We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda Joe and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Linda, how do you think about risk?
In pursuing success, taking risks is necessary. That opens up new possibilities for growth. I believe in being proactive, making opportunities, and doing the actual work, as things don’t fall into our laps by sitting around and waiting. Building my dreams throughout the years means not being afraid of having to take a ton of risks. I always follow my heart and pour my whole soul into everything I do as a producer. What I have learned over the years in taking risks and on my path to building my dreams, is that the fear of failure was something I was not ready for early on. Embracing failure and understanding that it is a stepping stone to success has allowed me to embrace risk-taking and its uncertainties. With each new leap and dream I chase, I become more resilient, and as a result have become the producer I am today. Always learning, always growing, always evolving.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My childhood dream was to change the world. I’m still figuring that out each day. I always knew growing up that I wanted to work and be a part of the entertainment landscape, and that I wanted to make an impact and be a voice and a force of positive change within the industry, for myself and for others. My personal motto is to turn anger and pain into action. When I’m frustrated and lost, I channel that energy into doing something productive and doing good deeds for others. Whether I am starting a community-driven volunteering event on my own dime and time, or building and leading successful teams and events, or producing multi-million-dollar budgeted projects, I pour my hustle and my heart into everything I do, as I believe in doing the actual work myself. I make sure to do things right, and if something is not right, I make sure to stand up and speak up every time. It has not always been easy standing my ground, and it has not always been popular. In these moments, the road to success has felt very lonely. There have been many heartaches. But leadership, accountability and change starts with me, by my actions, and I lead by example, and I am not afraid. Born and raised in LA, it was important that I made it here in LA. I went to USC film school and upon graduating I hustled and worked through many different studios to figure out how I fit in the bigger picture. My career has grown and evolved in so many ways as I am a big risk-taker and I am not afraid of change. I am a versatile do-it-all producer. I’ve produced for and have worked with big studios and projects from Comic-Con to the Cannes Film Festival, to the NBA and the Amgen Tour of California, to Esports video gaming events, to award shows and so much more. I also recently co-produced an original comedy Broadway-bound musical called Accidental Joy and had multiple sold-out shows, including most recently at the Montalban Theater in Hollywood. Although I didn’t have any Broadway experience, my hunger, my drive, my passion, and my vision as a producer allowed me to help build something from the ground up. I am resilient in chasing my dreams and I believe I can do anything I put my mind to. I don’t let lack of experience or knowledge stop me. I make mistakes and I learn as I go. What has always been important to me within my career is to have a voice and to use it properly. As a Korean-American woman in this business, what matters most to me is diversity and representation. I have fought to get a seat at the table, and it has not been easy. I know what that struggle feels like, and so I want to create and produce projects that offer opportunities to minorities, and to provide a platform for under-represented POC artists and to be a voice for the next generation to help pave the way. I am always looking for those kinds of diverse projects and opportunities. That is my goal. I enjoy producing a variety of things that I am passionate about and whatever feeds my soul, from television projects to films to musicals to community events and large events to writing a book and everything in between. The people in my life know that I live to the fullest every day. I live in gratitude. I am so grateful and humbled by what I have accomplished so far, and I appreciate everyone who has helped me along the way. But my journey is just starting and I still have a long ways to go. I’m still focused, still driven, still hungry. As I am still growing and evolving as a producer, I can’t wait to meet the next version of me. And I am hopeful and excited to see how the next decade unfolds.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
A Day’s Itinerary Options:

*BRUNCH: Republique; Sunny Spot; Hamburger Mary’s WeHo

*COFFEE & DESSERT: Dinosaur Coffee; Balconi Coffee; Copa Vida; Andante Coffee; Alchemist Coffee Project; Yellow House Cafe; Recess Truck Ice Cream

*MUSEUMS & EVENTS: Getty; LACMA; The Broad; flutter; MOCA; Griffith Observatory; so much more

*LUNCH: Grand Central Market in DTLA; Ma Dang Gook Soo Restaurant in Koreatown; Olympic Noodle; Sattdown Jamaican Grill; Clementine

*ACTIVITIES: Workout at Arena Fitness; drive along PCH and see the ocean views and buy fruits from the fruit stands along the road; walk on Abbot Kinney Blvd; rent a bike and ride down to Venice Beach; hike up the Culver City Stairs

*SUMMER IN LA: Concerts at the Hollywood Bowl; Rooftop Movie Nights; Cinespia Movie Screenings; so much more

*BROADWAY SHOWS: Montalban Theater; Pantages Theater; so many theaters and small playhouses to list in LA

*SPORTS: Lakers Game at Staples Center; Sofi Stadium; Dodgers Game

*KARAOKE: Max Karaoke in Little Tokyo; tons of options in Koreatown

*DINNER: Oo-Kook Korean BBQ; Shabuya; Honey’s Kettle Chicken; Poppy + Rose; Majordomo; Preux & Proper

*DRINKS: Birds & Bees; Death & Co; Broken Shaker at the Freehand LA; Rooftop at Mama Shelter LA

*As a multicultural foodie, I’ve eaten my way through LA, supporting many small businesses. As a lover of arts and entertainment, there is never a dull moment in LA, and any opportunity I get, I make sure to support artists and give back to the community.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
“Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” – Maya Angelou.

For a long time, I didn’t realize I unintentionally chose fear. People who know me well know that I am a confident, fearless, hungry, and driven leader. Even with my many successes as a producer, I constantly worried and had a wall up to protect myself, due to painful experiences with companies and mistreatment from others. I worked harder and still poured more of my heart and soul into my work to ignore this constant worry. I didn’t realize I was resisting good coming my way, and instead of enjoying being in the moment, my worries overshadowed my joy. I tried desperately to control everything around me. And within my control, for the first time in my life, it caught up to me, and I lost all control. I felt lost.

A close friend of mine helped push me out of my comfort zone and gave me harsh words and blunt advice I didn’t want to hear. But I eventually acknowledged and recognized it. I needed to let go and trust the process to rebuild myself. Another close friend helped me realize that I had put my own glass ceiling above my head out of fear. Because what if I couldn’t succeed after all I had already done? What if this was the end of the road? What if my dreams never came true? A lot of what ifs. My personal motto is to turn fear and pain and anger into action. And I realized that even out of fear, I still accomplished so much in my life. I was already living my dreams each day. I had so much to be grateful for. And I thought to myself, what if I led with gratitude and hope, instead of fear? I was able to accomplish so much with fear, but imagine the endless possibilities without fear. At the lowest moment in my life was when my character was tested and that’s when growth and change began. I am constantly learning, evolving and growing as a producer. Today and every day, I choose hope.

I want to send a special shout out to my mom, dad, brother, and family for their continued support and for always showing up with love. I want to send a shout out to Natalie Sakai and Marcus Terrell Smith for being there for me through my ups and downs and allowing space for me to grow. And to all my other loving friends and colleagues who have consistently showed up and supported me, I thank you and I appreciate you.

Website: www.LindaJoe.com

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