Hi all. I'm just sharing my feelings here as a newbie, and I would like some consolation/advice, whatever you think will be useful for me right now. I picked up this design/art job about a week ago, designing a wedding card for 2 older acquaintances (they are pretty high-ranking professionals while I am a very young emerging artist). We met up for a drink, and I promised to show them something by the end of the week. That week, I actually had to fly off to another country for a family trip (grandfather passed away) and I texted them the next day that I had to extend the deadline by 2 days. I apologised deeply for that. However, their next reply was to fire me on the spot. They said that I could have told them that I was travelling, which I admit that I did not as I thought that the design could be done before I fly off (so why need to tell them anyway?), and they said i didn't see this task as important. That they can't rely on me as well. I thought it was very harsh, but it made me feel really bad because they had been fair and nice throughout. I apologised even further, admitting that I was overconfident, and underestimated the duration needed for the job. They said that they would be giving the design job to someone else, but their wedding is happening in three weeks!!! It would be difficult to find someone else to do the job for them in that short time span. So I offered a reconciliation, saying that I would still do the design and send it to them. That, if they liked it, we could work something out. But they maintained their stand and coolly told me "don't bother". From my standpoint, it was not a rational decision they were making. Anyway, I've decided to give up as well. I just wish that they can find someone who can do it for them. I didn't even offer a reconciliation because I wanted the money.. it was so that things wouldn't be as difficult for them. In the first place, don't you think it's rushed to have your wedding 3 weeks after you work things out with your graphic designer? I don't blame them, I know that I'm at fault for 1. not stating the terms properly, and 2. underestimating the time needed for the project. I'm also quite sad that whatever friendship we had, dissipated within 1 text message. They didn't even give me time to explain. Could you tell me your opinion of this, and other advice you can give me?