Profiles

Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about industry members, and other Djs. This is the location to find such articles.

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Social Network Marketing: Your Image

June 6, 2017 by Jesse Swanson
Social media, more specifically Facebook, can be the best thing and the worst that ever happened to the DJ industry depending on how you look at it. It’s given a platform for anyone to call themselves a business owner or professional over night. It’s also given us as wedding entertainers a very direct way to interact with our clients and build relationships. There are two sides to the coin and I know the opinions are all over the place. In this article I would just like to give some insight into how to embrace the technology and make it work for you. Facebook isn’t going anywhere so we might as well take advantage of what it has to offer.   The first things we look at when we visit someones Facebook page, read more]
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Rock Star Performance with Jason Jani

May 28, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Do you feel stuck doing the same types of gigs for the same types of clients over and over? Do you want to play at events that are bigger, better and more fun? Do you want to party like a rock star and get paid for it? When we think of improving our performance as disc jockeys, we tend to focus on the mechanics of our events: better playlists, better transitions, better introductions, better gear, etc. But there are also mental, spiritual and family sides to achieving rock star performance. Each one of these can have a huge impact on our ability to exceed our client’s expectations and get booked for rockstar level events. More importantly, excelling i... [read more]
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The Thing about Forums

May 27, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Summer is almost here and wedding season is in full swing for most of the country. The majority of us have jam packed calendars between events and meetings. When DJ's get busy, forums get even busier. I belong to several forums (public and private) that cover all sorts of DJ related topics. For the most part, these forums provide a wealth of good info and tips. Unfortunately, some of us forget that the main purpose of forums is to share ideas and help each other get better at our craft. After a spending any amount of time reading posts, strands and threads on various forums a few main personality types quickly emerge over and over. Some a... [read more]
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Driven to Mobile DJ (and Photo Booth) Success

May 24, 2017 by Mike Ryan
Stephanie Crooks is a DJ and photo booth operator, and to say she is also a dynamo is an understatement. When I contacted her for an interview, she got back to me with answers to my questions within a few hours—by far the fasted turnaround for all the pieces I written. The driving force behind Stephanie Crooks Premium Soundz DJ Service in Pittsburgh, PA is an inspiration, proving that we can accomplish much if we put real energy behind our creative ideas and dreams. Mike Ryan: You started DJing in the 11th grade, did your first Wedding in your senior year and today you do close to 50 weddings annually. Sounds like you have the energy of the battery bu... [read more]
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Comedian Don Grey On The Funnier Side of Performing Better

May 10, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
We all know that engaging our audience is a crucial part of having a successful event. The ability to properly use humor is just as much a learned skill as any other in our bag of tricks. But the fact is that some of us are just not as funny as we think we are. There is hope though. I sat down with comedian Don Grey recently to get his thoughts on how to effectively use comedy to make our performances better. It's no joke: According to Don, comedy is serious business. MikeC: Hey Don, I appreciate you taking time out on the ship to sit with me. How long have you been doing comedy for Carnival? DonG: My pleasure. I started on Carnival back in 2... [read more]
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Wedding Wire’s Sonny Ganguly

May 10, 2017 by Mobile Beat Staff Writer
Mobile Beat president and publisher Ryan Burger met with Sonny Ganguly, another featured presenter for the Mobile Beat Las Vegas event, happening in March. Here is some of their conversation, about his company, Wedding Wire, social media and marketing in general, and some specifics on his MBLV21 keynote. Ryan Burger: Sonny, tell us a little bit about yourself, how you joined Wedding Wire and your history before that. Sonny Ganguly: Yep. So we’ve been doing Wedding Wire now for 10 years; we’ve hit thatmilestone. I think all of us on the founding team of Wedding Wire, we came from different paths and technology and corporate America and somehow ... [read more]
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A Word with Paul Oakenfold

May 9, 2017 by Mobile Beat
A quick chat with an industry icon... who you can meet if you come to Mobile Beat Las Vegas, March 13-16, 2017, at the Tropicana... Ryan Burger: We’re at Casa de Oakenfold, I guess we’ll call it. Do you have a name for your wonderful place? Paul Oakenfold: I do. Stamford Bridge Recording Studios. And this is where all these films you see, all these posters on the wall, are films that I’ve worked on, either scored or done cues for. These are all the DJ awards I’ve won, and my soccer awards. And here is half of my record collection... R B: Half your collection—every- thing from Woodstock, Beatles, Grace Jones; Madonna... P O: Afrik... [read more]
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Book of the Month: Unshakeable By Tony Robbins

April 28, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
If "macro" and "micro economics" and "fiduciary" sound like items on an Indian take out menu to you, don't feel bad. Understanding the world of finance, the stock market, and planning for retirement is mind boggling. My eyes just glaze over any time someone starts "speaking" math. The hard truth is that in today's world of an uncertain economy and individual retirement plans, one has to be very savvy and knowledgeable to get ahead of the game and have financial security. Super lifestyle guru Tony Robbins' new book Unshakeable decodes the financial gibberish and double-talk of Wall Street into a navigable plan of action for financi... [read more]
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Should I Go Full Time? Pt. 3

April 13, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Welcome back to Part 3 of “Should I Go Full Time?” series. If you haven’t read Part 1 or 2, make sure you’re caught up before proceeding to Part 3! In Part 1, we asked ourselves the question “Is THIS the right time? How do I know if this is the right time?” and in Part 2 we went through 4 questions that should help you determine whether you have the necessary equipment and consistent gigs to help you make the decision to go full time. Now, we will talk about how to keep your full time status, and tips to prevent you from having to retreat back to part time to supplement your income. Staying visible. Be open to smaller jobs! Smaller jobs more often than not lead to bigger jobs. This will prove that you’re willing to go above and beyond to work with your client, and that it’s not j... [read more]
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Your Reputation Is Everything Part 3

March 20, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Welcome to the 3rd and final part of “Your Reputation is Everything!” Series! So far we have covered some of the basics on why having a good reputation is important, and how to set the foundation for a long lasting client relationship from the very beginning. Now we will discuss out of the box ways to to maintain client relationships! Yes, an email follow up after the event you worked is always a good idea. But let’s go deeper! There are so many different kinds of activities and fun gestures you can do for your clients that will make sure you are always first in their mind when it comes to their next event. Open House BBQ! If you just got new equipment that you’re dying to show off, consider throwing a BBQ and inviting current and past clients. It will encourage networking and you’ll have t... [read more]