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Episode 385 – Preventing the Seeds of Doubt

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Episode 385 – Preventing the Seeds of Doubt

All of us have doubts if we’re on the precise path. Being an artist requires plenty of persistence, perseverance and talent. As well as, now we have to proceed studying and innovating. 

There’s this inside voice that asks, “Am I investing my time into one thing that’s going to repay?” It weighs on you. It doesn’t assist when now we have folks round us, telling us to surrender. There’s a lot negativity on the web – and on social media – as properly, and it’s laborious to weed out that noise. Everyone seems to be opinionated and never everybody is aware of what they’re speaking about. It makes us double guess our path and generally even quit!

It’s robust to maintain going once you’re alone. The perfect factor is to search out our circle: A gaggle of individuals enthusiastic about our one factor. For those who’re an artist, it’s essential have individuals who assist you and raise you up. You must discover your neighborhood. There’s a idea of one thing referred to as “monk mode”: It’s about eliminating the noise and getting targeted. Get targeted and encompass your self with individuals who enable you to stand up.

In terms of VFX, there isn’t any scarcity of labor on the market – particularly proper now! However the destructive persons are the loudest. Earlier than we lived in a permission primarily based economic system. Now, we’re all linked and there’s a lot alternative to do what we wish to do! 

If there’s something you wish to do – go after it. There isn’t any excuse to not receives a commission to be an artist. Artwork and design is in every single place. All over the place we glance, there’s a want for artists. It’s nearly lining up your abilities with the precise job. How do you do this? Via your portfolio / reel and your model. That’s the place social media is a superb house: It means that you can present your work. 

On this Podcast, Allan McKay talks in regards to the want for a neighborhood that helps and uplifts you as an artist; why it’s vital to close out the negativity of the web and social media – and as an alternative use it to advertise your model and achieve publicity; and why proper now – is the BEST TIME to be an artist!



Hello, everybody! 

That is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 385! 

It is a solo Episode I’ve been eager to do for artists who’ve considered giving up on their profession. I hope this comes on time, for a few of you. I additionally wish to share some tales from my profession.

I speak about:

  • The religion and persistence that it takes to be an artist;
  • The necessity to continuously innovate;
  • The significance of getting a neighborhood that helps you in your desires;
  • How one can weed out the destructive noise of the web and social media;
  • How one can get into your “monk mode” – and to remain hyper-focused;
  • Why proper now – is one of the best time to be a VFX artist;
  • And why constructing your model will lead you to the precise alternatives! 

Be happy to succeed in out to me and let me know if this resonates with you.

Let’s dive in!



[01:18]  Have you ever ever despatched in your reel and questioned why you didn’t get the callback or what the explanation was you didn’t get the job? Over the previous 20 years of working for studios like ILM, Blur Studio, Ubisoft, I’ve constructed lots of of groups and employed lots of of artists — and reviewed 1000’s of reels! That’s why I made a decision to jot down The Final Demo Reel Information from the attitude of somebody who truly does the hiring. You will get this e-book at no cost proper now at!

[15:03] One of many largest issues we face as artists is determining how a lot we’re price. I’ve put collectively a web site. Test it out:! It is a likelihood so that you can put in your degree of expertise, your self-discipline, your location — and it provides you with an correct concept what you and everybody else in your self-discipline needs to be charging. Test it out:!


Okay, what did you suppose? I hope you bought so much from this Episode.

Subsequent week, I’ll be again with bestselling creator Chris Bailey. I’ve had Chris on the Podcast earlier than:

Till then –

Rock on!


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