bhill2.01. Starting off try to Intern/Work for free to get a grasp of what a real production is like ( be persistent in following up w/ people)
2. Be fun but be a hard worker
3. Attend events in the field you want to work in. Be a networker. Don't be afraid to introduce yourself to anyone, people appreciate that stuff.
Great advice. Following up is crucial and more often then not (if approached tactfully), appreciated. I can't even begin to list the number of unpaid projects I've worked on over the years. Interestingly, many of those have been the most fun and satisfying.
Networking can definitely be tough. Overall I'm a somewhat introverted person but you really need to escape that to be successful. The more you step out of your comfort zone and deal with success and failure, the less you will be afraid to do it more in the future.
The best advice I ever received was from my first video teacher in high school, he's single handedly responsible for my love of video creation. I owe him everything. His advice was to never turn down any opportunity. Obviously there's some exceptions to the rule (ie. "hey come film my nieces birthday party, you'll get free cake"), but who knows even some bullshit like that could lead to an awesome gig haha.