Client: So you’re a “concept artist.” What is that exactly?
Me: I do stuff like character designs.
Client: What does that mean?
Me: I design characters and environments. Like backgrounds and characters you see in animations? I design those.
Client: So like what [friend] does?
Me: No, he’s a graphics designer, he does logos and websites and branding. I don’t do that. If you want a logo, go to [friend].
Client: So what do you do then.
Me: I’m a concept artist, I design characters and environments. Basically, if you are working on an animation or video game, I can help you.
There’s a moment of silence.
Client: So explain to me what you do again?
At this point, I’m pretty sure he’s waiting for me to say that I do logo design so he can hire me to do work for him and his dad’s business.
Me: If you don’t know what I’m talking about when I say character design, then you’re not the kind of client I’m looking for.
Client: See, people like you are the reason why your industry is small.
He’s a radiologist and had no business knowing anything about the animation industry that I work in.
Client: You just lost yourself a good client.
Me: Well, you were never my client to begin with.