I’m Lynn Chen. I’ve been an actress my entire life. Now I’m also a filmmaker. Somewhere in between I was in the food world, which led to me becoming a body image activist.

I started this newsletter because I wanted a place to keep in touch. It’s named after this award I got in kindergarten, where the best my teacher saw in me was that I was “trying so hard.” I still feel like I’m seen this way.

TRYING SO HARD has had a lot of different iterations over the years, especially during the pandemic. Currently, it’s a place where you can sign up to be notified about any career news/updates as it pertains to the acting/directing sides of my life.

That means, if you get an email, it’ll be because trying so hard paid off!

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