To get exposure and experience, I overbooked myself with unpaid and minimal pay internships. To avoid starting a career in something I didn't want to do, I got 3 full-time internships, in different areas of marketing.
Eventually after hustling and grinding my way to a half-decent resumé, I got my first job with a start-up energy drink company. Doing PR and copywriting for the company, I loved my first real job, and loved the people I worked with.
Then 6 months into it, we found out the CEO had been embezzling millions of dollars and falsifying sales numbers to investors and the company went bankrupt overnight.
Over the next couple years, I had my first exposure to online marketing, involving affiliate marketing, graphic design, social media, web development and influencer marketing.