Michelle Jubilee’s Answer
check out the courses available on Lynda.com and start learning all about mixing, producing, arranging fro $25/month...excellent course. Create a good-quality at-home studio with a reliable computer, DAW (digital audio workstation...i.e Pro Tools, Logic, etc), and some good plug-ins so that you have options for great sounds etc...sTart creating your own catalog of beats AND Instrumental tracks...Learn how instrumentation adds to the meat of a song. So far, some of the most consistently successful producers and musicians I've met are all graduates of Berklee School of Music. I'd check them out. I'm also a huge fan of my undergrad school UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI - great school, campus, excellent teachers, and a great connection for when you graduate. Also good is Full Sail College in Florida. You don't need a degree to become a kickass producer, but learning the ins and outs of the business by taking some official music course as well as music business courses will help.
Your tenacity, determination, and dedication to constantly building your craft is what will make you great...don't just go for "making beats" and think the simpler path will grant you success...it rarely works that way... Work smart, love and build your craft every single day, and start making your service available to build your experience.