We had the good fortune of connecting with Lin Sun and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk taking is essential to success, for me. I am a single Mom. I do not have any help from family or the baby daddy. I pay all the bills myself and do my best to build a good life for my son. He is 5 years old now. I am highly ambitious now because I want to be able to enjoy life with him in the years to come. He has his whole life ahead of him. I want to do my part in being a good example of following your dreams. I don’t believe in “sacrifice”. I do believe in win/win.
I take risks every day. I decided to have a standup comedy career. That isn’t the most secure form of income, but I do it because I am committed and I know it will pay off. The bigger the risk, the bigger the reward. The bigger the risk, the scarier it is. It takes trust in myself and the universe, that the universe has my back.
Sure, playing it safe may give me security in the moment. But it won’t give the big success that I strive for. IF I didn’t take risks, I wouldn’t be where I am today. And today, most importantly, I am truly happy.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am proud to call myself a Standup Comic. I take pride in what I do and every joke in my set.
I got to where I am today by doing the work. By not stopping. I didn’t stop in 2020. While some comics didn’t want to do zoom shows, I used zoom shows as a way to hone my joke writing skills. I didn’t even know I was a good writer until the pandemic hit and I learned that on zoom…. we must write jokes to keep the audience’s attention. There is no spotlight, stage and alcohol. It is just my face on the screen! I stayed consistent with my work. I tried different things to learn whether or not it was for me. I still have a long way to go and a lot of dues to pay!
I am excited about my first 30 min special streaming May 1 on Peacock and Tubi! AND my first one hour special, self-produced, is currently in post production.
Was it easy? HELL NO. But i will say that I have been very fortunate in my career.
The lesson I am currently learning is to STAY HUMBLE! I’m not a cocky person in general, but sometimes I do get really confident about how “good” I am at producing comedy shows. I can sell out 5 shows in a row and Then one show has like 4 tickets sold and I am brought back down to earth.
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?
I’m a home body and i do simple things! Which means… Brunch at Los Parrot Cafe in Pasadena, Movies, Dinner at Castaway in burbank overlooking the city , A comedy Show, A ramen shop that’s open for after hours hang out.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Ethan Michael Sun, my 5 year old. Georgie Valko
Bobbie Oliver – Tao Comedy Studio / Her book : Embrace the Pause
Lisa Sundstedt – Pretty, Funny Women
Comedy Invasian Team
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