I ain’t afraid of no ghost, but they are REALLY frustrating.

Who you gonna call?

Well, apparently not the companies who’ve ghosted me recently! As a freelance graphic designer, my adventures often feel like I’m in an episode of “Ghostbusters”, minus the slime but filled with the mystery of disappearing clients.

Imagine this: you’re geared up, proton pack charged (okay, maybe just your laptop), ready to tackle some graphic design ghosts. You get an exciting email—there’s a potential client on the other end, interested in your creative expertise. You respond quicker than Slimer can down a hot dog, and you start to dream of the amazing work you’ll create together.

But wait, what’s this? After exchanging a few emails, discussing ideas, or even sending over a quote, things get as silent as the library where Peter, Ray, and Egon first encountered a ghost. Your emails echo into the void, your phone calls drift into the abyss, and you’re left wondering if Zuul himself has spirited away your client.

Now, I ain’t afraid of no ghost, but let me tell you, these ghosting episodes are immensely frustrating! It’s like setting up for the ultimate ghostbusting showdown, and then the ghost decides to play hide and seek instead. You’ve got your tools ready, your creative juices flowing, and then—poof!—your client vanishes into thin air, leaving you with unanswered questions and unfulfilled plans.

So here’s a shoutout to my fellow freelancers: if you’ve ever felt like you’re in a never-ending game of paranormal peekaboo with your clients, you’re not alone. We might not have proton packs to wrangle these ghostly clients back, but we’ve got resilience, a sense of humor, and the knowledge that for every ghoster, there’s a genuine client out there who values our work.

Until then, keep your P.K.E. meters handy and remember, when someone asks if you’re a god of graphic design, you say YES!

This post was written by James Kindred

Oh, hey! I’m James Kindred - a graphic designer in Suffolk, UK, and I run Fork: a creative consultancy for start-ups and scaling brands. With over 25 years of experience, I work with start-up and scale-up brands to develop their identity, collateral and brand strategy.

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