Last year wasn’t so good, but Shelley Craft can proudly report that in 2008 she’s blitzed them
SHELLEY Craft was at the lowest point of her life 12 months ago. Her marriage had failed, she had just moved to Melbourne and she had no job.
Now the 32-year-old is off to New York for a holiday with a new man in her life, having had the best year of her career.
Craft (left) made the decision to leave Channel 7 and The Great Outdoors late last year. She had, by her own admission, ‘‘nothing left to give’’.
She had spent the latter months of her tenure sobbing alone in hotel rooms after the break-up of her marriage to marketing expert Brett De Billinghurst.
Craft wasn’t out of work for long. A call from Channel 9 led to her replacing Toni Pearen on Australia’s Funniest Home Videos, but the real bonus came with Nine’s decision to get her to co-host Domestic Blitz with Scott Cam.
The show was an immediate ratings winner, Craft and Cam displaying an easy on-air rapport as they renovated homes.
As a delighted Craft looks back on the year, she says the move has gone surprisingly smoothly.
‘‘It’s been a fantastic year,’’ she says. ‘‘Nine has been sensational to me since the day I started. I had 12 years at Seven and had an absolute ball. I’m just glad to be working. It’s a tough industry, but a wonderful industry with fabulous people and if you can get another day then you’re lucky.
‘‘I’m just glad I’ve got two shows that are working out really well.’’
Her former Seven co-stars have also been very supportive.
‘‘I hosted the red carpet for the Channel 9 Logies this year and I was able to catch up with everybody who came through from all the networks,’’ she says.
Craft is looking forward to having a break and is off to the Big Apple, one of the places she didn’t get to visit during her time on The Great Outdoors.
‘‘When I do go away now it’s just nice to enjoy it and not have to stick to an itinerary. Now I have time to sit in a cafe that we always pretended we were sitting in and enjoying (on The Great Outdoors).’’
Craft has a strange affliction for a one-time travel reporter— but it’s one that will come in handy on the New York trip.
‘‘Any sort of motion I fall asleep,’’ she explains. ‘‘I’m asleep before the plane taxis and I often don’t wake up until we land. You miss out on all the meals, though.’’
Craft says she realised she had the problem on her first day of work experience at Seven in Brisbane.
‘‘I got a ride on the news chopper and we were covering some bushfires up on the Sunshine Coast. When I came home, Mum said ‘How was it?’
‘‘I said, ‘I’m not sure. I was asleep in the back in the first few minutes and they woke me up when we landed back at Seven’.’’
THE Great Outdoors, Australia’s Funniest Home Videos and Domestic Blitz all came after Craft graduated from a production assistant to co-host of children’s cartoon show Saturday Disney.
‘‘Anything live is always great fun,’’ she says. ‘‘Obviously I get a taste of that with Funniest, but there’s also an element with Blitz when you do the ‘reveal’ to the family.
‘‘You’re dealing with a bit of an unknown as to how they are going to react. It always gets the adrenalin pumping and that’s the part of TV I enjoy the most.’’