So, I do voiceovers.
I got a message from a guy from Sri Lanka asking me if I could do a 2500 word voiceover. I said shure, it’s 150$.
He replies this: “Ok I can Give you 150$.I want to first sample.200 words”
The script he sends is obviously THE gig, he just wanted it free. It was very obvious indeed.
So I replied back as I always do when I’m asked for free work: with a watermarket sample. I simply record the sentences I’m asked for, but whit an annoying 1000HZ beep randomly playing in the background.
Then the guy aswers back: "Would you also be able to do a voice over on a video that we have for the site as well? Can you do it next 1 hour. It is Very Urgent project "
I read the script he sends me. Yeah, you’ve guessed. The same he already sent me. So I get back to him and I say that I can do it for 25$, but I begin to be a bit suspicious. He then comes back to me: “I can Give you 10$.My last Price”. I wish him good luck at this point.
"wait I ask my Client "
"At this point, I really would ask you to look for another seller, please.
Thank you for your understanding. "
OK, what I think it’s going to happen now is that he is going to order the gig and when I deliver it, he will ask for a refund. It’s pretty obvious this guy wants a free gig and he will do anything he can to obtain it.
We need a bit of protection as sellers. We NEED to be able to block buyers if we don’t feel comfortable with them.