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 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 […]

Episode 205 — Working from Home

  Episode 205 — Working from Home Welcome to Episode 205! I want to talk about working remotely, how to work from home and give some ideas on how to get started. These are my thoughts on how to transition from working at big studio to working from home — on several jobs! — and […]

Episode 204 — Lucas Ridley

  Episode 204 — Lucas Ridley Welcome to Episode 204! I’m interviewing Character Animator, VFX Supervisor — and an all-around Badass — Lucas Ridley! You might be familiar with his work: I put out the Venom training in late 2018 and Lucas animated all of it. Lately, he animated my Thanos training (www.MarvelCourse.com). I’m amazing […]

Episode 203 — Will A.I. Take Our Artist Jobs?

  Episode 203 — Will A.I. Take Our Artist Jobs? Welcome to Episode 203! This was a Live Stream I recently did. This Episodes covers a topic that has come up a lot recently: Will Artificial Intelligence take away our jobs? Not so long ago, it would’ve been a paranoid question to ask. Nowadays, we’re […]

Episode 202 — How to Take Your Career to the Next Level

  Episode 202 — How to Take Your Career to the Next Level Welcome to Episode 202! This is a Live Stream session on How to Take Your 3D Artist Career to the Next Level. In the creative industry, the main thing is to focus on how to get that first job. We tend to […]

Episode 201 — Should You Go to School for VFX?

  Episode 201 — Should You Go to School for VFX? Welcome to Episode 201! I want to answer a question I get asked all the time: Should I go to school to study VFX or should I study online? And what school should I go to? What are my options? I want to offer […]

Episode 200 — Interview with Allan McKay

  Episode 200 — Interview with Allan McKay Welcome to Episode 200! I cannot believe we’ve done 200 Episodes! I hope you’re getting a lot out of this Podcast. Please also email me if you have any feedback: [email protected] In this Podcast, I am being interviewed by D2 Conference’s Fabio Palvelli. D2 Conference brings you […]

Episode 199 — Realism in Hollywood VFX

Welcome to Episode 199! I’m covering the topic of realism in Hollywood VFX films. This Episode came to be from some comments on my YouTube Channel: Someone was asking if the buildings would explode when the dragons from Game of Thrones would hit them with fire. This is something that we deal with a lot, […]

Episode 198 — Sell Yourself

Welcome to Episode 198! This Podcast is about the subject of selling yourself: It’s a different take on how you see yourself and how you apply for jobs. The key things when people apply for jobs are: Building relationships; Having an urgency around applying for jobs in the first place. Here, I take a different […]

Episode 197 — Should Artists Build a Personal Brand?

Episode 197 — Should Artists Build a Personal Brand? In this Podcast, Allan talks about the topic of branding. As he’s said before, “You could be the greatest artist in the world! But if no one knows who you are, then how are you going to get work?” This Live Stream because with the question: […]

Episode 196 — Spin VFX Roundtable

  Episode 196 — Spin VFX Roundtable Established in 1987, Spin VFX is a creative and technically dedicated visual effects studio producing captivating imagery for feature film and television. Over its 30 years of business, Spin VFX has evolved into an internationally recognized studio working with respected Directors, VFX Supervisors and Producers. Its film credits […]

Episode 195 — How I Would Start My Career in 2019

  Episode 195 — How I Would Start My Career in 2019 This is a Live Stream I did a while back. I walked about what I would do differently if I were to start my career again now. I started my career 25 years ago. I’ve been doing 3D for a bit longer than […]

Episode 194 — Enrique Torres

Enrique Torres is an Emmy Award winning artist with an expertise in VFX, character design and concept design. He has a Bachelors Degree from the Art Institute in Media Arts and Animation. In the past 10 years, he utilized his talents by working within the movie, television and game industries.

 Enrique has worked on films […]

Episode 193 — Soft Skills are the Best Skills

  Episode 193 — Soft Skills are the Best Skills This is replay of a Live Stream I did recently on YouTube where I talked about the levers we need to pull to get ahead in our career and maximize our success. This is a subject that I have talked about in the past. The […]

 

Episode 192 — Is the VFX Industry Stable?

  Episode 192 — Is the VFX Industry Stable? I want to talk about the topic I get asked about all the time: The state of the industry in 2019 and is the industry stable? I want to dive into this subject because it’s pretty serious, at least for me. I want to answer this […]

Episode 191 — Private Career Intensive

  Episode 191 — Private Career Intensive In this Podcast, Allan is giving a peak into a Career Intensive Webinar. This is a session that Allan has done recently inside his FXTD Mentorship Course. Normally, these Webinars are private. This is a chance for you to be a fly on the wall — and get […]

Episode 190 — Alessandro Ongaro

  Episode 190 — Alessandro Ongaro Alessandro Ongaro is a CG Supervisor at Double Negative. With almost 20 years of experience, he is presently considered to be among the CG Industry’s top professionals. Alessandro was born in Switzerland and holds a dual Italian and Swiss citizenship. While studying design at the School of Design in […]

Episode 189 — Digital Nomad Lifestyle

Sergio Paez is a Director and Story Designer who got his start working at companies such as Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Sony. He is also a founding member of Storyboard Art, an online visual story community, with both a content creation and educational focus to further techniques in visual storytelling. In 2012, Sergio authored the book […]

Episode 188 — Mariana Acuña Acosta

Mariana Acuña Acosta is an entrepreneur who is driven by her passion for new and emerging technologies. Over the past four years, her focus has been in VR, MR and AR workflows, cross-pollination of products; the changing landscape of entertainment and the new ways of creating content. She is the Founder of Jolt VR and […]

Episode 187 — Derek Spears, VFX Sup

  Episode 187 — Derek Spears, VFX Sup Derek Spears is an award-winning VFX Supervisor. His career in Visual Effects started with the founding of Cinesite’s 3D department where he was involved with the production of Kevin Costner’s Waterworld and helped develop Cinesite’s 3D tracking system. Over the years, Spears served as the Digital Effects Supervisor on Face […]

Episode 186 — How to Learn VFX

A lot of us find out that when we start to learn an new subject, we read up everything and get basic information, often without knowing how to apply it. By having a set goal, the learning becomes more intense and we have apply it all in a context. It allows us to connect the […]

 

Episode 185 — A Call to Level Up

This is a personal essay on how to level up. I don’t think this Podcast is going to be for everyone; and if doesn’t resonate with you, it might not be the right time for you. I want to cut the bullshit and call it what it is: If you want to fucking level up […]

Episode 184 — How to Get Started in VFX

This is an Episode that has been a long time coming. This is easily the one question I get asked every day: How do I get started in visual effects? Where do I turn? I’m overwhelmed: Which software should I study? There are two ways to answer this question: One: The generic way of “Just […]

Episode 183 – VFX Job Interview Questions

  Let’s talk about this situation first: Going into a job interview as a creative means that they have seen your work and they like what they’ve seen. It isn’t that they’re coming in to consider you. It means that they’re narrowing down to a couple people. They just want to know if you’re a […]

Episode 182 — David Allen — Mastering Productivity

David Allen is a New York Times bestselling author of Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, the first edition of which was published in 2001. He is also the godfather of productivity. He has been a management consultant and a productivity expert. In addition to founding his multimillion dollar company based on the […]

Episode 181 — Harmon Brothers — From Poop to Gold

The Harmon Brothers is a marketing firm based in Provo, Utah, that has a history of making viral advertising videos. Founded by brothers Daniel, Neil, Jeffrey and Theron Harmon and CEO Benton Crane, the company creates marketing campaigns that are usually the length of an infomercial — but with a distinct sense of humor. Their […]

Episode 180 — Goro Fujita, PART II

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 180 — Goro Fujita, PART II Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 180! I’m speaking with Goro Fujita about his working for Facebook and Oculus […]

Episode 179 — Aaron Sims Creative

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Watch The YouTube Version (below) Episode 179 — Aaron Sims Creative Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 179! I’m speaking with Aaron Sims, the Founder of […]

Episode 178 — Does Art Actually Pay?

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 178 — Does Art Actually Pay? Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 178! I’m answering the big question: Is there money in art? This Episode […]

Episode 177 — Goro Fujita, PART I: Virtual Reality Movie Making

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 177 — Goro Fujita, PART I: Virtual Reality Movie Making Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 177! I’m speaking with Goro Fujita, Artistic Director at […]

Episode 176 — Job Email Teardown

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 176 — Job Email Teardown Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 176! I’m doing the first ever Email Teardown: Reviewing what works and what doesn’t. […]

Email Game – This is an ACTUAL email I received applying for a job..

 ​I hope you’re fired up and ready for 2019. I survived the in-law’s visit and I got full on good wine and not so good chocolate. But I’m so psyched to get back into work-mode, because already I’m working hard on a lot of new content, training and other great stuff I want to share with […]

Episode 175 — Noëlle Triaureau, Vis Dev Artist and Concept Designer

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com. Upload The Productive Artist e-book. Allan McKay’s YouTube Channel. Allan McKay’s Instagram.   Episode 175 — Noëlle Triaureau, Vis Dev Artist and Concept Designer Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 175! I’m speaking with Noëlle Triaureau. We’re resuming the […]

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