HOW I MAKE IT WORK...
HE’S A FOX SPORTS FOOTY COMMENTATOR BY DAY AND A FLOWER DELIVERY BOY BY NIGHT. FOR THE FIRST TIME, ANDREW VOSS REVEALS HIS SECRET DOUBLE LIFE
Andrew Voss’s secret life as a flower delivery boy.
From the age of seven, all I wanted to do was be a rugby league commentator. My dad died when I was eight and I think rugby league really became my world after that. I fell in love with the sport and it became a massive part of my life. I’ve been a commentator for more than 30 years now.
People are staggered when they find out that I’m also a flower buyer and delivery boy. Most of my colleagues go into shock when I tell them. I started helping my wife Simone with her corporate floristry business, Fleur Sydney, 18 months ago. Simone is also a professional make-up artist, so when she increased her make-up work, I had to step up and do the buying, clean the vases and make the deliveries.
There are no shortcuts with floristry. When I get to the Sydney Flower Market at 5am, I need to know my ranunculus from my peonies, what’s good quality and what’s not. I’ve enjoyed learning all of that – it’s totally out of my skill set.
When I started, I thought, “How the hell am I going to learn all these flower names?” It was doing my head in so I printed out photos of the flowers with their basic names and made a scrapbook. I call it Flowers For Dummies.
I strive to hear two words every week from my wife: “Good buying.” That means I’ve done my job. I’m proud when I see what Simone puts together with what I bought.
As the deliveryman, I’ve turned up at pubs to drop off flowers and they’ve had Fox Sports on the TV with a game I’ve called. I get recognised a lot and I’ve had a few weird looks. I’m often wearing a cap so I pull it down a little further…
Juggling my footy and flower careers is a military operation. I have to stay on top of things. I’m always moving but that’s OK because I can’t sit still anyway.
Since starting in the flower industry, I have learnt that you don’t
need to do one job your whole life. It’s not such a bad thing to broaden your horizons and explore what else is out there.
I’m really glad that I’ve been introduced to the flower game. It’s a good industry to work in – no one’s unhappy when they get flowers. I can declare, hand on my heart, that I’m proud to be a flower boy.