He joins Ara to shed light on how his filmmaking and entrepreneurial careers intertwine with one another, why he doesn’t engage in small talk, how his friends calling him “Born Awkward” led him to actually buying that web domain, why you shouldn’t be afraid to seize the opportunity and so much more.
"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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00:53 - Ara introduces this week’s guest, Nelson Sivalingam
01:47 - Nelson admits to using Ara’s siblings to get to Ara, speaks on his upbringing in Barking
03:58 - Why and How Nelson started One Minute London; trying to fund his filmmaking career
07:59 - How Nelson’s award-winning film “The Rajini Effect” came to be; reaching international audiences
13:54 - Japan’s love for South-Asian cinema, Rajinikanth’s cultural impact
17:04 - Nelson’s kothu business in South London, Ara’s experience making kothu in his Dad’s store as a kid
27:23 - Founding HowNow (formerly known as Wonderush) to encourage continuous learning
33:12 - Bootstrapping vs. fundraising money for your business
39:49 - The misconceptions of - and the art/science behind - sales; learning about sales through poker
44:46 - Angel investing and Nelson’s plan to eventually return to filmmaking
47:49 - Nelson’s hobbies outside of work; friends, conversation, food, films, reading, writing
48:27 - Nelson’s being insecure about whether or not he’s learning fast enough
49:27 - Why Nelson doesn’t like small talk, wanting to be known for adding value
53:50 - Books that impacted Nelson; Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously, Steve Jobs’ biography
61:52 - Tamil community in the UK
66:49 - Advice Nelson would give to fellow aspiring Tamil Creators
70:13 - Creator Confessions
73:55 - The Wrap Up
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