I recently hooked up with Lifetouch Photography and as of next week, will be one of their new school photographers. It's taking school portraits, ID cards, some senior portraits, and candid shots at sporting events. The position itself is pretty basic and won't pay what I was making at the last customer service job I had (except for the candid work), but the experience and the skills to be learned will compensate for that. I'll get more hands-on with studio lighting techniques and portraiture... something I don't have a ton of right now.
In addition that, but I won't have to sit at the same office everyday, listening to the same mundane/moronic/drama-ridden co-workers, won't have to be on the phone with customers 40 hours a week... all of which is a bonus. I'll be in a different place every day - most of which should be pretty local to where I live.
The position is full-time seasonal... meaning I will have more than enough to do at the beginning of each school year, but will eventually taper off late in the fall/winter... and will pick back up in early spring again. It's full-time, but not so much that I won't be able to keep up with my freelance projects. And weekends will be mostly free.
So there it is. As The Boy puts it... whenever you do something as a 'profession,' it's means you're a professional. Whether or not that's true, given my history with projects and education I've got entirely too excited about... I'm reluctant to think this will be my "dream job." However, I think it's certainly a step in the right direction.