...but as we all know I can always say more :)
Take Ron Swanson's and my own advice - DO WHAT YOU WANT. Stop thinking about the if's, and's, or but's. Just freakin' do it. If you love something more than life itself, why wouldn't you aim to go as far as you can go with it? The worst that can happen is someone says no, and then you just try again. Don't be afraid of rejection. It's no harm done. Keep getting rejected until you get accepted, you'll learn something new every time you do! And even if you never make it to your end goal, just enjoy the freakin' ride. If you love what you're aiming for then the road to the top will be just as fulfilling and fun as someday getting there.
The point is.........THERE'S NOTHING TO LOSE AND ALL TO GAIN.