A client from an animation studio emailed me one day. I’d already had a bad experience with them once before but I was willing to give them another chance.
Client: Hi we would like a gif of Marilyn Monroe’s lips blowing a kiss, are you available for that?
Me: Yes I’d love to. What would you like the gif to look like, what are the dimensions of the gif and how long would you like it to last?
Client: Oh we’re going to leave it up to you, as long as it’s a looping gif it doesn’t matter! It’s due by Sunday. We’ll pay $100.
Despite the warning signs, I got to work on a gif of some lips blowing a kiss. I got it done in really good time and emailed them back with it in under 24 hours.
A day passed.
Me: Hi there, just wondering what you thought about the gif I’d finished for you?
A week passed.
Three weeks passed.
Me: Hi there, I was just wondering if you’d gotten my emails about the Marilyn Monroe gif project? And if we were still on for that?
Client: The gif wasn’t to our specifications and we won’t be using it.
Follow your instincts, everyone.