A friend of mine texted me (she’s an actor) saying to call her, because she has a “job” for me. Turns out she’s an ensemble member in a theater, and the theater needs a new corporate design, which is my specialty.
Yeah, it would be paid, there’s money available, just, just, just – the way they wanted to handle it is they were going to ask a bunch of freelancers and agencies (“just a few”) to submit “a few” (of course unpaid) ideas and drafts and then will decide with whom to work.
I had to explain to her what “no spec” means, and what the idea behind a designer’s portfolio is. She insisted:
Client: That’s the way it’s done in business.
She based this on the fact that she once worked in an agency for 3 months, 20 years ago. I had to explain to her that yes, pitching is a thing but that 1) it’s something agencies (not freelancers) do for 2) bigger budget projects than this and that they 3) get paid for the pitch.
She kinda gave in a little, but already just another piece of evidence why you should avoid working for clients that are from your friend circles.