Good advice this.Hi Eldon! I've been trading around a year so I'm no expert and completely new to this forum.
I think that it's important to be well-educated before opening a live account. I also think its crucial to practice with a demo, even though a lot of people skip that step. Keep in mind that demo accounts are good for practicing skills and strategy, but they don't really cover the money management or psychological aspect of trading. Still, it's worth it to start out and to potentially learn some lessons that will save you from losing money. Good luck!