Getting a Fresh Start

March 6, 2012 by Dagan White

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It’s been a great year, it’s been a mediocre year, and it’s been a bad year. You’ve been up, you’ve been down, you’ve been turned around and even turned upside down at times. Sometimes things can be just plain crazy until you don’t know where you are or where you’ve been. Slow down a minute, take a deep breath and take a little time to reflect.

You have been a disc jockey long enough now to know that this is what you want to do with your life, but somehow, things have changed and you just don’t have a good grip on things anymore. Is it really worth the added effort to continue to work hard at what you love the most? Of course it is! All you need is a fresh start; a little reinvention and a new look at things to get the new year off to a new beginning!

I know that I have talked about it before, but there are times when we just get stuck in a rut mentally, emotionally, and even physically, as we seem to robotically do the same things over and over. A good friend once said, “A rut is only a grave with the ends dug out.” I know that is not a very pretty picture, but when you get stuck in that proverbial rut, you?re basically dead as far as new ideas or excitement in doing a good job. You are at your lowest ebb mentally and emotionally, and sometimes you might even lose your passion and joy for what you do, which leads to ?going through the motions.? Well, let this be the time to get that passion back, to invigorate yourself, to bring back all of the wonderful feelings that you had when you first started. The big question is, ?How??

TRY TO REMEMBER…

How about taking a little time to remember the things that moved you to first get into the business in the first place? I know that one of the things that moved me to become a disc jockey was my love for music. If, like me, you have been in the business for a while, ask yourself if the changes in the music industry have put a damper on your enthusiasm. We saw big changes in music in the 1990s and 2000s and it they continue unabated. Maybe you have had a hard time embracing some of the modifications and different musical tastes. This mindset could definitely impede your ability to do your job with the excitement that you used to have. It is good to remember the old adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In other words, the basics always stay the same, and music is music, from the old to the new. There are simply those songs that will move people to get out on the dance floor.

An example of this happened to me just recently. I did a wedding and reception for a couple in their late twenties. I figured that they would want a lot of music from the late 1990s onward. However, when I met with them at their final meeting, I was surprised to find that they enjoyed music from every era and genre. They chose Jive Bunny’s “In the Mood” for their Grand Entrance, and Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” for their first dance! At the same time, they had Lady Gaga, Adele, Black-Eyed Peas and Rihanna on their play list. During the reception, it did my heart good to see grandparents, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews all out there dancing to “Poker Face” right along with “New York, New York and “Kiss” by Prince. The point is that our clients and their guests are enjoying ALL types of dance music. Start getting a fresh attitude. Embrace the new as well as the old standards. Keep your mind open, because your clients will always surprise you, and learn to appreciate the role of all types of music to keep people out there on the dance floor.

PEOPLE PERSON

Another point to consider is this: When you first started out in your disc jockey career, didn’t you have a love for people and have the desire to create something extra special for them? Maybe, in this hectic world, you have lost that sense of having a true interest in each client. Make this new year a time to rekindle that feeling of love and caring.

We all know how important and special a wedding is. It is a one-time deal (or should be!) that must be done right the first time. There are no “do overs” for that special day. Take a look at what you do and your role as a disc jockey with fresh eyes.

Remember the things that you did when you first started your career, the excitement, the time you took with each client’s event, and the love and energy that you showed down to every little detail. You wanted to make it an experience that would be unforgettable, and you truly cared about every aspect of the planning and your performance.

Don’t let it become just another job! When you started, you really were enjoying every minute, including the work it took to arrange all of the details. You used your skills as master of ceremonies and entertainment director to prepare the guests for a fabulous evening. Your visions were fresh and new back then, but you can bring the same feelings back again! Besides that, you now have a vast amount of experience behind you that you have acquired through the years. Yes, you can rejuvenate your mindset and freshen your outlook beyond what you ever thought possible. Remember that it is not just another gig, but it is an opportunity for you to show the public what a true professional disc jockey is.

Bring back the passion, the love and the caring attitude that helped to get you where you are now. Your fresh start will come from looking at your beginnings, your very first fresh start. You may think that you have lost some of that enthusiasm and intensity along the way, but it is not really lost. It is a part of who you are and what you have become. Search hard for those passionate feelings, and make them come alive once more. Use them, along with the extensive knowledge and skills that you have learned through the years, to make a positively fantastic fresh start!

Please send any comments on this article or suggestions for future articles or questions to djcoach@mobilebeat.com. MB

Keep your mind open, because your clients will always surprise you

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