it just goes to show. even if you don't get the staging job, and even if you don't think the client will ever call...you can still get a referral out of it! I had given a staging proposal to a builder to stage a large vacant home. The builder wasn't quite finished with construction, and he wasn't ready to hire me. I followed up several times, but he kept me at bay. I was ready to put his contact info at the bottom of the pile. Then bam!! He referred me to a local realtor. And it looks like that realtor is ready to hire me for a big job . My point? Whether it's staging, or real estate sales, or anything else...Don't give up on networking, even with the leads that you think are dead in the water!