Many people have a passion for music, but very few are able to turn that passion into a job. This is especially true for DJs.
Many DJs start spinning and mixing as a hobby, playing a few events here and there, often without pay, with the dream of turning it into a full-time gig. Most never realize their dreams because it takes a lot of hard work, dedication, and a little luck.
It takes the right insider knowledge too.
Here are three expert tips that will help you take your DJ-ing career from a part-time thing to a full-time dream.
The Right Equipment
When you first get started as a DJ, you should use whatever kind of equipment and software you can get your hands on. However, if you want to turn your DJ talents into a real career, you’re going to have to invest in better equipment.
The question is, what equipment is best?
There are tons of choices, so you have to do your homework. Look into the best VST plugins and check out reviews online. Ask friends if you can give their equipment a spin, or ask for a recommendation from another DJ.
Quality equipment isn’t cheap, so making sure you choose a high-quality piece of equipment that you’ll actually enjoy using, and that fits your budget, is extremely important.
Make Some New Connections
If you really want to take your career to a whole new level, you have to create some new connections. It’s important to make connections, no matter what business you’re in, but it’s especially important if you’re a DJ. After all, the only way you get gigs is by knowing and talking to new people.
Even if you aren’t DJ-ing a particular event, attend anyway and meet some new people. If you’re hanging out with someone new, don’t be bashful. Let them know you’re a DJ! You never know what kind of opportunities or people they may be able to connect you with.
Expand Your Horizons
Chances are, you have dreams of becoming a certain kind of DJ, but did you know that there are many different types? A few include:
- Party DJ: This type of DJ is completely mobile and often found at weddings and other celebrations
- Club DJ: The best gigs are for residents, but many DJs make a good living being a guest DJ at various bars and nightclubs
- Radio and internet DJs: When most people think of DJs, they think of radio DJs, but many have found their way to internet radio stations
Be willing to try a few different DJ-ing gigs. You may find that you prefer the club to a bar mitzvah, but playing a wide variety of events is the best way to get your name out there.
Patience is key. You likely won’t make it big overnight, but with these tips and a little perseverance, you can turn your full-time DJ-ing dreams into a reality.