As humans and as individuals, we’re always wondering, “What makes me happy?”. More often than not, what makes someone happy isn’t the traditional idea of success; money, a great career, etc, but rather it’s the simple things. Things like family, friends, laughing, waking up every day and not dreading the commute to work because you know once you arrive at your job you’re doing something you’re really proud to be doing. So, it didn’t come as a surprise when we read this BBC article stating that the UK’s happiest workers are florists and gardeners. Lucky for us, we happen to know a florist.
On being a florist
What’s your official job title?
Apprentice for a Jaclyn K. Nesbitt Designs
Explain a day in the life of a florist?
Everyday is different which is what makes this job so much fun and exciting. The planning and preperation for an event usually begins 3-4 days before the big day. This summer we worked on a few weddings and here’s how we’d get ready for the day.
We start the morning by going to the flower mart and/or local farms to pick up flowers that we will use for the event. The afternoon is spent processing all of the flowers; trimming stems, picking off unwanted leaves, dethorning roses, putting all of the flowers in buckets of fresh water, and just giving them a little bit of love! The next day is spent arranging the foliage and flowers for centrepieces, aisle markers, bouquets, boutonnieres, and whatever the wedding might call for. We start pretty early on the day of the event, spending a good bit of time carefully packing up the van with all of the flowers we’ll utilize. Then we spend a few hours setting up on-site, to make sure everything looks the way we envisioned it to look.
What’s your favourite part about the job?
I love and admire the community that this job creates. From connecting with farmers, clients, and other florists, we are surrounded by people with an insane amount of love and care for flowers and it inspires me everyday I work!
What skills or previous experiences are needed to be a florist/do your job?
Since working with Jaclyn here in California, I have picked up that having interpersonal skills, organisation, and an honest love of flowers are all important to embody!
How did you find your current job?
I found this apprenticeship through a good friend, Vansana. They both attended the Design School at North Carolina State University and went on to pursue their dreams. Through social media they stayed in contact, and when I approched Vansana about my summer plan, he knew exactly who to call.
Have you faced any difficult situations so far?
The only difficult situations I have encountered so far are personal ones. Nothing is perfect! Sometimes you just have to do the best you can with what you have and feel confident about it! It has always been a struggle for me with art in general. You just have to learn to step back, know when to stop, and appreciate what you have created and move on to the next!
Is it more an individual job or does the job take teamwork?
Teamwork! This job definitely requires some helping hands.
What personal qualities or abilities are important for succeeding as a florist?
I think its vital to have the ability to acknowledge and appreciate the fact that we are working with living, breathing things, susceptible to their environment and time! Wilting happens within a few hoursif proper care is not given. Working with something that has a short life span requires a whole lot of care, patience, and understanding!
What advice can you give to someone who would like to start a career in this field?
Just go for it! Don’t be intimidated if you don’t have much experience. You should start by developing your own personal aesthetic by picking up some flowers at the market and just start making arrangements for yourself and your favourite humans! Everyone loves flowers.
Certainly sounds like a dream job! Thank you Deana for giving us a glimpse into the life of a Florist!
Defining what makes you happy will help make your career decisions easier. Never forget to network, don’t be afraid of change or taking a risk, and most of all, believe you can do it, and then, go for it!