Travis, I'm pretty new to the industry but here is some advice for ya, hope this helps:
1. Don't wait for things to come to you, go out and make things happen. In this industry we are lucky to have a lot of open-minded people in high places and there are a lot of opportunities out there, sometimes you have to make them, but I assure you they are there.
2. Its not who you know that matters, its who knows you. Try to make your first impression a lasting positive one. This way people are more willing to help you out/give you a shot.
3. Keep in mind while there are a lot of great people out there, this is a $$ driven world, like it or not. When seeking help/advice/job or whatever, make sure you make it crystal clear how you can benefit the person helping you out. Make sure they know whats in it for them in a tactful way. And ALWAYS say ‘Thank You’.
4. HAVE FUN!
PS Good luck and have fun