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Allan McKay — VFX Supervisor & Technical Director

Want to be a more successful CG artist? In this podcast, returning guest Allan McKay shares crucial tips on how to market yourself, sell your products and boost your income. He takes down the myth of the starving artist, highlights the big mistakes people make on their showreels and even delves into the psychology of pricing strategies.

That's not all: Allan also predicts the VFX areas to focus on for future success, explains why struggling can be a good thing and talks about his recent CG work. Just like Allan's last podcast, this one is packed with great advice and essential tips for the VFX industry and beyond.


Allan McKay’s website >

CG Garage Podcast #22 | Allan McKay >

Allan McKay’s podcast with Chris Nichols >

Live Action VFX by Allan McKay >


6:19 Re-introducing Allan

13:20 Skills and software

19:12 How marketing can help your career

30:56 Selling your products — and yourself

38:30 Overcoming the “starving artist” mentality

43:20 The secrets of a good demo reel

50:29 How the CG industry has changed

01:02:49 Switching careers and industries

01:09:48 Thoughts on the next six years

About the author

Christopher Nichols

Chris is a CG industry veteran and Director of Chaos Labs. He can also be heard regularly as the host of the CG Garage podcast which attracts 20,000 weekly listeners. With a background in both VFX and Design, Chris has worked for Gensler, Digital Domain, Imageworks and Method Studios. His credits include Maleficent, Oblivion and Tron: Legacy.

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