Disk jokeying is a very creative field and being a DJ is not as easy as it may sound; it is much more than simply playing music at parties. A lot of youngsters who aspire to be a DJ fall out as quickly as they started out in the industry mainly because they don’t have the essential skills required to be successful at the highest level.
If you wish to be a DJ, you need to have certain special skills to be successful in your career. The important skills required are listed below:
One of the most important skills to be successful in your DJing career is to have keen ears for rhythm.
Another important skill required to attain great height of success in your DJing career is to have good interpersonal skills and you must be able to network well with the people. You must be energetic always and must also be able to motivate people around you. A positive attitude is quintessential to be able to bring out the enthusiasm while you are belting out music from the DJing equipment.
You must be technically sound; you need to have the ability to hand the latest DJing equipment. You must keep yourself abreast with the latest technology and DJing trends. ‘Last but certainly not the least’, you need to have the creative skills to mix music together and create a soothing, entertaining music with panache.
Qualification Criteria: While there is no formal educational qualification required to be a DJ, the important thing is to have an extensive knowledge of crowds, music and DJing Equipment. Apart from the knowledge of music you need to have a penchant for producing your own music. You can also train yourself to work on different computer DJing software programs. This would hold you in great stead in the course of your work as a professional DJ.
Remuneration: Mostly, DJs are self-employed and the salary they earn is very flexible; it mainly depends on your popularity and the demand of your services. There many DJs who earn a 200 – 500 dollar for a couple of hours of work. Usually, the remuneration for DJs are fixed on the hourly basis and the best time to earn maximum money is during the weekends when people love to go out partying and look for the best DJs around the town to play music at their party. Although, the earnings in this field can be inconsistent at times, you can earn a handsome income if you are able to network well and have the music skill to enthrall the audience and make the dance to your tunes.
Responsibilities: One of the main reasons why people hire the services of a DJ for a party is that they are held responsible for making the crowd at the party dancing and enjoying for a long time. This implies that as a professional DJ, you must be able to accurately gauge the mood of the people and play music to suit the mood as well the taste of the audience. It is best advisable that you use different kinds of music to keep the mood of the party high and engage the audience to music.