What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
The main thing I do is listen to the radio a lot to keep up with the most current and popular music to add to my collection. I typically update my library a couple of times a month so I'm always assured of having the songs people are listening to today. In my opinion, the days of vinyl records are gone which is why I incorporate iPod and laptop technology into my sound system.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing system is not complicated at all. I charge $300 for the first 4 hours for a party and $500 for the first 4 hours for a wedding because weddings are much more involved. Of course, when the holidays roll around I do charge slightly more...especially for the "prime" days around Christmas and, of course, New Year's Eve. I am also willing to negotiate with clients who may have a limited budget to work with.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
As I stated earlier, I got the "d.j. bug" at a young age when my parents gave me a tape recorder at the age of 10. I started doing play-by-plays of football games, recording music off of the radio and playing t.v. show theme games with my family. I guess you could say I was hooked then. After a 4 year stint in the U.S Navy, I decided to go to college and major in communications...specifically t.v. and radio production and direction. A professor of mine recommended me for a job at a local radio station and the rest is history.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I probably do more weddings than any other type of gig. They're more work than people think if you want to do the job correctly. You have to coordinate eveything with the bride and groom and work very closely with the wedding coordinator, photographers and caterers. That's why I typically charge more for a wedding than any other gig.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
I recently did a pro-bono gig for a local doctor who was celebrating his 90th birthday. I met the woman who coordinated the whole event at a Piedmont Professionals meeting and figured that, even though I didn't make any money, this man deserved an enjoyable evening with his friends and associates and thought it would be great exposure for my business. I had a very enjoyable time and made some excellent contacts in the business community.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Do your home work. Don't base your decision solely on the d.j.s fee. Meeting with the d.j. before you make your decision is a great rule of thumb. Be sure that you feel secure and comfortable with the fact that you are choosing the right person. It's up to you to decide if the d.j. is just in it for the money or whether he/she really cares about doing the job properly.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I wish customers knew that being a great professional d.j. is almost a calling in life. It's something that's quite fulfilling and can be very challenging at times. I quite enjoy doing crossword puzzles...it's kind of like that...you're presented a puzzle and your mission is to figure out the puzzle. When you figure it out it's a great feeling of accomplishment.