Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. Wedding DJ- A bit more formal and a lot more mic work involved.
Company party- Generally, the crowd is going to be very mixed in regards to age range, so you have to make sure that you're playing a lit bit for everyone. Don't just stick to what's on the radio right now.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. My most recent jobs were all weddings. One was in Virginia and two were in Maryland. Each one had a distinct atmosphere and crowd, but with my experience I was able to go with the flow. Personally, the best thing for me was that each of the bride and grooms had a great time. They all thanked me for my services and said that things couldn't have gone more smoothly. Additionally, a few of them also told me that they will keep me in mind going forward when they need DJ services, which is all I can ask for!
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. First thing I would advise is to not shop strictly on price. Regardless of the job you are posting there will always be someone quoting a lower price. Sometimes it is better to spend a little bit more in order to get someone with experience. I have DJ'ed over 100 weddings and each one has been different. I have needed to think quickly on my feet to ensure that not only does everyone have a good time, but it's done as safely as possible. Equipment also counts, a DJ who is cheap may not have the proper equipment for your job or they may have substandard equipment. Quality DJ's will spend the extra money to make sure they have great equipment that will sound great!
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. Can we meet? It's very important to meet on a face to face basis.
What type of equipment do you have? There is a lot of difference in DJing equipment. Do you want a DJ with the Kia or speakers or the Ferrari?
How many _____ have you worked? A more experienced DJ will not panic if things do not go exactly as planned.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. I am affordable, presentable and professional. I used to be a public school teacher, so I will have no problems speaking in front of your guests or giving directions to move your event along smoothly.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I enjoy working with people and working hard, so they don't have to.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Am I supposed to tip you? Tips are appreciated, not required
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. It really is not as easy as people make it out to be, especially if people want you to MC as well. There is a big difference between being an MC in a club setting and MCing a wedding.
Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?
A. I worked as a set up assistant for one of the most exclusive wedding DJs in Metro DC. It was such a blast that I wanted to start working my own jobs. After working for him for two years I was ready to start. He and I still keep in touch and I am always learning new things from him!
Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.
A. I had a wedding at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Silver Spring. The weather wasn't so good, so people were being a little bit lethargic and there wasn't a wedding planner, so I had to coordinate with the house staff everything by myself. At the end of the night, the bride and groom said a few of their guests had already told them I was the best wedding DJ they have ever seen. The music was great, the order that I played them in was great, and the bride took it upon herself to write me a very lengthy review, it was over 1500 characters long! She also said she will be recommending me to her boss for their holiday party.
Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?
A. I am always reading about what types of equipment will be hitting the streets as well as what music is hot right now.
Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?
A. Bluetooth technology. It will be great when Bluetooth gets to the point that I can do an entire wedding without running any cables at all.
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Work with a DJ who does what you'd like to do. Learn from them and see the behind scenes efforts involved with becoming successful.
Q. What is your greatest strength?
A. My greatest strength is that I do not crack under pressure. I used to teach 7th graders, they can be a lot more hyper and disrespectful than a crowd of adults.