I actually started in the action sports industry. I grew up riding bmx with friends and bought my first camera when I was 15 with my first tax return from Walmart - a Sony hi8 camcorder. Man, that was so long ago! From there, I just always filmed friends and made small bmx videos. I ended up going to school to learn more about editing and my professor got me to stay a full 2 years and get a degree in Broadcast Media. Right after I graduated, I got an internship at a production company in KC. Mainly I shot and edited there for a slew of different docu-style pieces. B-roll, interviews, audio, lighting, you name it - I did it. I'm one of the lucky ones that got offered a job straight out of that internship and I stayed there for 4.5 years. After I left, I tried the advertising route and ended up at a big company in KC on their internal video team. I spent 3 years there and realized advertising was NOT for me. I entered the freelance world a little over 2 years ago and haven't looked back. Now, I primarily work as a 1st or 2nd AC, but I also cam op and am working on becoming a DP.
Don't give up. Things take time. You've got to keep learning and shooting and practicing. Advice I have to remind myself daily.
Well, with the pandemic, I'm trying my hand at writing a short film that I want to make while no one in the industry is working. Aside from that, I'm working on learning as much about lighting, camera motivation, and anything else I can to become a dp.