137: Go for it! Interdisciplinary artist Jinna Kim on DIY, productivity, and a nonlinear creative journey

Jinna Kim describes herself as an interdisciplinary artist — I would also describe her as a multi-disciplinary artist! From food photography to filmmaking to everything in between, Jinna follows her curiosity and jumps in feet first to build her skill sets and continue to grow. 

You’ll hear us discuss Jinna’s first short documentary, Chinese Girl Wants Vote, and works in progress. We discuss storytelling choices, intention and impact, continuous improvement and embracing that Do It Yourself Energy, persevering despite rejection, and more.


Jinna Kim was born in Masan, South Korea and immigrated to the United States as a toddler. She is an award winning interdisciplinary artist who became a filmmaker during quarantine. Originally trained in classical music, Jinna began her professional career in arts administration working at the Public Theater, and then the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). While in NYC, Jinna received fellowships from Korea Society and the Association of Professional Researchers for Advancement.  After completing her MBA at the University of Virginia, Jinna moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to work at a major bank. Jinna is a prolific actor, writer, filmmaker and interdisciplinary artist. She was recognized in Charlotte Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 listing in 2019.  Instagram: @jinnazkim

“Chinese Girl Wants Vote” is a documentary-style short film created about lesser-known suffragist Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee. The project was produced during quarantine in response to growing anti-Asian sentiment during COVID-19 and in celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The year 2020 also marked the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, for American women’s constitutional right to vote.

This episode includes a short clip from Chinese Girl Wants Vote to transition into the beginning of our conversation. You’ll hear an additional clip including Dr. Lee’s words read aloud at the very end of this episode.

Transcript of this episode available upon request. Please reach out to artistsoapbox@gmail.com.


Digital Public Library of America: Chinese Girl Wants Vote

Women’s Theatre Festival Highlights Asian American Theater and Film in a Time of Dangerous Rhetoric (2020)

Women’s History site on Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

National Park Service on Dr. Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882

Rolling Stone article: What you can do about Anti-Asian Violence


We are hard at work here in Artist Soapbox land, launching into 2021 with projects a plenty. I’ll share when I’m able, but be assured that much is percolating behind the scenes. It’s 2021, I am slowing down the podcast episodes, but I still have many to come this year. Please stay subscribed on your podcast platform of choice and follow ASBX on the socials and at artistsoapbox.org so you know as soon as fresh audio goodness drops.

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Artist Soapbox is a platform for original scripted audio fiction and an opportunity for artists to discuss their creative work in their own voices. We do this through our interview podcast, our blog, live events, and original audio dramas.

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We lead writers groups, accountability support, workshops, and events. We produce and create audio dramas too! Listen to the Master BuilderThe New Colossus Audio Drama, Jesus Pancake, Declaration of Love, Food for Thought, and ASBX Shorts. Stay tuned to hear about more projects written by the Soapbox Audio Collective Writers’ Group.

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Jesus Pancake

Jesus Pancake is the newest scripted audio fiction series from Artist Soapbox. Nine episodes of zany dark comedy.


The New Colossus

The New Colossus Audio Drama is a totally unhinged dark comedy reboot of Anton Chekhov’s classic play, THE SEAGULL.


Master Builder

This audio drama was adapted from Tamara’s 2018 stage play produced by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and inspired by Henrick Ibsen’s classic, The Master Builder published in 1892.


Declaration of Love

Co-producers Aurelia Belfield and Tamara Kissane of Artist Soapbox commissioned eleven NC playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”


Food for Thought

Three pilot episodes of new scripted audio fiction series inspired by the prompt Food for Thought.


ASBX Shorts

ASBX Shorts are six short audio fiction pieces created and produced by North Carolina artists. Artist Soapbox Shorts were specifically contributed by the artists to aid in fundraising and to get everyone excited about Jesus Pancake, our new audio fiction series in development.

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