Frequently Asked Questions: How did you get started?

The answer is very simple: I WAS IN DESPERATE need of a job. Many years ago, I started in this amazing industry as a floral designer. I wish I could tell you about how I grew up in my native country of Panama loving flowers from my mother’s garden, but no, that wasn’t the case.
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Sometimes you look back and think, “What was I thinking?”

The truth is that I was broke and needed a job. If we look back at our lives, we all have “angels” who we might consider were brought into our lives by some divine intervention. Mine came in the form of my best friend, the interior designer Vicente Wolf. One day, while complaining about my down and out situation, he casually suggested that I should try going to a couple of his clients’ apartments and supplying them with weekly flowers…and so, that is how I found my life’s passion.

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Another one where you might think, “What was I thinking?”

I have great news for all of you. If I, with my limited education and knowledge, could get this far so can every single one of you. I never had the privilege to work for anyone. I learned by practicing, making mistakes and learning from them, along with lots of good old COMMON SENSE. Always trust your instincts.
There were three things I knew instinctively were true then and are still true now:
  1. Creating a design or service that is DIFFERENT from any one else is key. Notice that I said “different” and not “better.”  My goal was never to be the best, but always to be different. (By the way, this does not mean I was always successful. At times, I look back at some of my designs and say, “What was I thinking?”)
  2. The beauty of being an artist is in the doing. Being creative is seldom a gift. Even if it is, it’s something one constantly needs to work on.  Taking time aside daily to work on your art, I think, is the only way to keep it fresh and new.
  3. It’s important to try your very best. Even today, the only request I have of myself and of my very talented staff, is just that: do your best.  If you convey to your clients you are giving them your best, I can assure you that you’ll have a very successful business.
Who was one person in your life that you would call your “angel”? Or, tell me about you got started in your career.
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