Please Understand that while their are some good people who give great advice on this site, their is also a mass majority who dont have a clue what they are talking about and are honestly probably in the same boat as you are just with more posts under their belts. So read at your own risk. So with that being said Ill give you guys/gals some real advice.
1. Have fun- make no since in getting all stressed out and bent out of shape because you think someone is better or because you are afraid you wont make it. Truth is not everyone will make it, but there are also people who live pretty comfortable making music behind the scene. Not everyone will be a RZA, a TIMBALAND, or KAnye WEsT. So just have fun enjoy, get out find vibes from different places i.e The Club, The Park, The mall. Then go home and work on some music. Hip Hop wasnt created in someones room it was created in a park in NY lol.
2. Be Thankful- Dont worry about having the best gear. Be thankful that technology and the age we live in has made it affordable and start with better equiptment then most of the top producers started with. Its not the maschine its the man behind it ( i had to learn this the hard way). I know a guy ( NO LIE! ) who makes dope a$$ beats using an old playstation 1 and the old "mtv music generator" game. You wanna know where producers get there crazy sounds not from all this great equiptment. They use there imaginations, listen to music YOU DONT, watch movies YOU WONT, and get ideas and sample wacky things. EVerything in life is trial and error, from your first baby steps to you first big hit. Shit the Rza used to borrow his friends equiptment and jus rock out with some T. Tables and a sampler that sampled like 8 sec. (Harsh) alot of us would crumble under that kind of pressure lol. So enjoy what you have and learn to make it work in the end when you do get all that money and equiptment, i bet your bread and butter will still be a version of the maschine you started with or something similar.
3. Rome wasnt build in a day - Need i say more everything takes time, learning, technique, experimenting, growth, and understanding. All of those thing take time, so if you dont love it then leave it for someone who does cause you only kidding yourself and wasting your own time and money.
4. Who do you know- Get to know your cities underground scene. Become a face and a name, cuz nowadays its alot about visual and perception. Be knowledgable in your field. Would you hire a lawyer to defend your murder case who didnt know his stuff? No. So have fun reading blogs, hanging out in the scene i.e (parties, shows, school, mall, you name it). ANy where a possible contact might be lurking. Its funny because just saying the right name will sometimes get you in the door. Be professional from you facebook page to you email address. But most of this stuff comes once you have something to market, take the necc. time to perfect you craft. I have a theory that good music is good music and everyone loves good music. But once you have that, who you know will become a factor.
If you have any further questions feel free to post and i will answer what i can with help im sure from other ppl on the site.
P.s - Dont waste your time with ppl who arent serious. It will only hinder you in the end. Link up with good, positive people with similar mindsets and interest and build relationships and remain humble no matter what success you find.
LOVE and most importantly PEACE