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A Call to Level Up (in Our Creative Career)

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 that’s made me think, after every struggle, every pain point I would hear. Whether it’s from artists struggling to “make it” or others who did, and in the recent year had major derail in their career and they’re trying to get back on top. And others who are rockstar artists and speakers, who shared some of the real obstacles they face, that they struggle with. It made me think that all of us need to hear this from time to time, no matter where in our life or our career we are.

Whether we’re hitting success — but secretly doubting ourselves — or whether we are ready to give up in our career because we’re not quite sure there’s actually a light at the end of the tunnel.

Idon’t think this video is for everybody, and I’ll be honest, I’m scared shitless putting out anything like this. Because it does come from the heart, but it’s also something I believe with every ounce in me, that the only person holding us back is us. That there is a lot of BS we feed ourselves to make it OK not to try. How important it is for us to have a roadmap, and to set goals and crush goals, and never be on autopilot!

If it resonates, GOOD, if it doesn’t — maybe it’s just not the right time. But the few I had the guts to share this video with, all made me promise that it would see the light of day — because it all spoke to them, and I hope it speaks to you.

Allan

Youtube comments:

Wesley Adams
I just keep replaying this video over and over again while I'm working. It's so motivational and informative.Been working to move into the game industry for several years after college and have a good root where I live. I've been inspired by games since growing up because I feel they can change how people see the world for the better.However, I distract myself with so many other things that my career isn't focused on my own game career. I have myself to blame. I still haven't gotten there and the work I do today is nice but I want to do so much more.Most of all, I'm inspired by you because I love the idea of helping others in a multitude of industries. I'm inspired to make myself better so I can drive others to do more like you have. Thank you!
Roozy 85
Hi Allan. This youtube has made me tear up. I have had a tremendously tough past and I am struggling with mental illness,while pushing myself over and beyond what I can do to become successful. It is very tough.This video is like the best medication I can take. I can relate to everything you say. I will be finishing the vehicle I talked to you about and post it on the TYFlow facebook page when it's textured and ready,so you can use it in your tutorials if you want and be able to share it with the tutorial in order to allow other people to follow you step by step. You have no idea how much this video helps me every single day. Thank you so much.
vazak11
That was inspiring, as someone who one day wants to be a show-runner and make my own creations and more, make a living in this industry, hearing of your struggles and perseverance is well, inspiring!
Robert Kelly
Cheers for posting. Great to finally have someone in the industry who gives so much. Been following so many others but they all speak about sales and this and that but to finally find someone who sings the same song ha. Great. Yeh kicked my career off not long ago in 40's. Doing the young mans job at the minute but I plan to take over soon :D All the best dude and thanks again
nick bk
keep motivating people and share u experience
DJ Nicke
Truly inspirational video! Life is what we make it. I've had the pleasure to know you in real life, and I've always admired your succinct self-discipline in only the necessary areas. You truly strike the work/life balance well my friend, and you continue to be an inspiration to me and many others!
DJ Nicke
Do you have a book about Poop on your desk?Great video man! Thank you for sharing it!
Fabian Dietz
Wow! Thank you Allan! Awesome video and very inspiring :)
Shay Neary
I'm taking your advice and going to start leveling up by signing up for the VFX Bootcamp. Do I need the most recent versions of Thinking Particles/FumeFX to get through the content?
Paul Folger
Silent movie super star Mary Pickford, who at the peak of her career was the most famous person in the world, and who would later be a founding member of both the United Artists movie studio, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, said..."You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."Good job Allen, thanks for inspiring a guy in his 50's to get back in the saddle... Me.
Cheez
Is that the same content as the podcast episode ?
apmanti12
cool, im currently freelancing doing lower-end indie features and some tv's and im always looking up for those cool mpc/ilm type of reels and trying to put everything i got in my shots, i don't really have a goal to work in a big vfx house but I do want to bring higher-end quality to lower budget projects :)
Pow Smack BLAM
This stuff is always great to hear. I got a super late start in my professional career, not really getting focused until I was in my 30s. I landed in my dream job in CG at a stable AAA game developer about five years ago. The company is amazing but the hustle never stops and the constant need to learn and level up is never ending. Keep pushing, and once you achieve your goal, push harder.
MOHIT VFX
your channel is so helpful and inspiring...keep educating us.
Mahmoud Hamdy
Great video Allan .. you are always inspiring 🤗
Karl
very inspiring !
Curve Wraps
This is so crazy good!! We need more of this type of content, keep pushing yourself to post because I know how unbelievably difficult this was for you to share. One of your best videos in my opinion!
Naty Arts
Thank you...I agree on everything you say..coz am like what you were in the past still struggling to achieve what I dream...am in the worst place to start with, I leave in Ethiopia, Africa( a place where you have to choose between food or dream)...dreaming to work in CG industry is still a fantasy here. but you are right things that worth doing are not easy to do...am still working 8hr on the job I hate then get back home and work ( 3d modeling, studying animation vfx...) till 1am in the morning coz I know it would be far worse if I give up coz my dream would hunt me down for life...thank you for sharing your story.
World War II - Epic Battles
I am afraid of failure because I have reached the point where I slowly sacrifice my health in order to become better and get out of the shithole job I am working now. If all this effort and sacrifice wont produce results it will take a heavy toll to my morale.
TLAbd
Thank you for the video.. I have been trying to break into this industry for a while but no success (I live in a small country in asia, been trying to send my stuff to studios in other countries). And I have starting to heard some hurtful stuff, even from my own mind that I should just give up