File puptcrit/puptcrit.0803, message 381

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Date: Tue, 25 Mar 2008 15:19:40 -0400
Subject: [Puptcrit] Losing a BIG contract

Hi people.

I am in shock.
The television puppet contract I was so excited about was put on hold today. Might as well say it's been canceled. 
I feel there is a slim chance of recovery.  Not Cancelled by the TV network, as I first feared, but by the deciding people above the team that was hiring me. Suddenly, they felt unsure about the viability of the project, unsure about puppets, unsure about the whole thing.
My team leader says he's extremely frustrated about it.

Where on the scale of frustration should I be?
All these hours of designing, lost and unpaid. Unless the project takes flight again, and then I can charge for the hours.
I took the risk because it would have been my biggest contract yet, considering the price I would have been paid for the single puppet.

I told them I would not work for free, that I would charge by the hour and only start with an advance payment.
But they convinced me with a short deadline and promise of quick payment once the project started. You see, they needed some sketches for convincing the network. The money was already set aside by them.  It was supposed to be a week or two for sketching, then a month tops for the project to start. Another lesson learned.

Thankfully, in the past two weeks, I have spent my time creating my new promo slideshow, and job hunting.

I am in shock, but optimistic nonetheless. I sent so many service proposals, it's bound to be fruitful soon.
 No results so far, but someone somewhere will need my services.

Have you ever lost a BIG contract?
What was your reaction?
What was your salvation? Another project?

How does one resist the temptation of becoming a government employee?

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