Margaret's Open Road
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Los Angeles, CA
achievement, baby steps, comedy, compromise, dreams, independence, judgment, Korean, making a living, parents, pursuit, running away, wealth
To escape bullying, Margaret Cho ran away from her home in San Francisco to Los Angeles at the age of 16. Being misunderstood by both her parents and her peers, Margaret used her experiences to fuel her drive to pursue comedy. While in Los Angeles, Margaret met Rob Schneider, an actor and comedian, and was introduced to his agent. But Margaret didn't get the approval she was looking for; the agent told her that Asians, and especially Asian females, can't make it in the entertainment industry and that she should drop everything and pursue something else. Margaret knew that she didn't want to compromise her dream for someone else. So, she started doing stand up comedy and fell naturally into the college circuit where she immediately became the most-booked act on campuses. Soon after that, her unfiltered style garnered her more than 300 concerts within two years. Soon she was put on Bob Hope's prime time special and became a national celebrity overnight. In 1994 Margaret was signed on to ABC's sitcom, All-Amerian Girl, and has appeared on other national TV shows that celebrated her Korean-American background and liberal views. Since then, Margaret has toured the country on her groundbreaking off Broadway one-woman show, I'm The One That I Want, and has released several self-produced comedy albums. Margaret has collected two Grammy nods, a Best Comedy Performance Award at the Asian Excellence Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the L.A. Pride.