How This Extroverted Entertainment News Producer Is Navigating Quarantine In LA

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to Linda Kim in our latest feature. Based in Los Angeles, Linda is a producer for E! Entertainment, a self-proclaimed extrovert and lover of all things food. No really, she loves it so much you can follow along with her foodie finds on @delish_thoughts. We caught up with Linda during the middle of all the COVID-19 virus craziness to check in and learn more about how she’s managing during the stay-at-home orders. If you are a fan of aesthetically pleasing neutrals, minimalism and delicious food, Linda is the gal for you. So let’s get to it!

Tell us a bit about yourself!

Hi! My name is Linda and I work as a producer for E! Entertainment in LA. I’ve been working in entertainment news for more than 10 years covering music, award shows and events. In my free time, I enjoy cooking, going to the beach and having picnics, and spending time with my friends. Since we have been staying home now, I have been cooking a lot more and trying out new recipes.

What does a typical workday look like for you?

My day consists of a lot of emails. I am constantly emailing with my colleagues and publicists trying to confirm and break news stories. I also pitch ideas and book interviews with celebrities.

How would you describe your personal style?

I am all about comfort and neutrals—my usual outfit is a blazer or jacket, boyfriend jeans and sneakers, but these days, I’m pretty much in a T-shirt and sweatpants every day.

 

Do you have any creative hobbies?

I love photography and reading. I’ve been inspired to start writing after reading a few poetry books. I used to draw a lot when I was younger, so recently, I found my old sketchbook and started sketching again. It’s also my goal to start learning how to play guitar and start painting, so hopefully soon!

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OK, let’s talk food. What’s always in your fridge?

I always have butter, eggs and some type of cheese.

 

Top 3 favorite LA eateries?

I have so many favorites, but I’d have to say Jon & Vinny’s, Sqirl and Pine & Crane.

What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten?

Oh, this is too hard to answer! I have been lucky to eat so many delicious meals, but I think I have to say nothing beats my mom’s home cooking. Her kimchi stew will always be one of my favorite dishes ever.

 

Do you have a go-to recipe you love to cook?

Ina Garten’s Linguine with Shrimp Scampi or Gwyneth Paltrow’s Eggplant Parmesan—can never go wrong with these dishes. Also, my avocado toasts are always a hit—the key is to add lemon and top with Everything But the Bagel Seasoning.

Where are some of your favorite spots to go for inspiration?

I love going to museums and the beach—I always leave feeling inspired, appreciative and refreshed after seeing art and nature.

 

What are your all-time favorite, must-read books?

The Great Gatsby, Eat, Pray, Love, The Joy Luck Club. Recently, I have been loving poetry books like Flux and Milk and Honey. I also just started Little Fires Everywhere, which I recommend.

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How has your routine changed since COVID-19?

I have been trying to add more exercise to my routine. I don’t have any excuses right now to not work out. I also have started eating meals earlier and going to sleep earlier. I’m usually a night owl and don’t get too much sleep, so it has been nice to wake up feeling a bit more rested.

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You recently moved into a new place. Where are your fav places to shop for home décor?

I recently bought some items at Urban Outfitters Home, West Elm and CB2. I also love looking at vintage shops.

 

What is your “treat yo self” guilty pleasure? 

When I want to treat myself, I get a massage or manicure/pedicure. It’s nice to zone out for a bit and get a little pampered sometimes. And also, cake. Sometimes you just need to have a slice of cake.

 

What does your perfect Sunday look like?

Going to church, getting brunch and lounging around.

Favorite quote?

A recent favorite is one from Rupi Kaur’s book of poetry: “Fall in love with your solitude.” As an extrovert, it has been difficult to be home alone, but I have been using this time for self-care and to reflect on myself and what I can do to be a better person.

 

 

Connect with Linda | @itslindak

 

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Author: Samantha Welker

Samantha Welker is the business manager at Glitter Guide. She has an Master's in Corporate Finance & Sustainability from Harvard Business School but prefers working in the creative industry. She also hosts a weekly business podcast for creative women called Pretty Okay Podcast. She loves spending time with her husband and her son, Rocky, in sunny San Diego. Follow along on Instagram