Well, it was acually yesterday, I guess. Anyway, he was super cool. I had heard some things on here about certain photographers being really annoyed by us amateurs, but this guy was super nice, and talked to me for like an HOUR! He was showing off his new toy, a EOS 1d mark III (shoots at 10fps...wow), and his 14mm L lens (that isn't a fish eye). Anyway, I asked him how he got to doing what he does, and he says it was the only thing he was ever good at, even from the age of 12 or so. But when I asked him what the best way to become a photographer myself was, he told me to be persistent, and also told me, "good luck." He said he used to do portraiture for catalogs (Bass Pro Shops) but the industry is so saturated now, he makes a ton more money freelancing for nature magazines (has done a cover or two for Field and Stream) than he did in studio. Anyway, this is a somewhat pointless post, but if any other noobs like me were getting a little downtrodden about the prospects of being a pro, there's always some hope. Its not impossible, its just difficult, and anyone who has enough love for the shot should follow their heart!