There is definitely some advice I can offer you on this.
Firstly, I can tell you that, if you're serious about this, you should consider moving to your market, like mentioned above. On the East Coast of the US, that market is based in New York, DC and Miami. But since you only do hair, like me, you're most viable option (and the best anyway, as far as I'm concerned) is New York. It's possible to build a career that leads to Elle, Vogue and large commercial clients without being in New York, but it will mean constantly traveling here on easily a once or twice weekly basis.
Next you have to build a rapport with the people that can get you the jobs that you want. That means contacting agencies and artists you admire to assist. Make no mistake, you will have
to assist and you will do for a long time. Even after you've got regular commercial clients and major publications, you will still be assisting artists who are bigger and more prolific than you. It's just good business. It keeps you learning, it keeps money coming in, it keeps you on the radar of bigger and better projects, and, if you're trusted, that person will one day hand you jobs that they're too busy to take. I've had the privilege to be assisting Johnny Lavoy for 3 years, and he has given me opportunities that I wouldn't have dreamed of when I first started stumbling down this road. Even though I have my own clients and have been published a substantial number of times, I'll stick by him until I'm just too busy, because he's taken me across oceans, gotten me on national TV shows and given me strong connections to one of the most successful hair care companies in the world. If you're competent, efficient and have a good attitude, the right person will gladly do that for you.
You also need to know that getting in Elle, Vogue and other publications of their rank, with few exceptions, takes a long
time. I have been doing editorials for 5 years and I have assisted for Marie Claire, Vogue and Elle, but never done a shoot of my own with them. You're going to have to shoot and shoot and shoot. Test up and up. You have to build a solid book focused toward the market you want to work in. I can give you a critique via PM on that if you like.
You can also continue your bridal business in New York. I do a lot of bridal myself, and am the lead stylist at a fairly successful bridal company here. This will be a great moneymaker for you while you fight through the trenches to get to the top of the fashion food chain. The bridal market is very strong here and very competitive. A good artist on a high end wedding here can take home upwards of $5000 from one event. Again, it takes a lot of time building a reputation to command that, but even newer artists to the city can make a good living at it.
Hopefully that gives you some food for thought.