What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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.
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.
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.