RMIT students turn the pandemic into a career opportunity with Hungry Talks launch

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RMIT Bachelor of Communication, Advertising, students turn the pandemic into an opportunity by refining an in-class lecture series into an international, multimedia show.


Hungry Talks is a student-run 10-week lecture series packed with fun games and interesting insights from industry high-profile guests, all with a Y2K-theme.

RMIT advertising students push this lecture series beyond online meetings and covid restrictions into live interviews with the industry’s hottest talent and new recruits. Peppered with belly laughs, the goal of Hungry Talks is teaching to learn and providing inspiration for curious, creative minds.

Hungry Talks has left the classroom! In state-of-the-art RMIT media studios, co-hosts Anna Upton and Asha Gilbee-Giudici perform live, insightful interviews with inspiring professionals, fun advertising game-based learning, and review an ad of the week.

They then pass the baton to co-host Simon Macawili, whose eccentric take on out-of-home advertising leads him to direct co-host Emilia Lakhi as Ad Hunter Rusty, an all-out Aussie ad-venturer. A homage to Steve Irwin and Russel Coight, this segment is sure to get you looking up and going outside!

Next up are co-hosts Dimitri Adamopoulos and Madeline Collett, who serve up energising interviews with recent graduates. Ever wondered what it’s like to be an advertising student fresh from the oyster shell of university? Find out as they slide into the DM’s of up-and-coming ad professionals.

The hotplate was definitely left on for this next segment – a Between Two Ferns parody with creative consultant Sally Brownbill. Catch co-host Emilia Lakhi dishing up some deliberate comedic errors in these hilariously awkward and off-the-cuff interviews about how to prepare for a career in advertising.

To finish off each episode, students are presented with a weekly Quick Brief, a concise creative brief for students to practice their craft. Hungry Talks students are in their 3rd year of Bachelor of Communication, Advertising at RMIT and are tutored by John Dingeldei.

Industry guests include Mark Ritson, Virtual Professor at Marketing Week Mini MBA; Stu Turner, Executive Creative Director at The Royals; Shannon Crowe, Creative Director at Thinkerbell; Cam Blackley, Chief Creative Officer at M&C Saatchi Australia and Chairman of Australasian Writers and Art Directors Association (AWARD); Emma Perkins, Senior Director of LEGO Agency EMEA in London; and Dee Madigan, Executive Creative Director at Campaign Edge and regular Gruen guest.

Episode 1 aired last week and featured handover interviews with 2021 Hungry Talks co-hosts, and Sally Brownbill explored inspiration and where it comes from.

Episode 2 will air live on Wednesday 3rd August at 5.30pm and will feature marketing brand strategy legend Professor Mark Ritson; the terrifying Stranger Things 4 out-of-home ad by brand experience and innovation company, Akcelo; recent advertising graduate Gid Goldberg; and Sally Brownbill’s tips on change and adversity.

If you would like to be a part of the Hungry Talks lecture series, please email Emilia at

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(Pictured below from left to right, top to bottom: RMIT Bachelor of Communication, Advertising, Hungry Talks co-hosts  Anna Upton, Asha Gilbee-Giudici, Dimitri Adamopoulos, Emilia Lakhi, Madeline Collett, and Simon Macawili)

RMIT students turn the pandemic into a career opportunity with Hungry Talks launch RMIT students turn the pandemic into a career opportunity with Hungry Talks launch RMIT students turn the pandemic into a career opportunity with Hungry Talks launch