I'm not a Professorial, but I'm trying to get into art school.
From what I've read on forums and other sites:
Breaking into the industry, you need to have connections. You can be really skilled, but if you don't have any contacts then it will be hard to break in. The art schools in California have great connections, the school gets big companies to take a look at their students. Getting your first job is about timing and luck. Know what the industry is looking for and when. Companies would look for strong art background and versatility. Time management is important.