Find a great school where you’ll learn a lot of skills that will make you a professional (emphasis on professional) graphic designer. Draw as a way to express your ideas and work out creative solutions. remember you’re a problem solver and solutions provider. Take part in as many paid internships that you can to learn from people with a great industry reputation. Read books and articles on design, listen to design podcasts, watch design videos, see the movie Helvetica, attend meetups, seminars, presentations and lectures on design. Leran everything you can about type. Do design tutorials and completely immerse yourself in design after all its all around you, you just have to open your eyes and see.
I am not a visual designer but I do work with several visual designers in my day-to-day as a marketer. I would suggest looking into AIGA. AIGA is a one of the largest professional membership organizations for designers (visual, graphics) and they have several local chapters and student groups which you might find helpful. The student group is focused on college students but I bet that they would provide you with a lot of information and possibly introduce you to people in your area that could get you involved in volunteer activities. This is the site:http://www.aiga.org/
I had the same though when I took my first computer arts class my Senior year in high school. That summer, I took several design, media, computer courses at a local city college to feel out the classes. It was there that I really knew what I really liked to do and where field would fit my personality. I think that would help you.
Good luck, Vivian
You can begin with taking a few online courses to ease your way into the industry. I am currently taking online classes through UCLA Extension- studying Design Communication Arts. This has been a great program with fantastic instructors! I have found the coursework to be fun, challenging and engaging .
Check it out: https://www.uclaextension.edu/pages/fos/ArtPrograms.aspx
when it comes to graphic design It never hurts to start early. While in high school, students should take classes in art history, drawing, graphic arts, and website design. They can put their emerging skills to use designing. Graphic design requires a good eye and a creative mind, but also tantamount is the development of solid practical skills
EARN A DEGREE IN GRAPHIC DESIGN
There was a time when a graphic designer could get hired strictly on their creative portfolio. Today, however, most employers are looking for designers with a more complete and well-rounded education – the kind only a college degree can provide
Not all Graphic Designs require an internship. Having a Practical Experience helps in the Presentation in the Portfolio.
CREATE A COMPELLING PORTFOLIO
A good resume is an important aspect of any job search, the biggest asset to someone looking for a job in graphic design is an impressive portfolio. A Graphic Designer will require a Resume, but the employer will understand the applicant’s ability through a Portfolio.
Graphic design is a constantly changing and developing field so remain current on new and updated computer graphics and design software programs, which are in a near-constant state of evolution.
Secondly, during you working period, you can get different experience and a lot of art work from you. You can create your personal pages to show your design and you will get some feedback form internet.
Thirdly, you can consider your business when you consider that is a right time:)