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 95 – Interview with Concept Artist Nathan Fowkes

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 95 — Interview with Concept Artist Nathan Fowkes Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 95! I’m really excited to be introducing Nathan  Fowkes who has worked for Paramount Pictures, Walt Disney, Digital Domain, Blizzard, Blue […]

Episode 94 – Interview with Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author David Allen

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 94 — Interview with Productivity Expert and Bestselling Author David Allen Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 94! I’m speaking with the bestselling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert David Allen. I’m really excited […]

Episode 93 – Interview with Matte Painter and Art Director Nikolai Lockertsen

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 93 — Interview with Matte Painter and Art Director Nikolai Lockertsen Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 93! I’m speaking with Nikolai Lockertsen who is an Art Director, Matte Painter, Illustrator. And the best part […]

Episode 92 – Interview with Director Freddie Wong

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 92 — Interview with Director Freddie Wong   Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 92! I’m speaking with Freddie Wong from RocketJump. I’m really psyched about this one! Freddie Wong is a director who has the […]

Episode 91 – Round Table with Image Engine’s Creature Supervisors

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 91 — Round Table with Image Engine’s Creature Supervisors   Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 91! I’m speaking with Image Engine’s creature department. This is going to be an awesome Episode! Image Engine is a […]

Episode 90 – Interview with VR and MR Artist Patty Rangel

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 90 — Interview with VR and MR Artist Patty Rangel Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 90! I’m speaking with Patty Rangel, one of the leaders in hologram technology, VR and so much more! I’m really […]

Episode 89 – Valerian’s VFX Supervisor Scott Stokdyk

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 89 — Interview with Scott Stokdyk, Oscar-Winning VFX Supervisor Hey, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 89! I’m speaking with Scott Stokdyk. I’m really excited about this Episode. Scott is a VFX Supervisor who’s worked on […]

Episode 88 – A Live Career Intensive with Allan McKay

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Join the FXTD Mentorship at allanmckay.com/fireball Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 88 — A Live Career Intensive with Allan McKay  Hey, everyone! Welcome to Episode 88. I’m doing a Live Career Intensive. Let’s dive in!   FIRST THINGS FIRST: I. [-[1:44:28] This going to be […]

Episode 87 – Interview with Arman Yahin, CEO of Main Road Post

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out Fireball Training at allanmckay.com/fireball Join the FXTD Mentorship at allanmckay.com/fireball Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 87 — Interview with Arman Yahin, CEO of Main Road Post Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 87. I’m speaking with Arman Yahin from […]

Episode 86 – Interview with Laura Vanderkam, Bestselling Author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out Fireball Training at allanmckay.com/fireball Check out www.VFXRates.com   EPISODE 86 — Interview with Laura Vanderkam, Bestselling Author of “What the Most Successful People Do Before Breakfast”   Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 86. I’m speaking with Laura Vanderkam. […]

Episode 85 – Interview with Philippe Leprince, Senior Field Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   In this Episode, Allan McKay interviews Philippe Leprince, Senior Field Engineer at Pixar Animation Studios. He currently works as an Engineer on the RenderMan Software. Philippe has a Lighting and CG background and has worked at Framestore and Double […]

Episode 84 – Interview with Dennis Mejillones, Senior Character Artist at Bethesda Game Studios

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Dennis Mejillones is a Senior Character Artist at Bethesda Game Studios. He is responsible for creating models for characters like Sole Survivor, Preston Garvey and most all the robots in Fallout 4. During the course of his career, he […]

Episode 83 – Everything you need to know about visas for working in Canada

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   In this Episode, Allan McKay interviews Catherine Sas, an Immigration Lawyer at Sas & Ing Immigration Law Center in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She is the leading immigration practitioner according to Lexpert, Who’s Who Legal and Best Lawyers in […]

Episode 82 – Edwin Braun of Cebas – Developers of Thinking Particles

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     Edwin Braun is the CEO and co-founder of Cebas Visual Technology, the developer of Thinking Particles for 3DS Max, as well as other plugins. Cebas’ software has been used in a number of influential films such as […]

Episode 81 – id Software’s FX Lead on DOOM, Wirginia Romanowska

  Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     In this Podcast, Allan McKay interviews Wirginia Romanowska, a VFX Lead for id Software. Wirginia’s extensive experience as FX lead at id software on Doom, as well as working on many other major titles around the world. […]

Episode 80 – Live Hardware Q&A

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     This episode dives right into a subject that we all are probably guilty of not applying. Eyes glazed over during book consumption, clicking away on Facebook while watching tutorials, or playing around on our phone during lectures. How […]

Episode 79 – How to learn and retain information from tutorials, books, talks and podcasts

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com     This episode dives right into a subject that we all are probably guilty of not applying. Eyes glazed over during book consumption, clicking away on Facebook while watching tutorials, or playing around on our phone during lectures. How […]

Episode 78 – Jeff Okun – VFX Supervisor – 38 Years in Hollywood

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Jeff Okun is a Visual Effects Supervisor who has worked on wide-ranging effects in award winning films such as Blood Diamond, Stargate, Sphere, Red Planet, Deep Blue Sea, The Last Starfighter, and many more. His career spans for nearly […]

Episode 77 – Action VFX – From a Kickstarter campaign to a successful business shooting pyro stock footage

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Episode 77 – Interview with Action VFX NOTES Check out the special promo for Action VFX at www.ActionVFX.com   ActionVFX (www.actionvfx.com) is a website that provides stock footage for visual effects, from smoke plumes to fire, from sparks to […]

Episode 76 – Dreamworks Director Andrew Schmidt talks his career at Pixar, Dreamworks, Amblin and beyond

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Andrew L. Schmidt is a Director of Trollhunter (DreamWorks Animation). With a 20-year experience in the industry, he has a long list of credits to his name: The Iron Giant, Monsters, Inc; Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and many […]

Episode 75 – Jason Scheier

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Check out www.VFXRates.com   Jason Scheier’s Links: https://www.artstation.com/artist/d3cap http://www.parallaxinfinite.com/ https://gumroad.com/jscheier   On this Podcast, Allan McKay interviews Jason Scheier, a Conceptual Illustrator who has worked with a number of studios including DreamWorks Animation, Warner Brothers Feature Animation and Walt Disney Imagineering. His projects […]

Episode 74 – Joaquin Baldwin – Disney’s Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia, Moana and more!

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   In this Episode, Allan McKay interviews Joaquin Baldwin, a CG Layout Supervisor for the Walt Disney Animation Studios, as well as a photographer and animator (www.joaquinbaldwin.com/). Joaquin has been working for Disney since 2010 where he’s been a part of films like […]

072 – Mike Blum – From Disney to Directing

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!  072 – Mike Blum – From Disney to Directing Award winning Director and Producer Allan McKay interviews Mike Blum, an Emmy-nominated director who has won awards as a director, writer and producer. Prior to opening his boutique animation studio Pipsqueak Films, Mike worked […]

Episode 71 – The Value of Mentors (and how to find them)

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   The December 2016 FX Challenge For more information on the challenge, and to vote as well as get access to all of the bonuses, and scene files, HDRI, footage and more – CLICK HERE   Episode 71 – The Value of Mentors (and […]

Episode 70 – Ash Thorp – Deconstructing the film making process of Lost Boy

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   The December 2016 FX Challenge For more information on the challenge, and to vote as well as get access to all of the bonuses, and scene files, HDRI, footage and more – CLICK HERE     Lost Boy   LOST BOY from […]

Episode 69 talking Independence Day Resurgence with Andre Canteral

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Andre Cantarel is a LA based CG Supervisor originally from Germany, he’s worked on films such as 2012, Whitehouse Down, Independence Day Resurgence and dozens of others. He has a ridiculous attention to detail in his work, and it shows on everything […]

Episode 68 – Pricing ourselves as artists

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   This episode dives deep into the topic of pricing and going after what you’re worth. This is actually a snippet of a live webinar with the FX TD Mentorship which we touched briefly on the subject of pricing. This conversation started as […]

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

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   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 […]

Episode 66 – VFX Roundtable w/ Mark Theriault & Anselm Seherr-Thoss!

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!     While speaking at the It’s Art Masterclass 2016 event in Paris, we teamed together to enjoy some beer and talk VFX for this episodes podcast. This episode dives into many subjects from what we look for when hiring or building teams […]

Episode 65 – Every Tool I Use To 10x My Day

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   I’m going to assume you’re probably just like me. I’m forever curious, I’m constantly trying new things out, tweaking things, revising and using anything and everything in ways they’re not intended, just to see what results I’m going to get.So if you […]

Episode 64 – Negotiating Creatively

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Show Notes After a small hiatus, Allan McKay returns with a new episode ‘Creative Negotiation’. Learning to step away from the black and white form of trade that we’re typically used to, and instead prioritize what your real current career goals and needs […]

Episode 63 – $1,000 an hour – negotiating beyond your limits

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Probably one of the more controversial episodes put out – as is anything to do with money. But this episode dives into understanding the logistics of what you charge as a freelancer and how to re-think it all to get what you […]

Episode 62 – Deconstructing the Elements with Pete Draper

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Pete Draper is an industry veteran with 20 years of experience working in the UK and India on many amazing projects. He’s co-founder and CTO of Makuta in Hyderabad, India a vfx studio responsible for many high profile feature films. This was […]

Episode 61 – Chad and Allan talking about pointlessness to burnout and overtime

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! This episode is a sit down with Chad Wanstreet (Episode 18 and 19) casually talking about overtime, burnout and a lot of issues with the industry. This is from two people who know the grind all too well and shedding a lot of […]

Episode 60 – Jami J from Bungie

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Jami works at Bungie in Seattle, WA well known for Halo and Destiny among other high profile projects. This episode we dive into her role at Bungie on Destiny, as well as her experiences graduating from college and going into video games, […]

Episode 59 – Matt Conway – Creating Matte Paintings for Avatar, Avengers and Game of Thrones

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Matt Conway is a Digital Matte Painter having worked on movie projects such as Avatar, Avengers, Shutter Island, Game of Thrones and dozens of others. During this interview we discuss everything from his initial upbringing and transition into VFX to travel, techniques […]

058 – Dreamworks Character TD Omar Garcia

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Omar is a character TD at Dreamworks Animation in Los Angeles working on projects like Kung Fu Panda 2, How to train your dragon 2, Rise of the Guardians and many others. During this episode we cover a lot of really great […]

Episode 57 – Darryl Johnson

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Darryl Johnson is a 3D generalist working for studios in LA like Blur and Blizzard Cinematics, as well as previously in Detroit at various car commercial houses. This episode is a fun filled episode covering everything from video games and getting started, […]

Episode 56 with talented director and designer Ash Thorp

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Ash Thorpe is a director, illustrator and creative director – who has worked on countless feature films and other creative projects. Some of his projects include Dawn of the planet of the apes, Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation, James Bond Spectre, Call […]

Episode 55 – Going after the unattainable

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! This episode was originally a personal article I wrote about dealing with self doubt, failure and also how all of us have those people around us who push negativity onto us and make us question ourselves. I wrote it for a few people […]

Episode 54 – working visas worldwide and my own personal experiences and advice

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   This episode is an unofficial sequel to Ep 52 on US work visas, but this is more tailored to worldwide rather than just in the US. As well as giving a hands on insight as well as Allan’s experiences with the visa […]

Episode 53 – Actionable Goals

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   This episode is a big one on goal setting we cover a lot of great subjects and topics situated around goal setting but more importantly actionable steps to building better habits rather than it just being simple mindsets that aren’t going to […]

Episode 52 – Work permits in the United States – Amanda Gillespie on the ins and outs of the visa process

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   Amanda Gillespie is Manager of Extraordinary Ability Cases for Samuel Christensen Law Firm PLLC in New York. Amanda works daily with many of the artists and creatives alike migrating to the United States each year, helping build their cases and assisting them […]

Episode 51 – Programming for creatives

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   This episode is about how learning a little code, can go a long way for artists and creatives. Most of us are intimidated by programming and think it’s only for math guys and people wired a certain way, where it’s really about […]

Episode 50 – IAMag Masterclass – Paris 2015

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list!   This is a 1 hour master class from March 2015 in Paris, condensing a lot of information into a rapid fire session! On top of that, December is about closing 2015 out strong and gearing up for making 2016 your year! Check […]

Episode 49 – Realflow developers Next Limit

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Next Limit are the creators of industry standard water simulation software ‘Realflow’ – based out in Madrid, Spain. This episode is with the development team at Next Limit, including NL’s CEO Victor Gonzalez, Luis Miguel More, Ivan Alduan, Alex Ribao, Angel Tena and […]

Turbosquid’s VP of business – Beau Perschall

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Beau is the VP of Business Development at TurboSquid – which a lot of people associate with their enormous 3D model library, as well as plug-ins and other items that they sell for 3D artists. Their industry standard CheckMate process has also made […]

Episode 47 – Refinding your path when you ‘fall off the horse’

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! This episode is focused on something that affects us all, but also more recently for me has actually been a very critical subject, as we all face those times that completely derail us from our path, habits and routine. Sometimes it’s just for […]

046 – Mitch Bowler – a case study of lifestyle design

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Mitch is the founder of Pencil Kings an online training site that teaches illustration and drawing techniques – his background comes from working in film and games for various big name clients in Canada and the United States and China. At a turning […]

045 – Marc Simonetti – Game of Thrones – Concepts and Covers

Click here to listen on iTunes! Get on the VIP insiders list! Marc Simonetti is an amazing French illustrator and concept artist who’s worked on dozens of high profile projects from the work of H.P. Lovecraft to Game of Thrones fans out there – many of the covers of ‘A song of Ice and Fire’ […]

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