What It's Like to Be a New York Wedding DJ
People constantly ask me what it is like to be a New York Wedding DJ. Let me tell you this: it's not easy at all. Today, I will tell my story of how I became one of the most sought-after DJs in the New York/New Jersey metro area.
Being a DJ for hire can be a stressful job and it's not for everyone. However, for those who love music and enjoy talking with people on the phone, this job might be the perfect fit. Every day is different in my line of work which means you are always getting out of your comfort zone. One day I could be playing background music at a small wedding while another I could be playing at an all-night banger in Brooklyn. The good thing about being a DJ for hire is that I don't have to do one thing all the time, but I do have to stay up-to-date on all the latest tunes if I want to stay relevant in this competitive market. Another challenge of being a DJ for hire is that there is no steady paycheck. You either make enough to cover expenses or you end up paying more than you earn! So just because you're a great DJ doesn't mean money will automatically flow into your bank account every month. In order to become successful as a Wedding DJ, you need to be constantly working hard by promoting yourself online, doing street marketing and networking through social media channels like Instagram. Finding jobs is difficult too since most venues prefer booking DJs they know over ones they don't so sometimes its difficult to find gigs. But the greatest challenge of being a Manhattan Wedding DJ is probably being able to keep up with the high cost of living. As you know, New York is not a cheap place. If DJing is your full time gig you have to put in a lot of work before it can become a steady source of income.
The best way to get your first gig as a wedding DJ in Manhattan is probably by word of mouth. Reaching out to friends and family, it is usually easiest if they know someone that needs a DJ. You should also be active on social media like Facebook and Twitter because people are much more likely to hire you if they see that you're in demand. For DJs, the competition can be tough because there are so many talented DJs fighting for gigs. Under such competitive conditions, the quality of your work will likely be the only thing that sets you apart.
Manhattan wedding receptions can be quite diverse. You might be partying with uber-hipsters at the Red Rooster, dodging vomit at an Irish Pub or rocking down with Taylor Swift fans at Madison Square Garden. But one thing they all have in common is that they need music! A wedding DJ will typically play dinner music for the cocktail hour, and then mix it up for dancing during the reception. According to my experience, no two weddings are the same. My job is to make sure you are having fun and dance your butt off while celebrating this milestone event.
The best part of being a Manhattan wedding DJ is watching people dance their hearts out at the end of the night, thinking back to all the work and planning that went into making it such an incredible evening. My goal is to connect with each and every couple that I come in contact with and to be able to play a small role in making their wedding day absolutely perfect.