Today we’d like to introduce you to David Jung.
David, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
My parents mercifully allowed me to throw away a very expensive education to join the circus. Playing a doctor on TV gave them no comfort and probably made them feel worse. However, I have been so blessed to be a working screen and voice actor since 1998. My wife and I moved to Los Angeles from NYC in 2006 to start a family. As difficult of a career as it is, it has given me a great life. We now have two wonderful kids and a puppy and somehow remain very happy in quarantine.
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?
It has been anything but smooth which I think is the nature of the beast. But over time, I found my niche and have worked with so many wonderful people. It’s impossible not to be grateful especially as we all get a bit older and wiser. I would say the hardest struggle has been discrimination. I generally don’t complain about this as I just want to keep focused and determined but in hindsight, it’s clear that I was never going to get the same opportunities and experience and thus more opportunities and experience that I would have if I wasn’t a performer of color. Disappointing but I’m hopeful for change.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a character actor who mostly works in comedy and I work regularly as a voice actor in films, tv, games, etc. I’ve also done a lot of commercial work. One interesting fact is that I was the 2003 US and World Air Guitar Champion.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I grew up in Lake George, NY in the Adirondacks. In the first two weeks of every October, the leaves change color and the world becomes magic.
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