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Vicki Psarias
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Vicki Psarias (2010)
Born1980
Alma materGoldsmiths, University of London
OccupationOnline magazine editor, author, blogger, motivational speaker, entrepreneur
Children2
Websitehonestmum.com

Vicki Psarias is a multi-award-winning filmmaker and professional blogger, most notable as the founding publisher and editor of the online parenting and lifestyle magazine Honest Mum®. In 2018 Mumboss, her self-help book about balancing family life with Internet-based career opportunities, was published. She first achieved notability as a television and film director, screenwriter, and filmmaker, and as a film critic for the BBC.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Born and raised when and where, siblings, early schooling, early signs of career, honours

Vicki Psarias graduated with distinction from Goldsmiths, University of London at the age of twenty-two, earning her Master of Arts degree in Screen Drama and Direction.

Television and Film Career[edit | edit source]

Following her graduation from Goldsmiths, she quickly landed her first assignments as a television screenwriter and director. From 2004 through 2010 Psarias developed a career in television and film production. Her eclectic commissions included drama, TV documentaries, music videos, and short films. Two of her films--Broken and Rifts--have garnered numerous short film awards and nominations. (See Honours and Awards.)

Her films and documentaries have been screened at competitive arts events including the Dinard Film Festival in France and the International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece, and shown on UK, US, and French television. The American production company DLT Entertainment (known for Three's Company) is reported to be developing a series based on Rifts about warring kebab shop owners. She has also developed online content for major clients including the John Lewis department stores, Waitrose supermarkets, Evian products, H&M stores, Lloyds Bank, BBC2, Fairy Non-Bio (dish soap), and Yahoo! and is featured in a Google Hangout for L’Oréal Paris UK and for Selfridges online.

Stepping in front of the camera, she has been a TV presenter ('ambassador') for womenswear maker Fever London, designer bag maker Nova Harley Luxury, The Essential One maternal wear, and other sponsors of interest to women and especially to new mothers.

In late 2010 Psarias took maternity leave from her TV-film production career to focus on her first pregnancy and the birth of her son.

Online Publishing Career[edit | edit source]

Having endured a traumatic birth experience toward the end of 2010, she found that sharing her perspectives with other women via blogging could help her 'rediscover my voice and also regain confidence again'[2] tlost in giving up her work outside the home. In 2011 she began blogging as a full-time career from the perspective of a new mother looking forward to re-entering the workforce. a new full-time hoping

Over the next four years this entrepreneurial venture evolved into the English-language online lifestyle magazine Honest Mum focusing on parenting, homemaking, and family for women seeking careers outside the home. The multi-award-winning website now covers food, film, fashion, the arts, home tech, and travel. Psarias also reviews products and services on behalf of her readers on a paid basis. Her love of food preparation and original recipes led to collaborations with TV chefs including Jamie Oliver, James Martin, Aldo Zilli, Theo Randall, and others.[3]

Custom-designed recipes are featured along with video event reports and interviews. Psarias's interest in food preparation and original recipes has led to collaborations with TV chefs including Jamie Oliver, James Martin, Aldo Zilli, Theo Randall, and others.[3] Notable persons interviewed include American author and dot-com entrepreneur Seth Godin and British television and radio presenter Fearne Cotton. Blog features are sometimes reprinted by other prominent websites such as Laura Ashley. 'A self-confessed hypochondriac and health-worrier', Psarias has written frankly about her post partem struggles.

Honest Mum features promotional reviews of products and services of interest to mothers such as spa destinations, restaurants, toys, food and restaurants, movies and plays, health and well-being, and beauty and cosmetics).. Reviews Honest Mum have been published in the Yorkshire Evening Post. Honest Mum content has been covered in other popular media including Good Morning Britain, Sky News, and BBC Radio. In 2017, HuffPost (formerly The Huffington Post), among other publications, wrote about the Honest Mum 'Proud in My Bikini' campaign to encourage women's body-image self-esteem.

Honest Mum presently draws up to several thousand pageviews per day, significantly exceeding most blogs dedicated to women's interests.[4] As of 2019 most followers of Honest Mom reside in primarily English-speaking regions such as the UK (over 40 per cent), North America (over 20 per cent), and Australia (four per cent), plus other regions including Europe and Asia although Europe plus other locales (about 30 per cent). Each post gets about a thousand "likes" and forty to sixty comments. The Yorkshire Evening Post has calculated that Psarias's reach via the Honest Mum blog and related social media may be counted in the millions of pageviews.[5]

Her prominence as a writer covering women's issues has led to assignments for Marie Claire UK,[6] Grazia Daily,[7] Woman,[8] The Huffington Post[9] and Good To Know.

As of 2019 most followers of Honest Mom reside in English-speaking regions such as the UK (over 40 per cent), North America (over 20 per cent), and Australia (about four per cent), plus other regions including Europe and Asia (about 30 per cent). Each post garners about a thousand "likes" and forty to sixty comments. The Yorkshire Evening Post has calculated that Psarias's reach via the Honest Mum blog and related social media may be counted in the millions of readers.[10]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Mumboss[edit | edit source]

Psarias conceived and launched the Honest Mum blog starting in 2015 to document her struggles giving birth five years earlier to her first child. It grew into the present Honest Mum online lifestyle magazine. During 2017 and the first part of 2018 she developed a book-length manuscript entitled Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide To Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home[11] incorporating much new material. The resulting book[12] , was published by Piatkus Publishing on May 3, 2018. Drawing from the author's experiences building a new Internet-based career while parenting her two children, Mumboss offers detailed advice on both motherhood and career development, with sections on dealing with maternity leave, post-partum depression, and confidence issues as well as advice on returning to work, building an online business, and establishing a personal brand. A section of the book provides detailed explanations about blogging, vlogging, and how freelancing can be more amenable to motherhood than a nine-to-five position. According to the Independent's review, the book is especially intended 'for parents who are looking for a career change into the digital world and building a business around their families'.[13] Psarias has stated that the book's purpose is to provide readers with a "manifesto of balancing work, passions and parenting", addressing the insecurities mums feel about juggling work and family life when "the thought of returning to work in the same way post baby can seem impossible." Natasha Courtenay-Smith (author of The Million Dollar Blog) described Mumboss as, ‘If ever there is a person who has shown just how successful you can be online whilst also being an amazing parent it is Vicki. Read, learn and follow. A brilliant book from an inspirational mother.[14]

The book has eight chapters:

  1. The Back Story - From Mum to Boss
  2. Becoming a Mum
  3. Confidence, Imposter Syndrome, and Returning to Work
  4. How to Hustle - Building a Business from Your Passions
  5. Mum Guilt and the Art of Juggling
  6. Blogging, Vlogging, and Building an Online Business
  7. How to Be Your Own Best Publicist
  8. Happily Ever After

The publisher is Piatkus, an imprint of the Little, Brown Book Group (UK). Offered in paperback (226 pages counting index) from Amazon and many other booksellers, it is also available as a downloadable eBook from Amazon Kindle and as a downloadable audiobook from Audible.com, with the author voicing the audio reading.

The book is in the top five honored in June 2018 by The Independent UK newspaper as the year's "best business books written by women".[15] The book's cover and first page include praise by UK television presenter Julia Bradbury; British entrepreneur and media expert Natasha Courtenay-Smith; British entrepreneur, investor and consumer champion Sarah Willingham of BBC Two's Dragon's Den; fellow blogger Susanna Scott of BritMums; Digital Mums founder Nikki Cochrane; and others. A four-minute video developed by the Super Mum Society via YouTube in October 2018 presents a review of the book that is favorable for its intended audience: mothers hoping to return successfully to the work world.[16] Una Healy, a television presenter and an Irish singer-songwriter in the British pop music group The Saturdays, is quoted on the book's first page describing the author as 'one inspirational mumboss, who shares her secrets to juggling a thriving business with raising a family in this entertaining and empowering read.'

The author was praised in the UK edition of Marie Claire magazine for her description of her traumatic first birth and its aftermath:

..[the] deep panic, the not knowing, the overwhelming sense of "this isn’t how it was meant to be", the loss of control, the trauma… The pain. Following his birth, I felt I was drowning rather than living through the movie-like promise of motherhood I’d been fed my whole life. It took me five years to finally find the courage to write about my experience of birth trauma, to be able to process and share the pain from a place of renewed strength and understanding. Perhaps not surprisingly, the post became one of my most-read, with thousands of women admitting it struck a chord with them, too.[17]

The book has been criticized on ITV and elsewhere for advocating 'lazy parenting' when an expert tutor is hired to teach children things that parents would ordinarily teach them, such as how to ride a bicycle.[18] The author has replied that in the interest of maximizing time for both family and career, 'reaching out for help from experts or family and friends is the way forward. You don’t have to be a martyr to be a good mum.'[18]


Editorships[edit | edit source]

Writing and Speaking[edit | edit source]

Honours, awards, and distinctions[edit | edit source]

===Television/film honours ===Online lifestyle magazine/blog honours ===Publishing honours

Personal life[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "About Lifestyle Professional Blogger, Vicki - Honest Mum". honestmum.com.
  2. Super Mum Society (3 October 2018). "How to Start an Online Mum Brand - Book Review of Mumboss by Vicki Psarias". Retrieved 5 November 2018 – via YouTube.
  3. "Vicki Psarias @ Honest Mum". britmumslive.com.
  4. "About Lifestyle Professional Blogger, Vicki - Honest Mum". honestmum.com.
  5. "'Dear post-baby body': One mum's open (and heartbreakingly honest) letter". 1 June 2016.
  6. "Find Balance When You Have A Family". 29 January 2016.
  7. "Grazia". Grazia.
  8. "Honest Mum's gluten-free heavenly chocolate cake". 2 February 2016.
  9. "Vicki Psarias". HuffPost UK.
  10. "'Dear post-baby body': One mum's open (and heartbreakingly honest) letter". 1 June 2016.
  11. results, search (3 May 2018). Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home. Piatkus. ASIN 0349416699.
  12. results, search (3 May 2018). Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home. Piatkus. ASIN 0349416699.
  13. "10 best business books written by women". independent.co.uk. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  14. results, search (3 May 2018). Mumboss: The Honest Mum's Guide to Surviving and Thriving at Work and at Home. Piatkus. ASIN 0349416699.
  15. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named independent.co.uk2
  16. Super Mum Society (3 October 2018). "How to Start an Online Mum Brand - Book Review of Mumboss by Vicki Psarias". Retrieved 5 November 2018 – via YouTube.
  17. "How My Experience Of Birth Trauma Changed Me Forever". marieclaire.co.uk. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "MumBoss and Honest Mum Vicki Psarias opens her heart to London Mums". londonmumsmagazine.com. 18 July 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2018.

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