It's even worse when they're your client, and let me tell you I've had some real doozies over the years - from the guy I got more than six million TV impressions one day to being fired the next (of course I haven't seen anything on them since), to a franchise group where the good old boys just didn't like me cuz I am a chica (again, never seen anything on them since).
This one comes way of a partnership that came to me to help with a book they wrote. I could tell right off the bat one of the women was going to be trouble. Snippy in conference calls, snippy on email.
Now, sometimes, I understand this behavior. I find that people may not fully understand what I do, the process and how it all works. I get that. But it's their insecurity about it that turns them into crazy, five-headed monsters whirling their tongues all around making hissing noises. With men, I just have to be a bit bitchy and tell them how it is and they completely respect me, but women. They're different. You know that saying how women are so hard on one another? Well, it definitely rings true in this situation, and I think for Ms. McSnippy Pants its personal insecurity, competition, and the desire to have power over people. This woman is truly a piece of work, riding me, asking questions....you know what BITCH? You're only paying to work 10 hours a month for you so KISS IT! Want to pay me $50,000 for the project? I'll gladly bend over. But you don't, so I won't.
I was really starting to wonder where the other partner fell in all of this until I get an email requesting a phone conversation. "Great!" I think. "I'm already losing business before it's started." So Ms. Fabulous, potential-client-of-the-year, fills me in on all the details and, yep, I'm not the only one who can't stand Ms. McSnippy Pants. Turns out that Snippy might not be as successful as she claims and Fab is the one who actually wrote the book and did all the work while Snippy was just going to cash in.
Awesome! Wish we could all skate through life like that. Must be nice to have everyone else do your work for you!
Fab then announces that she's leaving the partnership because she refuses to be treated this way any more. Can't blame her. It's not like I've really enjoyed it. Then she forwards me McSnippy-turned-SuperBitch's email response where she has the gumption to attack me! Whatever crazy-town-USA. It seemed to me that her response was purely defensive. As if she knows that she's been total crap, is mad at herself, but instead of changing that behavior she just projectile vomits her projection of emotions onto others. You know, that irritates. Take care of your own shit. Others are not responsible or to blame.
So where does that leave me? Well, we're still moving forward and hoping my mad skills can prove their worth in the next few weeks. Now the duo are going to be paying me separately which means, yep, you guessed correctly, Bitchy McSnippy isn't ever going to pay me SHIT! Again, awesome.
How do these people find me? My business is my baby. I love my logo (and other things. Shutup!), but do I want to deal with this shit anymore? I think this is one of the things that I'm most tired of. It's just wearing me down....some people suck and ruin it for everyone.