A super popular fan account for an NFL team posted that they were looking for a designer to create custom YouTube thumbnails. I reached out to throw my hat in the ring because I figured it would be easy side gig money. They responded and asked if I could check out their channel and redesign a couple thumbnails to “see my style.” I generally don’t do spec work for free, but I had the time and they were pretty simple so it only took an hour.
Client: WOW we love your work! We noticed you do this professionally – would you be wanting to get paid for these thumbnails?
Me: Uh… yes.
Client: (no response, ever)