Decided to phase out of DJ'ing in 2004...

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HelloMontana

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Hey Guys,

I wasn't sure if I should share this but I will.

I am going back to Grad school next Monday to complete a masters in divinity degree to become a Christian Pastor or Missionary.

It is something I have felt a calling for for years and have been pursuing on and off....if anything I have been disobedient in this calling up to now.

This holiday break I had alot of time to reflect and I decided that 2004 will be my last year as a DJ and I will focus fully on becoming a pastor and serving the Lord.

I don't share this with clients or other vendors or DJ's because some people may think it is strange for someone to be preparing himself as a pastor while he is a DJ.

Personally, there are times when I would rather be helping others spiritually or preaching the word rather than heading out to get a bunch of people to party...but I do enjoy DJ'ing...and it was actually difficult for me to decide to "break free" from the grips of DJ'ing as it is very addictive and fun, but I am greatful to have been called to serve the Lord.

So guys, I ask that you pray for me -especially the Christian DJ's- as I have some serious work ahead of me.

Thanks,
 

SkubaEnt1

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DJing, to me, is just one of those things. A lot of people get in it for the money, but to truely be successful you must love what you do, as well as be an extremely good business person.

After all, what is harder then selling something that isn't tangable? I believe it only becomes old when you lose the desire to further the business. Sure, we may all live in a dreamland, but I like my dream land for now.

Good luck in graduate school and your future!
 

adjtogo

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I have always said to myself, when it's not fun anymore, get out of the business. I have been a Mobile DJ for over 10 1/2 years ow and I love every minute of it!!!

There have been good times and bad times and that you'll get with any field of work you're in. Perhaps you should look at the way you conduct business and see if you can put the "fun" back into your life.

You need to do some soul searching:
You mention that you've been a full time DJ for over a year. How long were you a DJ before that? Did you just go out and purchase equipment and DJ, or did you work for someone beforehand?
When was the last time you went on a break or mini-vacation?
When was the last time you stepped back, got away from the office, the phones and such? It can be hard to do, but a must at times.
When was the last time you went in for a massage?
What do you like to do for fun hobbies? When was the last time you enjoyed them?

Sometimes mind, body, spirit need to be exercised for one to be fresh and in touch with oneself.

Lastly, you mention it's not worth the money. Are you charging enough per event to cover your expenses and make a living? Sometimes the biggest downfall is not charging enough because one is afraid of rejection, therefore, one is stuck in a profit-loss negative situation.

If you need someone to talk to, either PM me or give me a call. My number is 850-941-1538.
 

Northshoredj

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I think even if you love doing it you can get burned out depending on the type of DJ you are. I know when i was playing the clubs working those odd hours every friday and saturday got old after awhile. I took a 1 year break and missed doing it badly. Now i just do weddings and the winter slowdown is a nice break.
 

CWR

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Hey, didn't you say you were going to stop putting up so many posts as a new years resolution?? :) Just kidding!

I think you gotta follow your heart man, whatever makes you happy. The same reason you are getting out of it is the same reason I'm getting into it for myself, because entertaining is what I love the most.

If you can look at yourself, and what you do, and say "I am truly happy", then youve got it up on 90% of the people out there.

I have always said that as soon as it stops being fun, I'm done. I don't ever want to have to do this for the money. The money is nice, but thats not the only reason I do it. I've seen these guys that have done it for so long that they become really cynical. I don't want to be that guy, and by the sounds of it neither do you.

Do what you gotta do!
 

PeteT

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Thats an amazing story, Montana. Thank you so much for sharing it!

You now know better then most, that the decision you should make is what will provide for an overall life of happiness. Not only for yourself, but becuase the Lord wants each of us to be happy.

Also consider your talents. The Lord blesses us with the talents needed to achieve his wishes. You obviously have a musical talent, so don't forget that you can spread his word via music. Ordained or otherwise.

In closing, I wanted to thank you again for sharing your decision - It means a lot to hear someone moving in positive direction with his faith. I've been kinda down on the church ever since I learned that the priest that ran the RCIA program for my wife, married us & my sister & her husband was removed because of the child molestion scandal....

And I thought that he was the greatest man on the planet.....
 

Chris Hollowell

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I admire you and your decision to answer the call to your heart. Announcing that you have made the choice to serve the Lord among your peers is difficult to do.
I will be praying for you and your success in your ministry. Praise him, that HIS will be done.

Respectfully.
 

DJ-Sound

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I completely agree, following what you are called to and love is the best thing you can do! Me and my family will pray for you and your future.

and i am really glad that everyone is respecting your decision to follow the heart and to serve the Lord..
 

DJ Iron Mike

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There is nothing wrong with what you are doing. Follow your heart and as the Lord leads. As for those who think it's weird, let them think it's weird, God's not going to love them any less for it. Take what you learn here and work the experiences into some sermons sometime I'd personally love to hear them. The good thing is that you will always have a special place for the DJ's in your heart and that means alot!
 

webfire76

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being a pastor makes you no less a DJ.... search the Word and come to terms with your own views. "Everyone has to work out his own salvation with fear and trembling." Being saved is easy, deciding what the Word is teaching you is much harder. And to teach others is even more diffcult. Being a DJ is preparing you for that. You have learned how to handle the most sensitive difficult situations. I had a hard time in the churches I was in until I showed them my perspective. I make no big deal over what I do. My folks think I am "sinning". (they are strict Baptists, and my brother is a graduate of BJU in SC) I just look at it: I am preparing to be ready for dancing in heaven.

look up these phrases:

"Angels rejoice when one person claims Christ as saviour"
"seven day weeding feast" Jewish tradition
"Jesus turned water into wine"
"David danced before the Lord"
"There is a time for everything.... a time for dancing"
"If the people were silent the rocks would cry out with joy"
"The people danced for the Lord had saved them"

If there is no dancing in heaven, I am planning on filing a complaint.
Of course with no dancing then some Baptists would be happy.

Everything in moderation is good for you. However, when taken out of moderation it can be bad for you.

A comedian once said it is far easier to be vulgar and get laughs then to do clean comedy and be funny. I guess ou could say the same about dancing. It is far easier to do "freakin" then to do swing or waltz. The good stuff you learn over time. Maybe our schools should teach the waltz, somba, and swing in athletics? Would it change the proms?
 

HelloMontana

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WOW, You guys thank you so much for your support.

A wedding vendor/friend of mine suggested that I train/hire a DJ and keep my business going and even use the income to subsidize my ministry...I guess its something to think about since I already have the gear, music and some client base/recognition...ultimately the deciding factor will be how much time having a "side" business will take away from full time ministry...don't know, but don't need to know now anyway....time will tell.

I'm still very happy to finally be committed to my calling...Today was the first day of class and I do feel very blessed.

Thank you all for your kind words :D
 

roncross

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Montana,
Congrats man! Hey, when God calls, you gotta answer. There's nothing like the feeling you get when you're doing something you know you were called to do.

As God has lead you in this descision, let Him order your steps regarding the dj business too. I'm sure the choice will make itself clear soon enough.

Enjoy your new path!
 

short_circutz

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Wishing you best of luck in your "new" life...while not a spiritual person myself (I consider myself agnostic), I totally respect the fact that some persons feel "called". I feel that when that happens that they should follow their heart, and it sounds like that's what you're doing.

As for the DJ'ing....I agree that it'll become obvious to you what should be done with it when the time comes.
 

Mikdee

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I think your decision can be best described in Matthew 22: 2-14. That was Christ's parable of the Wedding Feast, basically a revelation of the end times which I firmly believe we are living in. Your desire to become a pastor is because God has chosen you to tend his sheep. "For many are called, but few are chosen." Matt 22:14

I too have been chosen to direct others to the light and I do so through many ways. Being a DJ and owning a business is only a small portion of that calling. I go to the local jail and give my testimony, help others who are hurting. etc. I was even the president of a local Christian motorcycle group and became a witness to the rough and tough biker crowd.

Remember one thing, for to whom much is granted, the same is asked of as well. It is a daunting responsibility and not as easy as it looks at times. Remember you are called to a higher level in moral and ethical excellence. May God bless you in your new direction and you can always drop me a line to say how things are going. As iron sharpens iron, so shall a man sharpen another man. Proverbs 27:17

write me at mcdemo@aironedjs.com - Mike
 
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