Ken Lin: A Career in the Spotlight

It is hard to believe that a nationally-famous actor only stumbled into the field by coincidence, but Ken Lin has shown that with hard work and patience, anything is possible.  An international student, Ken came to Canada from Taiwan to finish high school and to start university at UBC.  However, he was unsure of what to study at first.

“I got into UBC and in the first year I didn’t have a major or a subject to focus on.  I took Theater 101,” said Ken.  “I loved it and then I thought about it and thought, maybe I should give it a shot. So I went to the audition. And I got in and that was it!”

While in theatre, Ken was able to learn a wide variety of skills and techniques; at the same time, Ken also put in lots of time learning his second language, English.  Ken received his first big break when he was cast as The Creature in UBC’s production of Frankenstein in 2000.

“At first, I was surprised they chose me, especially since Frankenstein is usually played by a big character,” said Ken, “but I guess I provided some comic relief – me in my little costume, lying motionless on the stage.”

After graduation, Ken furthered his studies in New York, studying at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.  There, Ken continued to hone the acting skills that he developed in the UBC Theatre program.  After the stint in New York, Ken was faced with a decision – to stay in the US, or to go back to Taiwan in search of job prospects.  Ultimately, after some deliberation, Ken went back to Taiwan.  It was there that Ken met his agent (whom he still works with today) and was able to secure a wealth of opportunities.

“Meeting him was my break because he was doing quite a few shows. He had a lot of shows, he still has a lot of shows. He is still very big here in Taiwan.”

Today, Ken is a successful actor and host in Taiwan.  Some of the shows and movies he has worked on include Da Xue Sheng Le Mei (2007), Kung Fu Dunk (2008), and Miss Kicki (2009).  Ken credits the UBC experience for getting him where he is today.

“With a theatre degree it really helps you to know what it is you need to do.  You learn the formula and learn how to really act,” said Ken.  “The professors at UBC that I met were very helpful, such wonderful people.”

Written by Timmy Wong
Article Published June 1, 2011