So today I was fired…
Not From my good, job that I’ve had for several years
But from a side project I was working on, around April I was contacted by this guy who through a work friend named David whom I haven’t spoken to in years, David recommended me for my very first comic book as the soul artist.
This was kind of bad time for me, I was trying to work out where I was going to live because I couldn’t stay with parents to much longer cause they hated me being there, on top of this my boss was thinking about moving a few thousand miles away and pressuring me to go with him, even though I lacked the money to do so, but in the end my Ego got the best of me and I really wanted to do my own book.
Now this summer , lots of things happen, 1) I moved to Nj since my boss was telling me was going to look for a place in Brooklyn 2) my Boss moved 25 minutes closer to my parents after I moved away. 3) I and my Boss pregnant wife packed 90% of all his things 4) my boss went away for almost two months leaving me to unpack all his things. 5) My computer started to crash every ten minutes.
I sat down with this guy and showed him layouts; off his script that was really lacking in descriptions sat down talked about everything and busted my butt to give him 5 pages in a week. He sent me notes on changes that need to be done on the said pages, and when I went to get paid he gave me a letter saying they didn’t want to use the pages I had, in a way that said I want you to fallow layouts from a guy he is friends with who made some more detailed version of the script the thing is this guy doesn’t know what he’s doing , storytelling was off pacing was bad, so I had for a second time had to do lay outs that takes a two days at least (for crappy ones), I then spent four hours going over every detail of the book so we both on the same page. I started to really hate this book the more I worked on it.
I explained to him that was very busy, that my other job was steadier and I was pretty much doing this as a favor to David, at the time had been working long hours doing both jobs and was having trouble sleeping, due to stress and all the muscles in my back tightening do all the moving and crappy bed and I only had 20 dollars in my bank account since my other boss forgot to send me my paycheck three times, now here is the thing I wanted to be done with this project in August, that didn’t happen this was mostly due to my stress levels and a lack of motivation on the project, the Key here is that he told me it need to be done by the end of December, the thing I need to stress about my field is that if you don’t say this needs to be in by July 9th at 4:15 in the afternoon, 9 out of 10 times that means you are not getting it until a minute before July tenth , end of August was my goal not his. I then shot for September, that didn’t happen.
Every time I said something his guy got a smile on his face that clearly said, he didn’t want me to be any part of this project, this guy kept saying he was the Talent and I was just a tool to get the project done, I won’t go into detail on everything this guy did to drive me crazy, but in the end my friends kept telling me I should Quit that this wasn’t worth the money
So he sent me a Email today saying I missed two deadlines , and that I was no longer on said project, he then said this very passive aggressive thing about being disappointed in the time wasted and won’t bring it up if we see one another at party and I’ll be getting a kill fee for pages done .
I sent him a response, saying I was confused as the deadline was December , if he wanted me off the project fine, that I’m a professional, this is not something would bring up at a party we had a business arrangement that didn't work out, and I was insulted that he would imply I would. I explained that I got the distinctive impression that he didn’t like what brought to the table. And I also explained when I signed up for this book I was promised a lot more freedom with the book and that was taken from me. I sent him well wishes and hoped that the next person he works with will be on the same page since we clearly weren’t.
Things I learned….
Doing your own book from start to finish is hard.
I know that doesn’t really need to be said, but I defiantly learned that even if I do a good chunk of my boss work as a ghost, there is still a lot he does
Just because you really want something to work out, even if you push yourself to the brink, sometimes it’s not meant to be.
I really wanted this to work out not just for the money but I really wanted my name on a book, I knew the story in the book wasn’t that great but I wanted to have a book to show around and get my foot in the door.
You can’t reason with a brick wall
Again something I know I should have known, but over and over again I tried telling myself wile I whined and complained about having to re do a lot of the work, this guy was set in his ways and what he wanted and that was it.
I need to be better at responding..
I’m not sure this was due to my anger toward the man who hired me or my general lack of responding to people who I just don’t want to talk to.
If someone doesn’t know what they are doing, it might be a good idea to not work with them
I felt like was doing a ton more work then they who came to me to just draw the thing , it’s great that he wanted this so badly, but anything I had to suggest as professional advice seamed to go in one ear and out the other