This is pretty much the exact advice I give to people.
Also: to find different art directors and publishers and studios if you don’t already have some in mind, look at the client lists of artists who are working in the field you want to work in. :)
Extra tip: if you speak any languages besides English, your pool of possible commissioners just got bigger. Research the market in countries other than US if you’re able to (you can probably contact these people in English anyway, but researching their contact details might prove difficult).
(I don’t usually post this stuff on this blog, but this seemed like a good time to make an exception)
It’s also important to update your portfolio sites while you are in school…also show different charities of skills too…so that you know what kind of diff skills you can offer