Running a 3D Modeling/Animation Business

Turning your talent in 3D into an income for you is possible as a freelancer or (even better) as a small business owner.
Free tutorial
Rating: 4.1 out of 5 (197 ratings)
12,323 students
1hr 48min of on-demand video
English [Auto]

Understand how to turn your talent into money
Create an outstanding brand and platform
Find better clients with bigger projects
Understand your unfair advantage
Write a business plan
Progress from freelance work to running a successful business
Work towards passive income


  • You should already be able to create or animate in 3D.


Join over 2000 students learning how to make more money with their 3D talents!


The 5 star reviews are rolling in...

"very impressed with this course. I devoured all the content"

"Incredible resource!"


"Good quality"

Do you want to know how to turn your 3D modeling or animating skills into an actual business that will get you out of your day job?

Your ability to create wonderful things in 3D isn't just a talent you possess- it is a powerful way to make money and build a profitable business.

My name is Sam Lytle and after creating a unique smartphone app concept called the OggBoard that gained the attention of CNET, Kotaku and Engadget, I built a strong 3D modeling and animating team that successfully developed the hardware and software proof of concept for this idea.

Unfortunately, at this time, I didn't understand vital business concept such as building a brand or developing a platform and OggStudios never left the launch pad.

I have now used the lessons learned from the OggBoard along with my education and experience in civil engineering to build another 3D visualization studio, this time focusing on the transportation and construction industry.

Civil FX now has seven employees in less than 3 years of growth!

In Running a 3D Modeling/ Animation Business I break down the mistakes that 3D artists typically make when stepping into freelancing and how to break free from competing in online freelance marketplaces and move towards finding the best clients with the biggest jobs for ultimate profitability.

I also show how to find out where you want to take your business and how to use your Unfair Advantage and a written business plan to reach this ultimate destination.

I worked for public and private companies for many years before finally having enough private clients to leave my job to pursue Civil FX full time.

Learning how to monetize my 3D modeling and animating skills has changed my life and I am confident that it will change yours as well.

Get ready to completely change the way you think about making money with your talent as a 3D artist!

If you aren't completely satisfied with this course you can get your money back - with no questions asked - for 30 days!!

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for 3D artists or 3D designers who want to monetize their talent.


Owner and 3D Visualization Specialist
Sam Lytle
  • 4.1 Instructor Rating
  • 197 Reviews
  • 12,323 Students
  • 1 Course

Inventor of the OggBoard and more recently the founder of Civil FX Studios, a 3D modeling and animation team that specializes in visualization for transportation and other civil engineering projects.

After years of working for public and private organizations I used my passion and expertise in 3D modeling and animation as well as my license as a professional civil engineer to venture out on my own where I now support my family of 5 with Civil FX.

I use software such as AutoCAD, InfraWorks, Sketchup, Lumion and other CAD and visualization software to create transportation and other civil engineering animations for clients. While many 3D artists spend much of their time fighting over jobs on freelance websites by offering the lowest bid, I have developed a system of finding and keeping the best clients in the industry- clients that are happy to pay me thousands for a short video.

Along with my education and experience in civil engineering, I've also built and sold websites for thousands of dollars and written 5 books, 4 of which are currently available on Amazon.

This diverse experience has allowed me to help others find what talents and passions they have and how monetizing what they love to do isn't as hard as they think.

I live with my wife and three children in Southern Nevada.

Top companies trust Udemy

Get your team access to Udemy's top 19,000+ courses