I think the progression goes something like this.
You start tandem. Then you jump solo as many times as you can, or money permits. Then you get a job at one of te skydiving places, and you rack up the hours!! And experience. Them you start experimenting with base jumping, then do that for a while, and then once you have over 1000 skydive jumps, and 500+ basejumps, you suit up in a wingsuit...
Never take life seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.