Are you considering a career as a DJ but you aren’t sure if it’s the right path for you? It can be tough to know if DJing is for you, but here are some signs that it might be:
You Love Music
This point might seem obvious, but every great DJ loves music and they get into the field because they want this passion to be their career. Those who get into DJing for the money or notoriety are often disappointed and end up quitting. You have to be passionate about music to be successful.
When you’re starting out as a DJ, you might be tempted to share music that you think is the most popular. But it’s important to share music that you genuinely love. If you don’t, people will feel it. There’s an audience for everything, so don’t be afraid if the music you prefer is less mainstream.
You Don’t Mind Investing in Equipment To Get Started
Starting a career as a DJ requires some investment. You need to practice, so you need to have your own equipment. Whether you buy your equipment brand new or you get deals on used equipment, you can expect to spend at least a few thousand dollars.
You Recognize that DJing is Hard Work
The love of music and the right equipment won’t get you anywhere if you don’t have the right work ethic. DJing is not easy. Creating your own music can be fun, but it’s also hard work. You’ll need to spend lots of time practicing and perfecting your skills before you ever make a dime. And often, that’s not the hardest part.
You’re Willing to Market Yourself
Even after you’ve mastered the skills necessary, you still need to market yourself effectively enough to get bookings. That means you need to be networking and getting your name out there. It can be tricky getting your first gig when you don’t have any experience, but try to find a venue that is owned by someone you know or by a “friend of a friend” that is willing to take a chance on you. It helps to create a brand around yourself. You want to be known for something specific. Once you are, this part of the job will get much easier.