We had the good fortune of connecting with Lin Sun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lin, how do you think about risk?
Risk taking is a MUST! I take risks when my dreams/goals are worth it to me. I’ve taken plenty of risks in life, even dabbling in minor illegal activity…in order to help my Mom financially get by. Because I took those risks, when I started stand-up comedy, I now have unique premises because I personally lived a unique life.
Risks are also challenging for me and I love a good challenge.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m highly proud to be a single mom, Cambodian-American stand-up comedian! I am most proud of being a Mom AND living my dreams at the same time as a comedian! I still have a long way to go to get to the success level that I want to be at… but I am proud of my penguin steps!
It is NOT easy. Not even close. Being a single parent during a pandemic lockdown, going from a working mom to a stay at home mom 24/7… is ROUGH! I started drinking! HAHA! Stand-up comedy and parenting are both heavy on brain power. Which mean that I am ALWAYS tired.
I realize though, that I am tired…but I am HAPPY! This is a good tired. I have everything I need, I have my health, I have the love of my son… I don’t have anything to complain about really. At the end of the day, if I’m having FUN and I’m HAPPY. that’s what matters most!
The lesson I’ve learned along the way is that I still have self-doubt to breakthrough. It is an on-going process. I am hyper critical of myself when I write and perform. I rarely think I am “killing” a standup set no matter how great I do. If I am “comparing” myself to anyone, it is someone of Wanda Syke’s caliber. I aspire to be the level of Comedian that she is, but in my own style.
My brand is about friendship, candidness and humor. I am your average Mom who strives for above average dreams. I am 99.9 percent honest (because everyone has skeletons in the closet). My story can be twisted into a drama OR the way I prefer it… comedy gold.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles area: Brunch at Cafe Gratitude. Walk around Melrose. Lunch in San Gabriel Valley at Noodle World (it is one of my favorite inexpensive Asian restaurants!) Then of course we must get Boba, because we are in San Gabriel Valley…where the authentic Boba & Asian food is! After lunch, we would go to Manhattan beach to chill until we are hungry. Dinner at a Hak Heang Cambodian Restaurant in Long Beach, CA — we would order Asian Stir-fried Crab & Lobster with garlic, amongst other signature Cambodian dishes. We would end the night at Mulholland Drive! Relax, have champagne & snacks and look at the breath taking view of Los Angeles.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shout out to my first comedy teacher Lisa Sundstedt with Pretty, Funny Women! IG @prettyfunnywomen My second comedy teacher Bobbie Olive at Tao Comedy Studio. IG @taocomedystudio
Her book “Tao of Comedy – Embrace the Pause” is an excellent read.
My brother from another mother & great friend Son Nguyen has taught me leadership, generosity and is a thoughtful financial advisor. IG @therealson
Rudy Moreno is another comedy coach who gets my humor, believes in his students and is a hilarious comedian himself!
Doug Warhit is my one and only acting coach
For women who aspire to write & publish their own book, Ymane Lakhlif with Female Author’s Writing is amazing.
Facebook: Lin Sun
Other: email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
First black and white photo: Ray Robinson IG @rrayrobinsonproductions Red Shirt : photo taken by my 4 year old son (haha)