Interview with Claire Agius Ordway

Photography: Gianfranco Stellini

Lives in: Hal-Ghaxaq

Status: Married

Star sign: Aries

Current occupation: Producer and Presenter at Dak li Jghodd and co-presenter at Ilsien in-Nisa.

Media-related occupation: Producer and Presenter

Tell us about the best part of your work.

The fact that I get to be creative all the time. I find the process of building upon an inspiring idea and translating it into something that works really exciting.

As a working mother of three children, life must be hectic. Talk us through your typical day.

I wake up at around 5:45am and prepare my daughter for school. Then I go for my run and get back in time to prepare my boys. Next, I start working. My tasks are varied and include answering emails, attending meetings, picking up clothes and things for my programmes, proposals for new ideas and so on. I then leave to pick up my youngest, prepare dinner, go for my eldest, rush home, see to their needs and help them with their homework. Soon after, we’re out the door again for their activities. In the evening, I either continue with work at home or go on set, depending on the day.

Who is your greatest inspiration?

I have no specific person in mind but mainly people who are busy and still find time to do voluntary work. I also admire people who practice any form of sport and manage to keep training everyday – be it hot or cold weather.

What’s your own definition of happiness?

Feeling healthy and well. For me, something like watching a film with my family can fill me with happiness. But nothing beats helping my kids grow up, and watching them achieve their goals and fulfil their dreams.

What role does technology play in your life?

A massive role and vital to what I do. I am constantly on my mobile or laptop. Answering or sending emails, reading articles which help my work and so on. I sometimes cook and send emails at the same time… mad but true!

If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and what would say to them?

Definitely my dad and I would tell him that I love him. He knew because I told him all the time and he was my favourite person in the world. But I would still love the chance to tell him again.

Are you afraid of anything?

Heights… and it seems to be getting worse with age!

Give us your Top 5 favourite songs.

This is difficult. I have loads but the first few that come to mind are any song from Keane, Coldplay (‘Fix You’ is a favourite). I love Snow Patrol and Pink. I didn’t really answer your question but gave you a few of my favourite artists J

What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

I’ve received a lot but mainly to never give up and I do stick to that. However, I do have to mention a fresh piece of advice which is still ringing in my ears. It came from Nirvana Azzopardi in a letter she wrote and was read during her funeral. ‘Listen to your children – the others can wait’. I love what she said. I do try to do this but since hearing that I’ve made it my motto.

Where do you see yourself in five years from now? 

Hopefully still doing what I do today, creating and enjoying all the simple things in life.