I Produce Electronic Music.
My day starts with a morning routine to get my mind right. This includes a cold shower, stretch, and 10 mins of deep breathing. I then write in my notebook whatever is on my mind (worries, concerns, goals, etc). Next I fuel my body with something nutritious and begin working on a project. I use Ableton Live and a few midi controls for production. After making a few rough beats to finish later I would work on mastering a project for a client and then get ready for a show I had later that night.
You must have vision. Some songs just seem to write themselves when I'm in the right state of mind. I know what I want to hear, now I just need to find the right tools to make it a reality. Networking is the most important skill you can have if you want to be successful, especially in the music business.
Here's the first step for college students
College isn't needed to become a Music Producer but it will give you some great resources. My school offered classes in state of the art recording studios where I was able to become familiar with some of the best gear and software in the industry.
"You have to be born with the talent to be a successful musician."