Not a worry. We should be kind and helpful to one another.
I agree that you need conversation first. To not do so would be suicidal in quality specialist work. I would not hire a Mix Engineer who wasn’t talking to me, understanding me, first. My point was simply that it will separate the cardboard from the nickel cogs and reduce numbers overall. Far better to have one enquiry from a genuine customer then waste all day on Rappers (ooh did I say that out loud).
There will always be pressure form ppl to be cheaper. Are you in a market for cheap. Would you hire a cheap surgeon for your loved one or one who delivers value (in this case a living relative)? Look at who is putting the pressure on and I bet they are not going to be your customer fro anything and if you do land that Rapper they will be a screaming nightmare who publicly blames all their willful cluelessness on you.
It is hard to get clients without clients but I will say that in my 2 years of doing this online freelancer thing, having 5-Star completed jobs has not really brought me any more jobs than not having any completed jobs. Better to have yes, but most of those $5 jobs you land will not justify themselves in any real way.
So I won’t say don’t do em, just choose carefully. Better to do a $50 job form someone who will appreciate you than a collection of $5 jobs for people who will take more than they give.
Have a real Portfilio on your own website.