New to this forum. Recently decided that school wasn't the path for me so I'm stumbling my way through as a freelance lighting designer in Kansas City. Lucked out and have a good amount of experience in road houses, community theatres, professional theatres, and working with a local production/rental/install company. Hoping that I made the right decision in not going for that bachelor's and getting more experience instead. I currently have a gig as a semi-resident designer (don't ask) at a TYA theatre and finding that the worst problem I'm having is getting screwed on money by not having my own contract. Do most freelancers have their own contract? Or do they just argue the fine print in contracts given to them by the theatre (or what sparse contracts they provide) The plan is to move to Chicago and continue there. Heard that there is a bigger market there than here in KC. Eventually move to New York and see if I can cut it in the big leagues, but that's a few years down the road. Also thought about touring, but don't know how to get in besides backstagejobs.com. Anyways, love this site and I keep finding great advice and information. Finally a forum for techs.