We had the good fortune of connecting with Lynn Chen and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lynn, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
I have worn a lot of different hats throughout my adult life – actor, blogger, TV host, activist, podcaster, producer, writer, and now director – and in general I have different definitions of “success” for each. I can tell you that money rarely has anything to do with why I start or what motivates me. I have to feel passionate and connected to whatever I’m doing, which makes putting time and energy into whatever project I’m doing something I look forward to. When things lose their meaning for me, I have no problem moving on. But I also believe it’s never a completely closed door, either.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’ve been an actor for over 3 decades and thought this was pretty much it, until I became a filmmaker. It’s not something I did because I wanted a career change, but because I honestly had a story to tell. I spent several years making “I Will Make You Mine,” the third movie in a trilogy that I had previously starred in, because I wanted to finish the story from a female perspective. Of course, starting this “late in the game” made me nervous, but I knew that if I surrounded myself with professionals, asked a lot of questions when I got confused, and kept my foot on the gas, I would get where I wanted to be. I’m proud to say that the movie was accepted into the 2020 SXSW Film Festival and when they was cancelled due to COVID-19, we pivoted with a virtual release. The film is now available everywhere on streaming and DVD and has a 100% Rotten Tomato Score with reviews from The LA Times, Variety, NY Times, Hollywood Reporter, and more.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
To be honest, it’s hard to think about this during the quarantine, with so many of my favorite businesses closing. It’s heartbreaking. But my favorite spot is my local neighborhood – Larchmont Village – with its farmer market, Chevalier’s Books, wonderful restaurants, cafes, and several amazing ice cream shops. 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?
I have chosen a really out-of-control business filled with rejection. Having my partner Abe Forman-Greenwald of almost 24 years is my rock, my stability. He is my sounding board, my gut check, my comforter, my cheerleader, my everything.
Other: The website for my movie I WILL MAKE YOU MINE is https://iwillmakeyoumine.com
The main personal photo should be credited to Eric Yang