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Episode 406 – Make Extra Cash

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Episode 406 – Make Extra Cash

Some individuals argue that you would be able to’t make greater than $50K in VFX. Others examine their lives to the curated life on social media and demand to receives a commission extra. It actually comes all the way down to your WHY: Why do you want extra cash? The quickest pay rise you may give your self is determining your price range. It’s higher to determine your funds and take management of your cash. And in case you nonetheless need to earn more cash, it is advisable perceive the business you’re in and what it pays individuals.

That being mentioned, you can earn greater numbers in VFX. If you wish to earn extra, it’s important to rethink the entire course of. Lately, I used to be supplied a Director place on a AAA sport. Working in video video games, you can also make additional money both in bonuses or by having a facet hustle. For those who have been to begin to consider coping with issues on a much bigger degree – as a studio – you can begin to know the method. 

As a VFX Supervisor and beforehand a Producer and Studio Proprietor, I perceive budgets. When Producers create budgets, they don’t have the cash allotted but. As soon as distributors submit their bids, Producers sit down and work out what the price range for a venture is likely to be and the variety of artists they should rent. Then they fear about their margins, their expenditures and revenue. The Producers on the consumer facet don’t scrutinize the main points. All they care about – is deliverables. That means that you can rethink the method by altering the best way you cost your fee.

Now, you could possibly go work on the similar place your complete life. For those who take that linear profession trajectory,  you find yourself ready for a pay rise yearly. If making more cash is all you’re after, it is advisable study a couple of issues: 

  • To start with, ask your self in case you’re in the best business? 
  • For those who do need to do it in VFX, are you able to create a facet hustle?
  • Do you see your self launching your individual studio?
  • Can you progress from the seller to the consumer facet of VFX?

If you wish to earn money by merely doing VFX, it is advisable get artistic. I’ve talked about this prior to now: There isn’t a restrict to how a lot cash you can also make in visible results! Ask your self the query: How do the individuals who pay me – pay themselves? When you perceive that, you may place your self in a means that justifies the cash you need to make.

On this Podcast, Allan McKay busts the parable {that a} VFX Artist can’t make some huge cash in visible results and provides his perception as a VFX Supervisor, Producer and Studio Proprietor about how one can make much more cash on this enterprise.



Hello, everybody! 

That is Allan McKay. Welcome to Episode 406! 

I need to do a particular Episode in regards to the fable that VFX doesn’t pay the payments – in addition to my outlook as a VFX Supervisor and Producer on how one can make much more cash on this enterprise. I’m actually enthusiastic about this one as a result of it is a topic I get requested about quite a bit!

We’ll be looking at:

  • Inspecting your private WHY for wanting to make more cash;
  • Discovering other ways to make more money exterior of your common VFX job;
  • An outlook of a Producer about how cash will get distributed in visible results.

I believe lots of people may benefit from this Podcast.

Let’s dive in! 



[01:12]  Have you ever ever despatched in your reel and questioned why you didn’t get the callback or what the rationale was you didn’t get the job? Over the previous 20 years of working for studios like ILM, Blur Studio, Ubisoft, I’ve constructed tons of of groups and employed tons of of artists — and reviewed hundreds of reels! That’s why I made a decision to jot down The Final Demo Reel Information from the attitude of somebody who really does the hiring. You may get this ebook at no cost proper now at!

[25:48] One of many greatest issues we face as artists is determining how a lot we’re price. I’ve put collectively an internet site. Test it out:! This can be a likelihood so that you can put in your degree of expertise, your self-discipline, your location — and it gives you an correct concept what you and everybody else in your self-discipline needs to be charging. Test it out:!


Okay, what did you assume? I hope you bought lots from this Episode. Be happy to shoot me an electronic mail: [email protected].

Subsequent week, I’m interviewing Frank Petzold, award-winning VFX Supervisor who most not too long ago labored on All Quiet on the Western Entrance.

Till then –

Rock on!


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