Buy a camera and pick up the phone. Eventually you're going to accidentally find a gig, then just learn from your mistakes...
Go to college for photography. I don't know where you live, but if I did I would suggest some colleges.
This is not a hard one to answer- find photographers you admire and respect and then try and emulate what they have done. This takes a lot of hard work and creative input- but if you do it you will have 40% of what you need. The other 60% is about being in business and that's the hard part- but if you really want it your commitment will be rewarded. Grant
You need to market yourself, a lot. Join networking groups. Advertise. Even bad photographers get work if they put enough blood sweat and tears into marketing. I know; I have seen their products when friends show me wedding albums.
I wouldn't say go to college for photography to become a professional as you can learn a lot from the internet and books. You need to practice shooting.
What you should study is business.
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