Rae Johnston

Rae Johnston is an incessantly curious person with a system-minded brain and a constant thirst for knowledge” 

The Design Files, 2020

Rae Johnston is a multi-award-winning journalist with a focus on the geekier side of life. 

The first Science & Technology Editor for NITV at SBS, her work appears across television, radio, podcasts and online. Previously, Rae was the first female editor of Gizmodo Australia, and the first Indigenous editor of Junkee

A leading commentator on all things technology, science and pop culture, Rae has worked with every major television and radio network in Australia at some stage of her decade-long career. Today, she makes regular appearances across SBS, ABC and Network Ten.

Rae’s work has seen her awarded the Lighting The Way prize for advocacy and support of the Australian games industry at the Australian Game Developer Awards. The Australian Games Awards named her both Journalist of the Year (2018) and The Gamechanger – awarded for challenging the negative misconceptions about video games throughout her career. 

Rae is a warm and highly professional MC, and has worked with the likes of Sydney Opera House, Oz Comic Con, NSW Government, Australian Academy of Science, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Writer’s Festival and Australian National University. Rae’s background in events and stage management ensures any event she hosts – virtual, live, pre-recorded or stage – run smoothly. She is also an engaging speaker, giving talks on wide-ranging topics everything from diversity in STEM to burnout for events such as the Australian Women’s Leadership Symposium.

An experienced actor for stage and screen, Rae specialises in voice acting. She is currently voicing “Janali Banks” in ABC & Nine Network’s animated children’s series, Space Nova.

Rae is a founding mentor with The Working Lunch program, supporting underrepresented entry-level people in games. She is also an External Assessor with Film Victoria, helping to fund independent games.

A part of the prestigious “brains trust” Leonardos group for The Science Gallery Melbourne, Rae is also a mentor for Science Media Centre Australia‘s Indigenous Science program, and a Federal Council Delegate for the MEAA.

Rae is a proud Wiradjuri woman who was born and raised on Dharug and Gundungurra country in Western Sydney. Becoming a single teenage Mum fuelled her to follow her passions and show her son how to achieve your dreams. He’s now 19, and only a few games away from ranking Immortal in Valorant.

Working in casual minimum wage hospitality jobs for 15 years, sometimes three at once, Rae hustled hard for opportunities in media. After a decade of freelancing, in 2013 she got her first full-time job as the Lifestyle Editor of Techlife. She hasn’t looked back since.

For bookings please contact:
Erin Keneally (Manager), Morrissey Management
16 Princess Ave, Rosebery NSW 2018 Australia
+61(0) 2 9663 0100
erin@morrissey.com.au

44 Comments

  1. I have to leave a reply. It was brave of you to let your friend borrow your pic. And you have got to be the nicest person ever, because seriously, I wouldn’t stand this.
    One message to all the STUPID MEN THINKING WITH THE HEAD DOWN THERE.
    AARON CARTER FAN DOESN’T EXIST!
    care to read a bit? And leave the girl , that’s hapilly married, alone?
    Jeezzzz… just 15 seconds and reading skills would do the trick.
    Rae, your work is amazing. Keep it up and good luck! 🙂

  2. Hello Aaroncarterfan,
    I too enjoy abusing the downtrodden and bursting out in “YOLO”s while doing anything remotely exciting. I have not had any luck with the pregnancy scare tactic… I told my ex that I had a sex change and got pregnant but she didn’t go for it. Maybe you could help me make a more convincing story? I did have some luck with telling a bunch of people she gave me chlamydia, but now they think I have chlamydia so that backfired. A almost went with AIDs, glad I didn’t; it’s hard enough getting with her sister “with chlamydia.”

  3. Got here from the cracked artical. Didn’t know there were comic book reviewers. Sounds like a cool job.

  4. I’ll be honest, I came here just for the sake of knowing the “real” aaroncarterfan but after seeing all your work I truly think you are great! keep going on!

  5. I think it is like the ultimate irony, that Alli chose such a nice gal to impersonate such a horrible person like aaroncarterfan… 😀
    The world is as full of shit as it is full of roses.

  6. especially in japan where they are as important as the chars..i dont know about other country tho’ cos in my country voice actors are considered voice fillers …

  7. Alli Reed is a very funny writer 🙂

    I got my start in voice acting through contacts I made doing theatre and film work. I wish there was a “sure-fire” method, but networking is important. Try to look for online castings, perhaps?

  8. I’ve never used an online dating site, so I don’t know what “normal” is on there – all I know is that Alli did a great job of creating a character I’d never, ever want to meet 😛

  9. Kinda sad seeing so many comments for the “dating profile”, which was a great article,btw.
    But I’d like to ask, how does one get into voice acting? I’ve had an interest for a long time and think I’d do very well at it.

  10. i also came here from cracked.com…. 😉 but couldnt finish the article cos it looks ‘normal’.. btw good luck on your career.. nice face ma’am

  11. I am still working in a rather niche area of journalism, but the tide is slowly turning. Unfortunately most mainstream media outlets still see it as “kid’s stuff” but I am seeing a shift.

    Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  12. Awesome Cracked article using your pic, but delighted to find that there is at least ONE “A Video Game, Consumer Technology, Comic Book & Pop Culture Journalist/Reviewer/Writer/TV Presenter” in the world!

    I remember 20 yrs ago when ‘real’ entertainment media people laughed at comic books and video games. They don’t laugh any more! Avengers Assemble n’ stuff!

  13. According to google: “Aaron Charles Carter[1] (born December 7, 1987)[1] is an American singer. He came to fame as a pop and hip hop singer in the late 1990s, establishing himself as a star among pre-teen and teenage audiences during the early-first decade of the 21st century.[2]”

    But you should probably ask the writer of the article – I’m just the one who volunteered photos for the experiment 🙂

  14. hmmmmmmmmm so im not the only person here because of a cracked article also whos aaron carter

  15. Since I’m not aaroncarterfan, I’d reply to this with:

    Thank you for your message. I am, however, in a happy stable relationship and not seeking anything other than enjoying family time with my partner and 12 year old son.

    Perhaps an online dating site might assist you find what you are looking for? 😉

  16. Hey there. How is it going?
    Your profile really caught my attention. You seem like a sweet girl worth getting to know, and I’d love to have that chanche.
    I work at a local medical device company as an electrical engineer… What I’m looking for is a down to earth girl who can be a reliable partner. If you are interested feel free to let me know and we’ll go from there. 🙂

  17. It’s all good 🙂 Most people are just discussing the article, which is fine. The very few who think I am actually aaroncarterfan – well, they are just highly amusing 🙂

  18. I am so sorry to discover that you’ve had the hordes of Cracked commenters unleashed on you. I fear for your sanity in the coming days. 😛

  19. Actually this is a reply for you Ms. Rae. If that is the real person, that would be Jack O’Brien. Chief Editor of Cracked.com…Alli Reed’s boss, hahaha…

  20. Tyler. Clearly you don’t know my work. Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles was NOT PART 3. I was forced to make that movie due to contractual obligations. Crocodile Dundee III: Fart Eater, is where the series should have continued.

    All my best

    -Paul Hogan

  21. Thank you, Rod! Your kind words are appreciated. It does take an incredible amount of dedication, but when you are doing what you love it never really seems like work. And when you can finally pay the bills from that work? That’s success to me 🙂

  22. Wishing you all the best in your career! Looking at your CV its seems you’re really doing well in accomplishing your goals. My sisters a model/actress/writer, so I know it takes an incredible amount of energy and dedication. Keep it up!

  23. Whatever Tyler, you fool. Due to that article I, Paul Hogan, will be casting her in my new film, “Crocodile Dundee III: Fart Eater” She will play the lead role of my nemesis, Vanessa von Fart.

  24. The account was absolutely deleted as soon as the article was written.The fact aaroncarterfan and I have absolutely nothing in common (age, location, career etc.) other than publicly available images from characters I have portrayed in short films would most certainly put any potential employer at ease. It may surprise you to learn my publicly available photos have been used for a similar purpose before – but without my permission.

  25. You should definitely have your friend that made the Aaroncarterfan account delete it now if you are currently/aspire to be an on air talent. I mean it was nice of you to let her use your picture (and the outcome was great) but yeesh, news directors can turn on you in a heartbeat if they found that and that is not any fun if you just moved across the country for a job

  26. All the best for your career Rae!! Really hope you make it big… Seems like you deserve so much success. You will probably take a few blows but always remember to get back up and stand up strong just like Wonder Woman!

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