Sometimes I think it would be a great idea to edit a book titled The Artist/Freelancer’s Guide to Learning the Hard Way. It would be full of pithy entries like such:
CHAPTER 12: THE GENTLEMAN’S AGREEMENT.
If the words “Gentleman’s Agreement” don’t strike fear into your heart in a professional context, then just wait until aforementioned “gentleman” turns around and rogers you good and hard with a splintery broom handle to the tune of $2000+ dollars. You heart will be properly filled with fear thereafter.