Since rising to fame on Big Brother in 2003, the 42-year-old has gone on to host a number of popular TV and radio shows. Thanks to her warmth, wit and humour she’s also garnered a following of loyal fans.
However, the Melbourne-based media personality insists she’s now reached the point where she doesn’t derive her happiness from her career, but from her home life.
“I think you’ve got to be disappointed in work a few times to get to that place,” she explains in an interview with Sunday Style.
“This industry is pretty volatile; your contract can not be renewed and someone else can take your job, and that’s happened to me. When that occurs, you do feel disappointed and nervous about how you’re going to make a living.”
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Like many people, Swan has endured her share of professional setbacks — though unlike the rest of us, hers tend to make headlines. Fans might recall that in late 2014, the mum of three was “let go” from Mix FM’s breakfast show after three years co-hosting with Jane Hall.
At the time, Swan told News.com.au that leaving wasn’t her choice, explaining: “It’s very rare to leave on your own volition because it’s like cutting your arm off. You can’t imagine missing out on all that fun.”
The level of uncertainty that comes with working in the media has taught Swan an important lesson about where she draws her happiness.
“It makes you think, ‘If work isn’t constant, then what is?’ And every time, it’s been what goes on under my roof – my three kids and my family. That’s unchanging,” she tells Sunday Style.
“Who I am is a mum and partner, and then what I do is work on radio and the odd TV show.”