I’m a music producer. I was working with a friend to produce a song he wrote, and I did it for a HUGE discount because he’s my friend, he’s moving away soon, and I’m still building my portfolio. Big mistake.
After I sent him what I thought was the final mix
Client: Can you bring the bass down slightly? Just a tad.
Me: (makes changes and sends it to him)
Client: Can you pan the rhythm guitar to the left and the lead guitar to the right? Also lower the bass a TINY bit. And can you BARELY lower the vocal effect volume?
Me: (makes changes and sends them to him)
Client: Actually I was wrong, the bass is too quiet. Can you bring it up just a TINY bit? Also I don’t know why you panned the rhythm guitar, can you center it?
Me: You just told me you wanted the rhythm guitar panned. Also, we’ve been making tiny revisions like this for a month, so if you have any more tweaks you want me to make, these will have to be the final ones because I have dress rehearsals all this week for a show I’m in, and won’t be able to work on your song. I think the mix sounds great.
Client: Since I’m paying you, I want to have the option to make more revisions if I’m not 100% happy with the mix.
Me: (angrily stays up late making changes, sends them to him)
The last straw was when he texted me right as a show I was working on began its opening night.
Client: I don’t like how there’s no rhythm guitar in the intro. Can you copy and paste the rhythm guitar from the outro into the intro? Also I need this done by the end of today, I really want to release this song this weekend.
Lessons learned: don’t give your friends discounts, and for the love of God, charge extra for ridiculous amounts of revisions.