Hey you! Are you interested in working with people and potentially selling your craft and/or skills? I've found an excellent example of how to illustrate yourself as emotional, unprofessional and a complete hassle to work with.
Seriously. Usually my apathy is intense, but to see someone act this way and then turn around and proclaim the entire world is immature and hostile is just an unbelievably sad way for a new commissioner to behave.
You want to make money selling to other people? Grow thick skin, evolve some manners, and a reasonable amount of patience. Tactful communication skills wouldn't hurt either. It's not a matter of age or seniority, it's about respect and flexibility between yourself and the client. Maturity isn't just about age. It's about understanding how you act and deciding if you want to take the appropriate action needed to either better yourself as a person or act completely unprofessional.Here's a perfect example of the latter.
Wouldn't you love to buy from someone like this and potentially encounter the same experience?
Here's the run down. The first two journals portray one of the most disrespectful ways you could verbally attack your current
buyer - let alone on your own DA journal. I understand wanting to vent if you are frustrated with the situation or your current client, but to do so in a completely public place where you advertise is not only short-sighted, but very detrimental to your own reputation as a commissionee. It does not look classy, and will most likely chase potential buyers away. No one wants to commission someone who disrespects not only them, but their desires as a commissioner. Sometimes, it can also invite unwanted backlash. Which brings us to the third journal. It details how one might decide to react to negative input based on an undesirable past experience, i.e.. publicly insulting a previous client. Thankfully, I'm a nice enough guy to keep the evidence totally anonymous. I do not encourage anyone to go out of their way to find out who this is, by any means; it is not what's important here, the lesson
I'm not against being harsh and outspoken. And at the same time, sometimes it takes a little discomfort and criticism to mature and grow as a person. I know I've needed it before, and still do sometimes, and I am more than willing to offer it to others who have been in a similar position as me, age aside.
All in all, I wish the best of luck to anyone who wants to deal with the sometimes stressful, but always rewarding, experience of selling, commissioning and generally working/interacting with others. Please avoid letting your negative emotions dictate your actions as a seller (or just a person in general), and enjoy yourself while testing your current limits and skills. Remember to always, always, keep communication open and pleasant. Shutting off another person is only shutting off yourself. Sometimes things seem uncomfortable, but rewarding experiences are rarely pleasant the entire way through. What matters is the outcome and how you feel after conquering your challenges.