When I started doing taxidermy I purchased a couple of elk racks from a taxidermist. When I picked them up he asked me what I was going to do with them. I told him I was taking a class and eventually wanted to start my own business. He said "taxidermy is great, until you have to make a living from it". As I left those words kept repeating themselves and by the time I made it back home I decided I would continue to pursue my present career and put the taxidermy business on the back burner until I was good enough. My instructor at the time asked me "when do you think you will be good enough?" That was in 1987. I have made a good living from my original career yet continue to pursue the perfection of that mounted and painted fish. I have gotten better over the years but have yet to come close to most of those I have seen on this site. But that's what keeps the pursuit alive for me. For me it's the "passion" not the "profit". Am I sensing the same from you?