Edit: Thanks to those with helpful advice. I suppose I have a step by step course of action.
Hi, I don't know where else to put this thread.
I'm an art student in college, wanting to do game art. I was hired by a startup for a game artist job.
Except it wasn't a job, because I wasn't getting paid. They said they would eventually be able to pay, great exposure, etc. I was just excited to get a foot in the door. We did a few games with my artwork in them. To be fair, no one else in the company is getting paid atm, because... startup.
I did read that thread at the top of the forum about working for free.
Naiive, I kinda know, but this was my first job. They're all nice people but I need to just... get out of this situation. They want I should make more game art though. There is a contract. The contract has technically expired. I have been with them a little over a year.
I'm wondering: How do I gracefully get out of this? I tend to be awkward at these situations and I don't want to be, please help! I would like to take internships and co-ops at other more established companies. I don't want any "owed pay", I just want to get out of this situation. I feel... I've made a bit of a mess.
I sent an email to the head of the startup, but didn't get a response. Every day that goes by gets me nervous.
Thank you for any help you are willing to provide.