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 are stripped down and we’re put into a spreadsheet with name, email, link to reel.
When all that we are is just a column in a spreadsheet, how do we stand out? And, when we’re presented to the people who make the decisions on who to hire for their teams — we’re presented the same time as everybody else. This limits our potential down to a very small amount.
But, what if you could skip all of this? And speak to the decision makers directly. Skip the gatekeepers, skip the databases, skip the competition and go where it counts.
This video we start looking at a lot of the tools that are out there for sales teams to do their jobs, and we use them as artists to get the upper hand. And, we’re able to not only speak to the right people, but convey ourselves in the right light. Communicate who we are and make ourselves stand out.
Most importantly, we can build a relationship. Rather than spamming reels, let’s focus on opening up a line of communication and nurturing those relationships over time.
Remember, writing the right email is critical. Pitching whether you use 3DS Max, Maya, Houdini, Nuke, After Effects, what are the tools you use, what can you offer them, what experience you have in compositing, animation, CG and your overall art ability. Remember to focus in on selling yourself and keeping your email captivating. I know mostly I post tutorials on visual effects, but even in film school I feel there isn’t much content around career and I want this to show how to find anyone’s email, so you can stand out and shine.
Check out my video on how to craft the perfect email: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqD2EiCUuTA&t=280s
And finally, make sure to subscribe to my channel, I am posting another video in a few days showcasing the exact system I use every single day to get work and land projects. Bit by bit, piecing together an entire system around getting work.
Finally, I have some additional videos on this on my Instagram at @allanmckayofficial.