Well I am not too sure how I got to that, but I know and this pretty much goes for just about anything today, I started with film (video) and I always used P&S and for some reason I became very interested in still photography, so I went out and bought a rebel film camera, then first digital was the 350D with its kit lens, and I just started showing up to any event where it was 'okay' to take photos at, such as football games or sports at a high school, ext, and soon enough after repeatly going to this events I had a few approach me and ask me to send the photos, so I did, then I landed an internship then moved onto a photojournalism field, and just within these two past years I started taking professional concert photography and major international artist such as U2, or Ben Folds, I pretty much used the bull **** theory to get into that, a paintball sports photographer told me, b.s is a skill, and its a great one to learn! and wow, i don't know if i would be here today, pretty much i lied a little to get the photo passes, but then with my freelancing i made decent money then I was offered a position to AP Magazine, and some local free zines, I can't say I am proud of my lying but if you want to do it, i felt that it was the only way to climb up to the people that will actually see you. there is my life story in a nut shell, I do everything from weddings, professional paintball (which I shot in October the world cup, and broke a very pricey lens =[ ) Major touring bands, band promo shoots, modeling, sports of all kinds, and any event u can think of, I did go to school for photography at a community college for a few years and got a lot out of it, I'm not a huge photoshop person, once I take that picture not much happens in post production, and I think some zines like that "real" look to my photos,
Also, even if it doesn't pay offer photos to your local newspapers, they won't pay you, some might, but if you do it often and they like your work, you will probably become a photographer with a nice paycheck every week.
sorry I dragged this on forever, but if anyone is interested this video is from two years ago at the world cup PSP, I broke FIVE uv filters, just an example how dangerous it is to even be out there.
http://myspacetv.com/index.cfm?fuseacti ... id=3991306