...Is code I'm sure for must be willing to accept poor wages and conditions.
Anyone out there at the level of Experienced/Senior/Lead Artist level who believes they're well paid for the work they're asked to do? Would you feel comfortable supporting a partner, children and a mortgage on just the one salary for an extended period?
For serious folks, we, the people doing the work, set the market standard when it comes to wages, why do we put up with around 20% less than equivalent level jobs in other fields like Post production and advertising? Overtime without pay, why the hell is that still happening? You're not going to get anything for your effort you know, work ain't setting this worker bee free!
Studios are complaining that they can't retain their senior staff, and yet, maybe 1 or 2 Oz wide are actually listening to the staff and providing conditions that create an incentive to both avoid the poor management that leads to overtime and a benefit for folks who are needed when the inevitable extra hrs have to be put in.
I was offered a very poor salary once from an existing company in Melbourne with the admission that it was poor but that "We don't feel it's a wise to pay our staff too well as it could affect our ability to function as a company during the lean times". Honestly can't see the advantage in struggling to get by myself so that my very well paid boss can keep his company alive.
I'm really, really, really pissed off can you tell? Who else out there needs to vent?