Episode 371 — CRUSHING Your Bigger Goals
EPISODE 371 — CRUSHING Your Bigger Goals
The WHAT IF? Scenario: It’s an addictive concept for all of us. What if you give up on a career before you ever got started? Fear is just your mind trying to prevent you from change because change is unknown. It doesn’t want you to risk safety for something new. But the big growths and breakthroughs are on the other side of that fear.
If you aren’t willing to put in the extra work and see what it would lead to next, if you weren’t willing to leverage one experience to the next, none of that would be easy. We always get tested! It’s easier to take the lesser path. But we get to choose that Sliding Doors moment — or we get to choose to have it all.
In this Podcast, Allan reflects on the choices he’s made throughout his career that lead him to face his fears, take huge risks and to have his dream job (which would eventually lead to his night at the Oscars).
EPISODE 371 — CRUSHING Your Bigger Goals
Hello, everyone! This is Allan McKay.
Welcome to Episode 371! In this Episode, we talk about crushing your fears – and going after your bigger goals.
I’m really excited about this Episode. This is a subject that contributed to a lot of success in my career. I talk about the Sliding Doors moment in my career, or the WHAT IF moments. I reflect on those moments that could’ve been pivotal for my journey: Should I go work on this movie? Or should I go freelance and potentially risk falling on my face?
I talk about the start of my career and about chasing your dreams. It’s about recognizing opportunities which a lot of us are oblivious to.
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Let’s dive in!
FIRST THINGS FIRST:
[01:05] Have you ever sent in your reel and wondered why you didn’t get the callback or what the reason was that 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!
[41:00] 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!
Okay, what did you think? Thanks for listening!
Next week, I’m interviewing Speaker, Author, YouTuber and self-proclaimed Introvert Evan Carmichael about #BELIEVE as the central message of his content, the problem of low self-esteem, failure, perfectionism; as well as the importance of mentors, consistency – and loving what you do! Evan is a really phenomenal guy!
Until then –
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How much should I charge?
If I ask too much, will I scare them off?
What are the key things that I’m doing wrong?
Money, negotiating, probably two words that build the most tension just at the thought of, other than public speaking.
This guide was designed for Artists – whether you’re a Designer, Illustrator, Matte Painter, Animator, FX, whatever! We all need to get hired for productions, and we all need to get what we’re worth.
But, most of are afraid of missing the mark, and scaring away our employers. Or, just not sure how to even start the conversation. Worse, we’re not sure what we’re actually worth, or we just plain don’t want to be in a tense back and forth negotiation.
Realistically – a good negotiator never needs to haggle, they never have a moment of tension, they never are in an uncomfortable situation. It’s actually very seamless, easy and kind of fun. But, it does require understanding many of the fundamentals that this guide covers in-depth. Negotiating your worth the wrong way can cost you tens of thousands of dollars per year, and it’s the most critical thing we all shouldn’t ignore.
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