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The Tamil Creator Podcast (EP #61): Priscilla Sreedharan - Former Associate Producer on CBC's Dragons' Den
Priscilla Sreedharan is a content producer and passionate storyteller who was an Associate Producer of Dragon’s Den. She chats about wanting to be Peter Mansbridge when she was growing up, being a ‘serial hobbyist’, food sustainability, her thoughts on the lack of transparency around the topic of money, living frugally and being intentional with her purchases, how she CRUSHED $30K of debt in 6 months with her partner, and much more.
Ara Ehamparam
Co-founder & Podcast Host ("The Tamil Creator")
Canada
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She joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss her time working with Dragon’s Den, wanting to be Peter Mansbridge when she was growing up, being a ‘serial hobbyist’, food sustainability, her thoughts on the lack of transparency around the topic of money, living frugally and being intentional with her purchases, how she CRUSHED $30K of debt in 6 months with her partner, and much more.

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Timestamps

00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Priscilla Sreedharan
01:05 - Priscilla speaks on her upbringing and family background
02:22 - Moving from High Park to Rexdale during COVID
03:50 - Initially meeting at church, Priscilla invited Ara to a day of auditions at Dragon’s Den
05:50 - How she came across the opportunity to be an Associate Producer for Dragon’s Den
09:18 - Her criteria for picking entrepreneurs to be featured on the show
10:01 - Did she have any say in terms of selecting the ‘Dragons’ and interacting with them?
10:41 - Priscilla’s favourite Dragon was…
11:29 - How she felt working with such an iconic show in Canada, and seeing its impact
13:17 - What are the growth opportunities for an Associate Producer? Quitting with no plan
15:10 - Would she return to CBC to work on Kim’s Convenience?
15:52 - How she ended up with Cineplex
18:15 - Something she learned at Cineplex that she didn’t learn at CBC
20:35 - How Priscilla sees the movie experience rebounding after COVID
22:19 - Leaving creative roles in the TV/film industry for a ‘corporate’ experience at TD Bank
28:02 - Were Priscilla’s parents always supportive of her career choices?
31:38 - Her interests outside of work; knitting, cooking, gardening, and more
32:34 - The Sri Lankan immigrant dream: children becoming third generation farmers?
34:27 - Where Priscilla sees herself in the next 3-5 years
35:22 - How she views money/investments; crushing $30,000 of debt in 6 months
37:35 - How did she save 40% of her earnings; Priscilla providers her tips/tricks
38:58 - Ara talks about the FIRE movement and some of his own financial habits
42:41 - The impact that the Toronto-Tamil community has had on Priscilla
45:39 - How she wants friends and family to describe her
47:33 - People she admires from the global Tamil and non-Tamil communities
51:45 - Advice she would give to fellow aspiring Tamil creators
53:47 - Creator Confessions
59:34 - The Wrap Up

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