I produced Sylk Magazine for more than five years. I stopped shooting to occupy my time with other things and now I miss it.
My success as a photographer has been that I only work with people I can connect with. That said, I like to meet with people before shooting. Your skill level is not a factor for me, a good many of the models I've worked with were just starting out.
1. I do TFP.
2. Before asking to meet take a look at my work first (bashquandry.com).
3. There is no #3 but lists look funny with only 2 items :-P
I've shot a LOT. You can see pretty much an entire history of my adventures on bashquandry.com