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.
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.From 1995 to 1997, Lin had roles in several Taiwanese TV series, and began to attract attention and buzz from the media.