The Allan McKay podcast is a creative and career related podcast focused on artists in Design, Film, Visual Effects and Video Games. Typically ranking in the top 50 in the career section of iTunes.

In the last few months the downloads have averaged around 40,000 downloads per month. Each episode typically is myself, interviewing other artists in the film or games industry, designers, or book authors, developers or entire software or film or game teams. Episodes range from interviews with Blizzard, Blur, Autodesk, ILM, Pixar and others.

As well as solo episodes I put out focused on specific hands on subjects to do with building your career and improving other areas of your professional and personal life. Our careers are so important yet typically neglected and this podcast is for me an opportunity to share with others and help build a platform around bettering yourself and getting the results that you deserve.

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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 […]

Episode 254 — Start with Why

  Episode 254 — Start with Why This Podcast is in response to someone’s message, “How do I get things done? And how do I stay motivated?” You have to start thinking like a producer. You have to ask yourself the questions, “Where can my time go so I get more bang for my buck? […]

Episode 253 — Marc Rienzo — Mulan

  Episode 253 — Marc Rienzo Marc Rienzo is a Director, VFX Supervisor and Artist. He has over 20 years of experience of working in visual effects, including for studios like Marvel, Disney, ILM, Weta Digital, Digital Domain, Sony Imageworks, and PDI Dreamworks. He’s been a creative Nuke Artist for 18+ years in both film […]

Episode 252 — College vs Online Courses

  Episode 252 — College vs Online Courses There are mixed feelings around the topic of a formal college education versus online courses. Colleges are really expensive and they tend to not be pushing the envelope in terms of what you can do. When you invest in yourself, you want to have access to the […]

Episode 251 — How to Get People to Help You

  Episode 251 — How to Get People to Help You Have you ever reached out to someone and asked them for help — and never gotten a response? This Podcast is about how to get a better result: How do you get people to want to invest in you, especially when they’re busy? When […]

Episode 250 — How to Reach Busy People

  Episode 250 — How to Reach Busy People It is so critical to know when you are reaching out to people who are extremely busy. If you put yourself in the other person’s shoes when you communicate with them — and understand how they’re going to react — that’s worth its weight in gold. […]

Episode 249 — Louis Castle — Amazon Games Studios

  Episode 249 — Louis Castle — Amazon Games Studios Louis Castle Louis Castle is a prolific American video games designer. He is known for co-founding Westwood Studios and for his work on the Command & Conquer real-time strategy series. In 2017, he became the head Amazon Game Studios Seattle. As the co-founder of Westwood […]

Episode 248 – Maxon – Red Giant

Episode 248 – Maxon – Red Giant Hello, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 248! I’m sitting down with Maxon and Red Giant to discuss their recent merger and everything else industry related. I’m so excited to sit down with Paul and Aharon. Maxon created Cinema 4D and recently acquired Redshift; and Red […]

Episode 247 – COVID-19 and the Future of VFX – with Todd Sheridan Perry

  Episode 247 – COVID-19 and the Future of VFX – with Todd Sheridan Perry Todd Sheridan Perry works in the film industry as a freelance VFX Supervisor / CG Supervisor as well as digital artist, screenwriter, editor and director. He is a classically trained artist, as well as both a traditional and digital animator. […]

Episode 246 — The Power of Empathy

  EPISODE 246 — THE POWER OF EMPATHY Looking back at the beginning of his own career, Allan examines what he should’ve done differently: Instead of sending out his reel over and over, he could’ve been asking for feedback: “I realize my reel sucks. Tell me what an ideal reel would be to you.” The […]

Episode 245 — Overwhelm: Quitting Before Getting Started

  EPISODE 245 — OVERWHELM: QUITTING BEFORE GETTING STARTED Looking at other people’s work can be really inspiring. If you’re looking at it from a place of “Where I want to go” — rather than comparing yourself to everyone else — you’re going to be fine. If, however, you’re looking at everyone else and thinking, […]

Episode 244 — Jordan Mechner — PRINCE OF PERSIA

  Episode 244 — Jordan Mechner — PRINCE OF PERSIA American author, game designer, graphic novelist and screenwriter Jordan Mechner is best known as a pioneer of cinematic storytelling in the video game industry and as the creator of Prince of Persia, one of the most successful and enduring video game franchises of all time. […]

 

 

 

Episode 243 — Going Against the Grain

  EPISODE 243 — GOING AGAINST THE GRAIN How confident are you that your reel is going to stand out of thousands of reels? Where do you stand in that spectrum? This is the big problem: We just send in our reel and we feel that someone owes us a job. And then we get […]

Episode 242 — Get Paid for Your Passion

  Episode 242 — Get Paid for Your Passion There may be things in your life that you find to be a fun hobby. And you think, there is no way in the world to make money at it! And maybe 3D is just a hobby and we tinker with it on the side. But […]

Episode 241 — Investing Back in Yourself

  EPISODE 241 — INVESTING BACK IN YOURSELF In the beginning of our career, we’re really hungry and we want to learn everything: all the tutorials, all the training, we want to learn every part of what we’re doing. However, after we get that first job, everything tends to stop. We think that we’ve made […]

 

Episode 240 — Christian Alzmann

  MUST EDIT CODE FOR PODCAST PLAYER — ONCE ALLAN MAKES CORRECTIONS TO INTRO   EPISODE 240 — CHRISTIAN ALZMANN Christian Alzmann is a Concept Design Supervisor at Lucasfilm who created the concept drawing for Baby Yoda, along with several other main characters on The Mandalorian. He studied illustration at the Art Center College of […]

Episode 239 — Szymon Biernacki

  Episode 239 — Szymon Biernacki Szymon Biernacki is a Freelance Visual Development and Concept Artist based in Poland. He is currently an Art Director at Spa Studios. His credits include being a Production Designer on the movie Klaus. In this Podcast, Szymon shares his insight on becoming a full-time artist, switching careers; the challenges […]

Episode 238 — Corridor Crew

Episode 238 — Corridor Crew Corridor Digital is Visual Effects Studio based in Los Angeles. They’re best know for creating short-form viral videos, as well as producing and directing the web series Rush and YouTube Red’s Lifeline. The company has also create tv commercials for companies like Google and Machine Zone. Founded in 2009 by […]

Episode 237 — Ben Burns — The Futur

  Episode 237 — Ben Burns — The Futur Ben Burns is a brand strategist, an award-winning designer and an expert in user experience. As the Digital Director of Blind, he oversees the intersection of design and technology in all client work. He is also the Chief Creative Officer at The Futur. Prior to joining […]

Episode 236 — Side Hustle

  EPISODE 236 — SIDE HUSTLE One of the big frustrations that we all have is — we want more money. Anytime we want a pay bump, we have to wait for our annual review and see if we get a salary increase at our main job. Yet we spend our spare time doing something […]

Episode 235 — Seth Polansky — IP Lawyer

  EPISODE 235 — SETH POLANSKY — IP LAWYER Seth C. Polansky, a contracts, intellectual property and start-up specialist founded his professional firm in 2005. Seth Polansky LLC is a small law firm specializing in art, contracts, corporate, and general personal affairs. Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, Seth Polansky LLC accepts clients from around the […]

Episode 234 — Lon Molnar — MARZ

Episode 234 — Lon Molnar — MARZ The mission of Monsters Aliens Robots Zombies (MARZ) is to deliver feature-film quality visual effects on television timelines by harnessing GPU clusters, game engine technology, AI and senior industry talent. Leveraging these pillars allows us to consistently execute with both speed and quality for our premium television projects. […]

Episode 233 — Matti Haapoja

  EPISODE 233 — MATTI HAAPOJA Matti Haapoja is a YouTuber and a freelance Director of Photography. He has worked with some global brands such as Nike, San Pellegrino, Epidemic Sound, Rhino, and Visit Norway.  Originally from Finland, he is now based out of Toronto, Canada. Matti launched his YouTube Channel, originally called Travel Feels, […]

Episode 232 — The-Artery — Vico Sharabani

  Episode 232 — The-Artery — Vico Sharabani Welcome to Episode 232! I’m sitting down with Vico Sharabani, the Founder of The-Artery in New York. I’m really excited for this one! I love this Episode. The-Artery focuses on a lot of high end visual content from branding to commercials, to digital experiences, to art installations, […]

Episode 231 — Why I Fail at Everything

  Episode 231 — Why I Fail at Everything Welcome to Episode 231! I want to talk about why I fail at everything. I also want to talk about the mindset around this — that leads to success. This is one I’ve been wanting to do for a long time: I’ve been looking at a […]

 

Episode 230 — Why You’re Stuck

  Episode 230 — Why You’re Stuck Welcome to Episode 230! This is one I recorded for all of us when we don’t get the wins that we want and we get baffled by that. I wanted to make it really clear as to why that is. Let’s dive in! FIRST THINGS FIRST: [00:53] Have […]

Episode 229 — Mr. X — Trey Harrell

  EPISODE 229 — MR. X — TREY HARRELL Before joining Mr. X, Trey Harrell was a 15-year ad industry veteran. Trey’s forte for balancing the technical with the artistic has garnered numerous ADDY (American Advertising Federation) and New York Art Director’s Club Awards for his work as both an Art Director and Creative Director […]

Episode 228 — Cinesite

  Episode 228 — Cinesite Welcome to Episode 228! I’m talking with Cinesite in London! Cinesite is easily one of the top 10 VFX studios in the world. I sat down Tim Potter, Head of Assets and Salvador Zalvidea, VFX Supervisor there. We talk a lot about artists breaking into the industry, as well as […]

Episode 227 — How to Get Things Done

  EPISODE 227 — HOW TO GET THINGS DONE This is for anyone who wants to get more done in their day or who deals with the frustrations of having a demanding job and family — and not having enough energy to get it all done. What happens when you have side projects, or if […]

Episode 226 — Justin Raleigh

  Episode 226 — Justin Raleigh Welcome to Episode 226! I’m speaking with Justin Raleigh who is a creature effects specialist who owns Fractured Effects. This award winning studio is responsible for everything from Aquaman to Westworld and so many more amazing projects. It was really fun to sit down and talk about the special […]

Episode 225 — Questions & Answers

  Episode 225 — Questions & Answers Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 225! I want to do a Q & A, answering a lot of random questions that I’ve been getting. This is one is going to be a bit different and I hope to give these more frequently. (Check out […]

Episode 224 — Controlling Your Brand

  Episode 224 — Controlling Your Brand Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 226! I want to talk about the topic of controlling your brand. I want to talk about my story, my background career and how I built my brand and which information I put out (and which I didn’t). I […]

Episode 223 — Blackmagic Design

  Episode 223 — Blackmagic Design Hello, everyone! I’m Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 223! I’m chatting with Bob Caniglia, the Director of Sales Operations for the Americas for Blackmagic Design. I’m really excited about this one. Blackmagic is a major cinema company that manufactures cameras, as well as DaVinci Resolve. I have a few […]

Episode 222 — How to Bid VFX Projects

  Episode 222 — How to Bid VFX Projects Hello, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 222! I want to talk about how to bid out VFX projects. This is going to be a lot of fun! This has been a long time coming because a lot of people have been asking me […]

Episode 221 — Michael Janda

  Episode 221 — Michael Janda This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 221! I’m speaking with Michael Janda, the author of top selling book Burn Your Portfolio. We’re going to get into everything from branding to the business of design — and everything in between. I’m really excited for this Episode! Michael shares a […]

Episode 220 — DOOM — Film Director Tony Giglio

  Episode 220 — DOOM — Film Director Tony Giglio Welcome to Episode 220! I’m speaking with the director of the new Doom: Annihilation feature film, as well as its leading actor Nina Bergman. This one will be a lot of fun! We talk all things Doom. Let’s dive in! FIRST THINGS FIRST: [00:46] Have […]

Episode 219 — Head of ILM Rob Bredow

  Episode 219 — Head of ILM Rob Bredow Welcome to Episode 219! I’m speaking with the Head of ILM, as well as a VFX Sup and Executive Co-Producer on Solo: A Star Wars Story Rob Bredow. Rob also has many, many amazing credentials to his name. We also talk about the opening of ILM […]

Episode 218 — The 4-Minute Mile

  Episode 218 — The 4-Minute Mile Welcome to Episode 218! This is an essay that I wrote about a strong mindset that can help you with getting started and staying persistent with your career and your success. I am excited to get into this! This Episode will be a bit shorter because I want […]

Episode 217 — Instagram for Artists

  Episode 217 — Instagram for Artists Welcome to Episode 217! One of the things I will be talking a lot down the road is building your personal brand. I think there is nothing more important than networking and building your brand. I just interviewed an expert on the topic. I wanted to talk specifically […]

Episode 216 — Dan Katcher — Creatures

  Episode 216 — Dan Katcher — Creatures Welcome to Episode 216! I’m speaking with Dan Katcher, the Father of Dragons. Dan is responsible for designing all the dragons for Game of Thrones, including other creature work. I’m really excited for this Episode. This one I wanted to do from the beginning of my Podcast […]

Episode 215 — Better Student Experiences

  Episode 215 — Better Student Experiences Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 215! We’re going to be talking about setting yourself up for success in courses: How to get the most out of your studies. This is a round table with Mitch Bowler of Pencil Kings and Evolve and Sergio Paez, […]

Episode 214 — How to Win the Day

  Episode 214 — How to Win the Day Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 214! I’m going to be talking about Productivity, but more importantly — about How to Win the Day! This is something I’m really passionate about. So many of us say, “I wish I had more hours in […]

Episode 213 — Ruairi Robinson — Director

  Corporate Monster by Ruairi Robinson (YouTube): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3O9OO5TWY2c Corporate Monster by Ruairi Robinson (Vimeo): https://vimeo.com/360228562   Episode 213 — Ruairi Robinson — Director This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 213! I will be chatting about a new short film Corporate Monster from Director Ruairi Robinson who’s been nominated for an Oscar for his previous […]

Episode 212 — Image Engine — VFX Sups

  Episode 212 — Image Engine — VFX Sups Welcome to Episode 212! I’m going to be speaking with two of the Image Engine Supervisors on Game of Thrones: Jörn Großhans and Thomas Schelesny. I’m really excited about this one. Both Jörn and Thomas have been involved heavily on GOT. We get into a lot […]

Episode 211 — Why FX Technical Directors Have the Coolest Job in the World!

  Episode 211 — Why FX Technical Directors Have the Coolest Job in the World! Welcome to Episode 211! This is something I’m really passionate about: Why I think that being FX Technical Director is the coolest job in the world! I’m really excited about this one. I am excited about being an FX Technical […]

Episode 210 — Feeding the Trolls

  Episode 210 — Feeding the Trolls Welcome to Episode 210! I’m going to talk about dealing with trolls. I’ve talked about this before I want to lean into it more. I’ve been wanting to put it together for a while. In the past I’ve said, “Don’t feed the trolls!” Now, I have a slightly […]

Episode 209 — Fired and Homeless

  Episode 209 — Fired and Homeless Welcome to Episode 209! I’m going to talk about something a bit different: about my first real job, getting fired and becoming homeless — and what I’ve learned from that in order to remain successful in my career and ensure that I stay on top and in control […]

Episode 208 — Brian Dixon — Author of START WITH YOUR PEOPLE

  Episode 208 — Brian Dixon — Author of START WITH YOUR PEOPLE Welcome to Episode 208! I’m speaking with Brian Dixon, the author of Start with Your People. We talk about combining art and business — and a lot more! The thing that caught my eye in Brian’s book is building our mission statement. […]

Episode 207 — How Old is Too Old for VFX?

  Episode 207 — How Old is Too Old for VFX? Welcome to Episode 207! I’m going to be talking about how old is too old to start working in VFX. Whether you’re in your 40s-50s or your 14 years old — this Episode is for you! Enjoy! Let’s dive in! FIRST THINGS FIRST: [01:03] […]

Episode 206 — How to Build Exposure

  Episode 206 — How to Build Exposure Welcome to Episode 206! This Episode is on the subject of building exposure: Leveraging what you’ve already done in your career to build a content machine and to use that to build a bigger name, to get attention, to get work and to build your brand. I’m […]

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