I try and show people whats going on in my mind.
Days are so random, shooting days are pretty much how you would imagine them. Get to set, put all the equipment together, make sure everything looks great and get the job done. But to get to that point it takes quite a bit of work. A lot of days are spent building ideas and concepts, trying to research how to get certain things done. Location scouting, casting calls, set building, wardrobe... there's a lot to be done for some photos to take place and sometimes it's just getting the right moment.
I learned how to take a picture from a book, but I learned how to be a photographer from living life. For me learning to be alone was a huge part of the process, it's a narcissistic, selfish, and lonely profession, the sooner someone comes to terms with that the better. You don't participate, you're like a wedding planner, you tell everyone what to do, where to stand, when to do it, you make sure everything looks great, but you're not really allowed to be a part of it, you're on the outside and looking in.
Here's the first step for professionals
Reputation is everything, word of mouth and reputation is how I get pretty much any work I have gotten. This is true about any job I have ever had not even just photography. The last actual job I had was working in an office selling satellite TV systems and I even got that job by a friend of mine telling the owner that I would make a good employee. I try to out do any expectations people may have of me so they essentially do all the work for me by bragging to other people about what I can do.
"People said nothing... Let me elaborate more, when I was in school everyone loved to pat each other on the backs and talk about how great each other are, but I never felt anyone gave any sort of honest critique."
I considered everyone liars. The better the praises I heard from them the more I knew they were lying. Deep down inside I think people have a general idea if something is crap or not. I would ask people at random what they would think of my work but would tell them it was by a classmate I disliked or it was something I found on the internet and liked. It's the only way to get something honest out of them.
I ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches everyday when I was on tour to save money to buy my first camera, and when I was first starting out I lived in a warehouse for years to save money for equipment, because it was the cheapest place I could find.