EP #5: Showkace – Podcast/Radio Host Is Normalizing Conversations Around Mental Health

Kausalya Vimal aka Kacy joins Ara to discuss mental health, manifestation, and why Aunty Kamala’s opinion doesn’t matter, before diving into another round of “Would You Choose/Rather.” For the first time ever, this episode of #TheTamilCreator also includes a bit of bonus audio, so make sure you stick around until the end.

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EP5 Timestamps
00:15 – Introducing Kausalya Vimal (aka Kacy)
02:11 – Kacy’s mental health podcast
03:35 – Launching the podcast shortly after her sister’s cancer diagnosis and a work incident
06:38 – The false glamour of social media and how people have received her podcast
08:30 – Why conversations around mental health are only becoming normalized now
11:55 – Hosting a radio show with the aspiration of bridging generations together, how it’s different from her podcast
16:07 – Belief in manifestation, and end goal of having a TV show on national television
17:50 – How Kacy’s full-time job as a mental health counsellor and hosting a podcast/radio show feed into each other
19:00 – How growing up around youth violence and “groups” drew her towards a career in mental health
22:31 – Kacy’s love for dance, how she wants to tie it into her brand going forward
25:14 – The perception of a career in the creative arts, specifically in the Tamil community
27:45 – Kacy’s PSA to follow your dream and work hard
28:36 – Representation matters (Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, Lilly Singh)
– Finding inspiration from motivational speaker Trent Shelton, other
Tamil podcasts, and Social Change Activist Amanda Seales
35:43 – Numbers driving people’s decision to perceive something/someone as important
37:44 – Waking up early and affirmations have changed Kacy’s life
41:08 – Wanting to be remembered for taking the time to listen to others
41:57 – Kacy’s admiration for her mom and Will Smith
45:31 – Ara recalls a story of rebellion from his childhood
47:02 – Kacey delivers another PSA encouraging other creators to ignore the numbers and instead create out of passion
49:20 – The negative effect social media is having on kids
51:01 – Would You Rather
60:38 – Wrap up
63:25 – Bonus audio