Firstly, sorry if this question is off topic. I thought this would be the best place to post it.
I'm a teenage composer. I've written a few orchestral pieces before, and I also am fluent at playing a variety of instruments. I'm interested in getting into conducting, however, I see no way that anyone would allow me to lead a volunteer orchestra without any previous experience (with no degree etc.).
Am I just trying too much too soon? Should I give up hope, or should I ask some volunteer orchestras around if they would consider me as a conductor? We have several adult and youth orchestras in the surrounding area. Is there any way to get experience in conducting without a degree in music?