We had the good fortune of connecting with Rebekka Lien and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Rebekka, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I was recently a winner in a game show called Culture Shock. In the beginning, I was really nervous and didn’t think I would win. The girl hit the buzzer faster than me. I was recuperating from a breakup and felt emotional, sometimes I felt numb. So I’m staring at the screen not knowing what’s being said. She wins 3 of the questions and I lose. I think to myself, she for sure is going to win. She picks 3 of the largest prize questions. I’m doing the calculations in my head. She has to mess up on one small challenge and I’ve already got the upper hand. I chose the $400 prizes that consist of eating gross foods. I don’t care, at this point I just want the money. I end up having to eat a live mealworm, a live cricket, pig snout and a sea cucumber that’s not cooked.
Was I grossed out? Yes. I had to do an ice bucket challenge and some “sexually suggestive” things I never thought I’d be okay with, especially not on TV/social media. Especially considering that I’m a virgin and am waiting until marriage to have sex.
Every doubt and fear was in my mind, but I realized that I had to just GO FOR IT.
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 am an actress, musician, comedian, dancer, designer, amongst many things. I’ve conquered a lot in my life. I saw my parents divorce and didn’t see my dad for 10 years. I had to learn to forgive him. I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety but acting has helped me to conquer my fears and overcome the anxiety by basically doing what scares me!
I’ve backpacked to 30 plus countries and had to ask for help on the road, having no income, so I’ve kind of done everything in life by now.
I am someone that learned acting by acting, not by taking classes. I took one commercial acting class and all these free acting classes. I hate sitting there and listening to lectures. I’m a natural improv-er and am really funny when you put me on stage. When I do stand up comedy, I never prepare. I pull whatever jokes out of my ass and just say whatever is on my mind. I’ve worked on a lot of projects. People peg me as an Asian, so they always cast me as a doctor, nurse, lawyer, whatever, but I’m actually really funny and want to do more comedy, not the serious stuff.
I’m a comedic natural and I am yet to be discovered. I love pranks and prank shows, I love game shows and doing challenges. I worked with Mr. Organik on a show called Culture Shock. That was probably the highlight of my year. I’m an adrenaline junky and don’t really like to be told what to do, how to act.
I learned that you have to be yourself, no one else. Don’t try to be those models that put on so much makeup, I don’t wear makeup normally. I’m not poised, I’m awkward at times. Be yourself, that’s what I learned. A lot of times I’m on set and am insecure about my stomach being big, I eat a lot. I like to eat. My stomach isn’t flat and I have sort of a double chin, which I’m praying goes away. I say what’s on my mind when I’m on set, I don’t let people bully me.
Before, I noticed people talked down to me and it really bothered me. I would hold things in and not say anything but now I say what I think, I ask for what I need. Hey is there food on set? Okay, is there transportation reimbursement? Okay. In life, you have to ask for what you need or else people will trample you into pieces, especially in this industry.
I have loads of trolls on my social media, they just love giving me attention. They call me an attention seeker, but they’re the ones giving me attention. They have nothing better to do, it cracks me up.
I thank God first and foremost because he gave me courage to speak my mind in this industry and not listen to what people say. People told me never to call casting directors or directors, but I’ve called people directly and gotten great answers. They know I have the balls to call and not be afraid. People will threaten to blacklist you, but honestly, if God wants you there, you’ll be there. Don’t be afraid to speak up!
I would LOVE To be on Comedy Central, to do comedy shorts, films and tv shows. I’d love to be a host on a comedic show. Life is short, you have to laugh.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely take them to a local hot pot place. My favorite hot pot place is Boiling Point and Yin Tang. Asian food is the bomb. I would also take them to go discover graffiti and art around the Arts District. I love going to Pasadena and the Santa Monica pier. I also love Guilin noodle, it’s so delicious.
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 would like to thank my ex-boyfriend. We are still friends and he really helped me by encouraging me in my toughest times to keep going, keep going for roles with lines, don’t give up. Look, none of us are perfect and we had our issues but he really stuck by me when times were tough and would take me to auditions and such. He’s a good human being.
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