I’ve worked directly with the Managing Director of an industrial company for years. He’s always been pretty good to work with, but constantly changes his mind. I’ve gotten used to this.
One day, I got an email from some kind of agency who were apparently doing other work for this client, asking me to supply samples of my work for consideration when they “move forward with the project.” The only thing is I’d already been working on that project for six months. Apparently, the client had another change of heart and hired an in-between without telling me.
Me: If you’re looking for the work I’ve already completed on the project, that’s fine with me, but I do have an outstanding invoice at the moment. Honestly, as far as I’m concerned, I already have the job.
This seemed to confuse the agency person. She hemmed and hawed, clearly going back to the Managing Director who hired them for clarification.
Agency: Okay, fine. Can you confirm a firm quote for this upcoming shoot?
The shoot was two hours away and included a HUGE list of content sections for a video running only two minutes.
Me: Well, I can give you a ballpark, but I’m really not sure exactly what you need here so I’m leery of giving you a firm quote until I have a more clear idea of the job.
Client: Well, it’s urgent. Please let me know ASAP.
I thought about it for a day and then came up with a number.
Me: Okay, I can commit to $[X] for the shoot.
Client: Thanks for getting in touch! I’m out of the office until [after the shoot is scheduled] but will get in touch with you as soon as I’m back.
I think I’m walking away from this one.