How Many Years Have You Been A Pro DJ?

How many years have you been a Professional, Working DJ?

  • 40 years or Over

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • 30 or Over

    Votes: 9 27.3%
  • 25 to 30 years

    Votes: 6 18.2%
  • 20 to 25 years

    Votes: 6 18.2%
  • 15 to 20 years

    Votes: 5 15.2%
  • 10 to 15 years

    Votes: 3 9.1%
  • 5 to 10 years

    Votes: 1 3.0%
  • 0 to 5 years

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    33
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DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
How many years have you been a Professional, Working DJ?
Please also check the Poll response that most accurately represents your answer. Please share stories and details too.

For me, I've been a Professional, Working DJ for over 30 years. I started in early 1984 doing radio, shortly thereafter bars & clubs, then mobile work.
 
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robertbenda

Active Member
I'm at 16 years, 500-600 weddings total. Worked with a multi-op from 1998 to 2006 before the owner sold it to become a comedy stage hypnotist.
 

oldschooldj

Member
I had to hit over 40 years as I started in the mid 70's, but I had breaks throughout my life, as I was active duty military and there were some bad guys that needed killin a few times soI had to be away :)
 

Ausumm

Active Member
Depends on YOUR version of "pro"...
(but let's not open that can again)
I started in radio 32 years ago, started mobile work about 30 years ago.
But the mobile work is not full time.
So, if that's what you consider a "pro" DJ...
 

bill_smith

MobileBeat Moderator
Staff member
I started in 1996, doing primarily karaoke nights, and expanded into weddings, Mitzvahs and school dances.
I would also take on any small gig like a pool party or an anniversary as fill in work as well.

With two kids out of college with 4 year degrees, and jobs, and living on their own, I consider my greatest
gift to them is the legacy of NO STUDENT LOAN DEBT.

In short, that was the business plan. I think I was professional enough to accomplish that,
and continue today now with the plan to complete debt free on a few years.

More to the point, I absolutely love what I do, and am blessed to be able to have the drive
to handle my DJ duties, and a FT day job for which I am gunning for a promotion as we speak.

Work with a purpose, spin with joy, and let everyone see it.
 

NickyB

Gear and Equipment Moderator
Well over 1200 weddings under my belt plus many other gigs. As a working DJ I've been at it since May 1987 BUT prior to that I spent nearly 20 full years as a professional musician in a Top-40 show band but started playing at teen clubs/dances at the age of 13. So as an entertainer ..... I'm well past 50 years and my 55+ community in Florida has no plans on letting me really retire!
 
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jodi

Active Member
Depends on YOUR version of "pro"...
Well, I say "pro" means being paid for your work.

So, that can be full time, or part time ...and/or radio (most radio jocks I know ARE part time btw), or club, or mobile, or private, or weddings, or bowling alleys, or strip clubs, or bubble parties, or college parties, or bubble-college parties, or remixer or producer or DJ on Good Morning America or DJ on The Ellen Show, and finally, or Ryan Seacrest. But, that's as wide as my definition allows.

Cool?
 

Ken Heath

Super Moderator...da-ta-daaa!!!
Staff member
I started DJing in 1978 with my very first event being a paid public event for The Honor Queen's Royal Court of Jobs Daughters!

Played my first wedding soon afterward, (my DJ partner's sister), house parties, corporate parties, spun in YMCA's & USO's during my Marine Corps years, started radio upon my return to CONUS, (worked for the same country station three different times for three different PDs), played dance clubs, hick bars, strip clubs, rocked your faves of the airwaves at the Corvette Diner and the T-Bird Diner, produced 24-35 Classic Car Shows annually for a few years, became involved with ProDJ.com and the MBLV Conventions, still playing weddings, corporate parties and classic car shows while lending my experience to Research & Development of DJ products for several major equipment manufacturers, writing reviews for various DJ equipment while still playing weddings, corporate parties and classic car shows! ;)
 

Bill_Goode

Mobile Beat Moderator
Staff member
My first event as a DJ was in my senior year of high school, providing DJ services before "Battle of the Bands" at Cooper City High School in Cooper City, FL.

From there, I grew the DJ biz and had the opportunity to be a club DJ (Desperados in Ft. Lauderdale (the biggest C/W nightclub in the south at the time), Georgios in Elmwood Park, NJ, the 57th Fighter Group in Atlanta, Irish Bred next to my folks' house in Rex, GA, plus a lot of fill-in in Ft. Lauderdale and Atlanta), A mobile DJ in four different and diverse markets (South Florida, New York City and the tri-state area, Athens and Atlanta (twice), GA).

From there, I found a home here as a moderator, set up an events blog at DJBGoode.com, serve on the local board for ISES, DJ'd for some celebs, served a lot of charities, and held jobs in radio and TV.

Whew!! Whatta journey so far.....
 

jodi

Active Member
Started as a club DJ 1982 (yes, I was an infant)
Met and married another club DJ
Founded our mobile DJ business 1988
Still going strong - still loving what I do.....
 

tygersclaw

New Member
Bedroom DJ...1969

First DJ gig...playing during band breaks at my high school....1971

First professional DJ Gig (wedding) 1979.
 

DJSTEVEZ

DJ Emeritus
I know the sample size is only 20, but I have to imagine these demos will speak volumes to Ryan wrt to:
  • Who his active audience is\
  • Who his active audience is NOT
  • And who it is he needs to go after.
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I know the sample size is only 20, but I have to imagine these demos will speak volumes to Ryan wrt to:
  • Who his active audience is\
  • Who his active audience is NOT
  • And who it is he needs to go after.
ya, old people who dont like facebook LOL!
 

DJinCobaltSS

New Member
It looks like there isn't any new DJs on this board, or DJs with just a few years experience...or they are not bothering to chime in. I started in 1998, however, I don't consider myself going "PRO" until 2002 after I had a few weddings under my belt. So I clicked on 10-15 years.
 

KennyZail

Caffiend
Started in a wedding band in 1969, became a fulltime drummer in 1973. Started DJing in 1984, became a radio jock in 1988. Moved to Atlanta in 1991 still in radio. Dropped out of radio in 1994. I was one of two Olympic DJs in 1996 (no metal). :) I've served on the boards of ISES, NACE, MPI and NSA. Spoke at several Mobile Beat Conventions. Now doing game shows/quiz shows as well as DJing.
 
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