I was hired by a client to do book cover illustrations. I was perfectly capable of handling the job myself, but he insisted on designating me a team leader and hiring 2 other artists at the start for the purpose of “generating ideas.” One’s English was awful, so when the client was becoming frustrated trying to convey his idea to her and she kept submitting incorrect and sloppy work, I stepped in as translator and mediator, a job I did not sign up for.
Despite this and many other issues, the project was a success. Here’s our final conversation:
Me: I’m glad you’re pleased with the project. I do apologize for the occasional miscommunications and take full responsibility as team leader.
Client: Wow, I’m impressed you’re taking responsibility! I wasn’t expecting that! You’re true leader material. Just for that, I’d like you to join my company as a project manager.
I didn’t really enjoy working with this client, but didn’t want to reject him outright.
Me: Thank you for the offer. Can you tell me a little about what you’d expect of me in that role?
Client: It’s a web design company.
Me: You realize that illustration and web design are two completely different fields?
I never heard back – except for a week later got a friend request from him on Facebook. Why?