When I started out making films I didn’t know exactly how to deal with the following situation: A potential client would contact me and ask: “Can you do such and such project for me free of charge and as soon as we have money we will hire you for the next “real” production? With money and budget.” That sounded like a good deal. Especially when you are desperate for jobs.
I did this a few times in the hope of getting those “real” projects but it was funny looking back. I never ever experienced that those clients would come back. Meaning to say those clients never got back to me with those “real” paid projects. Why?
I kept wondering if there was something wrong with me or if I didn’t do a good job. Till I discovered a pattern.
In this video I walk you through what I discovered about the psychology of getting free work and when there is a real budget why clients turn and don’t come back in order to do fulfill their word and give you the business. This might surprise you, or at least it did to me because for so many years I wasn’t aware of this.
Let me ask you. Does this sound familiar? What did you experience when you got a request for a free project? Did you ever get the “real” project and fostered a long relationship? Let me know in the comments.