If you’re thinking about becoming a DJ, there are several things to consider before getting started. Make sure that you’re doing it for the right reasons, first of all. Like any facet of the entertainment business, you have to be in it because you love it. If you’re just in it for the money and fame- you’re going to experience a lot of disappointment! That’s not to say that money and fame won’t ever happen for you, but you have to look at yourself as your business. If you want to be able to support yourself financially while doing what you love, you have to put in the same amount of time and effort as you would launching a new business.
One of the first things you need to do is decide what equipment will be useful to you. Don’t feel like you have to spend an exuberant amount of money when first getting started- if you can only afford to work with what you have, that’s okay! A laptop will work just fine! There are plenty of beginner programs that you can utilize for a small price or even for free when first starting out.
If you do have some extra start up cash, consider investing in equipment that you can use, but could also work for you in the future. For example, photobooths! Photobooths are frequently requested for events so having one on hand could push a client to hire you over another DJ who doesn’t have one available. You get paid more, and you don’t have to do any extra work! You could also rent out the photobooth by itself to other DJ’s or clients! Eventually the photobooth will pay for itself and start becoming it’s own stream of revenue. This could essentially mean getting paid for multiple gigs in one night.
Start showcasing your content! Your immediate circle of connections is always who you want to reach out to first. But only do so when you’re ready. Send your friends, relatives, and acquaintances only your best work. Don’t rush into “getting yourself out there”. Be patient, professional, and prepared, that way you don’t sell yourself short or waste a contact that feels like you’re not ready.
Lastly, remember to be YOU. You will get noticed by being authentic, and bringing your own unique vibe and sound. Don’t try to be “another” version of a well known DJ. Make your own sound, and you will get noticed.
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