EP #33: Ashanti Omkar – UK-Based BBC Broadcaster & Music/TV/Film Critic

Ashanti Omkar is one of the OGs in the media space (based out of the UK), specifically in the South Asian / Tamil domain; her impressive list of accolades includes being a film critic, BBC broadcaster, film festival creator, voiceover artist, features writer and public speaker. She joins Ara on this week’s episode of The Tamil Creator to discuss minimizing financial overhead to enjoy what you really want in life, interviewing individuals like M.I.A. and Idris Elba, connecting with Priya Ragu (previous podcast guest on TTC) when Myspace was a thing, how Tamils have always naturally had an entrepreneurial drive within them, and much more.

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– Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/ashantiomkar/)
– Twitter (https://twitter.com/AshantiOmkar)

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00:19 – Ara introduces this week’s guest, Ashanti Omkar
01:35 – Ashanti speaks on her passion for film, immigrating to England, discovering her strengths and weaknesses early on
12:09 – Working in tech and how she built her name / brand on the simultaneously
14:59 – Does Ashanti attribute her success to growing up in the UK?
19:34 – How people’s perception of the creative arts is evolving
27:09 – Minimizing financial overhead to enjoy what you really want in life, Ashanti’s view on money and investments
32:49 – Ashanti’s entrepreneurial mindset, her mom opening a nursery in Nigeria
41:38 – Her view on social media, connecting with Priya Ragu back when Myspace was a thing
44:51 – Just “do you”
46:57 – Ashanti’s interests outside of work; being a foodie, shopping, going on walks, and more
49:15 – Ashanti’s biggest insecurity; her chin
49:48 – What fuels her ambition and drive; film, music, and food
53:55 – Advice she would give her 16-year-old self
57:12 – The legacy Ashanti wants to leave behind
59:33 – Creator Confessions
1:08:24 – The Wrap Up

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan