She had a Bachelor of Communications (Journalism) from RMIT University, had been a news reporter in Gippsland and Launceston, and had covered state and national elections, court and criminal reporting, and a range of other issues and stories.
But she knew when she accepted the opportunity to appear on a reality TV show looking for love, it would stall her career. Even if it didn’t seem fair.
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“I’ve worked my butt off in news,” the 29-year-old told Stacey June and Kristie Mercer earlier this week for The Thinkergirls Pod Channel.
“You have to have intelligence. I got into a really difficult uni course, I worked really hard, I moved regionally… and then there [were] footballers wives getting jobs on TV.”
Love always felt that the traditional route she took “is the hard way to become a news presenter,” but incidentally, she says “my career in television exceeded and grew exponentially faster and larger before I went on reality TV”.
“I wasn’t naive, I wasn’t dumb,” she says. “I didn’t think great this will be a launching pad for my career, I knew that it would actually inhibit me.”
Love says those Bachelor and Bachelorette personalities who have been media trained, like Sophie Monk and Matty J, do get a boost from the show, because it’s the role of ‘presenting’ that they’re after.