Yes absolutely hold off. Any pain or discomfort should be mild when performed correctly. The more important issue is that you should never get pierced by someone you don’t feel comfortable with or trust. It is your health and safety after all.
Take some time and do a little research. I bet you can find a reputable piercer you could make a short trip to go and visit. Read out Choosing a Piercer brochure and it may help you find a piercer who can give you the industrial experience you really want.
You can also check the APP member locator to see if there is someone you could commute to.