However, she began her acting career at age seventeen as a part-time model. Following high school graduation, Lin joined Jessie and Jones Entertainment Ltd When Lin received her first experience in front of the camera in 1995, for a minor role, she started to develop a passion for acting.After filming her first TV commercial, Lin caught the attention of TV and film directors, and many companies began seeking her for roles.In 1999, she also began a singing career with her debut album Heartbeat.According to Apple Daily, Lin was the third highest-earning Taiwanese drama actress in 2011, Lin originally planned on going to the United Kingdom to study after high school graduation, never considering the prospect of an acting career. After appearing in many commercials, her parents finally agreed to allow her to sign a contract with an entertainment-management company.Since 2010, Lin has been producing TV dramas and TV films starring herself, both in mainland China and Taiwan.Her production debut The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011) won her Best Producer at the 2012 TV Drama Awards Made in China, and her first Taiwanese drama production The Way We Were (2014) won three out of seven nominations, including Best Television Series at the 50th Golden Bell Awards.She received her first role in the film School Days, with Jimmy Lin and Takeshi Kaneshiro.
She followed the success with other hit series including The Duke of Mount Deer (2000), Romance in the Rain (2001), Boy & Girl (2003), Affair of Half a Lifetime (2004), Beauty's Rival in Palace (2010), The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011) and The Way We Were (2014).
In 1996, Lin went to China for the first time to film; she considered this a period of valuable experience and a time that she began to learn about acting.
"I was in my second year of high school when I first got involved in film & TV industry.
I thought there would be other opportunities for me to study abroad, but one does not bump into the opportunity to be in a film every day. I told myself that if my filming career didn't work out, then I could still go back to school.
But things are not always as they may have appeared to be." After playing minor roles in various series and films, Lin was selected by Taiwanese writer Chiung Yao to audition for a main role in the comedic period drama My Fair Princess, a joint production by mainland China and Taiwan which was adapted from Chiung Yao's own novel.Originally picked for the role of Sai Ya, Lin was ultimately chosen by the company to play Zi Wei instead, as the actress scheduled to play the main role was unavailable."After it was decided that I played the role of Zi wei, I got the script only three days before I had to leave for filming.