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Daily Inspiration: Meet Olivia Cadet

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Cadet.

Hi Olivia, it’s an honor to have you on the platform. Thanks for taking the time to share your story with us – to start maybe you can share some of your backstory with our readers?
I’ve always been extremely independent and high-strung. I’m the youngest of three.

My mom moved us from Queens, NY to Nashville in the late 90’s. At that time, Nashville was such a boring city. In my ten years old mind, I was being punished for something, but I just couldn’t remember what it was for. Growing up with a single mother came with some quirks.

We didn’t have a lot of family in Nashville except for my older brother, sister, and my uncle and aunt. As a teen, when I wanted to get out it was always a challenge. If I wanted to have freedom, I’d had to get it myself.

I was determined to buy myself a car, learn to drive, and explore the city on my own. At 16, I got hired at Applebees at the Raddison Hotel as a morning server on the weekend. My shift started at the crack of dawn-5am. I was responsible for serving and refilling the guest drinks, keeping the buffet food hot, and cleaning off the tables.

I was bringing in about $400 every weekend. As a 16 years old with little to no financial responsibility- I was rich, but not rich enough.

After a few months of working at Applebee’s, I decided a 2nd job was necessary if I wanted to get this car and my freedom. Chili’s at Opry mills was hiring for a part-time hostess so I applied and landed the job.

At this point, I totally abandoned any after school activities, sports or hangouts. I needed to stack. I got two quick promotions from my job at chili’s, I went from hostess to head hostess, then when they found out that I was bilingual (Spanish and English) they promoted me to trainer. I trained the bussers and the new hosts.

At 16, I knew I was an ambitious leader.

Long story short – I worked both jobs, saved my money, bought a 1999 gold Oldsmobile. That car was my life.

From that point on, I always kept hospitality as a hustle.

I loved taking care of people. I enjoyed creating joyful moments and being rewarded in monetary appreciation.

When I got older, I began to bartend on the side. Every type of establishment. Country clubs, nightclubs, lounges, 5-star hotels. I found myself getting promoted to bar manager at a couple of establishments throughout my career.

Then in 2015, I went from bartending to also teaching alcohol awareness through the state of Tennessee. Being that I speak Spanish,

I focused on teaching these classes for the Hispanic community. My classes became popular and quick.

Within a year, word of mouth made me popular That’s when I named my company Pourz. I taught alcohol awareness, introductory bartending skills and still bartended private events.

To this date, six years after the birth of Pourz, I’m busier than ever!

I teach alcohol awareness, teach bartending classes, I have my own podcast show called “Life with Liv” where I highlight the hottest bars, restaurants and venues in Nashville all in 15 minutes. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment and freedom to do life on my own terms.

Entrepreneurship is not easy.

It’s a full-time job with mandatory overtime. Then when you add parenting and social life- forget about it! You’re always busy!

Despite the hectic schedule, I love it here! Pourz & “Life with Liv” are my babies. I’ve worked hard to elevate from a server in hospitality to a business owner and it’s an amazing feeling.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Smooth? Ha! No, my journey has not been the smoothest. I’m a single mother of two girls (12 and 3). Parenting while trying to build and run a business has its challenges. The struggle for attention between my kids and my work is grand.

I can’t speak for all parents, but for me I’m constantly working on a balance.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
People know that if I suggest a drink or a venue that they won’t get steered wrong. I have a taste for the best service and that’s just what I provide.

I’m a free spirit with a loud personality, so when I’m bartending, teaching or talking on my podcast, people are drawn to my spirit. I create fun experiences.

Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, I have always an independent, slightly introverted, socially particular, but always free-spirited.

A lot of people find it hard to figure me out initially. I, unfortunately, suffer from stale face – also known as RBF, lol!

When I finally let a person in and they really get to know me- they typically say that I’ve shocked them. They never expected me to be so silly and carefree.

I am also very fluent in Spanglish and sarcasm.

I love nature, the sun, and all things that involve warm weather.

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Mario Charles Productions Michael Oliver Cheyne

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