101 episodes

Motion Hatch is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by veteran motion designer Hayley Akins, discussing the business side of animation and motion design that so many creatives struggle with.

Offering quality practical advice and insight for freelance, full-time or aspiring animators, illustrators and motion designers, hear from a wide range of voices within the industry, including how leading animators started out, tips on managing your business and career advice.

For more info on how to take control of your motion graphics career and to join our community of amazing, talented designers, head over to http://motionhatch.com.

Motion Hatch: Helping Motion Designers Do Better Business Hayley Akins

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    • 5.0 • 40 Ratings

Motion Hatch is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by veteran motion designer Hayley Akins, discussing the business side of animation and motion design that so many creatives struggle with.

Offering quality practical advice and insight for freelance, full-time or aspiring animators, illustrators and motion designers, hear from a wide range of voices within the industry, including how leading animators started out, tips on managing your business and career advice.

For more info on how to take control of your motion graphics career and to join our community of amazing, talented designers, head over to http://motionhatch.com.

    Lessons learnt from making 100 podcast episodes w/ Hayley Akins

    Lessons learnt from making 100 podcast episodes w/ Hayley Akins

    When Motion Hatch first started it was a side hustle, now it's a company! Have you considered starting your own motion design project to help you grow your career? Our founder Hayley Akins explains how and why she started this motion design podcast and what she’s learnt along the way.
    About Hayley Akins
    Hayley started Motion Hatch with the aim of helping freelance motion designers with the business side of motion design – but she wasn’t sure how to achieve this.
    At the time, Hayley felt she had three choices for a motion design project: a podcast, blog or YouTube channel (she now has all three!). Initially Hayley didn’t feel confident filming videos and writing wasn’t her passion, so she decided to focus on creating her own motion design podcast.
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    • 25 min
    How to create motion design side projects that complement your day job w/ Charli Marie

    How to create motion design side projects that complement your day job w/ Charli Marie

    Looking to pursue motion design side projects but unsure how to find balance with your day job? In today’s episode Charli Marie explains how side projects can help motion designers to improve their craft and process.
    About Charli Marie
    Charli Marie is a Youtuber, podcast host and Creative Director at email marketing company ConvertKit. 
    Throughout her working career, Charli has always pursued some side projects outside of her 9-5 role. Currently she creates weekly content on her YouTube channel and podcast, Design Life, sharing insights into life as a professional designer alongside tutorials and advice on design tools and concepts.
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    • 33 min
    How Giant Ant became a leading motion design studio w/ Jay Grandin

    How Giant Ant became a leading motion design studio w/ Jay Grandin

    Ever wondered how motion design studios become known worldwide for their work? In today’s episode Jay Grandin explains how he built Giant Ant from the ground up and why he feels the studio has been so successful.
    About Jay Grandin
    Jay is Co-Founder of Giant Ant, an animation studio in Vancouver. As Creative Director, Jay oversees nearly every project in the studio—leading the concept development and script writing processes, as well as being actively involved in design and animation.
    In 2006, after unexpectedly creating a series of viral videos with his wife Leah, the married couple found themselves quitting their full-time jobs and working on a freelance basis for MySpace.
    Slowly Jay and Leah’s videos evolved from low budget live-action content to videos starring other people. Over time, the pair found themselves hiring team members and expanding into animation too.  Eventually (after the arrival of twins!) Jay and Leah split the business into two: one for live-action and the other is the Giant Ant we know and love today.
    Jay’s story shows how even the top motion design studios have humble beginnings.
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    • 48 min
    How to make six figures as a motion designer w/ John Filipkowski

    How to make six figures as a motion designer w/ John Filipkowski

    Looking to make six figures as a motion designer, but not sure where to start? Motion designer John Filipkowski discusses how he hit this financial goal and how other freelance motion designers can achieve six figures too.
    About John Filipkowski
    John Filipkowski is a freelance motion designer based in Chicagoland, USA. He specialises in both 2D and 3D motion design and has worked with some amazing clients - from Sony, to Paypal and Samsung!
    After already achieving a six-figure salary through full-time employment, John wanted to make the move to freelancing and gain more working freedom, but he also wanted to be sure he could match his salary.
    Through extensive outreach, building a large network of fellow motion designers and potential clients, and most of all, keeping a level-headed approach, John has achieved this goal.
    He hopes he can inspire other freelance creatives through his story, helping them to make six figures as a motion designer and find a more rewarding way of working.
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    • 31 min
    How to scale your income through productized services w/ Brad Hussey

    How to scale your income through productized services w/ Brad Hussey

    Do you ever feel like you’ve hit the ceiling in your motion design freelance business in terms of how much money you can make? Web designer, online educator and digital marketing consultant, Brad Hussey, presents a whole new way of thinking about how motion designers can do business and productize their services. 
    About Brad Hussey 
    Brad Hussey started his career as a freelance web designer and spent time working at an agency, where he worked as a front-end developer collaborating with motion designers and other creatives to develop everything from apps through to mini games.
    Disenchanted by the fluctuation of freelance income, he decided to explore ways to add another income stream to his web design business. He started to run his own online courses, leveraging his expertise and helping creatives build their own websites, learn to code and design their own websites.
    Over time he had unlocked a new way of working – productizing – something that Brad has turned into a career both as a web designer and a coach.
    Now, he has taught more than 600,000 indie designers, developers and professionals how to get better at their craft and make a living doing work they love. 
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    • 54 min
    How to make passive income as a motion designer w/ Justin Archer

    How to make passive income as a motion designer w/ Justin Archer

    Many motion designers dream of making passive income. But how do you actually go about doing it? Justin Archer is a freelance motion designer who also makes passive income selling templates for final cut pro editors.
    He has almost 22k sales from Envato alone! In this episode, we explore how he started making money through After Effects templates and how you can still be successful even if a market is saturated. 
    About Justin Archer
    Justin Archer has been a professional motion designer for the past nine years. For half of this time he worked for companies and for the other half, he’s been freelance whilst also pursuing different personal projects.
    He started building templates for Final Cut Pro more as a way for him to start commissioning his own personal projects. He wasn’t getting enough work for 3D projects at the time and so he started using Envato as a way to make his portfolio more diverse - if he sold anything, that was simply a bonus.
    He did some research and noticed that it was more multi-purpose motion graphics that seemed to sell well, so he started creating these - things like titles and lower thirds.
    Before he knew it, he had a thriving side hustle that was generating him passive income. Here’s how he did it.
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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
40 Ratings

40 Ratings

Jack Redley ,

Valuable for not just motion designers!

A designer friend told me to listen to this and I was sceptical at first because I’m not a motion designer but a brand identity designer. How wrong I was!

This podcast has been insanely useful - episodes cover a host of topics which any designer from any discipline needs to know about eg. Work life balance, accountancy, marketing, networking, business, mental health etc. I have also been considering learning motion design as a result of listening to this podcast but the gems sprinkled throughout these episodes about a whole host of other topics have been invaluable.

Hayley does her research before every episode, she’s easy to listen to and while other podcasts meander, hers always provide value throughout. Oh, and did I mention the guests she gets are insane - Matthew Encima, Sabrina Curry, Joel Pilger, Chris Do, Blair Enns...

Just pls listen - you won’t be disappointed!

Junogrefplob ,

A super informative podcast!

Motion Hatch is a really excellent podcast. Every episode provides extremely valuable information and great insights. I enjoy the down to earth, conversational nature of the talks with the guests as well as the large variety of people interviewed. Highly recommend listening if you haven’t already!

The_Junkyard ,

Brilliantly structured podcasts full of advice and resources

Amazing Resource for any designers, artists, animators, you name it. Especially if youre based in the UK, but it applies everywhere.

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