Client: Hello, I’m looking to find out if you can help me publish my comic book.
Me: Certainly, this is what we offer. We charge $X per page, you get full PDFs, you can publish digitally, etc.
Client: With all due respect, I just entered college and my friend just graduated from high school. We have no money whatsoever to pay. We’re looking for a 50% partnership upon publication.
Me: I’m sorry, it takes time to work on your comic and we have bills to pay for rent and electric. Keep that in mind next time you ask someone for free work on large projects.
Never heard back from them, which I’m glad for.
In addition to this, I had a game I was trying to publish; I sacrificed a bunch of luxuries for five months so I could pay an artist to create my art assets before buying any of those things upon graduation of college and my full-time job. Now my game is almost complete; you can make a way if needed.