She was able to outwit much of her competition on Survivor and now she’s got her sights set on a career in radio.

Melbourne based, Phoebe Timmins is a woman on a mission.

Jordy Lucas recently had a chat with Phoebe to discuss life after Survivor, living in the public eye and how she’s maintained her job as a lawyer amongst it all.

JL: You’re most recognised from your stint on series 1 of Australian survivor, how has your life changed since being on the show? 

PT: Enormously! Every foundational element of my life changed post Survivor. Location, home, relationship, social circle, work – everything. They were all changes I could not have anticipated prior to embarking on that adventure. Admittedly all of these changes have challenged me in different ways, but with that comes growth, and I’m grateful for that.

JL: Looking back now, do you think you were prepared for the recognition and being in the eye?

PT: I was not at all prepared for this. I didn’t apply for Survivor for the recognition, or even to be on television. I was a fan of Survivor for a really long time and I just wanted to play the game. If I’m honest, I didn’t really appreciate that it was a TV production first and foremost. In terms of what came with that, it was quite surreal, and still is at times.

It’s incredibly insightful, to all of a sudden be someone that is recognised. Being subjected to public perception is an interesting thing to experience, especially because although Survivor was a big life experience, one of many that I am proud of, it isn’t something that defines me. I think that’s what I’ve found most interesting. Being recognized as a character where people feel as though they know who you are based solely on what was represented to them in a very unusual context.

Pheobe Timmins

JL: What would be your biggest piece of advice for someone entering the world of reality TV and the recognition it brings with it?

PT: I’d have so much advice. Firstly, enjoy it! It does peak and that is so much fun- it’s worth enjoying. But secondly I would say, stay grounded and stay humble. I’ve been close to a lot of people that have been through this now. I think the most important thing people can do is to make sure they are still pursuing new goals and establishing a new normality for themselves that gives them a sense of purpose. The recognition that comes with reality TV and the hype surrounding it is wonderful, but it does taper. It’s really important to maintain a strong sense of self throughout all of that.  

JL: You’re also a LAWYER! How do you juggle media commitments with such a demanding job?

PT: To be honest I am probably one of those people that frequently bites off more than they can chew, but somehow invariably manages to pull it all off. I’ve always got too many balls in the air at the same time. I work hard and I play hard. If I have time, you can pretty much guarantee I will fill it. I really love life, and I just want it all.  

Pheobe Timmins

JL: You’re wanting to branch out into the world of radio, why the move from TV?

PT: I would say it’s less of a move and more of a pursuit of new goals. I’m a personality! The answer is really simple, I think I’d be good at it, and more than that, it is something I would seriously enjoy.

JL: So looking into the future, where do you ideally see yourself in say, 5 years?

PT: I’m not one to have a ‘five-year’ plan. I’m a reasonably spontaneous individual. Every plan is adaptable, how else can one capitalise on opportunities! Having said that, I of course have goals I want to achieve. Five years is a little long term for me. Right now, I’m working on challenging myself creatively, balancing my professional responsibilities, exploring new territory and continuing to build my life in Melbourne.

Jordy Lucas is the PR Manager at Blue Chip Talent where she mentors influencers and media personalities with industry knowledge she acquired from working in the film and television industry for many years. In her own time, Jordy runs her own social strategy business, She Does This.