Re: How did you start?
I started not long ago in grade 8 highschool shop class and took an immediate liking to it. Personally I love the amount of creative freedom in woodturning.
It takes a while to get to the point where you are happy with your pieces but is very rewarding experience once you get there.
My advice to you would be to pick up a good starter lathe (A Beaver 3400 is a good choice) and learn as much as you can through books, magazines, articles, videos, and most of all other turners.
"To become an able and successful man in any profession, three things are necessary, nature, study and practice."Henry Ward Beecher