What does it take to be designer? You certainly don’t need a degree to become one, but if you want to be a part of the club you’ll have to understand and speak the language as the bare minimum. This rings true for a number of professions across the board.
If you want to be a part of them, you must understand and speak their language.
It might sound exclusive, because it is. And it’s the same with how you found your way into your social circles, your internship, your college or university, or how you found your first freelance gig.
Once you familiarize yourself with the culture, the language, the practice, and the process, you’ll win yourself a ticket to be a welcome member to the family.