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 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, […]

The Allan McKay Podcast – Bonus Episode FX Artist – Anselm von Seherr-Thoß!

Recorded a while back but this is the first time posting it, this is an interview I did with a very talented FX artist and friend of mine Ansi! Check it out, I’m sure a lot of you will love digging into this! The audio is a little shotty, I apologize for that, but the content’s […]

The Allan McKay Podcast – Episode 1!

FINALLY!! Ok it’s here, after planning and building up to a podcast for two years and having people kicking my ass to do this, The Allan McKay Podcast is now live. After shooting 25 episodes of Artist Insight Series, and having two editors assigned to getting the episodes out, only five ever actually made it […]

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