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A TRUE STORY. (please read description)

by Rachel-Marie I., 26 year old modelographer @ from New York, United States

73 comments · 11 · October 15, 2012


Rachel-Marie Iwanyszyn - American Apparel Hat, Dress, Wolverine Boots, Http://Www.Jaglever.Com - A TRUE STORY. (please read description)
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So there's a story behind this look, and it's a long one. This look is one of 14 looks that I shot for a client over a four-month period from April to August. The client was supposed to compensate me for all of this work that I had done, an amount that we agreed on and that he has paid me in the past for two jobs identical to this one -- I shopped and styled all of the looks, photographed all of the looks, modeled, hair, make-up, arranged another model, and everything else that goes into the time consuming photo shoot.

Sadly, my time was in some ways, wasted. The client decided at the END of the project, after not communicating with me at ALL throughout the 4-month period, to tell me that the work I had done was garbage. More or less, this client ignored my attempts to reach out to him to ask what he thought of the project so far. What he expected were images that were like what I post on my Lookbook and blog. Apparently these images do not look like any of my previous work! Isn't that ridiculous?

This client has received very similar work from me in the past and paid me for it. Unfortunately this client failed miserably at communicating with me, at some point over FOUR MONTHS that I worked on this project, that he was not happy. How was I to know? Especially when the art director I was working with was fine if not happy with the images.

There was no actual contract. However there was an email agreement for the same amount of money that he had paid me for the last two projects that involved the same amount of work and style.

The point I want to make is that there are TERRIBLE people out there, people that will use you and walk away and not feel bad about it, at all. As a matter of fact this client had the audacity to swear at me MULTIPLE times, belittle me, tell me that my work was f****** garbage (LITERALLY. He said that! BLOWS my mind.) and ask me how I could turn in such terrible work to him and feel good about it. I have done lots of favors for this client, and he has only gone out of his way to make me cry over the phone and make me feel like my work is horrible. So horrible it's "unusable" as he stated.

Honestly guys, I would LOVE your support. It's important for EVERYONE to know to be SO cautious when working in the creative industry. HAVE a PRECISE contract. Cover your tracks. Never trust anyone. Never think anyone you're doing business with is your friend. I really sacrificed a lot of time for this client, when I could not afford to pay my bills and I was HEAVILY relying on that money.

If you could please RE-BLOG this in any way, if you have tumblr this post will be on my blog... HYPE it to support creatives like me!

Thank you guys!

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Camila C
OH PLEASE this is breath taking and not garbage. Truly, maybe he/she is one of those people that are just PLAIN NASTY when they are in a "bad mood" and take it out on people they don't know that well.

Don't worry sweetie! You're still the apple of my eye anyway
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Breanne S.
Thank you for sharing your story - it's a sad reality that this sort of thing happens.
I've also had a few bad collaboration experiences, but none that compare to yours! I can't believe he would be so unprofessional.
Don't worry though, you're very talented and he's the one who looks like a fool.
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Tayná Vale
What a horrible thing done to you, hope all is well now. Do not worry that the bad things that people do today returned to them sooner or later.
Keep doing your work is beautiful, do not be discouraged never trust you and you have great talent, and I'm sorry for what happened many victories going forward. :)
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Marcella Margareth
Ugh it's really sucks to hear something like this happened to you.. coz you have what it takes to be a model, photographer, stylish.. so, cheer up Rachel, me and all your fans really love to see your amazing works.. ^^ <3
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Jesuswannatouchme .
oh my god!
really so sad to hear.
unfortunately, a lot of people in this industry is not reliable, responsible or even fair and that kind of situations are happening so many times!
it's terrible, but it's true.
what was the brand you were working for?
i hope, everything will be ok.

lots of love,
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Emma SK
Dont listen to him! You are such a beautiful person and so talented. I love all of your photos! And I agree with Olympia, here in Germany an email that consists of an agreement for exchanging money for work (or other) is a contract. So maybe you still have a way to get the money from him, maybe not all of it but maybe a fine? :) good luck!
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Loriann Garden
Dude, I study law and if you have e-mails between you and this client you have a case. An oral contract is still binding in a court of law, regardless if he was happy with your work or not, a contract is a contract. I would go to a consultation with a lawyer, bring a print out of the e-mail,and I'm sure you can figure out a way to get your money.
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Azu R.
Wow...I just now read this. I don't even use lookbook anymore, but I'm very glad I read your story. I work in the creative field as well. My boyfriend does too. Although we've both had sketchy clients in the past, none have been as horrific as what you describe. I am so sorry you went through this! I've always admired your work. You have major, major talent...and you're gorgeous too :)
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