Everything in nature is a complex combination of color, texture, contour, shape, balance and expression. To be able to duplicate flora and fauna you have to create and capture as much detail as possible. If you cannot draw it, sculpt it, shape it, and paint it, how do you suppose you will successfully reproduce it? Taxidermy without artistry can never be anything more than a bizzare form of tacky upholstery with horns. Artiistic talent is the foremost ingredient to becoming a competent taxidermist. Taxidermy supply innovations have made the process of doing the upholstery fairly simple. But then again, we can probably teach a chimpanzee to stretch a skin over a form easier than we could teach him to upholster a couch. I think the days of being able to pass off junk to the public are coming to an end. The level of work at many competitions is now reaching hyper realism and quality. We are beginning to see higher quality in upper level commercial work on a daily basis as well. The artists are widening the gap between themselves and the upholsterers. You may want to reconsider jumping onto taxidermy as a career just because you like to "hunt and fish." It's really all about the artistry. It always has been about the artistry but now it is much more obvious.