I was hired by a
client to do book cover illustrations. I was perfectly capable of handling the
job myself, but he insisted on designating me a team leader and hiring 2 other
artists at the start for the purpose of “generating ideas.” One’s English was
awful, so when the client was becoming frustrated trying to convey his idea to
her and she kept submitting incorrect and sloppy work, I stepped in as
translator and mediator, a job I did not sign up for.
Despite this and many
other issues, the project was a success. Here’s our final conversation:
Me: I’m glad
you’re pleased with the project. I do apologize for the occasional
miscommunications and take full responsibility as team leader.
Client: Wow, I’m
impressed you’re taking responsibility! I wasn’t expecting that! You’re true
leader material. Just for that, I’d like you to join my company as a project
I didn’t really enjoy
working with this client, but didn’t want to reject him outright.
Me: Thank you for
the offer. Can you tell me a little about what you’d expect of me in that role?
Client: It’s a
web design company.
Me: You realize
that illustration and web design are two completely different fields?
I never heard back – except
for a week later got a friend request from him on Facebook. Why?