After working for a designer for over six months at an unpaid internship, I finally had to tell her that I could no longer work without a paycheck. We set up a meeting in which we discussed details about working for her at certain one-night events and receiving pay for the event itself.
After three weeks of my emails going ignored, she finally emails me back a day or two before the event:
Designer Sorry, my boyfriend’s wife died and we were taking care of him for the last three weeks. I couldn’t email you.
I reply, gently:
Me: Business is business and I need info on the details of the event and how much I was being paid for it in order to help.
I hear nothing from her until the afternoon of the event:
Designer: Hey, be here for the event at 5 pm, okay?.”
I call her to discuss payment with her (because I was not going to work an event for free, especially after she was notorious for borrowing money from me and never paying me back), and she says:
Designer: Hey! I have a great idea! In return for working tonight, I’ll give you sample pieces of fabric I’m not using and you can take them home and make your own clothes since I know you can’t afford to buy them right now. Then, we can put my label on them and sell them and I’ll give you 10% commission!
I politely told her that I could not help her out at the event because I needed to be paid in US Dollars.
Her boyfriend called me back to yell at me about how ungrateful I was being.
The more you read it the worse it gets, from the Clients From Hell archives.