease her parents.
- She went to L.A. to try to be an actress at the age of 19, but quickly realized that she was going to face a lot of typecasting.
- At one point, Rob Schneider's agent told her, "Asian people will never be successful in comedy. You have your life ahead of you-you should quit."
- She ignored that advice and kept going; took any odd job she could to keep her afloat in her pursuit of her dream.
- She worked as a Raggedy Ann doll at FAO Schwarz, at a bookstore, and as a short-order cook, and did comedy gigs late into the night.
- Soon, she was the most-booked act on college campuses, and once Bob Hope featured her on one of his specials, she became an overnight celebrity.
- Says the key to success is that you have to enjoy the small steps along the way; "if you love every step [of the process], it will lead somewhere."