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 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’ […]

Episode 44 – Making money on the side

Click here to listen on iTunes! In this episode we explore the many different ways we can make money online as well as even automate our income to give us more freedom and a bit of a ‘buffer’ to go after out dreams without hurting our savings. In our journey to go after our goals […]

Revisiting our 2015 goals – and learning to fail UP!

Click here to listen on iTunes! Back in December we set out the challenge of setting BIG goals for 2015 and as time passes – it’s time to check in.. How are you doing with your goals? This episode is to focus not on setting goals, but how to stay accountable and how to minimize […]

How to build the ultimate reel to land your dream job

Click here to listen on iTunes! After the first ‘Review my Reel’ session was a total success with over 100 people attending, this episode follows the momentum of this and discusses a lot of advice on what we are all doing with our reels that we probably shouldn’t, as well as key things to keep […]

Gears of War – Insights with the Character Team

Click here to listen on iTunes! With the announcement of Gears of War 4 last week from Microsoft, this episode focuses on the talented character team behind the development of GOW4. Probably the most spectular features of Gears of War is the amazing creature and character designs and attention to detail in all of the […]

Zsolt Poczos – Making high-risk and high-reward decisions to shape the success of your career

Click here to listen on iTunes! Zsolt Poczos is a CG supervisor from Hungary that has worked around the world on my high profile projects – originating from architecture and moving to creating photorealistic car commercials through to now being part of the core team on the upcoming VFX heavy film ‘Independence Day 2’. This […]

Dawn of the Zombies… a great episode on film making

Click here to listen on iTunes! Alf is a 3D artist and film maker in Norway, partner of the vfx studio Gimpville. Recently Alf has completed an epic 6 month journey to complete his own parody short film (trailer) called Dawn of the planet of the zombies and giant killer plants on some serious acid […]

Delcio Gomes – Industrial Light + Magic – Avengers: Age of Ultron

Click here to listen on iTunes! Delcio originally from Brazil has worked on projects like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Terminator Genisys, Thor: The Dark World, Oblivion and many others as both a modeler and cg generalist. This is a really great episode giving a lot of insight into Delcio’s background as well as a lot […]

Episode 37 – VFX Round Table – Chad, Hnedel, Allan & Sol

Click here to listen on iTunes! This is by far the most random episode on the podcast so far! As Chad, Hnedel, Sol and Allan gather together over a few beers and do a free for all discussing a lot to do with the industry, film, virtual reality as well as process, pipeline and people. […]

Episode 36 – What it takes to create your own tv show for animal planet?

Click here to listen on iTunes! From 3D artist to Executive Producer – What it takes to achieve your big goals in your career and get a tv show off the ground. Fred Ruff has been well known in the industry for his vast contributions for over 20 years working originally for Autodesk as a […]

Chaos Group Labs’ – podcast

I get interviewed for a change! https://labs.chaosgroup.com/index.php/cg-garage-podcast/cg-garage-podcast-22-allan-mckay/

Episode 35 – Starting your own Visual Effects Studio

Click here to listen on iTunes! This episode we dive right into what it takes to launch your own studio. Such a big subject and so much to cover – if you want to know leave a comment below #Iwanttoknowmore! and I will gladly put together a step by step episode series on the business […]

034 – The Importance of Finding Mentors

Click here to listen on iTunes! This episode is all about how impactful having mentors or experts in your life can be, and modeling those you idolize or see as successful. The key is to push yourself out of your comfort zone and find those that are able to push you and inspire you as […]

033 – Studio Insight: Rising Sun Pictures (Wolverine, Harry Potter, Terminator)

Click here to listen on iTunes! This episode is truly epic – Rising Sun Pictures has been around for 20 years working on many of the leading visual effects films. Speaking with Marcus Wells and Kirsty Parkin in the Training Department at RSP about their new graduate program, and future education and internships at RSP. […]

Episode 32 – Becoming a LinkedIn Ninja!

Click here to listen on iTunes! LinkedIn is the number one job finding and networking resource on the web! YET it’s not optimized for artist use – it’s optimized typically for more corporate, and start up jobs and long form productions. The typical approach to finding work with LinkedIn typically will not apply to Designers, […]

Episode 31! Killer tools to help you get s!#% _DONE_!

Click here to listen on iTunes! By far the most different episode I have made to date. Rather than focusing on interviewing artists or on core ways to build up your career. I wanted to share some of the tools _I_ use in production or day to day that are pivotal to getting things done. […]

Episode 30 – Dan Roarty – Character Artist

Click here to listen on iTunes! Dan’s background working in video games on projects ranging from Star Wars 1313 to Tomb Raider to Gears of War to many other iconic projects as well as high profile studios such as Lucas Arts. What makes Dan stand out is his phenomenally realistic character work, many of his […]

Episode 29 – Andrew Kramer of Video Copilot

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 29 — Andrew Kramer, Video Copilot. Hi, everyone! This is Allan McKay. I’m interview Andrew Kramer from Video Copilot. This Episode I’ve been wanting to do for quite a […]

Episode 28 – Christopher Nichols!

Click here to listen on iTunes! Christopher Nichols has an impressive resume of working for many of the leading studios, from The Day After Tomorrow, I, Robot, Stealth, Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Maleficent and The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo to photo real cars and photo real humans. Chris works with Chaos Group – the developers […]

026 – Extreme Workflow and Productivity Hacks!

Click here to listen on iTunes! This episode is a unique solo episode packed to the brim with a lot of workflow hacks and core advice to manage yourself better and get a lot more done inside of your standard work day. This is vital methods I apply to my work every day of every […]

Part 2 of episode with Sol Rogers! Career and industry low down!

Click here to listen on iTunes! Part 2 of the really great and insightful interview with Sol Rogers! Covering a lot of really great industry advice and career advise based on his lengthy experience in the industry as well as lecturing at London universities. Lots of great stuff – this was our chat prior to […]

Episode 24 – Sol Rogers – Virtual Reality Specialist

Click here to listen on iTunes! Sol Rogers, all round nice guy and super knowledgeable on all things VR! This episode we dive into what Rewind FX – Sol’s company has been able to pull off in the realm of Virtual Reality for massive clients from Red Bull, Lexus, and just many many massive events […]

Episode 23 with Eddie Perblerg – Lead Product Manager for 3DS Max!

Listen on iTunes! This episode is an amazing one with the lead product manager for 3DS Max at Autodesk! Eddie has a MASSIVE amount of background and knowledge to do with 3D and gives major insights into the industry as it is and where it’s heading, as well as a lot of where it came […]

Episode 22 – Tobin Kirk, Executive Producer for Blind Design Agency

Check out this episode on iTunes! Episode 22 is epic! Check it out! Everything from discussing careers, hiring artists, scheduling, bidding and budgets through to more heavier into the production side of film and design projects, crazy Matt Damn stories (well not too crazy) and everything in-between. We cover everything from Coldplay music videos to […]

Episode 21 – Introducing Rob Nederhorst, VFX Supervisor and Compositor!

Click here to listen in iTunes! Rob Nederhorst is a compositor and visual effects supervisor who has a large list of amazing projects to his name, some of the feature films include X-Men, The day after tomorrow, 2012, Thor, Priest, After Earth and many more films. He’s a speaker for Gnomon as well as well […]

Episode 20 – Pierre Grage’s new book ‘Inside VFX’

Check out the episode on iTunes! I recently had the chance to talk in-depth with Pierre Grage about his new (and amazing!) book ‘Inside VFX’. I have to say the minute this book was released I had it express-delivered because I was so anxious to consume this book. I think there has been so much […]

Episode 19 – Blur Studio’s Chad Wanstreet Pt. 2

Listen on iTunes! Chad Wanstreet is an amazing artist with a very vast background, we dive into a lot of really great subjects as we discuss his background coming from architecture to working on many high profile car commercials in Detroit to relocating to Los Angeles to work for Blur Studio. This is a subject […]

Episode 18 – Blur Studio’s Chad Wanstreet Pt. 1

Listen on iTunes here Chad Wanstreet is an amazing artist with a very vast background, we dive into a lot of really great subjects as we discuss his background coming from architecture to working on many high profile car commercials in Detroit to relocating to Los Angeles to work for Blur Studio. This is a […]

Episode 17 – Building your brand and defining your niche!

You can view Episode 17 on iTunes here This is one of the most critical episodes so far in our journey to grow our career and multiply our successes. Something so critical yet overlooked, is defining our name and our niche and building our brand. Associating ourselves in a way that will resonate with others […]

Episode 16 – A reflection on 2014, and lessons learned from successes and my failures

You can check it out on iTunes here This episode is a look back at my year and what I accomplished, as well as a lot of very valuable lessons I’ve learned along the way, including areas I failed and what I have taken from that. A lot of valuable information I’ve taken from this […]

Episode 15 – Travel the world and becoming a digital gipsy!

Click here to listen in iTunes So this episode definitely is ‘off the cuff’ but there’s a lot of really vital information for those of you who do want to travel the world and want to understand where to start! I will say this is definitely just scratching the surface, and unfortunately being the week […]

The art of negotiating salary and raises

Here’s a link to iTunes Midway through the month! Lots of episodes flooding out on a lot of very important subjects! This episode is all about learning the power of negotiation and becoming comfortable discussing money with employers, how to get a raise and how to position yourself so they pitch to you. This episode […]

Episode 13 – Creating your morning ritual

You can view this episode on iTunes here This episode is very focused on more our core habits, how to build a ‘ritual’ to start out your day so you wake up productive and know exactly what you need to get done and go about doing it by batching your tasks intelligently and adding time […]

Episode 12 – Work from anywhere – steps to working remotely from home or ‘wherever’

Listen on iTunes here This episode I have been excited to discuss for some time – and have shared a lot with my discussion with Todd Sheridan Perry in Episode 9 about his experiences on working from home in Seattle. I have had so much personal experience both launching my own visual effects studio of […]

Episode 11! Reaching out to studios for work

Here is a link to visit in iTunes – please feel free to leave a rating or review – always grateful!   Crafting the ultimate job letter and how to position and qualify yourself This episode dives into some of the core concepts of writing a strong cover letter or email to reach out to […]

Episode 10 – Blow up your career!

TRANSFORM YOUR CAREER IN 2015 This is your chance – throughout December, 3x a week new episodes specifically on transforming your career and making the biggest impact in 2015! Episode 10 – Your goals for 2015 and Designing your career blueprint This month is all about change – we’re going to band together and commit […]

Episode 9 – Work from home – Todd Sheridan Perry

Click here to view iTunes I jumped at the chance to talk with Todd about this subject, as it’s one I plan to cover later this month! Todd has major success working on projects ranging from The Lord of the Rings all the way through to X-files, Final Destination 5, 2012, The Mist, and dozens […]

Episode 8 – John Brennick – Hobbit/Apes 2

This is a great interview with extraordinary artist John Brennick for his contributions at studios like Weta and Digital domain and other studios around the globe on many high profile films including Dawn of the planet of the apes and The Hobbit 2. This is a really fun interview that covers a lot of really […]

Breaking into the industry through the side door

(Episode updated, had a few large gaps of silence that snuck in there!) Itunes Link here – click this link to subscribe or play How to host events, learn to network and create unique opportunities to get hired! This episode is about how to maximize your potential of getting noticed. By thinking outside the box […]

Episode 6 – Sean Ritchie – The Walking Dead

Here’s the iTunes link Check out the latest episode, this was an absolute blast to do – Sean’s a great guy with lots of amazing talent there’s lots of really fun and solid information in here about him as well as about the show that you probably didn’t know. Please comment and let me know […]

Episode 5 – Studio Pipelines and Mango

Show notes to come soon, lots of show notes, too many show notes – but enjoy The final piece of the Carlos interview I couldn’t leave out – loads of great stuff specifically about his studio pipeline platform ‘Mango’

Episode 4 – Mastering Interviews & Communication

Here’s an iTunes link to watch the latest episode   Course notes to come! By the way for everyone who wants to win a ONE MONTH full membership to digital tutors. Please do the following two steps. 1) Like my Facebook Page 2) Subscribe and leave a review/rating on iTunes Do this right now! And […]

Episode 3 – Carlos Anguiano Part 2 (Final part)

  #5 in iTunes career category after just 5 days – holy moly! This episode is the second part of my interview with Carlos. I will warn you this episode is a bit more on the technical side,it’s purely aimed at becoming a Technical Director and the benefits and advantages of having some scripting background, […]

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