Hello, I'm trying to make the jump from analyst to trader, but am having a tough time finding an opportunity to make the move. I'm currently a macro strategist at a small HF. I was previously a sales assistant at a BB bank, in commodities (mostly metals, some energy), but wanted to move into trading so took a chance at joining a small hedge fund as a macro strategist (with a substantial pay cut), with the hope that I would be able to move over to trading. However, I'm still finding it difficult to break into trading here, as the PM is really the only trader and I am not sure that will change. I'm 26 years old and I've been actively trading futures in my PA since freshman year in college (mixed results at first, but have become more and more consistent over time). Would it be a good idea to try and go out on my own in order to build a record? Would building a real 6-12 month track record of full-time trading help me? I have been keeping a detailed paper track record (not allowed to trade my PA intraday) of my trade recommendations, some of which are implemented at the fund. Would a trading firm take such a record seriously? What do I need to make the switch? Would I be able to land a position with a prop trading firm without a multi-year professional track record? I've spoken to a number of large HF's but the few that are hiring would not talk to a trader without a track record. Really not sure how to make this jump. I'd appreciate any advice you could give. Thanks.