DominatorJacquesOh, that's a tough one. I don't know the answer.
I'm sure one need to have super gear and know how to use it.
Need to prove yourself.
Then it may depend on who you know as well.
I'm sure it's a long row to hoe, but if it's your dream, pursue that puppy!
You schooling for it is a really good first step. Credit for that once finished will go a long way I'm sure. Good luck. (That helps too) (Right place, right time) (lots of money)
The first part here is kinda right, the second half is not correct.
You don't need "super gear" obviously you have have more opportunities if you own a red vs a t2i but no one just buys a red when they start. Also, renting gear is a very realistic option when shooting freelance gigs. Sometimes the client wants a certain product and they'll pay extra for you to rent equipment, but I think were getting ahead of the topic here.
OP you called my name out specifically so I will tell you my experience.
First off I went to school for business at first, then I switch to comm so I could graduate from college and pursue freelance videography. I didn't study film, I have friends who do what I do (even co workers) that studied film, they're pretty indifferent if their schooling helped. You learn lots of good techniques in school that could help you if you decide to brand out of skiing, but as for ski filming, the only way you can learn is to practice/gain experience. I also know plenty of filmers with zero schooling. TLDR school isn't necessary unless its something you really want to do.
I bought my first camera when i was 18, spent like 1200, what most people spend on their beginner setups now. I filmed my friends, made some edits, most of them sucked HA.
The next year I upgraded cameras, previous camera broke,i fixed it and sold it, didn't want it anymore, got an hvx (only because i had some cash flow from selling a snowmobile I won, couldve gone cheaper). Anyways, kept doing the same thing, I filmed some clown school edits that year that definitely got me alot of attention. Did that for another year and started to gain some relationships with brands.
The first brand I ever did anything for was surface, went out and made an edit with ware banks and josh bishop (when he used to ski) and they gave me a pair of skis. Yahoo! free shit, nothing better than that. This relationship slowly turned into them paying me some cash to make an edit at hood, free trip to film with them at the orage masters and then they paid me to film at surface week at windells. This is the classic way to work your way up in the industry, basically every filmer I know started out doing this same basic transition.
This then led me to working with ON3P in 2011, made my first spring edit with them, started with product and evolved into cash, i made a video for them 3 seasons in a row including a "mini movie" the last year.
But, the biggest turning point for me was being invited to join the NS producer program in 2011/2012. I made revenue on my views, I pulled in a few grand from the program that winter, the next winter I produced two series' for NS, 5 questions with and On Both Sides of the Lens. I got paid a pretty hefty amount of money at this point, like enough to support myself solely on the money I got from these series'. Before I usually had to either hustle some side gigs and part time jobs to continue to commit my time to doing basically "free work", everyone I know has done this and you will do this too. It can be a tough time but you just have to hustle through it.
The year after I made those two series' I got a job at a TV station in park city, all of my experience I had gained in the previous 4-5 years of filming brought me to a full time job. Now, that might not be your exact direction, I could have continued to hustle and do freelance work/series'/work for brand etc but I wanted to try something new and branch out of the ski industry, so I took this job. I still film skiing and do fun filming projects outside of work, I wish i could do more but when you have a full time job, you find yourself wanting to do things other than film in your spare time.
Feel free to message me if you have any specific questions man