I highly suggest that you hook up with a team and wash dishes, help out, etc before you spend your money competing "cold turkey"
There is a sticky thread at the top of this forum for folks looking to mentor with a team.
Here is a link to it:
Good Luck with whatever approach you take.
"Flirtin' with Disaster" BBQ Team (RETIRED)
FBA and KCBS Cook and Judge.
Former owner of a WSM, a Smokey Joe, a Charbroil Commercial gasser (junk), the legendary "StudeDera", a Fast Eddy PG500, and Sherman.
Now cooking with a Yoder YS640
Proud Pellet guy cooking on real wood.