Making Money in Mograph Part 2An interview with Zack Lovatt - Technical Director
For part two of our new mini-series, Making Money in MoGraph, I’m talking with someone who does something that not to many of us in this industry do – 2d technical directing. It’s just one of the many different and less than conventional ways that people who work in motion design can make a living.
Zack Lovatt is a technical director with a truly diversified income stream. He writes and sells scripts in After Effects as well as working directly with studios to help streamline their process and improve their efficiency. Having started out as an artist before transitioning into his current role, Zack knows quite a few ins and outs of this industry.
In this interview, Zack and I talk about what it’s like being a 2d technical director in motion design and how he diversifies his income through various types of work. We also discuss our predictions for the future of writing scripts for after effects. Furthermore, Zack is really upfront about his profits and losses which he shares publicly on his website and we dive into that too.
Have you created a passive income stream to help supplement your income? Let’s talk about it in the comments below!
In this episode
- What it means to work as a 2d technical director in this industry
- The future of creating and using After Effects scripts
- The role that creating passive income streams can play in supplementing your income as a freelancer
- How and why you should keep close track of your bookkeeping and why you may want to share it publicly
“It’s the idea that anything that you don’t want to spend an hour doing manual finicky work, you can probably write a script to do that. I see a lot of value there and that is something I see growing; just everyday accessibility to these more technical approaches.” [10:13]
“Having multiple sources of income is very important. I think passive income, or as passive as you can get, is also very important, especially in the freelance gig economy where you might not have work for three months. So even a trickle coming in on the side is more than nothing. The issue there is telling people to start writing scripts or learning plug-ins with the assumption that you’re going to retire is unrealistic.” [21:59]
“A lot of people are like, ‘choose your rate and stick to it.’ But, in practicality, I never found that to be true. It’s choosing your rate, stick to it unless you can’t, in which case be flexible because having some work is nicer than no work.” [31:25]
Thanks for Listening!
To share your thoughts:
To help out the show:
Podcast music licensed by Big Waves
Some of the links above are affiliate links. Basically, this means that if you decide to make a purchase through one of these links, we will earn a small commission, at no extra cost to you. You can be sure that we would recommend these products whether or not we made any commission on them. Please don’t spend your money on them if you don’t think that they will truly help you improve your business, although, in our experience, they will.
Recent podcast episodes:
Should you niche down as a designer? We’ve all heard this advice! So, does niching down help you to win more clients or empower you...
When Motion Hatch first started it was a side hustle, now it's a company! Have you considered starting your own motion design...
Charli Marie is a YouTuber, podcast host and Creative Director. She provides guidance on how to create a motion design side project that complements your day job.