Here's an interesting tidbit - As many of you know, I'm a rare case of an under 18 professional photographer. I started a few years ago, and now I've made a fairly decent name for myself, not to mention a very strong book for someone my age. Well, on Thursday I got stopped by the woman that works in my High School Career Center, and was yoinked into her office. I got seriously chewed out, mainly because I'm working without a work permit, something that exists to add another element of control over fairly self-sustaining teenagers. The problem is that since I'm freelancing, I can't GET a work permit - They are only good for salary jobs. When I told her that my grades are fine (3.7 GPA), and I pointed out that my photography was obviously not getting in the way of my schoolwork... That I was just doing it now to make money for college and to get a resume going before I go to college, I got yelled at for talking back, and that freelance jobs aren't available to people my age due to "legal constraints". I mentioned that by that logic, a kid couldn't mow someones lawn for 5 bucks, because that is work without a permit, too. Well, the lecture I got from her after that was pretty much "the work permit exists so you won't get injured or cheated out of your money" (Which is a crappy argument given I make about 35 dollars an hour on a job, three times as much as the normal high schooler, and that I've never been injured...) Simply put, they want to stop my career from progressing until I'm 18. I've been told that I'll get an In-House suspension every time I'm caught working without a permit again and that any one who employs me will be subject to legal action. So, I'm not totally sure what to do in this situation. I could keep working, and take it to the school board/county courts, or I could just put my photo career on pause and work on the fine art stuff I do for fun. Meh... Any thoughts?