Land­ing CRAFT

Last year wasn’t so good, but Shel­ley Craft can proudly re­port that in 2008 she’s blitzed them

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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.’’

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