Ugh, I hate to talk about myself, I will stick to some pointers from my ...well career for the lack of a better word.
-Started photography as a hobby
-Worked in a Pet-Photostudio for half a year (what did you believe where those cute cat calendars come from hu?) where I learned to work under pressure...and that hamsters are a suicidal bunch.
-Moved on to a food and industrial studio for 1 1/2years where I learned a lot about lighting and technique...and also that there is such a thing as eating to much chocolate (our main costumers at the time where part of the Sweets-Industry of Nuremberg)
-Finally moving to Berlin to attend a Photography School, can´t recommend the school stuff, but can recommend any environment the brings you in touch with Artists, Dreamers and Creative types.