Anthony Bari Jr.
I'm a digital firefighter.
On a good day at work, I go home without a voice. I've talked circles around everybody and people have retained at least a good chunk of what I've said. That's a good day.
Communication is huge, and it's not always something they teach in school. A book can't teach you how to relate to people; you can only get people skills by interacting with other people.
Here's the first step for high school students
The best thing I ever did was buy my own camera and just start shooting. Then I bought my own computer and learned how to edit. If you have all the tools, you can go ahead and make the mistakes while you're learning. The more you make those mistakes, the more you'll be able to anticipate what people need, and what kind of problems you're going to run into next time. Above all, put yourself out there humbly. Don't try to chime in on everything; sit back and let people teach you something.
"Is that really what you're going to do? You're going to do this?"