As an entertainment producer and presenter Sam Mann has a fabulous life… who wouldn’t want to rub shoulders with Hollywood stars and get paid for the trouble?
Sharing Braxton Hicks stories with Sarah Jessica Parker and swapping parenting notes with Brad Pitt are all in a day’s work for the mum of one.
But when she’s not chasing the stars, Sam prefers the quiet life as Editor of online magazine Mumazine and hanging out with her best friend, her five year old daughter April.
Read on to find out more about Sam’s life-
1. Describe a typical day for you
My day varies depending on whether I’m working or not. If I’m not working then it’s the usual school runs, possibly the gym, walking the dog and spending countless hours in ‘mum’s cafe’ 🙂
When I am working I will spruce myself up and put on some non-mumsy clothes. If I’m producing or presenting, I will usually spend a few hours in a posh hotel interviewing film stars or standing on the red carpet at a film premiere. It’s a great contrast to my usual normal life.
2. What do you feel are your biggest achievements?
Without a doubt my number one achievement is my daughter – I don’t meant the fact I managed to pop her out without spontaneous combusting almost 6 years ago. I’m just super proud of how she has grown into such a sweet, well-mannered little girl. I have loved and embraced every aspect of motherhood and I think it’s paid off.
My greatest work achievements so far include covering amazing events like the Oscars and Bafta and co-hosting an event at the Royal Albert Hall.
3. What’s in your handbag?
Your guess is as good as mine! I have a few handbags that generally have a lining of junk at the bottom which I’m not proud of. There’ll be a few pens, some loose change, one or two of my daughter’s hair bobbles, the odd mint and other random objects.
Before I leave the house I’ll top it up with my phone, my Terry lip balm, another pen and a snack bar if I’m with my mini me.
4. What are your ambitions in life?
My ambitions have changed a lot since becoming a mum. My main goals are to be healthy, happy and the best mum I can be to April. Beforehand they were all about achieving as many experiences as possible and furthering my career. I still have goals and dreams that aren’t all about April and pursuing those are important too as a happy contented mum = a happy contented child.
5. What advice would you give your pre-baby self, that you now know?
I’m not sure I would tell myself to do anything differently. I had a great life before and love my life now. I guess I didn’t worry about my health before becoming a mum. In my mind a night out drinking with mates only had the consequences of a possible hangover, I never even thought about what I could be doing to my body. So I would tell my pre-baby self to think about the future and step away from that 5th tequila 🙂
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years time?
I know I should think about the future and plan ahead but I have never really done it. Things seem to have fallen in to place so far so I am hoping it will continue that way. I just want to be healthy, happy and having fun with April.
7. What advice would you give a budding writer and presenter?
Find out what you are passionate about and concentrate on that. It has become harder and harder to get a foot in the door when it comes to presenting. I’ve been lucky and have landed some amazing jobs but there are so many showbiz presenters out there. Programme makers want to find the next cool scientist or people with weird and wonderful interests. If you follow your heart and not what you think people want from you though ,you’ll be on the right track.
8. Finally, happiness is…
Spending the day with my daughter busy doing nothing. Curled up watching a movie, chatting about princesses and dancing around the living room.
Sam is the Editor of online magazine Mumazine
Follow on Twitter: @mumazine
She also presents live online fieldtrips for Tesco Eat Happy Project