HK Magazine: Why did you settle down in Hong Kong? Paul Lawrence: Initially, my parents came here to work, and I decided to stay after they left. I like it much better than Nigeria. Hong Kong is a city where everyone wants something good for himself. I can go for what I want out of life here. HK: How did you become a bouncer? PL: I had friends who were bouncers. I started doing security at concerts, and have been a full-time bouncer for three years now. I find it a very interesting and complicated job. I love it. It's fun meeting different people and the money is good enough to live on. HK: How do you see the role of a bouncer? PL: Being a bouncer does not mean beating people up. It is more like protecting the people around you. I need to watch out for the bar by judging the way people approach from the street - whether they would upset and disturb others. Bouncers also represent the bar. I need to create an agreeable image to guarantee customers' return. HK: How do you handle drunks? PL: I try to be peaceful and calm so I do not alienate them. Drunken people can be nasty but being diplomatic is necessary. Aggression never works. I try to live up to the rules and put them into practice. HK: Have you experienced much violence? PL: Arguments often take place, and a group once started smashing everything after a violent argument. But Hong Kong is still a comparatively peaceful place. HK: Even Wan Chai? PL: When I used to work in Lan Kwai Fong, I had many bad experiences with local people. They tried to intimidate me by talking down to me. And one lady once tried to slap me. I like the crowd in Wan Chai better. People are more friendly, polite and easy-going. I have had many nice conversations with the customers. HK: Do you have a day job? PL: I am a shipping agent. Because it’s my own company, I have the flexibility to arrange the schedule to suit me. The contacts I make at night help me with my day job in many ways. HK: Have you met any famous people? PL: I have met a lot of celebrities, such as actors Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-fat. It's really a pleasure. HK: Tell us your philosophy of life. PL: Try to do what you can do and leave the rest up to God. Make the most of your time and your life.