The Courier-Mail



AT JUST 23, Sam­mie O’Brien has al­ready done what most only dream of – land­ing her dream job.

The bub­bly Chan­nel 7 pre­sen­ter not only has a gig on lifestyle show Queens­land Week­ender, but has be­come hot prop­erty at the net­work.

O’Brien told Con­fi­den­tial she was pretty sure a ca­reer in tele­vi­sion was for her.

“I al­ways wanted to be a news­reader, or a nurse,” O’Brien said. “But now I’ve been lucky enough to do lifestyle pre­sent­ing, I can’t re­ally imag­ine chang­ing.

“I know it’s so cliched, but I still can’t be­lieve I’m do­ing this.”

O’Brien started her ca­reer with an in­tern­ship at TPD media, a Bris­bane-based pro­duc­tion com­pany.

“It was great – it was the best learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. I was do­ing ad­min, get­ting cof­fee and go­ing on shoots.

“At the end of last year they said they wanted to try me on cam­era, which was re­ally un­ex­pected. Then they said they wanted to put me on ( Queens­land Week­ender). It was an ab­so­lute dream come true.”

Be­ing on a show like Queens­land Week­ender sounds like a dream job, and chat­ting to O’Brien only re­in­forces the per­cep­tion.

“Re­cently I got to go on my first scuba dive in the Whit­sun­days for a story. We had the best time, and got to fly over Heart Reef. Yeah, it’s not a bad gig,” she laughed.

And if that sounds im­pres­sive, a cou­ple of weeks ago O’Brien got to tick off another mile­stone – call­ing the lotto num­bers on Chan­nel 7. “It’s a bit nerve-rack­ing – that’s the first bit of live TV I’ve ever done.”

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