Writing the Perfect VFX Job Email in 2019

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 a strong introduction to WHO you are, and WHY they should look at your reel, it’s very easy to click over your application and never even be considered.

Writing the email that sets the tone of who you are and summarizes what you can do for them. Gives insight into how much effort you’ve put into presenting yourself, your skill set and your job history. Whether you use 3DS Max, Maya, Houdini, Thinking Particles, After Effects, Nuke, Cinema 4D, Photoshop, all the key words that will help make you more favorable as well as your visual effects, design or art skill sets.

This video we dive into the psychology of building an irresistible cover letter.

I will also be releasing tutorials on writing custom ones soon. Stay tuned.

Check out www.allanmckay.com/paris/ to get access to the email scripts and other resources.

Youtube comments:

David Roberts
Great vid. Just noticed a typo at around the 22:09 mark - you've left out the word "need" in the sentence "in case you ever [need] any.."
crazy boy
Sir humko Roto ka kaam aata hi humko job mel jaayge 9 years ka experience hi M. 8840429234
Kahoo Yu Mok
Hello @allanmckay I saw your video here and love how you explained it ! Its okay we can talk private for cover letter , my email is [email protected] please and thank you
Tyrone Mackay
Great info thanks ;D
What's the point of saying "Im not looking for a job" if people who watch this presentation ARE looking for a job, why avoid the truth?
Dana Stoian
Question: what do we write if there is no experience? My cover letter has 5 sentences.
I just thought making best reel would help get me the job but never thought about these things. Thank you so much Allen. So much greatful.
jas karan
U do a vfx course or another
jas karan
Ofter vfx course
jas karan
Hey allan can I vfx job in Hollywood after vfx job
Kamal Ganwani
great video
Katerina Poliakova
oh wow!! Allan, huge thanks for your job! I literally did that: like hey, my name is kate, this is what i do and link. I was completely sure that hr or art leads will hire by having a look at portfolio and additional text is waste of time for them. But recently after receiving quite a lot refusals for application without interview or test assignment, i started to think why it could be :D will try to implement your advice and see how it will go :)
Mircea Goia
Another excellent and practical video!
Hi Allen my name is Jitendra I m big fan ..your tutorial is awesome ..I vfx arist ..I m master in 3d max particles .fume fx .ray fire..and any plugins ...
Hey Allan, what should I write if I have to apply directly through the website? Some bigger studios have multiple recruiters, and I don't know if I should address it to only one person when I don't even know who's gonna read my letter. Do u have any advice? Thank you!
Vincent Amstutz
Hey Allan, thank you for sharing all your knowledge. I was there in Paris to your talk. It was awesome. I will be back in Paris in 1 Week for the MasterClass. I hope to see you there. Have a good day.
Shannon Wilkerson
Prashant Verma
Hello Allan, thank you for providing so much free knowledge, you are amazing. I wanted to reach out to ask you for pdf in one of your mail :' Here's a PDF email script for approaching studios for work' you sent on dec2014. I still have the mail but unfortunately link has expired. If you can send the link here as a comment or email [email protected] I would absolutely love it. If you actually do I will literally tell all my friends that I got a reply from you. And if you don't it's all right I understand. Thank you! :) Ps: you're awesome.
Oh uhm my dog died after 3 years fighting against cancer... btw I am a vfx artist please let me join your team.... xD wtf who did this?
Michael Akinfenwa
Great Video Alan,I learnt a lot of useful things,I'm going to incorporate them,thanks