8 stars who quit jobs at big companies to debut in the entertainment industry and succeeded

These are 8 celebrities who boldly resigned to pursue their dreams of becoming actors, singers, entertainers or comedians. 

1. Heo Sung Tae

Heo Sung Tae

Heo Sung Tae was in charge of Russia and eastern Europe in the overseas sales division at LG Electronics before making his acting debut. He later changed his job and worked at Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering’s planning and coordination office, but then resigned at the age of 35. In 2011, he participated in SBS’s “Miracle Audition” and became an actor.

2. Jin Ki Joo

Jin Ki Joo

After graduating from college, Jin Ki Joo worked as a consultant for Samsung SDS for three years and as a G1 broadcast reporter for three months. She made her debut in the entertainment industry in 2014 after beating 2600 people to win third place in SBS Super Model Contest.

3. Jung Hyung Don

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Jung Hyung Don used to work at Samsung Electronics after graduating from a Technical High School. He later debuted as a comedian at KBS’s 17th Public Recruitment in 2002, then became an MC for various popular programs, such as “Infinite Challenge”, “Please Take Care of My Refrigerator”, “Cool Kiz on the Block”, “Weekly Idol”, etc.

4. Bae Yoon Kyung


Bae Yoon Kyung debuted as an actress after appearing on Channel A’s “Heart Signal 1”, which aired in 2017. Before then, she had been working as a costume designer at E-Land and a shoe designer for a shoe brand.

5. Seo Hyun Chul

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In order to pursue his dream of acting, Seo Hyun Chul resigned at the age of 31 while working as an employee at a shoemaking company in Korea and began doing theater activities.

6. Basick

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Mnet’s “Show Me The Money 4” winner Basick graduated from Babson College in the U.S. after spending 4 years studying business. Before becoming a rapper, he used to work in the marketing department of FILA.

7. Bae Su Jeong

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Before debuting as a British singer and producer in Korea, Bae Su Jeong used to work as a certified public accountant (CPA) in England. In 2011, she came in 2nd place on MBC’s “Star Audition: The Great Birth 2” and ended up turning to singing and producing activities.

8. Pyo Ye Jin

Pyo Ye Jin

Pyo Ye Jin worked as a cabin crew at Korean Air for about 1.5 years from 2011 to 2013 before making her acting debut. She appeared on the screen for the first time with a minor role in MBC’s drama “Here Comes Mr. Oh” in 2012 then made her name known to the public after starring in “Marriage Contract”, “Doctors”, “Fight For My Way”, “What’s Wrong with Secretary Kim”, etc. Pyo Ye Jin’s new acting projects, SBS’s “Taxi Driver 2” and tvN’s “Our Blooming Youth”, will be released soon.

Source: wikitree

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