Could you share us how you became a florist?
During college I made a personal website after my name (www.kimyoungshin.com) for a project. And surprisingly, I began receiving a number of calls including one from an editor of a fashion magazine, offering me a job as an assistant, which I accepted. I think they saw a potential in me after seeing my writings and photographs on my website but I quit after a year and a half. The job basically was fit for someone who liked to meet various people but I’m not the type that can easily mingle with others. So after that I decided that I’d study abroad to extend my studies of industrial engineering but I faced some difficulties while preparing for it, ending up with a longer break. I wanted to use that time productively so I began to learn things which included flowers. I completed a professional course at Jane Parker which sparked my interest in flowers and eventually gave up on studying abroad.
Were you ever interested in flowers or the florist job before?
Not a single bit. Buying flowers used to be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. To be frank, I took the professional course only because there wasn’t a universal course available. Generally people took the professional course in pursuit of becoming a florist but I had no particular goal which made the tutors confused. But apparently, in the end I did choose to become one. Life is pretty interesting.
You must’ve had a hidden gift.
Well, I received a lot of compliments during my class so I guess I did have a bit of a gift.(laugh) Come to think of it, I think I had less burden in my heart since I started it as a hobby and was able to work with a more casual mind. And because I had no knowledge on flowers, I think I was able to make a more bold approach than others. There was this one time when I surprised my teacher with a bouquet made of black flowers.