Do you think the answer has changed since last week or the week before? There is no get-to-be-a-professional-quick scheme, no secret knock to let you into the club. If you want to be a programmer, write code. It's up to you to find a project.
I'd say another good path is to get involved with a local Java Users Group. Also, some cities are harder to find development jobs - big cities seem to have more jobs (and a larger candidate pool) ... but more movement always helps when you have less experience.
Work in a big city for a year or two, then you'll be able to move back home and be the guy with experience.