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Meet Joon Lee

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joon Lee.

Joon, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I started performing as a child in church plays and grew up a class clown at school. For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a comedian/entertainer. Early on, I realized I could make people laugh, and it has since been my strongest asset and biggest defense mechanism. I graduated from UGA with an Advertising and Communication major and got a great internship opportunity at BBDO NY. Even though it didn’t work out, I am genuinely grateful for the opportunity because I knew very quickly this was not the path for me. Fast forward to the present, I am an actor, MC, and content creator. I still work a part-time job as my primary source of income. I continue to attend acting classes, audition, and make videos in hopes something will happen by the next time we speak haha.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
After being sent home without a job offer from NY, my immediate thought was how disappointed my parents would be. I landed a safe corporate job, but that was short-lived as well. In the midst of my frustration and rut, I decided to stop making excuses and focus my energy and time into creating comedy skits on Instagram. In hindsight, everything falling through ended up a blessing in disguise because my Instagram page took off shortly after. However, right when i was building momentum, my profile got hacked and someone attempted to delete my account.”

I’ve encountered other challenges along the way, but notably emotional and mental challenges. I quickly learned (still learning) how difficult the cliche “don’t give up!” truly was. No amount of warnings of all the mental hardships that will come in any pursuit can prepare you until you experience it yourself. There was a 4-month period where I wanted to give up every single night. I felt like a failure.

It would remiss of me to say everything is smooth sailing now. I still feel like I’m barely scratching the surface and far from an “I made it” moment. But one day, my future self will thank my current self for not giving up.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am an actor, traveling MC, and content creator. As an MC/host, I am proud to say I have hosted at almost every major Georgia University, Kollaboration, and KCON NY & LA. On Instagram, I am most known for my Korean mom character where I impersonate Asian moms. I believe what sets me apart is I am not afraid to be myself. I put myself out there for being authentically me in hopes of making others comfortable enough to be genuine to themselves. Book me to host your next event or cast me in your next project!

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
One of my favorite childhood memories was watching my brother play video games. Most people find spectating and not being able to participate boring, but I actually enjoyed it more than playing myself. He played a lot of RPG/single-player games such as Final Fantasy VII and Mega Man, and I vividly remember going behind the couch to pray every time he encountered a boss fight. I would ask God to help him focus and grant him the skills necessary to take down the said boss.

That is a memory I relish and dearly hold on to that never fails to lighten my mood.

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Matthew Gillette, Seung Han

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