The most valuable experience you can gain is to assist a photographer in the particular field you’re looking to work in, learn how they run their business, how they run a shoot and manage and collaborate with a creative team on set.
That paired with work in creative agencies will give you experience whilst working with seasoned pros.
A foot in the door as a production assistant or in any way you can could give you a kickstart that could take years of trial and error alone.
Hey Brooke, I've spent nearly 7 years in the creative industry plus I've got my own business in which not only do I help businesses but individuals such as yourself. If your interested for more information lets connect? :)