I see alot of posts on here refering to competing to achieve the status of being a professional. .. This implies that to BE a professional you must have some ribbons or awards on your wall...Otherwise your just some backyard wannabe.. What about people like me who dont have time to compete? I refuse to take time out of hunting season, and the rest of the year I am raising my birds and hatching etc.. Meaning I cant very well leave the house with chicks coming out of the incubators each week. During hunting season I shut down my incubators but the rest of the year I cant really afford to. I have a back order 2 years long for some of my birds.. So what about people like me who just flat out dont have the time to compete? Lets say 10 years down the road I have built up some clientel and IM doing real good producing some great work.. IF I dont compete does this mean that I should get less value for my mounts then some guy that won a ribbon? Or does it mean Im UNprofessional? I dont understand why so much is placed on having that ribbon on the wall. If your good your good. Your paying customers will let you know... None of the taxidermists we paid to mount our deer ever went to any shows, most were word of mouth, and all came out rather nice. The last guy we used had in mounts from New Zealand and his stuff was on display at local hunting stores and at the Expo.. AS in he was INVITED to display his work at these places... So IM just curious why so many people imply that to be GOOD you have to prove yourself by winning at a show....... Does everyone on here actually compete?