Jcaliguy saidI started my own business 4 years ago and it has really helped me out. I say make a logo, get some cards, grab a liscense and start marketing. EVERYONE needs a good designer, and if you can incorporate a website with print too. then ALL power to u.
This is what i ultimately want to do, however I'm scared I won't be able to produce a standard or something for a client and fall flat on my face, and with no help around me. End up in trouble... I've looked for internships but I don't qualify
I was a Graphics Technician for 18 years. I've done everything there is in the field throughout my entire career. I was lucky to have worked with some very big names. I was self-employed for about 6 of those years and signed some huge contracts.
These days work is hard to find in any field. I walked away from my business because the stress was killing me. You feel like a machine after awhile! I don't regret the challenges I had and I don't regret proving that I could get whatever I wanted in life. I just didn't want it anymore. Now I am going to school for music (general performance).
My advice is if you envision yourself doing this, do it! It's not easy, but it is not impossible either. I envisioned myself doing graphics at home on a computer a few hours a day while taking huge breaks at the bar across the street from my executive suite. It was fun and fantastic! I made it come true.
Someone here mentioned learning web and print... I'm going to take it one step further in letting you know video in addition to web and print is going to guarantee you a position in the field. Learn all you can with Adobe. Learn Quark. Maybe learn Multi-Ad Creator (a lot of news publications and magazines still use it).
Portfolio is key, but go ahead and cheat on it! I got my foot in the door of Petersen Publishing with a portfolio I designed using fake companies. It was still my work, but fuck em! You gotta be fierce in this field especially if you know you have more passion towards it than the rest of us do.
Best of luck and outcome. I would venture to say, the field can really take you places in this world. I did a ton of work in the action sports industry and really had a blast designing their catalogs. Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. It's your study time you put into it. Don't let discouragement lie to you about it's worth, because it will.