Jake Choi, a Korean-American actor and model, has an interesting life experience that has led him to success in the entertainment and fashion world. Born and raised in Elmhurst, Queens, Jake received a basketball scholarship from Yonsei University in South Korea after high school. The school is famous for its highly regarded basketball program. Through his success in basketball and personal charisma, Jake began to build a name for himself both on and off the court. This eventually led to him being discovered by a talent manager who invited him to an audition for the host position of Cuisine Tour, a cooking show on Arirang TV in South Korea.
Out of the 450 people who auditioned, Jake was the one who landed the role. The production team asked him to start in one week and gave him a 45-page script to prepare. Without following the script completely, Jake added more natural interactions by improvising during filming. “The script writer was sad at first that I didn’t entirely follow her lines, but the producer saw that the improvising was fun.”
After being the host of Cuisine Tour for eight months, Jake went back to playing basketball for a semi-professional team in South Korea. Before long, Jake found himself back in New York City.
Upon his return home, Jake was thrilled to be back with his friends and family. In a reunion party, a good pal of Jake’s, who has seen his talent, suggested that he become an actor.
Despite his trepidation and anxiety about acting in front of people, Jake took his friend’s suggestion and welcomed this challenge to his life. He started to meet people working in the film and TV industries and asked them for advice. He enrolled in the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute to get formal training in acting. Gradually, his hard work paid off; and he found great enjoyment in acting. People began to give him opportunities and recommendations.
As of 2011, Jake has added more than ten films, three TV shows, and three plays to his resume, including the movie “Closed”. In addition, he has been modeling for Michael Kors and Lord & Taylor. In 2012, Jake assumed a supporting role in the new season of Mysteries at the Museum on Travel Channel.