I’m a student freelancer who happens to volunteer at a mountain-valley research facility. Recently, we had a group of bankers come in to learn about the impacts the environment has on economics. They were impressed that I was so young and knew what I wanted to do in life and spent a lot of the convo buttering me up about my art and animations.
Client: So we’ve been thinking about getting animations and art redone for the program and website. Maybe when we visit next week, we could talk to you about it!
Me: Oh, uh sure! I’m a bit busy with this volunteer job but I’d be happy to give you my information and contact you after I go home.
Client: Cool! Theoretically, how long would it take and how much?
Me: Um, depending, it can range from ______ to ______ for time and $______ to $______ for price!
The whole table laughed, making my ears go hot.
Client: Wow, so young but already have eyes of green, huh? Maybe we can negotiate that.
I get that I’m young and not totally experienced, but I’m not going to undersell myself just because a bunch of mid-aged people say so.
I wanted to stick up for myself and say something snippy (they weren’t paying me yet after all), but I was so embarrassed and insulted.