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He joins Ara on this week’s episode of #TheTamilCreator to discuss how he he met his co-creator behind the "Basement Reels" YouTube channel, the desire to belong after immigrating here from Sri Lanka, Basement Reels growing to more than 80K subscribers, making a demo tape during the pandemic, how fans inspire him to keep making content, not getting bogged down by failure, and so much more.
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00:19 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Tharshan Raj
01:05 - From Sri Lanka to Canada, studying at Ryerson, going viral on Basement Reels
09:35 - The observational comedy of Basement Reels and its relatability
12:46 - Tharshan’s lifelong passion for acting
13:18 - Working with an agent, securing auditions, and being busy while doing what he loves
14:55 - Balancing a full-time job while driving his creative career forward
16:39 - How skills from his full-time job have helped with Basement Reels
17:38 - Feedback and reactions to the videos Tharshan has made
21:04 - What the future looks like for Basement Reels and Tharshan
21:51 - How Basement Reels in funded; YouTube revenue and business partners
22:58 - Ara calls dibs on Tharshan’s first NFT
28:46 - Tharshan’s biggest learnings in the last few years
31:57 - Gradual progression and the importance of incrementally improving
33:40 - How Tharshan wants to be remembered by friends and family
34:34 - Advice he would give his 16-year-old self; be a little bit more disciplined
35:27 - Learning to appreciate time changed Tharshan’s life for the better
36:43 - Podcasts ,being inspired by things around us, and getting out of your comfort zone
42:20 - Creator Confessions
46:02 - The Wrap Up
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