Hello everyone, I wanted to post my situation and some questions to see what people in the industry think.
I have been working for an indie studio remotely from home for about a year and a half now. All for free as a Props/3D artist. I have only the experience gained on this job and a 2 year game art degree. That is why I am working for free, to get experience, some portfolio work, and in hopes of our game/studio picking up funding.
That is the issue though, I work a full-time day job, and give any free time I can to this team and game. However, my lead artist has told me for months on end that were 1 month away from getting funding, or finishing our demo and me finally being hired on and paid a salary. No one else is getting paid, everything is still volunteer work, but I was just wondering if I am wasting my time and resources "getting experience" and "paying my dues".
I love working on game art, with a team, and contributing to something more than myself. That is why I am still here, also, in light of my dream to work in games and actually make a living off of it. So, thanks in advance to any advice or time anyone can give me. It'd be very appreciated as I am in a tough spot.