We had the good fortune of connecting with Saint Khamal and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Saint, what role has risk played in your life or career?
Thats a very good question. I haven’t really thought much about it unless someone brings it up for the most part. I feel risk is something that everyone should take at some point whether it’s career of life. To think about it I have always taken risk through my life and career, sometimes without second guessing the rewards at the end of the road but knowing something good will happen. My life is filled with risk that have worked out both good and bad but for the the most part good. I wouldn’t say any thing that has worked out on the negative end has blocked my thought process, I’ve just become a bit more calculated if I happen to be in the same position yet again. Everyone in life has to take a risk, I think there is a fulfilling feeling when you can over come a challenge that someone place on you or you just have something to prove to yourself.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business right now is in the “creative space” with providing events for local people Georgia, planning events for me has came along way since living in Maryland, UK and Ghana. I’ve had the opportunity to live in multiple different regions of the world and putting that aspect into my business is some thing that I find unique that a lot of people aren’t able to do. So when I do have an opinion about our events or planning I try to hear what others have to say and incorporate it into what we’re doing so I would say that something that sets us apart, having the diversity. I really got here, in this space of business because I was looking for a problem to solve and in business if you’re able to solve a problem or provide some sort of service then I would say you are in business but it took almost 2 to 3 years. For me to actually find this problem and come up with a perfect solution for doing our own multicultural events and I think that’s a short time frame. Getting here wasn’t easy because I think the first thing that everyone missed is you have to get the funds, also you have to connect with the right people and not only that you have to make sure you’re providing the right service to the right people. There were a lot of obstacles to overcome during this Tim, I was horrible financially in my life, I was dealing with you know having to adjust to Atlanta after moving here from the UK, I would say a cultural adjustment as well. The biggest lesson I would say that I’ve learned is to have patience, even though you have an idea everything isn’t formed overnight so having patience with an idea, developing that idea from the ground up is important. Sharing your ideas with other like-minded people can also help you get further and faster because you cannot do it by yourself you’re going to need a team to do it with you
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If someone was supposed to visit Georgia and we have to make an itinerary. I would have five places that at the top of my list would be a must go. I would first start off with let’s say the High Art Museum, they have a lot of great artists in there not only from all over the world but black people in and around Atlanta. Another thing that we could do is we can always go to Mercedes Benz Stadium stadium to watch soccer games, I love those and I think everyone should experience that stadium and the architecture that comes with it, it’s also a great environment to bond, have a drink, or something to eat while watching the Atlanta United football team who were the champions in 2019. We can also visit the trap museum which showcases a lot of black art and lifestyle for musicians some artists in Atlanta that have migrated here or are homegrown here. Again you’re into sports the College Football Hall of Fame is always a great place to go and just kind of see the accomplishments from college athletes throughout the years in America. The World of Coca-Cola I think would be one of the best places to visit as well they show you the process of making the Coca-Cola the different products that they have throughout the world. You can also taste how the different products taste in other countries I think there’s some pretty fun things to do here in Atlanta I call it Hub for a lot of famous people. I’d like to call it the black LA
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Someone who I would like to recognize for some of my success would be my grandfather, growing up I looked up to him as he was the head of the family and also had his own in business endeavors. He’s taught me a lot about ethics and values in both self and others as well. Even today he continues to guide me by asking me questions just to have my brain going or even give me some of his own ideas on things that I should doing throughout my life and business. I think one of the most important things or lessons that he has taught me is to be intentional in my own opinions and when I do have opinions respect others as they may have opinions. Your can’t lead a group of people by not respecting what they have to offer to the group.