"The Tamil Creator" is a podcast started by me (Ara Ehamparam). As someone who is extremely inquisitive by nature, I created the podcast to chat with, spotlight, and learn about brilliance among creators in the Tamil community - and among creators in general from all over the world.
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00:54 - Introducing Maya Bastian; volunteering in Sri Lanka
02:34 - Starting out as an actor 20 years ago
03:25 - The judgement actors face; transitioning from acting to filmmaking
05:20 - Maya’s upbringing, her rebellious nature growing up
09:52 - Brown parents’ need for external validation before giving props to their kids
11:31 - Has the Tamil community progressed in how they view creative careers?
14:39 - Why Maya has taken it upon herself to create diaspora-related films
21:03 - Passing on trauma through generations
22:56 - Maya’s time as an investigative journalist; Cambodia, Palestine
27:41 - How Maya managed/manages her finances as an artist
33:05 - How Maya secures film projects to work on
38:44 - The power of intention, learning to deal with and accept rejection
41:48 - What is Maya insecure about?
42:47 - Maya’s plans for the next 3-5 years
43:50 - Maya’s hobbies; singing, playing the ukulele, hiking, dancing, board games with her daughter
45:14 - The legacy Maya wants to leave behind
45:50 - Advice Maya would give her 16-year-old self and her daughter
46:50 - The impact of the Tamil community on Maya
48:16 - People Maya admires, stealing a Maya Angelou book in high school
50:11 - Advice Maya has for other Tamil creators
53:25 - Creator Confessions
57:59 - The Wrap Up
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- "The Tamil Creator Podcast (Ep.20): Anand Venkateswaran – Crypto Believer Behind $69M NFT Purchase & Co-Manager of Metapurse, World's Largest NFT Fund"
- "The Tamil Creator (Ep.19): Priya Ragu – Swiss-Tamil Music Artist On A Meteoric Rise To Global Fame"
- "The Tamil Creator (Ep.18): Thusy Suntharam – Montreal Filmmaker Pursuing Big Screen Dreams While Working A 9-to-5"
- "The Tamil Creator (Ep.17): Kumutha Ramanathan – Award-Winning Journalist & Budding Entrepreneur"
- "The Tamil Creator (Ep.16): Thiru Vignarajah – Baltimore Mayoral Candidate, Federal Prosecutor & Harvard Law School Graduate"
- "The Tamil Creator (Ep.15): Thiviyaa Sehasothy – Marketing Professional By Day, Savvy Art Entrepreneur By Night"
- "The Tamil Creator (Ep.14): Yanchan – Popular Carnatic Hip Hop Producer Talks About His Drake-Inspired Dreams, Love For Scarborough & Financial Freedom"
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- "The NBA Bubble: Dr. Priya Sampathkumar Helped Make It Happen"
- "These Tamil Founders Behind Agritech Startup Dunya Habitats Want To Alleviate Food Security Globally"
- "Marketing Maven Jackson Jeyanayagam Shares Insights From His Illustrious 20-Year Career"
- "Angel Investor Jay Vasantharajah On Building His Portfolio One Day At A Time"
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