End Credits: How I Broke Up With Hollywood
End Credits: How I Broke Up With Hollywood

End Credits: How I Broke Up With Hollywood

by Patty Lin
    August 29, 2023

What happens when you land your dream job and everything you've been working toward becomes a complete nightmare? This is Patty Lin's story. She climbed the ladder as an award-winning television writer (often the only Asian person in the room) only to be confronted by discouragement, burnout, and toxicity.

Ever since Patty Lin retired from television writing at the ripe age of thirty-eight, people have asked her: "Why would you quit such a cool career?" Especially when they find out she worked on some of the most successful shows in television history. But what if achieving your professional dreams comes at too high a personal cost? That's what Patty Lin started to ask herself after years in the cutthroat TV industry. One minute she was a tourist, begging her way into the audience of Late Night with David Letterman. Just a few years later, she was an insider who--through relentless hard work and sacrifice--had earned a seat in the writers' rooms of the hottest TV shows of all time.

While writing for Friends, Freaks and Geeks, Desperate Housewives and Breaking Bad, Patty steeled herself against the indignities of a chaotic, abusive, male-dominated work culture, not just as one of the few women in the room, but as the only Asian person.

Funny, eye-opening, and sobering, this inside-Hollywood story will resonate with anyone who has struggled with their work and on their life journey. And it will inspire others to listen to their inner voices and know when it's time to get out.