So last week I made a journal entry about not getting paid for work I had done for 6 months, and not being on contract in order to defend myself. I asked if anyone had experienced this before, and I had an overwhelming response, thank you for your advice and support! I read all of them.
Pretty much the consensus was:
A) burn the guy and expose him for being an asshole all over the internet
B) just post the work I did and claim it as my own
C) be wary of exposing him and his company since I could be liable of damaging their reputation
D) Use the email conversation as a paper trail and threaten him with it
What I ended up doing was giving him an ultimatum that I would show the work in my portfolio and claim it for private use if he didn't send me money in a week, so I waited...
and I got paid! FINALLY.
Although, I am a little disappointed because I wanted to show people what I was working on...
Then again, I DO like getting paid and it was a substantial amount of money.
Is there a moral to this story? I don't know. I mean, I did fuck up royally by not signing a contract, on the other hand I still made out with what I needed by threatening to use that lack of a contract against him. Dealing with smaller clients has proven to be difficult, but it gives me the opportunity to do concept work instead of illustration like WotC or Fantasy Flight usually want. I will definitely write up a contract for private assignments for future confrontation, don't make my horrible mistake.