Hello, Hunter S. -
When I was in college majoring in theatre with an emphasis in Acting, I went into it cold and 100% inexperienced. The biggest factor that helped me along was meeting a lot of new people in the new city I was in (Northern California) . They were all actors, most with lots of experience.
We socialized all the time, worked on shows together and they were all a great source of my introduction to the field.
I also had superb acting professors who thoroughly covered all aspects of being the best actor you can be. There was a lot of support in this theatre niche which closely resembled a family.
In college, I took a series of courses in acting, directing, set construction, play writing , theatrical make up, mime, literature, costuming, voice (singing) , modern dance, history of the theatre and theatre promotion and management. It helped to learn all aspects of the field because one never knows ahead of time what job will be in their future. It also helps to be knowledgeable about things that your peers will talk about.
The strong socialization consisted of making very close friends which occurred naturally. After graduation, I was invited to stay with a friend in Hollywood until I obtained work and an apartment and that worked out well. I had a Bachelors Degree in Theatre and my first job in the career city was in professional theatre, in the promotions and public relations realm.
I was told that my degree was a determining factor in my hiring for that position as other resumes did not show the people had the degree. Although I recommend a Bachelors Degree in general, other jobs I obtained in acting or theatre did not require an actual degree.
Another thing that I did that helped me as an actor was that I took care of my health. Your body is your product, your brand as they say, so always do whatever you can to stay healthy.
Best wishes to you in your ventures into the entertainment industry !