Tuesday 22 September, 2020

Tell Us More: Bawse Cartel

Kurt Rafael, popularly known as Bawse Cartel, is a 32-year-old entrepreneur residing in the town of Vieux-Fort.

He has been in the events management business for about 5 years and also engages in social media marketing and promotions.

He was the owner of Xcitement Lounge bar which unfortunately closed down as a result of COVID-19.

Cartel currently sells fragrances and accessories and is also a part-time mixologist.

He is also an employee of the St Jude Hospital and is actively working on a new business venture. Feel free to follow his social pages for updates on his venture.

Instagram: @One_bawse_cartel @aromaavenue.slu @bawsecartelendorsedevents @xcitement_lounge

What is it like being an entrepreneur?

I don’t think it’s something you can put into simple terms, but to me, it’s one of the most difficult yet challenging and exciting venture at the same time.

What is the one thing about you that often surprises people?

I would believe that it’s my humbleness and the way I interact with people whether I’ve known them for years or I just met them.

What has been your most humbling experience as an entrepreneur?

Well I can’t give a single experience off my head but in general, it’s a nice feeling to see persons especially in business and positions of a particular caliber have a level of respect for you in that aspect and for that I’m grateful.

What is your happy place?

Spending time and appreciating the beautiful outdoors (beach, river, hike, etc)  

What is your greatest fear?

Not failure overall but failing to try when I had all the opportunity to do so.

Animals or babies?

Not sure what exactly you meant whether if I have any of the above or which I prefer. Well, I do have one kid if that answers your question.

What talent do you yearn for?

Well I guess this would fall under my basketball career. Last time I think I played competitively in a tournament was around 2016, but I still play on recreationally on a regular in my community.

What lesson has been the hardest to learn?

Sometimes a lot of things can’t be learned by teaching, you have to experience them to fully understand.

Tv or Music?

A little of both!

What food you call bae?

Would have to be a one pot, bullion or broth!

What is your guilty pleasure?

I’d have to say when I’m alone talking, mainly discussing something with myself out loud.

If you had to change one thing in your life, what would it be and why?

I wouldn’t change anything. I just wish I had the knowledge back then that I have now!

What is the business tip you have got and never forgotten?

If it was easy everyone would be doing it.

As an entrepreneur is it more important to be liked or be respected?

Respected all the way. When your liked, it’s just by a few persons and most times it doesn’t go past family and friends. But when you’re respected whether they like you, hate you or even know you personally that respect is there automatically nonetheless.

What is your personal motto?

 If you want to start a business, don’t sleep on it, start today and watch it grow by tomorrow.

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