The GiST chats to Rae Johnston about how she landed her job as co-founder, producer and host of popular tech and gaming podcast Queens of the Drone Age.
I was a ‘gifted and talented’ kid, but life took some turns and I only just got through Year 12. Everything I know to do my job, I learned on the job. With the internet, there’s so much access to so many different ways to learn.
While working in hospitality and retail, I worked as an extra and actor. Those skills helped me land an audition for my first media gig – writing and presenting for a video game TV show. This led to my career as a TV and radio presenter, journalist and editor, where I expanded my reporting from just games to include technology, social media, internet culture and science.
I love hiking. Spending every Sunday with friends, away from work and screens and social media. Just sitting on the country that I am working to protect through my work keeps me focused and grounded.
I find it difficult to set goals, because you never know where life will take you. I’ve always tried to be happy with where I am, while also taking on more opportunities to learn and grow and get better at what I do. My only goal is to make sure whatever I am doing is helpful and useful, and I am sharing my skills and knowledge to help others do what I do.
Support each other. Cheer for each other. Surround yourself with people who support your goals. And never forget why you do what you do.