Okay I'm back after reacting to this. I haven't read these recent posts though, so quickly:
Confrontation may be hard, but you'll earn more respect from people the sooner you learn to stand your ground, and others won't treat your talents and work with importance or respect until *you* treat them that way first.
I wouldn't make a big deal of the talk, just calmly and as simply as possible explain your reasons for terminating your current arrangement. If they respond with emotional appeals or anger, you know they were probably trying to manipulate you or at least do not view the relationship very professionally. If they respond with surprise and panic, they are probably good guys with poor management and finance skills.
Thanks, that's brilliant advice.
Shop these twats on your way out and do the industry a favour.
Let me know who these guys are by PM and I'll put the word out on a private industry forum for people to avoid.
I might do this. Not to spite anyone, just so I can definately feel like I'm not alone. I'd love to say I'm gettin advice from professionals, but it'd sound a bit stupid if they knew I was doing it on the internet.
"Apprentices under the age of 19 and apprentices who are 19 or over and in the first 12 months of their apprenticeship are not entitled to the National Minimum Wage."
I'm pretty sure at this point that I am on an internship. I couldn't tell at first because I was the only animator on the team and was working employee-hours. But I am.So what happened?
The boss was away for a week or so, and he got back today. We were talkin about feedback on some animation work and I said
"I'm gonna have to push back what I'm doing now if I want to work on this new feedback."
He said "Well you'll have to do overtime."
I said "We need to have a meeting." and then started talking about all this.
How I can't keep workin overtime for this much money, I'll never work weekends, everyone I know is laughing at me and my family think I'm an idiot for staying here.
He basically shot down everything I said with stuff like most apprenticeships last a year and pay nothing, this other guy works the same as me and doesn't complain, he knows people who can do my work for free etc etc. I should decide whether or not I want to work in games because it's like this everywhere etc etc.
At this point I'm tryin to work out what I'd do after I quit this job, and I'm pretty devastated that he had an immediate comeback to everything I'd thought of, so I went home to think about my options. I spent the rest of the night talking to family about my job.
Tomorrow I'm quitting. I need to make VERY SURE though that it's not because I can't do it or I'm not ready or anything, it's because it's not worth it.
I'm gonna have to spend the next HOWEVER LONG IT TAKES making indie games, keepin myself up, and jumping on every opportunity I have to contribute to a team.
Actually, to be 100% honest I'm gonna take it really easy for a while. My next game, Blastmaster Borris, is a good example of me taking it easy.
Check out I-smel.newgrounds.com to see me blog about this like a loser. I keep my composure at TIG, cos you guys all wear big-boy pants.
Long story short I'm telling them tomorrow that I need to stop working there, and they've got the next few days to pick up one of these industry professionals who work for free.