Things They Don't Teach You About in Art School: Slimebags
TALK IS CHEAP. Talk is the cheapest, easiest currency around. I had a offer to "license" my work to, shall we say, an "trendy apparel" company name, and I got a rather forward letter saying how they loved my stuff and wanted to use it on T shirts, belts, etc. What happened was we chatted a bit on email back and forth. They seemed large enough a company, and a "conference call" was scheduled wherein I was to be told "the deal we're offering". The appointed time came and no call. So I emailed a gentle reminder that I was in. Minutes later I got a terse "Thanks anyway, we got someone else". HUH? These are what I call SLIMEBAGS. They are these trendy, corporate ("evil") "giants" that promise all and then turn around and tell you to take off. It happens to the best of us. Often the decisions are made from "trend" marketeers who are in and out of "image" jobs like revolving doorsand want the World. Well, looks are always decieving and, The World Is Not Enough, to steal a James Bond title. The jobs themselves are as vaporous as the trends they entail. The people involved have little or no talent and, they want YOU with YOUR TALENT to MAKE THEM LOOK GOOD AND MAKE MONEY ON YOUR HARD WORK. The lesson is, never think a deal is done until you get it in writing or, the contract in your hands. Also, never trust casual inquiries, no matter how promising. Never give ideas to people you don't know. Always be on your guard for "fast talk" as it's truly the cheapest thing around. It costs them nothing, but it will cost you...everything.