Oh! Don't be intimidated!! Needle felting is such a great craft and it really is easy to be successful even as a beginner!!
When just starting most needle felters work on a foam pad - that's fine for starting out, but it is not the best work surface (a Clover brush mat is). Cover the foam pad with flannel. Eventually the flannel will need to be replaced, but it helps to prevent the foam pad from grabbing fiber. Don't felt TOO firmly - that's a common mistake beginners can make.
I'm a lifelong artist. I grew up with artists. I have studied art formally, but I learn best when I teach myself and I am very thorough when learning how a medium works. I also tend to think that people want to make their own projects and not copies of mine so when I share information it's meant to be useful for any project you might make.