We have followed Linda Kim’s Instagram for quite some time now, and it’s always fun to see her gorgeous photos pop up in our feed. Linda is a food blogger at Delish Thoughts (so many great recipes!) and an E! News Segment Producer living in Los Angeles. She takes stunning photographs (read on for her tips for great photos) and has a keen eye for food styling. It’s clear how creative and talented Linda is through her photography, recipes, and career in entertainment.
Whether you’re into food, blogging, photography, media, entertainment, or pop culture, Linda Kim has all bases covered. Linda gave Carpe Juvenis an exclusive look into what ‘Seizing Your Youth’ means to her, how young people can get involved with a career in media, and how she manages her hectic days.
Carpe Juvenis: How do you define “Seizing Your Youth”?
Linda Kim: Seizing your youth means exploring opportunities and welcoming new adventures. It is important to live each day to the fullest and work hard to pursue your dreams.
CJ: You majored in Drama and Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. How did you determine what to study?
LK: To be honest, I wanted to study communications but it was not offered as a major. I thought drama and sociology would be a good combination to learn about society and be creative.
CJ: You run the food blog Delish Thoughts. What sparked your passion for food and cooking?
LK: I loved watching my mom in the kitchen as a young girl. I was so fascinated how easily she prepared the most delicious dishes and I wanted to learn how to cook like her. I love hosting and cooking for other people. I think food brings people together and we can share great meals and fun conversations.
CJ: What is the best piece of advice you would give a baking/cooking enthusiast?
LK: I have learned a lot by watching cooking shows. It helps to see how things are done rather than just reading instructions.
CJ: Great idea. You take gorgeous photos on Delish Thoughts and your Instagram. What are your top photography tips?
LK: It is all about natural lighting for me. Make sure you have great lighting and try taking photos at different angles to see what looks best.
CJ: What is your favorite meal or dessert you’ve ever made?
LK: My eggplant parmesan and blueberry crumble are favorites among my friends so I will make anything my friends enjoy.
CJ: You are also an E! News Segment Producer. What drew you to media and what does your job entail?
LK: I always had a love for entertainment and knew that is what I wanted to pursue. I love that there is a variety in media and you can work in different fields. As a segment producer, I cover TV and music stories, set up shoots and interviews with celebrities, and work on red carpets and events.
CJ: What advice would you give to a young person hoping to set themselves up for success in the world of media?
LK: It is important to be a go-getter and be one step ahead. I always asked for more work and anticipated needs instead of sitting around and waiting for someone to give me work.
CJ: What has been one of the most unexpectedly interesting parts of your career to date?
LK: The most interesting part is the people I get to meet. I love meeting new people and have had the opportunity to meet friendly celebrities and become friends with my co-workers and colleagues.
CJ: Every day in your life must be different depending on your projects and the time of year, but what does a Monday look like for you?
LK: It really depends on what is going on that day– if there is any breaking news, if I have to get in a lot of content that day, if I have a guest coming in studio, if I have to go off site for shoots. It could be a quiet Monday or a hectic Monday but I love that everyday can be different.
CJ: That’s awesome. When you do have those hectic days, what are your time management tips? How do you stay organized and efficient?
LK: I have learned to multitask pretty well so I can do a few different things at once to utilize my time. I make sure to write a list of things to do on my planner and keep track of projects in a calendar.
CJ: What is an area, either personal or professional, that you are working to improve in and how?
LK: You may encounter unfriendly people in the industry but I tell myself not to take it personally and still keep a smile on my face.
CJ: Having a loaded schedule can sometimes be overwhelming. What do you do when you’re having a bad day and need to unwind or reset?
LK: Having a meal with friends always cheers me up or I like to have a quiet night, lay on the couch and watch my favorite shows.
CJ: If you could have lunch with anyone – dead or alive – who would it be and what would you eat?
LK: My grandfather. We would have the best chats when I was a little girl and I wish I could have that moment now with him. I would eat steak because that was his favorite.
CJ: That sounds really nice. What advice would you give your 20-year-old self?
LK: To be bold and adventurous and not have any regrets. One of my biggest regrets was not taking the opportunity to study abroad in Italy.
Image: Linda Kim