What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
We are a member of both the National Association of Mobile Entertainers and the NJ DJ Association and attend meetings regularly where we exchange ideas and experiences as well as stay current on the latest cutting edge equipment and music. I also run several blogs and facebook "members only" pages where the same as above takes place. I regularly attend at least 2 DJ conventions per year as well to keep current.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I have performed in various bands from the time that I was in my mid-teens to present. I sing lead vocals so I was always comfortable being in front of a crowd with a microphone in hand hence the transition to the DJ business was very natural for me.
What types of customers have you worked with?
Ice Cold Entertainment has done literally thousands of jobs over nearly 20 years. We do virtually every type of party and we do it to perfection! We have entertainers that are the perfect choice for your affair whether its a wedding, bar/bat mitzvah, sweet 16/la quinceanera, anniversary, birthday party, prom/project graduation, corporate event/fund raiser, etc.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Ask questions. i.e. What experience does the entertainer have? Are they insured? (Do you REALLY want to be sued if something happens at your event as a result of the DJ's actions and they aren't insured?) Are they affiliated with reputable companies and/or organizations? Do they have professional equipment as well as equally professional back up equipment? Do they have reliable, well maintained transportation? (You don't want your DJ breaking down en route to your affair because he's driving his '95 hatchback with 400K miles on it!) Also give some detailed information about your event. (This will help give an accurate quote.) Above all else, be realistic with your budget. A true professional is not going to provide quality entertainment at any affair for what amounts to minimum wage. Do you really want to trust the success of a "once in a lifetime affair" to an amateur with substandard equipment? (Many of these bargain basement DJ's use equipment which in NOT built for the rigors of transporting. How would you like to have your DJ's system break down 5 minutes into your event without any back up systems? What does that mean? It means your party is over!) What if your DJ does not even show up? Don't think it can happen? I've heard it happen MANY times! For your own sake people, spend the extra money and ensure the success of your affair! Above all else POST YOUR budget on this site! When we professionals bid on these events it costs us money. I do NOT bid on events that do not post a budget.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish people knew exactly how much work and expenses go into doing this job properly and professionally. There are so many amateurs in this business who have done a lot of damage to the quality and overall reputation of my profession over the past few years.