If this is what you want to do, you need to go to school for as long as possible, that's the first rule. Sometimes kids come to us and say: "I want to work in games, I love games and I play so many."
That's great and you do need to be passionate, but if you don't have the right diplomas, it's a waste of your time, this is a competitive industry.
So go to school, be passionate, be creative, be crazy! You are the future, so don't try to recreate the past. You are supposed to have new ideas and lead this industry forward.
The capacity to learn is a gift. The ability to learn is a skill. The willingness to learn is a choice.