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Audio Training and Practical Business Thinking Will Boost Your DJ Career

10 DEC 2012
Career Path : Arts and Entertainment

Becoming a professional DJ is a high prestige career in entertainment, especially for people who love music, but breaking into the field and getting paid enough to do it full time can be difficult. In order to succeed, like most independent artists, you will become your own small business, with your talents as the product. With lots of competition, take advantage of the fact that many DJs receive no formal audio training, and consider a DJ school or even music classes to improve your sense of beat and rhythm, and always strive to get yourself noticed. You will also need to view your career strategically, picking work that pays and builds the right contacts.

Gaining professional momentum takes time and work, as well as tireless self-promotion, and lots of less glamorous experience will help. You will be doing free gigs to build your reputation and on the job audio training, but for money, a wedding or a Bar Mitzvah may not seem as exciting as a seat in the booth in a popular nightclub, but paid gigs will be worth the effort. Not only will this help defray your investment in your tools and audio courses, but this will also give you practice responding to the mood of your crowd and let you build up a resume of proven reliability and happy customers.

As a DJ, you will be working with lots of expensive equipment, so for a return on your investment you need to know how to get full value out of it. You will have to consider the acoustics of your venue, and when you’re starting out you may need to do all your own set up. Audio school takes out a lot of the guess work, so the cost of audio courses, as well as being a tax declarable business expense, will save you money by allowing to deliver high quality faster to impress your clients, and let you master music fundamentals, an essential difference between amateur and professional. You’ll also meet likeminded people in your classes for lasting partnerships.

Audio Engineering School can also be key to finding a role in a related, well paid field such as audio technician. It may seem to be a step away from your dream, but any audio training will allow you to work with sound and make industry contacts. Whether venue owners learn about your skill by how well you manage set up, or other DJs rely on you for your assistance, they will share insider tips to develop your professional skillset and help you promote your skills.

Of course audio training and hard work are only one part of your future success. Don’t forget to research your choices for DJ school and find a reputable program. If you consider all these factors and invest in yourself, you can develop a solid business as a professional DJ, with all the potential for fame and the ultimate job satisfaction of doing what you love.


Visit Trebas Institute for more information on enrolling in a DJ school.