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Hello, Joan McMahon!
From Taipei to Toronto, Santo Domingo to Singapore and beyond, she has captivated audiences worldwide singing in EIGHT languages. Imagine hearing impeccable Cantonese, Mandarin and Japanese coming from this blue-eyed blonde - who's been known to greet guests in 12 different languages!
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Lini is passionate about acting and has appeared in lead roles in several films, many TV series and numerous commercials in just over a decade.
With acting as her other life passion, Lini trains and shoots frequently in Vancouver, Toronto and elsewhere. She stars opposite Teri Polo in "Love, Again" and Lacey Chabert in "The Tree That Saved Christmas" and recurs on A&E's "Bates Motel" as mother to Nicola Peltz. Notable guest roles were with Jorge Garcia and Sam Neill in J.J. Abrams' TV series "Alcatraz" and with 'Winchester' brothers Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki on "Supernatural". After playing a doctor deftly prescribing "cyclosporine ophthalmic emulsion .05% to treat keratoconjunctivitis sicca" it's no surprise she was undaunted learning Vietnamese for her musical cabaret act at a global conference!
As both an actor and singer she loves bringing lines and lyrics to life.So it's a natural fit she also enjoys voiceover work; in English and French for corporations such as Bell Canada and The Knowledge Network.
Lini, aka 伊韻絲, was seen by millions when featured on Beijing TV with famed "cross-talk" comedian Dashan 大山. She has performed in Taipei with Asian superstars Andy Lau 劉 德 華, A-Mei 張 惠 妹 and Wakin Chau 周 華 健. at a live outdoor concert for broadcaster BCC. It was in front of Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou 馬 英九 and an audience of 30,000. In 2008 when China's Shanghai Media and Canada's Fairchild Media groups united for their first TV production together (新時代電視-上海电视台 2008 新春綜藝晚會) Lini was the only Vancouver singer invited to perform. Asian music stars included Tsai Chin 蔡 琴, Wei Wei 韦 唯, and Fei Yu-Ching 費 玉 清. In 2009 Lini returned to appear with Avril Lavigne and others.
Past clientele for voiceover and/or MC hosting include Neutrogena, Bell Canada, Rio Tinto Alcan, The Miss Calgary Pageant, and others. As a singer-songwriter member of SOCAN Lini receives radio airplay and royalties for her own recorded music plus fronts a popular 16-piece band, the Champagne Orchestra. Their repertoire has timeless hits such as "La Vie En Rose", "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" and "Route 66" and Lini loves any reason to get glamourous.
Whatever the setting, Lini "connects" with audiences using engaging, humorous rapport tailored to each situation and language(s). She loves to interact with them, such as at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre when she had fun onstage with a certain federal political party leader many call the "best Prime Minister Canada never had" (hint: browse through Lini's photos to find this brave and good sport).
I double-majored in Illustration and Communication Arts at the Hugo Design Institute. After interning for famed graphic artist Veruca Mafnas, I went on to design at ad agency Showcase, where I worked for nearly three years.
I balanced my day job with personal creative work, like collage and woodblock printing, which garnered attention from a few indie publishers. Eventually, I got offers from more established magazines, so I decided to design for Showcase on a freelance basis. This allowed me to work on other cool projects, from emerging brands to current events.
My creative approach—no matter the medium—is to find points of tension behind the idea I’ve been assigned or am interested in. I do several iterations on each point and usually end up refining the one I find most controversial.
For me, controversy isn’t about instigation, but rather, a way to arrest your audience. It’s a way to plant a little bit of desire in their hearts; a yearning to turn the page and learn more about your idea. Ultimately, it’s about creating memorable images.
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