Two people I knew were setting up a podcast and asked if I would like to be involved. One of them already had a successful web series, so I was confident things would pan out.
I offered to design a logo for free since I was going to be a key member of the project:
Client: No, no. We'll pay the market rate.
I was thrilled. Eventually, we settled on a design we were all happy with.
A few weeks went by when I didn't hear anything. I posted several messages in the Slack chat we had created for the podcast.
Me: Hi, guys, just wondering where things on your side?
I didn't get a response. In fact, I never heard from either of them again. It turns out that the two of them were dating when they came up with the idea for the project and I had no idea. The silence in the Slack corresponded to what had apparently been a very messy breakup. They were no longer on speaking terms. Needless to say, the project didn't go anywhere. I never did get paid.