EP #61: Priscilla Sreedharan – Former Associate Producer on CBC’s Dragons’ Den

Priscilla Sreedharan (@priscillasree) is a content producer and passionate storyteller who was an Associate Producer of Dragon’s Den (@cbcdragon) during its ascent. She later went on to do some interesting roles at both Cineplex (@cineplexmovies) & TD (@td_canada).

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.

Follow Priscilla:
– LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/in/priscilla-sreedharan-68487412/)

*TAKE THE QUIZ – “What Type of Creator Are You?”**



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

Intro Music

Produced And Mixed By:
– The Tamil Creator
– Yanchan

Written By:
– Aravinthan Ehamparam
– Yanchan Rajmohan