I’ve been having issues with getting paid on time… or getting paid at all. Currently broke and sounding like a broken record calling every client who still owes me money, I went through my folders of work that were left unpaid and found this first job in 2010 that paved the way for my perpetual encounter with terrible paymasters years to come.
I was approached by an agency called Bang Public Relations when I was on my final days in Singapore. As you can see above, it was a cover illustration for GAC Chat, a company company magazine.
It went through a lot of back and forth as usual during production but once they they were satisfied with the direction, they provided me with the template to be filled in seen above.
I submitted the high resolution file, they went radio silent for months. I kept sending chaser mails for payment and my calls were not returned for months.
When I returned to Malaysia, I tracked down all possible firms that were connected with the agency. Eventually I found out that the agency had closed shop and my payment went into the black hole.
I should have learned my lesson, right? Wrong. Even with a black and white contract, my clients still somehow fail to deliver their end of the bargain.