I'm trying to improve my skills and don't have any steady orders so I figure I can compete in cake decorating contests.
Does anyone know of any or how I can find out when there are some in NC?
I have cake dummies and will practice on those and take pics for my album. I want to make jaw dropping cakes like the ones that look like a tv or bananna split, etc. Can't afford to make and give away.
Any suggestions on how to improve my skills without just giving cake a way?
I am not sure what your question is. Are you asking if there are cake contests in NC?
As far as improving your skills, if you are not wanting to give your cakes away, using the dummies will be inexpensive.
You could participate in a throwdown here There are always people looking for someone to compete with them.