Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.
A. I help my clients by sitting down with them and talking to them about what they have planned out for their special occasion. I create a list of songs from music that they want to hear. Weddings take a lot of time to plan. You have to plan out every detail with the client to make sure that the right song is played for the right moment. From the Wedding to the reception, to the start time and end time, and everything in between. Every song has to be the right song at the right time.
Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.
A. Back to School Festival at Forest Chapel Methodist Church 8/11/12.. 2nd year there. They have an annual event to give out free school supplies for the kids in Forest Park.
Jackie Kirley's Back Yard Bash in Oxford 8/4/12 ... 2nd year there. Reunion for the people who line danced at Rodeo's that was located in the Forest Fair Mall. Also know as Metropolis.
Chris Campbell Family reunion 6/30/12 Referral from another customer. They have a Family reunion every 5 years. DJ & Karaoke Provided.
Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A. I would prefer that they would hire me. In the event they choose another DJ. Look at how he presents him or her self. Does he or she take time to get to know you? Is he or she willing to take time to sit down with you and plan out everything with you? Is the persons appearance offensive to your guest? Does he or she have references or referrals? How long have they been a DJ? I have heard horror stories and witnessed first hand DJ's that played music that was inappropriate for the occasion. Christian events are by far the hardest events to DJ cause you have to go through music and make sure it is non offensive and not full of swear words.
Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?
A. What experience does he or she have.
What kind of music can be provided.
Does he or she have References.
Planning a Wedding takes a lot of planning. You should meet up with your DJ at least a month before your event to insure every detail is the way you want it. Every song should match what the event is going on at the time. Make sure your DJ is knowledgeable about his or her service.
Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?
A. Being a DJ is more than just playing music. It's entertaining your guest and interacting with them. Playing music that you and your guest will enjoy and dance to.
Q. What do you like most about your job?
A. I love all kinds of music! And to have people come up to you at the end of the night and tell you how pleased they were and how much fun they had always puts a smile on my face.
Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A. Do you have this song? Over 90% of the time the answer is yes! Knowing ahead of time what people like helps me to choose what music I get. There is always at least 1 song someone ask for that I don't have or hadn't heard of. I always write down the song and I make sure I have it the next time I DJ. There are nearly 50 to 100 songs that come out every month and it's a challenge just to get everything. The top 40 charts are not always the songs that everyone wants to hear.
Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?
A. I spend hours on planning out every event I DJ at. I don't just go to an event unprepared. I find out what people are about and I work with that. I have about 100,000 songs and spend days just going through music planning out what my customers like and want to hear. They start out by giving me a list of music they like and then I go through and pick out other music that is popular to what they are wanting played. It's not easy picking out the right music and it's a challenge I have enjoyed. Pays off when my customers have me DJ other events for them or when they tell others about me.
Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.
A. Birthday Event - $250.00 for up to 4 hours
Wedding Event - $350.00 for up to 4 hours
Holiday Event - $300.00 for up to 4 hours
Reunions - $300.00 for up to 4 hours
Back Yard Parties - $250.00 for up to 4 hours, Customers must provide a tent or shelter.
Fundraisers and Charities - $150.00 for up to 4 hours
Addition Charge is $50.00 for each additional hour over allotted 4 hours.
Other Services available. Call for prices
Also can provide Lighting such as laser and strobes for Disco parties - $50.00 extra
Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?
A. Becoming a DJ is expensive. Having the right equipment is only part of being successful. A good DJ spends around $2000.00 just on equipment then add the expensive of the music & CD's. You may go weeks at a time with no active work. You have to devote most of you free time to planing events. You have to be able to stand in front of a live venue and make announcements. If you provide karaoke you better be able to sing! It's not a fast way to make money. You won't be able to quit your day job. You have to have a place to store your equipment. Can spend hundreds of dollars on advertising alone. You must love all types of music. The list goes on.