Most Helpful Girl
Get on to as many sets as you can. Student films, local film shoots. Everything. I'm an editing student myself and it's all about the connections you make, the most unexpected people can get you a job. The president of my DND club is working on a film now and basically said "hey you're an editor you wanna edit for my film?" Which of course I do so now that's what I'm on.
Also get to know how to work every job on set at least a little, know how to set up lights, produce, run sound, and everything else so if there's an emergency for some lighting person and they have to leave for a day, you know enough to cover your shoot.
Most Helpful Guy
I've always had a passion for film making. It's not a career for me as I have another passion which I chose as a career. But film making is always something I enjoy in my spare time.
For you, I'd be getting as much experience as possible. Volunteer as a director's assistant on any local independent productions. Networking is HUGE. Get a decent camera (I'm a big GH5 fan personally). Offer your services for weddings, events etc and eventually aim to get some money from that. Start making some small low/no budget films yourself, use semi professional actors and actresses (there's plenty who are willing to do it for free when they start out). Get a show reel together. Eventually when you make an independent film that you think is real quality, send it round the festival circuit and see how it does - You may just be the next Tarantino.