Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Work.Life.Balance? Vicki Psarias-Broadbent, Film-maker and Blogger shares her work-life balance

I met Vicki Psarias-Broadbent about a year ago through the course of blogging, and we discovered a love of cocktails, shoes, vintage shopping, and that she was in the same industry as my husband (film), as well as being a passionate and prolific blogger.  As anyone who meets Vicki can attest to, she is a whirlwind, a force of nature, adores her children and has a fantastic sense of self.  Here she is to talk about her take on the juggle that is work-life balance.



Vicki is British Greek Cypriot , a really important part of her and her family.  She is a 33 year old Mum to Oliver (4) and Alexander (16 months). Vicki is a pro-blogger, freelance writer and award winning screenwriter and director.  Her passions include family, film, fashion and food . All the fabulous f's! You can read Vicki's blogs here honestmum.com and mummysgotstyle.com.

1. What are the greatest challenges in being a working mother?
Finding time to do it all and the constant juggle that is work and motherhood!

I suppose as an artist/filmmaker it's the limitations (be it budget/time) which have always forced the greatest creativity/ most interesting end products, and this is also true of the restrictions parenthood brings. Having kids also allows you to FOCUS, plus the unconditional love and the on-going struggles that is life as a parent (the good and the bad) truly influence my work. 

My blogs offer me a way to document family life and earn around those who matter most to me: my kids and husband.  I have a co writer on board the TV project I am penning (Phil Hughes) so that helps with the work-load too, and when it comes to comedy, I think you need another person to spring off. 

2. What is your personal top tip to making it work - or what should you really avoid as a pitfall?
Help. I simply couldn't do what I do without childcare.  My eldest attends pre-school, having a day off for just us where I don't work midweek, and my parents help with Alexander a few days a week.  With writing and blogging, the joy is it can be done at night too...although I am getting better at not burning the midnight oil as much! 

3. What do you love most about being a working mother?
I love that I am doing what I love as well as raising my family.  My kids see that I'm happy and are happy too.  I make sure I have down time and weekends are pure family time too.  It's important to know when to switch off and not always easy when you work from home.  I'm getting good at saying no though! And yes to the projects that matter!

4. Describe your perfect day
A day spent walking round the lake at Roundhay Park near us (post here)  Oliver on his bike, Alexander in his pram, feeding the ducks, playing on the swings nearby, before heading to one of my parent's award-winning Greek restaurants (the Olive Tree) for great food and laughter (we laugh a lot in this family).

5. When in doubt, what is your killer confidence booster?
"Believe you can and you will".  Also "Failure is not an option" but most of all happiness and health are all that matter and kids sure put life into perspective. 

Rocking red Lady Danger lipstick by Mac sure makes you feel awake even if you've been up all night. My Mum is a strong believer that red lipstick can help you take on the world and who am I to argue!

6. Who or What inspires you, as an individual, as a mother, and as a professional?
Firstly my Mother is my greatest inspiration.  She emigrated to the UK, learnt English in a year, aced her GCSE's, A'Levels, got a BA then Master of Philosophy before her PCGE and only stopped her PHD when I was two and she couldn't bear to leave me. 

An academic, she was a philosophy lecturer before opening restaurants with my father in the 80's. What a woman! Women generally inspire me, other female filmmakers, one of closest friends and supporters feature filmmaker Amancay Tapia,  my Grandmothers (who are no longer here but were so wise and loving and would do anything for their families)...these are my blueprints...

And finally...
Cupcakes or cocktails?  Cocktails for sure. Make mine as a Mojito please and play some salsa beats.... 

Handbags or shoes?  Both please although at a push probably handbags as I'm never without mine and love everything from designer totes to high street clutches!

Kindle or paperback?  Paperback and I adore the Leeds City Library (you can take out 20 books at a time and e-books too)...I do love the smell of a new, crisp book too... 

What else would you like to talk to Mama and More readers about?
Vicki runs #TastyTuesdays every Tuesday so do join with any recipe you like each week on honestmum.com or visit to be inspired!  Also on honestmum.com, every Thursday Vicki runs her #BrillBlogPosts link-up inviting bloggers to link their brilliant blog posts - it makes for great reading and a chance to dust off and showcase posts recent or archived.

#Fashionfridays are all about fashion on Mummysgotstyle.com Vicki's alternate site dedicated to style, so head there to add your style posts.

To find out more about Vicki's film work, head to vpsarias.co.uk 

Follow on twitter - @honestmummy @mummysgotstyle

Instagram - honestmum


Hope you enjoyed reading Vicki's take on balancing work and parenting.  The archived posts are here, or if you prefer, they are also grouped onto my Women and Work.Life.Balance Pinterest board, so do check it out.

If you would like to take part in the Work.Life.Balance? interview series, please email me here, I'd love to hear from you.


14 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me, honoured to have been included in your series x

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    1. So delighted to have you as part of this feature, Vicki, thank you for joining in and for always being incredibly supportive and encouraging x

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  2. I enjoyed reading this upbeat and honest interview with Vicki - it's a refreshing and optimistic take on the juggling act that is balancing work and parenting. #PoCoLo

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    1. So pleased you enjoyed it. Thank you for stopping by and commenting

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  3. Fab to see Vicki here, I love her blog. Vicki - your Mum sounds utterly incredible xx

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    1. Both Vicki's blogs are fab - and I can vouch for her mama being just lovely too!

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  4. Great interview. As a working mother who never seems to find time to blog enough, this is very inspiring!

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  5. LOVED this interview! I'm so happy you interviewed Vicki as I have often wondered how she does it all!

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  6. Another great interview - so interesting to read about Vicki :) Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x

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  7. Vicki sounds as happy as she looks - and thank you for saying as well as family your work makes you happy.
    I'm getting better at saying no too, or at least not packing so much in and then looking at week ahead feeling anxious about how I'm going to juggle it all. Although I've just quit my job and planning to start my own business so we'll see what happens..! #PoCoLo

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  8. Thanks all for these touching comments, really made my day and of course thank you Zaz for interviewing me so brilliantly, so honoured to feature on your fabulous blog (thank you for becoming a wonderful friend too) x

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  9. Hey darling, will link back to this on my newly revamped film site, to be launched in the next few days, thanks again for having me x

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