Welcome to this wonderful world (and to the business, apply other adjectives). I think, almost everyone, when we decided to do the "JUMP", there are doubts, questions .. In my case, I have taken some workshops, (including bronze), and each one is a great experience.
Also your "business plan" is important, you take the workshop,
-do you will buy your own rig?
-range of cameras do you want to "fly"?
it's just some things to analyze (many more things). There are several incredible women operators, but in NY area, maybe you can contact KATERINA KALLERGIS,
( http://steadikat.com )
She is operator, also Steadicam instructor. Sure she can share experience and great information
My 2 cents
All the best