I design and make custom dance outfits. One client, upon realising that I not only wanted to be paid for the materials but also insisted on being paid an hourly fee (as per the contract they had already signed) gave me some suspect career advice:
Client: You could waive that fee if your deadbeat husband just worked a little harder. Why should I pay you to do your hobby?
1. This is my actual job, not just a hobby. These costumes pay my bills.
2. I don’t have a husband.