What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Education wise,...no. There is no education in going to a record store and listening to the new/used music and buying what i like or what i might want to play for a show/event.
But i will read up on new pro audio gear that is coming out and go to the music shop and play with them.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
This i have mostly covered in the main description above, but what i have left out is "travel" time. I honestly dont mind driving to your event, but if its hours away we may need to discuss gas options.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
When i was in my very early teens I went to my first concert "Pink Floyd" (Division Bell Tour) and i was in such awe that i knew i wanted to be a musician. Through the years I've been to several hundred concerts & festivals doing everything from going in the mosh pits to sitting in the top balcony and just taking it all in. In my late teens - early 20's i was in a band that incorporated a dj in some of our songs and i instantly was hooked on turning turntables into an instrument.
What types of customers have you worked with?
When i first started djing i would play at house parties, graduation parties and really anything i could get. Nowday's with the 10+ years of experience i find that i dj more wedding receptions, bar/club "resident dj" ( IE I'm the dj for the entire night at that specific bar or night club) or i will dj with music groups such as rock/metal bands or hip hop groups.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Any one can yell random things in a microphone and press play on a cd player for the Hokey Polkie. But it takes a skilled dj to keep a crowd going.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
All the behind the scenes labor & countless hours of practice time and money that goes into what we (dj's) do on our own time or leading up to an event. A lot of djs are dirt poor cause of this.