tv presenter

Last week saw a childhood dream come true when I presented three short features for ITV’s breakfast show ‘Good Morning Britain’, with my pieces broadcast last Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

I’ve uploaded each minute segment, and the full version at 3 1/2 minutes which you can watch below.

…I’d presented a film show for BBC2 and was a judge on the televised BBC Film Festival a few years ago but this was my ITV debut and it was an utterly awesome experience.

The slots focused on me helping the nation get ‘back to school’ ready, and were filmed a few weeks before transmission, at my home in Leeds.

It all started when I received a phone call from one of the producer/directors Beth who said she’d come across a my blog, loved my on camera page and hoped to feature on the show.

Don’t you just love the democracy of the internet? That your platform, voice and online brand can be discovered with the click of a button, and incredible opportunities offered.

I am so incredibly grateful to this, and still feel amazed every time something like this occurs, almost 5 years blogging

…Now call it fate, but during the call Beth also mentioned she was researching financial experts too and when I recommended Vanessa Cameron my friend and client, the founder of genius kids digital piggy bank Qwiddle, she said she’d already discovered her, and wanted to use her on the show too.

How utterly amazing, and no more so as Vanessa and I had sat together in my very kitchen, the one incidentally we both filmed in for the show, just six months earlier, discussing our dreams and how we hoped to make it on breakfast TV one day.

We dreamt it, we did it. There’s something so wonderful about sharing your dreams, getting them out into the universe and striving to make it a reality, working hard, honing your talent and somehow the world comes together to bring things to fruition.

Don’t laugh but at the start of the year I regularly mentioned to my Mum, my rock, that my aim was to try and get more on camera work on TV, to reach a bigger audience and share my passion for presenting and commentary.

I would often ask the universe, mostly while driving (go figure) to make it happen. Yes it sounds hippyish but it worked. Try it for yourself!

Any back to pre-production-Beth emailed over lots of questions asking me how I personally prepare my kids in getting back into a routine again pre-term time along with favourite family meals and recipe ideas. Soon after, I heard they liked my input and a whole day of filming was scheduled.

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Beth was sadly unwell on the filming day but Oliver, another fabulous producer/director was on duty along with super cameraman Mark Hampshire whom we found out later in the day, was in fact friends with some of my relatives in Manchester. Talk about a small world!

On the morning of the shoot I was given scripts of my own words as emailed that would fit the timing of the shoot, which I had to learn before each piece. I’d booked a blow dry the day before in my local salon and I did my own make up, going for my usual day look. Then it was lights, camera, action!

It was the first time I’d cooked on national TV and the first set up was me making and flipping pancakes!

Nigella eat your heart out hey! 😉

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As a director, I think my experience, made life easier and the shoot quicker as I knew which shots they needed and having spent years drawing performances out of actors and presenters from the behind the camera, had a good idea on how to present myself and hopefully appear as natural as possible while delivering my lines.

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I must say remembering lines, sounding natural and walking on and off camera or cooking, is not to be underestimated-it needs to be timed, the sound must be right, the shot perfect and it’s a real thrill when it goes well.

I improvised a few parts too but as long as they were timed to fit the one minute segments we were fine.

I adored the challenge and every single minute of shoot day.

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I love that Beth, on editing the pieces cut them to truly reflect my personality, keeping in my cheeky smiles to camera and the sweet moments between my kids.

tvgood morning britainAll who know me, said I was exactly as I am in real life, on camera too which was rather lovely.

I was totally myself too and being a dress girl, everyday, I donned some of my favourite bold frocks in bright red and blue with pretty black cropped cardigans and statement jewellery by Yosa whom I’m an ambassador for.

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Glam mum on the school run indeed but this is me and as you know I’m an honest mum so wanted to be myself!

…It was quite a day working with my own kids too who are used to my husband Peter and I filming them for our little fun YouTube films, but they really were well behaved during filming and made me proud.

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They impressed me hugely with their dedication on the day, and listened (mostly) when asked to draw, put on uniform, and pretend-sleep on demand (well done Alexander). My little stars.

My youngest, Xander was nicknamed baby James Dean as he took direction like a dream and relished all the attention, so much so that when the camera wasn’t on him, he kept asking to be filmed! Hmm. Wonder who he’s taken after!

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Oliver was so excited to share a name with the director, he drew a sweet picture of him which Oliver kindly took back to London with him and said he’d always keep.

Oli’s sweet nature made the shoot a true joy from start to finish. The atmosphere was calm, relaxed with such a positive vibe!

It really was a family affair too as my folks were on hand to help with the kids while I filmed as was Peter on his lunch break, and of course my parents’ supplied a delicious Greek lunch from one of their award winning restaurants nearby The Olive Tree, for us all.

What a day!

It was such a joy to present for GMB, stimulating, enjoyable and a career highlight for me. I would love to do more and really hope they hire me again!

Did you catch me on the box?

You can watch them over on my YouTube channel and also on ITV’s website here and here.

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82 Responses

  1. Elizabeth (Wander Mum)

    Well done Vicki, you were brill! Amazing to achieve your dreams and to put it out to the universe in the first place! You must have read The Secret? Love the freezing the pancakes idea – never thought of that! Hope you closed your front door when you actually took the kids to school ? #brilliantblogposts
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  2. Alison

    I just watched the video and it’s fantastic. You really did come across as very natural in front of the camera, and there’s some good tips in there. You’ve also stopped me from buying a bunch of name labels as I didn’t realise you could write directly into the clothes with one of those pens. Doh. Congratulations on meeting one of your goals for yourself as well. Onwards and upwards. I can see there being more to come. #brilliantblogposts

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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Alison, I always write on the shirt back, it’s never come through for me (look for the biro style pen rather than the felt tip though) and I do find labels a bit of a faff x

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  3. Hayley - Downs Side Up

    Vicki, this is simply amazing. I couldn’t help beaming from ear to ear watching my dear friend up there on the screen. You were supremely professional and looked flawless. Mr G makes pancakes most mornings too, but I’ve never thought of freezing them or popping them in a lunch box as a healthy snack with fruit.
    More Honest Mum on our TV screens please!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, did my own make up so I’m chuffed by your kind words. We adore pancakes here, ooh hope I will get more presenting, I really loved it, we all did x

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  4. The DADventurer (Dave)

    Love the behind the scenes shots and looks like you had lots of fun with the family on camera. You’re definitely a natural on camera 🙂
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  5. MEl

    Brilliant! I missed you on ITV, so I’m glad you had the videos on your YouTube channel. 100% you there! The boys were so good, too, and its great that they also included your dad playing with A in the garden. Bless your little Xander for pretending to go to bed! An actor at heart!
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  6. Ninjacat

    well done you were mazing my lovely lovely lady x I watched you x
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  7. Notmyyearoff

    You’re a complete natural on the TV and it’s such a joy to watch you, complete professional but with a very warm presence. I hope you go from strength to strength on TV and I’m really proud to say my friend is a presenter and director xx

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  8. Potty Mouthed Mummy

    It was so exciting to see you on the tv lovely, so fluffing chuffed for you. Sorry I’ve been a bit lax with comments and other bits of late, been in a little funk of late but hopefully coming out soon. As ever, loving what you achieve through your wonderful blog xx
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  9. becca farrelly

    What an amazing experience! I think your boys loved being in the limelight too! Your shoot looked really natural and i loved your outfits 🙂

    #brillblogposts

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  10. Catherine @ Not Dressed As Lamb

    Vicki you’re so flippin’ awesome!!!!!!!!!!! It was so great seeing you on TV in the mornings, and as I missed one I’m glad I got to see it here. I think you were born to be in front of the camera as much as behind it… Nigella had better watch out! 😉

    Catherine x
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  11. Random Musings

    I don’t normally watch Good Morning Britain, but I did tune in to catch your bits. Loved them I agree with the other comments – you came across as natural and normal on camera, so much so that I didn’t realise it was scripted. It sounded just like your personal vids and blog posts! Thaks for hosting #brillblogposts
    Debbie
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  12. Harriet

    ahh well done lovely lady! You looked fab! Gosh, you are one inspiring mama! H x
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  13. Ebabee

    So well done to you. I saw all three of them and you are an absolute natural. The boys were absolutely adorable too. I can’t wait to see more of you on TV xxxx
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  14. Emma

    Wow, what an experience! Its so good that you are achieving your dream, congratulations! And your pancakes look really yummy x
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  15. Alice Megan

    What an absolute dream of a job! Well done you for such an amazing blog that is clearly getting noticed!
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  16. Cindy

    Wow, great video, great tips and it looks like it was a fun experience for you and your family. You are definitely a natural on camera!
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  17. You Baby Me Mummy

    How wonderful that you had the conversation 6 months earlier. I think I will try asking the universe for a few things 😉 Well done lovely, you deserve it x
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  18. Angela at Daysinbed

    What an exciting opportunity and well done. good things come to those who work hard! We love making pancakes…when I’m well enough and id not thought of freezing them- it is such a great idea!

    Angela from daysinbed xxx
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  19. Rachel In Real Life

    What an experience! I have been on TV once and fear I looked rather silly and lacked confidence, you’re clearly a pro! x
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  20. NewMummyBlog

    How fab! What an amazing opportunity, you really were so natural, well done.
    Thank you for hosting #brilliantblogposts, always so many fab blogs x
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  21. Catie

    What an amazing experience. How amazing that blogging has created such wonderful opportunities for you! You did a fantastic job!
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  22. Midwife and Life (Jenny)

    Wow, how wonderful to have a dream come true, I do believe if you really want it to happen and work at it, it will – at least I hope so! Hope your boy is settling a bit more at nursery now, I am back to work next week!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks lovely, so true huh. He is loving nursery now and has for a while, we moved him to a new one after a long break and he is setlled. Hope work goes well for you x

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  23. Laura Evelyn Bee

    Such a well deserved moment for you! You did such an amazing job and you really are an example of what hard work, determination and dreaming big can do! Amazing!
    xx
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  24. JOhn Adams

    You came across really well Vicki, as did the boys. I knew you would! Breakfast TV is something of a dream of mine too. I’ve been asked to do it a few times but it’s always fallen through for one reason or another. Like you, I love the democracy of the Internet! Thanks for hosting #BrilliantBlogPosts
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much John, you would be fabulous yourself, so glad you liked it, it was so much fun, here’s to lots more exciting opportunities for us all x

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  25. Hannah Budding Smiles

    I thought you were amazing and I absolutely need to try your pancake recipe! I was staying at my friend’s house in Hastings and made everyone sit and watch you even though I don’t watch TV normally haha xx
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  26. Candace

    Looks like you had a great time Vicky. Some great tips for getting thickish going in s morning. I love batch making pancakes too. Makes life so easier shrn breakfast or lunch vomponfnts are ready made

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  27. International Elf Service

    I loved reading this. I’m always interested to hear about the behind the scenes stuff and so lovely to hear from you how you found it all! Your kids are totally talented angels :).
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  28. tracey at Mummyshire

    How great is that?! To get involved in something like this for breakfast TV and for your children to be involved too is really something special. I thought you did a great job, you all looked so natural and good at it. Certainly something I couldn’t do!
    xx
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  29. Silly Mummy

    Looks like a fantastic experience, and you are a natural on camera. The pancakes look lovely, too. #brilliantblogposts
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  30. Alice

    I watched!

    I thought you were fab – you wouldn’t know that you hadn’t spent your whole life in front of the camera! I bet the boys were delighted to see themselves on TV x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, what a lovely comment, the boys loved seeing themselves on TV, we’ve definitely all got a taste for it now xx

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  31. Natalie

    You did such a fab job! Well done!
    I ask the universe for things all the time, it works! I’d love to act, as yet, that dream hasn’t happened but I never give up hope or asking! If you believe it, it will happen! X
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    • honestmum

      Thanks darling, go you, it really works, hard work and putting your dreams out there and striving towards them really works x

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  32. Katy

    You were fab! You really are a natural. I know what you mean about talking to he universe, definitely works. xx
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  33. Mummy Fever

    What a great video – have you tried stamptastic stamps for uniform, they are brilliant and work on pretty much anything. Much faster than writing but then not the hassle of sewing or ironing labels – I can’t bear that. #brilliantblogposts
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  34. Karen @ mummy do it

    Looks like a fabulous experience. Unfortunately I won’t be able to watch you from this side of the world. Thanks for hosting the #brilliantblogposts, I love participating and reading the other links.
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