How Jamie Chung Turned Unemployment into Opportunity

Jamie Chung talks about Hollywood, her fashion blog, and starting a family

— -- Jamie Chung is an actress best known for her leading roles as "Mulan" on ABC’s "Once Upon A Time" and Valerie Vale on Fox’s "Gotham."

But it wasn’t overnight success for Chung, now 33, who originally went to school for business, studying economics at the University of California, Riverside.

"Coming from an immigrant family, my parents didn’t graduate from college," Chung told ABC’s Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent Rebecca Jarvis. "I think they wanted me to teach at a university or work at a huge firm."

The toughest lesson she picked up along the way?

"Your work does not define you," Chung told Jarvis.

Ultimately, it was a dry spell in her acting career that led to one of Chung’s proudest creations -- her blog "What The Chung?"

This December, she’ll star in Paramount’s comedy "Office Christmas Party."

To find out more about how Jamie Chung turned a role in reality television into a successful acting career, watch her interview on "Real Biz with Rebecca Jarvis."

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