Producer, Writer, and TV Host on E! News.
What makes you undefinable?
Erin: My dna, my mixed cultures, my people, my dreams, and my drive make me undefinable.
Seeing a woman of mixed heritage on E! is so beyond inspiring to us. Can you explain to us a little bit about how you got your start?
Yikes. There’s no way to tell you just a LITTLE bit of how I got my start haha. If you want the FULL story you can listen to it on the “Career Stories” podcast, but I guess it all began with my schooling and experiences at Chapman University. I was in the Dodge College Television Broadcast Journalism program. While getting my degree I was working for the City of Orange’s local station as a “producer/host”. I put quotes because I was being paid by my work study and not a lot of people watched the program. I also was the gaming reporter for Chapman news which aired locally too (yes, video games- i created my own niche). I formed a reel off these school projects and moved to Singapore after graduating. I did a documentary in Singapore and discovered it’s the hub of English speaking television in that region. I saw an opportunity and just jumped in without looking back. I built my portfolio in SEA, eventually landing E! Asia. From E! Asia, E! Hollywood took notice.
What are your self care rituals?
Massages! Yoga! Exercise! Masks! Time alone with God. When I get a chance to do self-care I try to treat my body like the temple that it is. I’m constantly on the go and sometimes it’s hard to “treat yo self” but when I do, I go all out! I love The Now massage boutique or Burke Williams. Hot yoga always makes me feel like I get a good detox from the day, energy, stress, and it’s a good reset. And scriptures always remind me to love myself the way JC does- and that’s some REAL self care.
What would you tell your 14 year old self about setbacks and failure?
Setbacks and failures are part of the process. If it wasn’t for setbacks or failures then we would be unprepared to weather real storms. All of my trials and tribulations have built a resilience and perseverance that has allowed me to keep pressing forward. I know that my strength is made perfect in my weaknesses.
Here at #TEAMAAGC we believe in the power of being and staying true to yourself. How do you retain your sense of self and individuality in your career?
I stay true to me by staying grounded and connected to my reality. My reality is my family, my community, my faith. Without these things it could be so easy to change your identity and of course I’ve been tested and have felt the moments of straying. But as I’ve gotten older I realized that none of the fancy stuff or the industry standards matter! People want authenticity and relatability so why not just share the raw, weird, unabashed me? The fabric of my life is made from different cultures, experiences, and people, and my tribe reminds me who I truly am everyday. When my creator knitted me in my mama’s womb, He said this will be 1 of 1- therefore there’s no reason to try and be like someone else.
For more on Erin, follow her at @erinlimofficial.
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