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A lot of you have been asking me questions on why I vlog since I started daily vlogging a few weeks ago-some of those include how to start, whether it's easy, worthwhile and even fun so without further ado here is a vlog about vlogging!
Growing up it was always my dream to be a presenter so I had so much fun shooting my presenting debut for ITV, filming 3 slots for Good Morning Britain, even cooking today (Thursday) on the box (watch out Nigella) ;)
Saturday saw me train-it to Birmingham, taking my Mum along for the ride (my biggest supporter, it was so sweet she wanted to hear me speak) as I shared my experience as a full time blogger at Tots100's Blog Camp in Birmingham.
How do you do it? Do you find you're asked that a lot too? As in how do you work and raise a young family? Are you a superwoman or something?!
A month ago saw me being commissioned to join a group of ab-fab bloggers Ella of La Petite Anglaise, Rosie from Cider with Rosie, Catherine of Not Dressed as Lamb and Ambarina of Beauty Passionista) to undergo a bareMinerals make over and discuss the beauty label's new and exciting bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation for a film on their site.
I'm often asked what my career is and although I'm a trained, award winning filmmaker and adore directing, the last few years have seen me become a full time blogger, a career that happened organically and is one I LOVE.
I've tried to write this post a couple of times before now but in all honesty I've only just about recovered from what can only be described as an absolutely epic time at the Cannes Film Festival, 5 days on from returning home on Saturday... One of the most famous film festivals in the world, this is the third time I've had the pleasure of attending this iconic celebration of film and it did not disappoint, let me tell you.
...As many of you know I'll soon be setting off for a few days at the Cannes Film Festival... First up is a dress fitting for frocks for the festival and BritMums Live with Fever London in the Big Smoke and a crazy-early flight to the South of France on Tuesday morning.
I wanted to share my latest showreel (it's what directors such as myself use to get more commissions: a short montage of the highlights of my directing work). Included below are clips from my multi award winning* short films, TV docs, drama, music videos, promos, fashion films and commercials. I've been fortunate enough to have worked with some of the finest actors and crew working today.
Being creative can be hard work. Hard to get the words onto the screen for that next draft, hard to get the confidence to write the book, launch the blog, heck even write that funny tweet. Creatives are riddled with self doubt. Fact.
As well as being a blogger and founder of this here blog, I'm also an award-winning filmmaker and mother of two. I'm honoured to be taking part in the Mamas & Papas' Urbo campaign alongside Edith Bowman, Charlie Condou and Cherry Healy, giving an account of life as a working parent and my views on celebrating modern parenting.
Having been a writer/director for nearly 10 years means I'm used to the freelance way of life, the not knowing when or where my next job is coming from and that commissions are never guaranteed. Don't get me wrong, it's not easy but I'm used to it and happily accept it.
Wow, it's my blog's 2 Year blogiversary (well it was on the 10th but I'm combining it with my 32nd birthday) and I can't quite believe it: two whole years since my very first post and I'm no longer 16 anymore. Shucks.
When Alexander was 3 weeks old, I was asked if I could pop by and give a lecture on my career as a writer/director at the Northern Film School/Leeds Metropolitan University. Despite being pretty sleep deprived and foggy headed, I agreed. You see overall I felt great-I was buzzing from the birth and physically and emotionally strong enough to go in for a couple of hours.
I cannot believe little Alexander is 3 weeks old already-the days (and unbelievably the nights) have flown by.