I’m a freelance video editor. The “client” here is a “former” friend.
Client: I need a favor. I need a movie trailer for Sundance.
Me: I’m really busy on another project. I wish I could help you but I don’t have the time.
Client: I can pay you 180 per shift!
Me: …That’s really low.
Client: I need you to finish it in 3 days.
Me: First, that’s not enough time to cut a really high-quality trailer from the raw footage you have and second, I really, really don’t have the time.
Client: I need you to start on Thursday
Me: I’m on a shoot that day and the following days.
Client: This is a really great chance to impress my DoP. He shoots dozens of movies a year – this could lead to more work.
Me: I really want to help you but I don’t have the time.
Client: I gotta go, I have another call coming in.
Me: OK. Good luck.
A few days later I discovered he unfriended me on social media. I saw him again a month later and he was extremely rude to me for having the gall to actually be doing paid work I guess.