Be nice. Or else.
This is what I do as well. Always have every contingency in a legally-binding contract signed by your client beforehand. It protects both of you.
I would love to see a redesign contest here.
I have only worked at one (global) agency, and I was older when I started, but I only lasted a few months. The pace was frenetic, and not worth it, even if you're young and have the energy.
The other issue was that they refused to acknowledge that they are a software shop. Literally all they do was ship websites and apps, but they held true to the "agency" label so they could maintain the ludicrous schedules.
My advice: do open source or freelance if you want variety. There will always be more and varied work. Don't waste your youth on work.
Designers: do you find yourselves being asked for these kinds of states?
Our designers use GitHub quite a lot actually.
So much of it is done with JS and AppleScript, though.
In no particular order.
Lots of choices if you're going for the hand-written look.
Operator Mono might be nice too. http://www.typography.com/blog/introducing-operator
Who knows? Many of the typefaces he's designed are open source. This one may be in the future.
Also, the description on the link talks heavily about the visual openness of this family of typefaces, and other angles of "open".