I'd say go to every competition you can and be willing to come in last place. Talk to the Judges before and after the competition. A little humility goes a long way.
There's several events right here before the season.
Be willing to drive to Arkansas.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."