I was originally planning on taking the tough route of starting from scratch, working for myself and building my own clientell. Out of the blue, my friend calls me up and tells me about a job opening at the studio he works at, and lo and behold, I got the job! It's at a high-end studio, so I couldn't be happier. Probably the best possible way to get my feet wet and maybe lead to a full time career at the studio. Also, I was contacted via craigslist to assist the occasional wedding. And comparing the work I saw on the guys site, the amount he charged and how often he was booked, I don't think working in this town will ever be much of an issue. I'm really surprised at how many people get into the field seemingly without any real working knowledge, without the right gear and with very little professionalism. Comparing my work (pretty amateur by my standards) to his gave me a much needed boost of confidence. It's been a good week, my car is getting inspected and will probably sell this afternoon (meaning I get to go load up on some decent gear finally and a much cheaper car that get's less atrocious gas mileage), I got a job and things are starting to look up. Happy days!