Everyone can use a little inspiration. Especially those of us in the entertainment business who need to continually find creative ways to stimulate audiences. But it’s easy to fall into the rut of time-worn habits. We could all use a creative makeover to do things differently sometimes. DJs spend a lot of time learning from other DJs but true evolution of your DJ skills and outlook may require you to look outside of the DJ community to discover unique ways of approaching your craft. If your eyes and mind are open enough you can discover new things about stuff you do everyday that can get your creative juices flowing enough to lead to real creative growth and increased income as an entertainer. If you find your creative energy sagging along with bookings and income, it may be time for an inspirational fill-up. I’ve talked about some of my personal sources of inspiration before, most notably live theatre. Here are a few other non-DJ sources of DJ inspiration:
Art exhibits – Awaken your artistic inner DJ by visiting your local museum or arts festival. Seeing how other artists approach their work can help you see things in new ways – most importantly your own entertainment. You might be inspired to experiment with how you “perform” for an audience or your overall visual presentation.
Social Media – No, not the DJ forums on Facebook or the plethora of other DJ blogs online. Try something different like Pinterest, Instagram or just stumble through Stumble Upon. Many sites like these are designed to inspire creativity. Not only will you discover things that other people (future clients?) think are cool, but you might also get cool musical ideas or even ideas for new entertainment products and services to meet the ever increasing demands of clients for “something new”.
Comedians – I’m always fascinated at how comedians prepare their material and rehearse and refine it. Night after night they face their fears of falling flat on their face in front of hostile audiences and get up on that stage anyway. Study their timing and delivery of funny lines. You may find yourself incorporating their rhythmic speech patterns into your own delivery.
The Gym – Nothing clears the mind and energizes the body more than a good work out. It’s been written about a lot before, but regular exercise will always help your stamina during long hours on a job and just help you feel better in general. You may also want to try different physical routines to help spark creativity like yoga, swimming, hiking or biking. The point is to try something different to stimulate the brain along with the body.
Writing – Journaling, or song writing, poetry or any other type of creative writing. Even if you think you don’t have a creative writing bone in your body, just the act of journaling or writing creatively frequently can help as you prepare your introductions and announcements.
“Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower. Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possible can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.”
― Kurt Vonnegut
Where do you find your creative inspiration?
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