First, now is a great time because the market is so terrible! If you learn to survive now when pickings are slim imagine how you would do when we have a real recovery.
Second, most of the agents in the business now are either the ones who were already in before the bubble or those who are serious about the profession, the fly-by-nighters have long since faded away. I find I've saved myself a lot of grief the past few years since I didn't have to deal with new (see: inexperienced) agents where I did more than my share of work to make sure a deal got closed.
How do I know you are really an agent?
I have learned a few things. A lot of it the hard way. It is a shame that I know more about real estate than some professionals in the business do.
Frankly, I think it's a little late to get your license now. Better to have started last year so that you could get some experience now that the explosion in sales has started.