I was working on an animation project for a client.
Client: We need to have a stronger design for this character, something that really sells this project and company.
Me: Alright, that sounds fair, the design does need updating.
Client: Look around for inspiration. Are you familiar with stuff like South park, Simpsons, Family guy, Jungle Book, Cinderella, that kind of stuff?
I have a degree in animation. I’ve watched and studied cartoons my whole life.
Me: Uh, yeah.
Client: Well, they all have good design, so work on making this character stand out.
Me: Okay, well I can work on that. Talk to you later.
They called me 5 minutes later on their personal phone.
Client: Just to let you know, don’t get tense about it, but you came off as a bit snippy with me, like I’m wasting your time or something.
Me: …Oh, I apologize, I didn’t mean to come off that way-
Client: Well you probably didn’t realize, you need to work on that if you want to continue being a team leader. Talk to you Monday.
Why is it always people on the lower end of the stick who have to grow thicker skins? I guess “uh, yeah, I know the most basic touchstones of my discipline” was enough to bruise this ego.