In this episode, I’m speaking with Aaron Sims, the Founder of Aaron Sims Creative. I’m really excited for this one! Aaron and I discuss his career history as well as his company Aaron Sims Creative. His resume goes on forever: from Wonder Woman to Logan to Wrath of the Titans, to Clash of the Titans, […]
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 and key ways to introduce ourselves that will […]
This is a Live Stream discussing the benefits around working remotely in visual effects, design and game development. Whether from home or on the road, the flexibility and advantages of being off site are great. We even talk about changing careers, moonlighting on the side and more.
Do you think CGI looks fake? Let’s talk realism in Hollywood Visual Effects! Free City Destruction VFX Class (8 lessons + project files): https://www.vfxcourse.com Thank you for subscribing to my YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTMcKay/?sub_confirmation=1 Over 60 Free VFX Tutorials on our channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/AllanFTMcKay/ This is a topic that gets brought up a lot “that shot looks […]
This is a recent interview I did with the Harmon Brothers, who are the leaders in directing intentional viral commercials. I have been following these guys for some time, also recently attended multiple talks of theirs. It’s been really fascinating to see their creative process. As not only have they nailed what works, they approach […]
I’ve been in the VFX and Games industry for almost 25 years, but the landscape has changed. What would it look like TODAY if I were to start over? What would I do if I were to want to get a job as fast as possible, and land a career in visual effects or game […]
The big question I get asked a lot is “What’s the best 3D school?” or “Should I go to college to study 3D?” I’ve asked a lot of people both in the industry, as well as teachers at VFX schools that I trust about what their opinions are on this. Because I have my beliefs […]
If you’re interested in more of these lessons, please click the video’s title (to visit the YouTube page) and leave a comment requesting more of these. Even a simple “YES” in the comments to let me know I should put out more of these in the coming weeks. Thanks so much! -Allan (and thank you […]
In this video I answer the top 5 toughest VFX Job Interview Questions that you’re likely to run into. As we discuss not only what to say to these questions, but also the real meaning behind them — and why these job interview questions are asked in the first place. This is not the corporate […]
The most frequent question I get asked from VFX artists starting out is: “How to learn VFX?” Or: “How to learn CG & VFX” Where to start learning VFX? In this video I share some tips about 3D and Animation software such as 3Ds Max, Maya, Cinema 4D, and zBrush. I also talk about how […]
Traveling the world as a Digital Nomad – for 3D Artists, Designers and all other creatives. This is a live stream with Sergio Paez (previously Lucas Film and other studios – check out https://storyboardart.org/) and Mitch Bowler (previous of Activision – check out www.pencilkings.com) and Allan McKay. We dig deep into the lifestyle of artist’s […]
This is a difficult one to put out, as I’ll be honest I’ve been putting off posting this for some time. However, I was just in Paris the past week at the IAMAG Masterclass event talking with some of my students and friends about the pain points they’ve had in their career. And it’s something […]
Crafting the perfect E-Mail Cover Letter is a science. Your cover letter is everything! It sets the tone for you as you introduce yourself. I’ve watched many amazing artist’s VFX or motion graphics demo reels get completely overlooked because they failed to write a captivating cover letter. No matter how great your reel is, without […]
Recently I held an AMA (Ask Me Anything) for the Allan McKay’s Podcast. This is one of the many questions answered. More to come! Whether it’s on whether to use 3DS Max , Maya or Houdini as your primary VFX software or where best to learn visual effects, tutorials or school (i.e. Gnomon, Video Copilot, […]
One of the most common questions I get asked — and this week alone I’ve received a lot of email about this is exact question: “Should I be a specialist, or should I be a generalist?” This question applies to you — whether you’re a designer, an FX TD, animator, you work in video games, […]
I wanted to hit the subject around portfolio’s and demo reel shard this month. Mostly because there is so much information, I wanted to shed light on some of it here. Also, as mentioned in the video — check out www.allanmckay.com/myreel/ for the Ultimate Demo Reel Guide, which all of these videos are built around. […]
Typically when we see a job posted, we instantly jump to their website and fill out the job application, upload our reel and pray to the VFX gods that you are considered for the position. The problem is — so is everybody else. And all the things that we do to make ourselves stand out […]
Check out my website for more content: www.allanmckay.com Get the FREE Demo Reel Guide at www.allanmckay.com/myreel/ Please take a moment to subscribe for future content! As Designers, Film Makers and Visual Effects Artists — we all set out with big goals to conquer every single year. Typically we let these goals atrophy, as we get […]
As a VFX Supervisor and business owner, I want to be BRUTALLY HONEST and deconstruct everything wrong (and right) with emails I receive on a daily basis from artists applying for visual effects jobs. As VFX Artists, Designers and Game Developers — a lot of us make the mistake of assuming people will just click […]
Follow me / Get daily updates: Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/allanmckayofficial/ My website (tutorials): https://www.allanmckay.com Get the FREE Demo Reel Guide at: www.allanmckay.com/myreel/ Throughout my career I’ve had a lot of successes. But what most people don’t realize, and what most of us in general try not to dwell on — is that we have a lot of […]
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“If only there was more time in the day”
“How do you find the time to get so much done”
“I would learn a new skill.. if I had the time”
For many of us, finding time and energy to do more is one of the hardest things we have. Time is finite and we can either be pro-active with our time, or reactive. Meaning – we are constantly running around, jumping from one thing to another, and never really feeling in control.
Allan specifically wrote this guide, after the thousands of responses he received to his contributions on productivity on his Podcast, as well as articles he’s written on the subject, and interviews he’s given.
Allan has interviewed the New York Times Best Selling Authors David Allen (Getting Things Done) and Laura Vanderkam as well as dozens of other experts on the subject – as well as applying many of his best practices.
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Whether you’re in games, film or design this guide is focused on giving you the answers and knowledge to confidently seek out the set-up and hardware you need to get the speed and reliability to create the most jaw-dropping visuals you can create. Without being bogged down by slow hardware, or investing in the wrong areas that ‘cost a fortune’ and don’t really make much of an impact on speed and stability.
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How much should I charge?
If I ask too much, will I scare them off?
What are the key things that I’m doing wrong?
Money, negotiating, probably two words that build the most tension just at the thought of, other than public speaking.
This guide was designed for Artists – whether you’re a Designer, Illustrator, Matte Painter, Animator, FX, whatever! We all need to get hired for productions, and we all need to get what we’re worth.
But, most of are afraid of missing the mark, and scaring away our employers. Or, just not sure how to even start the conversation. Worse, we’re not sure what we’re actually worth, or we just plain don’t want to be in a tense back and forth negotiation.
Realistically – a good negotiator never needs to haggle, they never have a moment of tension, they never are in an uncomfortable situation. It’s actually very seamless, easy and kind of fun. But, it does require understanding many of the fundamentals that this guide covers in-depth. Negotiating your worth the wrong way can cost you tens of thousands of dollars per year, and it’s the most critical thing we all shouldn’t ignore.
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