Episode 255 — Experimentation Equals Wins

 

Episode 255 — Experimentation Equals Wins

People are afraid of being judged but it’s little things that build up over time: For example, if you’re shy, try going out to a bar and talking to people. These are little things you could do to get out of your comfort zone and push through your pain points. It takes trial and error.

If it scares you — that’s good! That means that the more you do this, the less it will scare you. More importantly, you’ll get better at that thing because you’ll have more data to go on. You will know what worked and what didn’t. It’s the feedback that will help you grow. Part of that is not being afraid to experiment. That’s what will help you get better. The more data you have, the more you’ll be able to tweak things.

It’s all about trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn’t. Look at everything as data!

In this Podcast, Allan talks about experimentation, how to use it to get you out of your comfort zone and to provide data for your growth and success.

HIGHLIGHTS

[02:16] What Inspired This Podcast
[02:59] Don’t Be Afraid to Experiment
[04:55] Allan Explains His Experimentation with Ice Baths
[09:09] Experimentation Leads to Success
[13:29] Look at Everything as Data

 

EPISODE 255 — EXPERIMENTATION EQUALS WINS

Hello, everyone! This is Allan McKay.

Welcome to Episode 255! I want to talk about getting success and traction in everything you’re doing and just a different outlook on this. A lot of us fail before we even start and this is something that I want to get really deep into.

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FIRST THINGS FIRST:

[00:51] Have you ever sent in your reel and wondered why you didn’t get the callback or what the reason was you didn’t get the job? Over the past 20 years of working for studios like ILM, Blur Studio, Ubisoft, I’ve built hundreds of teams and hired hundreds of artists — and reviewed thousands of reels! That’s why I decided to write The Ultimate Demo Reel Guide from the perspective of someone who actually does the hiring. You can get this book for free right now at www.allanmckay.com/myreel!

[13:54] One of the biggest problems we face as artists is figuring out how much we’re worth. I’ve put together a website. Check it out: www.VFXRates.com! This is a chance for you to put in your level of experience, your discipline, your location — and it will give you an accurate idea what you and everyone else in your discipline should be charging. Check it out: www.VFXRates.com!

EXPERIMENTATION EQUALS WINS

[02:16] Recently I’ve been coaching someone on their business and how they can be taken more seriously. This artist is a woman with a very bubbly personality in a very male dominated industry. Sometimes to be perceived differently, you do need to have that alter-ego. That’s something that you do through how you communicate and how you treat your business. You’re essentially training you customers to treat their business like a business. This is a way you can get them to march to your drum.

DON’T BE AFRAID TO EXPERIMENT

[02:59] So what I thought was interesting was that I kept telling her to “not be afraid to experiment”. Behind the scenes, I am the master of doing weird things. I have no problem with trying things out. No one is going to judge me and I am happy to try things out, even doing stupid stuff that others might be too insecure to try. People are afraid of being judged. It’s little things that build up over time: For example, if you’re shy, try going out to a bar and talking to people. These are the little things you could do to get out of your comfort zone and push through your pain points. If the way you speak needs to change or you need to shift your tonality, then you have to do that to get people’s attention. And you can do it just by reading about it or listening to a lecture. It takes trial and error. Part of that is going out and doing it every day. If it scares you — that’s good! That means that the more you do this, the less it will scare you. More importantly, you’ll get better at that thing because you’ll have more data to go on. You will know what worked and what didn’t. It’s the feedback that will help you grow.

[04:55] Part of that is not being afraid to experiment. That’s what will help you get better. The more data you have, the more you’ll be able to tweak things. For me, a good example are ice baths. I keep talking about how they are beneficial for my health and energy levels. They are part of my morning ritual at 5:00 a.m. Moving to the Pacific Northwest, it took some adjusting. The air and water are colder here. So when I walk outside, my natural reaction is to go back inside where it’s warm. I need that catalyst. I have a sauna first and I heat up. When I’m ready, I can jump into the cold water. As it colder in the winter, it’s harder to stay in it. So I looked at what else I can tweak. I decided to hop into a cold shower after the ice bath, to continue the cold therapy. But how can I stay in the tub longer? The first thing that starts to hurt in the cold are my hands. If I take them out of the tub, I can stay in longer. It’s the tweaking that allows me to get better and better results. In this situation, what happens next is when I get into the cold shower, I don’t panic. That little tweak adjusts the panic. These days, I hop back into the sauna from the ice bath. The next time I go back into the ice bath, I’m not going to panic. I hope this makes sense because I’m talking about tweaking the process and experimenting. At a certain point, I can take my hands out and stay for 6-7 minutes. I can also listen to music and it distracts me, “I just have to make it through this song. And the next song…” These little tweaks would sound trivial but that’s me getting the result I want, tweaking it slightly and getting a better result.

EXPERIMENTATION LEADS TO SUCCESS

[09:09] Say, you’re tracking everything you’re doing at work. If you tend to waste time naming folders, what if you wrote a tool that did that for you? The more you’re paying attention to what you’re doing and how long it’s taking, the more you’re likely to get the extra growth. In sales and marketing, I would look at the statistics. When I launch a Mentorship, I notice that there is a high enrollment on the last day. So if I send an email on that day, what would that mean for sales? Sometimes that extra email on the last day of the enrollment could mean extra $40K in sales! There are these little tweaks that will give you different results. It could be changing the color of the button. Bit by bit, you can raise your performance by 20%, but you wouldn’t know that if you weren’t experimenting. The amount of weird stuff I do and experiment with is what I owe to my success. I wouldn’t have that if I weren’t willing to try. That goes across the board: How I interact with people, how long my emails are, how I prepare someone for our meeting call:

  • What if I kept my emails short?
  • What I reminded the person I was having a call with about the call and what we’d talk about? All of a sudden they’re coming to me with suggestions.
  • What if instead of my having meetings and having to drive the conversation, I tell them I cannot wait to hear what ideas they have?

[11:35] Everything in life should be an experiment. And when you do find parts of your business that you were thinking of getting rid of, how do you change that part into a winning one? Someone I was talking with about sales, they had clients they didn’t want to work with. I recommended that that person raised his price, specifically for those clients. As long as you explain the process, you can help them understand the price raise. The others will panic, but your educating them about what the work takes is part of it. If that’s too expensive for them, you can say, “I can offer a similar thing for considerably less but you won’t have as much of my input”. That would be more attractive to them because you’ve just explained the actual rate. Suddenly, your service is a steal. You wouldn’t get there without that experimentation.

LOOK AT EVERYTHING AS DATA

[13:29] It’s all about trying new things and seeing what works and what doesn’t. Look at everything as data! If someone hangs up a phone on you, you see what you can tweak the next time you pick up the phone. It’s all about experimenting, in the end.

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I will be back next Episode talking about reels. Until then —

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