We had the good fortune of connecting with Camara Rauen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Camara, how do you think about risk?
You must take risks to move forward in life. While risks can scare you from making important life changes, they don’t have to be life-threatening acts. They can simply involve trying something new or changing the way you approach your goals. When I started my podcast MentaliTea with my friend Light, it was something that I had never done before and didn’t know much about. Heck, Light and I were only acquaintances when we started. Going into a new, unfamiliar media venture with someone I wasn’t close friends with yet was scary, but also exciting and felt important to me. It did push me out of my comfort zone but in a way that felt empowering. For my podcast, my intention was to bring awareness about mental health, taboo topics, and learn more myself. While I did partner with someone who shared my vision, I was doing it because it aligned with what I wanted to accomplish in social impact and mental health awareness. By taking this risk, I have learned about my love for podcasting and empowering discussions. That led to my current role as Digital Media Producer for the health community; The Mighty. My thoughts on risks are this: What is your intention behind the risk you want to take? Are you taking it to please others, to try something you really don’t want to do in the long run? Or is it something that has deep meaning to you? Break down the risk as you would a goal. What are some small risks you could take to prepare you for a major risk?

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
After college, I knew that I wanted to work in social impact media. I took whatever job I could that aligned with my values in that regard. This made job hunting interesting. I worked with non-profits, life coaches and wellness tech companies, anyway I could align myself with mental health media. It wasn’t always easy, I freelanced for my first few years after college and felt stuck for a long time. I filled my time with networking and planning where I wanted to be next. When my co-host and I created the MentaliTea podcast where we talked about mental health and other taboo topics over tea, I started to feel purpose again. Even in times where I worked jobs that weren’t as fulfilling, the podcast filled me with my purpose to push forward. Now I work for a company that aligns with my values, The Mighty, a mental health community and digital media company where I help produce videos, podcasts and live event content. I love that I get to work in a space where I am creating health and well-being related content. I want the world to know that I am just getting started. I have learned where I can use my voice in the mental health space and other ways I can do more in the future. I look forward to doing more within my current job, podcast and also in future endeavors where I can use my own voice in new ways.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
During the pandemic, it has been hard to watch many of my favorite places in the city close and go out of business. I’ve started to enjoy hikes and brisk walks. I would take them to places like Red Rock Canyon Park in Topanga Canyon, or a day trip to the beach in Laguna; beautiful places that give you a sense of peace. Even a visit to the local farmer’s market can be time well spent. When the pandemic is over, I would take them to Break Room 86, the unique ’80s bar in Koreatown. Its flair and music have a vibe that just makes everyone feel good. There are so many comedy spots in Los Angeles; sometimes, you can hit multiple shows in one night. I look forward to that when things open up.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My college mentor Tom Mcloughlin, who taught me to think big and had such faith in my abilities. A talented filmmaker, musician, magician and more, he pushed me to keep going forward and fight for what I dreamed of doing. He believed in my mission and validated my purpose. My podcast co-host Light has been another valued connection. Together, we set off on an endeavor with our podcast that neither one of us knew much about. We are now close friends and business partners, and with MentaliTea, we have the privilege of meeting and interviewing fascinating guests. I am so grateful for this opportunity in the podcast space. Finally, a shout out to my manager at The Mighty, Ashley Kristoff, for believing in me and what I bring to The Mighty. I began there as a temp, then got brought back on as an independent contractor, and now have a full-time position as Digital Media Producer. I have Ashley to thank for this. Now, I’m excited to be driving new programs at The Mighty that will support the current community, drive new media opportunities for the company and help build the community further.

Website: www.camararauen.com
Instagram: mentaliteatalk
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/camara-rauen-a398748a/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/MentalHealthOnTheMighty/

Image Credits
Chandler Perry ( first headshot photo)

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