Episode 67 – Changing careers, how to carefully switch to a creative career later in life

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Episode 67 – Changing careers, how to carefully switch to a creative career later in life

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An overview of the process to safely switch careers down the road. Some of us are in careers that we aren’t 100% satisfied and want to make the change over to a creative industry. However there is so much risk that we face that it’s almost a gamble this late in our career.

This episode we delve into the process and thoughts behind how to build a plan around switching successfully from your current career path to your dream job!

 

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1 Comment

  1. Michael Eng says:

    Hi Allan,
    Thanks so much for everything you do.
    Episode 67 resonated very strongly with me.
    A little over a year ago I was able to quit my job as a bartender in my home town of Nashville,TN and have been fully supporting myself doing VFX and animation for music videos, commercials, and tour screens.
    Dropping out of high school as a 15 year old, I had fallen into restraunt work in my early teens and made a good living doing so. Still, I had always wanted to work in film. Having not gone to college and not having the funds to invest in higher end software I did not see how to break into the industry. Then, I discovered Blender about 6 years ago and decided to learn everything I could about 3d and animation. My typical week would consist of bartending 40 plus hours a week and working through tutorials at least another 40 hours. I made little tests and showed them to everyone I knew. As a bartender, I interacted with so many people on a day to day basis. One of my regulars looked at a test shot I did and wanted me to show it to a friend of hers. He ended up being a local music video director, Wes Edwards. My very first professional job with him ended up being Dierks Bentley’s music video “Drunk on a Plane” which won the CMA video of the year award in 2014. I feel blessed to have had that as my first job— it definitely added legitimacy to my first reel.
    I reinvested in more hardware and software, all the while maintaining my bartending job and my ongoing studies.
    I discovered your podcast in the spring of 2015. I truly credit you with giving me tons of advise that enabled me to learn how to study better, have confidence in and place value in my work, and negotiate with clients.
    In August of 2015 I was able to quit my job bartending and have had my best financial year ever doing something I love and am passionate about. I know I am at the beginning of a long journey, but thank you for helping me get started.
    All the best,
    Michael Eng

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