Almost all successful stylists have interned for other stylists in the past. Most internships are unpaid, but the knowledge you gain is priceless, and in most cases if you are a great intern, you'll get a paid job as an assistant. This is a step you can't skip, you'll need references along the way—and these people can do that for you, especially if they've got connections. That's why it pays tomake sure everything you do is your best work. On the bright side, you'll make a lot of new friends... who are mostly inanimate objects like garment bags, rolling racks, and steamers.