Alan McKay: The Shocking Truth: Why Soft Skills Matter More Than Your Degree

Do you dream of breaking into the VFX industry – but question your software knowledge? Don’t underestimate the power of your soft skills! So many times, junior artists stress out about their VFX career and the requirements it takes to break into the VFX industry. In this career talk by ILM’s Manager of Emerging Talent Kim Paris, you’ll learn about the role your communication and interpersonal skills, your time management and teamwork skills play in getting hired – AT ILM! Since 1975, Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) has set the standard for visual effects, creating some of the most stunning images in the history of film. At the forefront of the digital revolution, ILM continues to break new ground in the field not only in visual effects but now virtual reality, augmented reality, immersive entertainment, and virtual production. Founded by George Lucas, ILM is the leading effects facility in the world, with studios located in San Francisco, Singapore, Vancouver, London, and Sydney. The company serves the motion picture, television, streaming, commercial production, and attraction industries. ILM has created visual effects for over 350 feature films. Industrial Light & Magic is a Lucasfilm Ltd. company serving the digital needs of the entertainment industry for visual effects. ILM has been awarded 3 Emmy Awards, 15 Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, and received 33 Academy Awards for Scientific and Technical Achievements that have had an indelible impact on the art of filmmaking. As long as you’re open to grow, constantly learn, innovate yourself, adapt and improvise – as long as you’re not afraid to be outside your comfort zone – you will achieve success in your artist career! Check out this artist’s career advice – to get inspired!

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