As an editor whose job includes commissioning photographs for publication, I have two suggestions if you're serious about making money in photography.
First, learn to love Photoshop. You'll need that skill wherever you work.
Second, learn grammar and spelling. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but the few words you'll need to write captions, proposals, etc. better be in good English if you expect to be taken seriously.
You aspire to a highly competitive profession, and you should aim to be the best. Start out with a college degree and a job in photography. There are millions of free-lance photographers out there, and while a very few make a decent living, most don't earn enough to buy their next meal.