It can be difficult to break into photography and there are limited opportunities out there, but the best way to get noticed is to stay active. Photograph whenever you can and start building a portfolio, and you should also apply for work experience with professional photographers; pleading for them to take you on.
Photography is about building contacts and if you let your local photographer know you’re out there and looking to get you foot in the door and gain some photographic opportunities, then they will come; it just takes time.
Breaking in to photography has never been easy and many people give up and go it alone. The majority of professional photographers are freelance, and there is absolutely nothing stopping a young talented photographer from starting their own business, just make sure you get your portfolio sorted out first.