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Meet Angel Lin in Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angel Lin.

Angel, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I got contacted on MySpace by a student photographer who wanted me to model for one of his projects. I had no experience with modeling and never really thought of pursuing it at all. I thought, why not? I had so much fun at the shoot that I decided to keep going with it. I didn’t think much of it and did a lot of shoots mainly as a form of expression. I joined model mayhem because that was really the only platform that I had at the time to find people to collaborate with. I tested as much as I could back then and would even drive to LA to shoot. There were so many times that I almost gave it up because I never thought I could ever do it professionally or get signed. I stayed with it thanks to my really close friend that was also my makeup artist at the time. She was basically the only one that truly believed in me and told me to keep going. I eventually reached out to an agency and got signed. I got sent out on my first big audition and booked it. At the time, I had never wanted to move to LA but told myself this really was something that could happen, the next step was moving… I ended up moving, so that I could pursue it as much as possible. The key to success is perseverance. There have been so many times where I’ve questioned myself and the career I’ve chosen to pursue. If you work hard and believe in yourself and keep going magical things start to happen. I am currently with my dream agency and constantly pushing myself to accomplish my goals; big or small. I want to be the best I can be in every way possible.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road. There are always some type of bumps in our journey. I remember at the time I only had constant support from one person, she was the only one that I felt like I Phoenix truly talk to about my concerns and my dreams. She was the only one that was there to truly experience what I was experiencing. It was so different from everything I had known. I didn’t really talk about that part of me with other friends ornaments family. I just felt like they either didn’t care or didn’t really understand. I questioned going into the import scene because I am short and didn’t think I could ever get signed. Although things are changing now for the modeling scene it was really hard for me. I was also commuting from Huntington at one point. I remember working a restaurant job at a 24 hour pho restaurant and working from 10pm-10am and then going straight to set.

I remember so many times of driving back to Huntington and having to pull over to sleep or sleeping in my car in the parking lot of a store because I was running on no sleep most of the time. People asked me how I did it and I felt like there was no other way. I knew what I wanted and I knew what I had to do to get it. I was trying to make rent while not completely giving up on myself. You will hear a lot of No’s, but you will also hear some people say, Yes. I’ve had health issues and family things come up that have also been pretty hard. If you love something enough you have to make sacrifices. I have to put get-togethers, brunches, hangouts, and lunches on hold a lot because I’m working on my craft. I’ve had problems finding a place to live, changing in my car/sleeping in my car, dealing with a bad breakup, losing unsupportive friends and a disconnection with people that are my age raising a family.

I do feel sometimes, I am a loner in a way, but I have a small circle of people I adore that help me keep going and help me stay focused. I don’t think there is ever a time of smooth sailing all the time and I think that’s what makes this journey so intriguing and addicting. Some days you will be a principal onset and the next day you are sitting there for days not hearing anything. It’s hard because those are the moments when the thoughts of failure creep up. The high highs and the low lows are something that comes with the territory. It’s a constant rollercoaster of emotions and it isn’t always easy. Finding balance within yourself is what keeps you going.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Angel Lin – what should we know?
I’d like to think of myself as a hardworking individual who wants to experience it all. I’ve definitely noticed I work best under pressure. I like to be challenged. I like to be pushed. I get bored if the task seems too effortless. I have experience in teaching dance and working with kids. I have experience in waitressing, I have experience in being on set. I think that sets me apart from a lot of those that are in the industry. I work a day job, but that doesn’t make me feel like a failure. I think it helps keep me grounded. I’ve had to wash dishes as a waitress before and I’ve also been the lead in music videos. I am like everyone else. There is no way I would ever think of myself as better than anyone. I like to listen more than I like to talk. I learn something new every single day. I feel that I’m best known for beauty and moody shoots but people also know me as a chameleon of sorts. I am proud of where I have come. I am proud of everything I’ve accomplished and I’m proud that I continue to balance the things that are important to me while also continuing to shoot every single week no matter what mood I’m in.

Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
I think those that are really successful stay humble. I’ve met girls that are killing it and they are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I think that’s really important. I think comparing yourself to others is unhealthy. We are all on our own journey and each one is different. It’s important to not get in your head too much. It’s also really important to be genuine in every situation. You never know who you’re going to meet or see again. Be on time for things and make sure to continue to work on yourself in the downtime.

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