Recently I've been getting a lot of emails from folks that are looking for animation work done, but the majority of them have never worked with an animator, nor are they knowledgeable about the animation process. I've been able to get a few nice gigs out of the lot, but most just don't understand the complexities that come with an animated project and the amount of work involved. I find myself having to draft these lengthy emails just to get them savy enough to a point where we can have an actual conversation about whether or not a project with them is doable (im a 2d animator and it's quite clear on my sites, yet i've repeatedly been sent examples of 3d animation of the work they want). More often than not they back out once I explain costs and/or the amount of time required. If I could ever do away with emails I would, but seeing that we don't have telepathic capabilities yet, what are some ways around this? Is it common to include prices on portfolio sites, or should I just include what the costs are in the first email back? What are some common experiences about being approached from people not in the industry?