What are YOU doing Monday to Friday.. As a DJ/Entertainer?

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Patrick Smiley

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As I am in a destination area, I occasionally get some mid week corporate events, usually sales incentive trips for pharmaceutical companies, medical organizations and I get a few every year from a company that organizes incentive tours for Spanish companies bringing their top sales staff here. I also get a few mid week ski holiday theme nights out of the US and UK

If I am not working an event:

Today for example:

hair cut
garbage to the bin
recycling
chopped some fire wood
browsed the internet
phone calls
emails
sent out a contract
avoided year end paperwork so far today, but prefer to do that in the evenings anyway
dug out a few boxes of old year end file boxes that I will take to be shredded tomorrow
 

tygersclaw

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I work FT as a dispatcher for I.A.T.S.E. so I am working on concerts etc and get to see the behind the scenes of concert set-ups etc.

I have also through I.A.T.S.E. worked security on TV and movie sets.

Interesting overall work indeed.

http://www.iatse-intl.org/home.html
 
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Maverick

Pumping It Up
I run a few other companies I own during the week more corporate stuff, do client consultations Tuesday & Thursdays. Networking events off and on, make calls..book events.

Friday, Saturday and Sundays perform the work that has been prepared for all week.
 
Nice ideas!
Here in Argentina, on fridays we have good work. in my company we have 4 months very busy (april - october-november - december), with a good amount of midweek events. sometimes March is very busy too. the clients are, most of them, corporatives.
the rest of year sometimes we have projector services, like yesterday or any good corporative.

also in the week i can do some repairs / cleaning on equipment, build a case, buy spares, prepare music for next events, and a big important thing: i pick up the phone, answer all emails.
thursday i print all paperwork for the weekend.

for me Monday morning are supermarket day, but sometimes im very tired, specially if i worked saturday night / sunday 13hs

also as im athlete i have to training around 90/120 minutes a day.
 

KennyZail

Caffiend
I do most of my work during week now that I've been doing more corporates, private parties, and less weddings. I've done well over 2000 weddings starting in the 80's and I've have always found weddings to be more competitive because wedding prospects are not very experienced at making these decisions and can be swayed by almost anyone, a cousin, a mother, a DJ, a photographer, etc. Corporates are much more lucrative, they have bigger budgets, and they have experienced buyers. If you have an unique quality service, buyers are searching for you. I still do weddings, but less than half what I used to do. It's great having weekends off.
kz
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
I do most of my work during week now that I've been doing more corporates, private parties, and less weddings.
thats awesome, (gives me hope a DJ can do it full time and not just rely on weddings and bars)

how long did it take you to break into the corporate world?
Did you do any special advertising to start off with?
 

KennyZail

Caffiend
Treat your biz just like a realtor, roofer, or a painter...then just don't look for work on the weekend. Networking with prospects that need projects during the week. HR, meeting planners, and sales VP's are a good start.
 

djBACh

Derby City DJ
i work two large nightclubs that are owned by the same guy. wednesday nights i do a retro-rewind night with a booty shake contest, this is at a rock club geared towards the twenty somethings. fridays and saturdays i do the over 30 bar which is more an all around dance bar.

these are both live music venues as well and starting thursday we are doing an install, at the over 30 club, of the rest of the p.a. we need to fully run sound for the bands (sound board, monitor amps and board, rack units, etc) and it looks like i may end up being the in-house sound tech for that venue the 4 nights a week that there is live music in that part of the bar as well as an on call/special event sound tech for the 20 something club.

that will still leave me sunday thru tuesday to fill, so i have been procuring everything i need to host karaoke as well. have had a few offers, but nothing worthwhile for me yet.

and the whole nursing home thing has got me thinking - i dont know why that never occured to me! i used to manage housekeeping/laundry/floor care crews in a nursing home that had entertainment once a week - so im going ot put some thought into that to see if i cant start filling up some days.

and have been thinking for that sound reinforcment thing for a while. have done it on smaller levels. but i have also been a musician for half my life and own all the extra p.a. and mics i need - so its just a matter of getting the business really.

i havent been full time for quite a year yet - and am well understanding that its going take a while to build up to the level i want to be at.

lots of good ideas here...
 

djBACh

Derby City DJ
i work two large nightclubs that are owned by the same guy. wednesday nights i do a retro-rewind night with a booty shake contest, this is at a rock club geared towards the twenty somethings. fridays and saturdays i do the over 30 bar which is more an all around dance bar.

these are both live music venues as well and starting thursday we are doing an install, at the over 30 club, of the rest of the p.a. we need to fully run sound for the bands (sound board, monitor amps and board, rack units, etc) and it looks like i may end up being the in-house sound tech for that venue the 4 nights a week that there is live music in that part of the bar as well as an on call/special event sound tech for the 20 something club.

that will still leave me sunday thru tuesday to fill, so i have been procuring everything i need to host karaoke as well. have had a few offers, but nothing worthwhile for me yet.

and the whole nursing home thing has got me thinking - i dont know why that never occured to me! i used to manage housekeeping/laundry/floor care crews in a nursing home that had entertainment once a week - so im going to put some thought into that to see if i cant start filling up some days.

and have been thinking for that sound reinforcement thing for a while. have done it on smaller levels. but i have also been a musician for half my life and own all the extra p.a. and mics i need - so its just a matter of getting the business really.

i havent been full time for quite a year yet - and am well understanding that its going take a while to build up to the level i want to be at.

lots of good ideas here...
 

Cerebro

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Currently working on the company structure. We are launching 6 websites within the next month. Just tying up the loose ends with contract language, employee agreements, equipment purchases, and online marketing (which I have been slacking in lately).
 

djklik6

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Tuesday & Wednesday: "Rockstar" Karaoke

Other days: equipment rentals for smaller convention type meetings at hotels (just starting this part)
 

hippydog

wuz here when it was Red.
You can quote me on this: "A great idea is only great until you tell someone else about it"
that sounds a bit paranoid.. :)

Theirs a big difference between knowing about an idea and steps it takes to actually implement it..

I wasnt really looking for the "new" ideas anyways (though any that was mentioned are nice).

Basically my perception of a Full time DJ is usually one of two things. a multi-op that makes his living via a bunch of part time DJ's (and lots of equipment), or a single-op that has such a specialized service that his one or two shows a week pay for the rest of the week his not "actively DJing" (IE he has become more of a wedding planner then a "DJ" for example)..

I was simply curious if my 'perception' fit in with 'reality'

soooo... judging by the responses (and lack of it) LOL
one of two things are happening.. The majority FT DJs are unwilling to "share" what they do mid-week.. OR the majority of FT DJ's dont actually "DJ" mid-week and actually do other things like marketing/sales, bookwork, maintenance, etc etc.
 

KeithAlan

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I said it once and I'll gladly say it again. Once word - CAMPARDY! Check out the article in the last issue of Mobile Beat. I don't have a day off now until Aug 22. Plus, I have a second team out with 18 weekday events booked.

Unlike the guys that do bar gigs or weekly karaoke events, I'm working from 11:00 AM to 2:30/3:00 PM everyday. No smoke, no drunks and no problem getting paid (chasing down bar owners...been there, done that).
 

Rob Johnson

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Campardy

Keith,

You are rocking with that concept. It is AWESOME!!!!

Keep up the good work and thanks for sharing with us.

If anyone wants to take their business to the next level I highly recommend you give Keith a call.

Rob

PS....Anyone interested in Gameshows going to Chicago next week?
 

djevanstone

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In corporate, there is money in providing sound reinforcement for things like meetings and seminars. All you need is a good set of speakers, a mixer and some good mics and lots of patience. It can be quite boring, but profitable.
this is the kind of thing i'm interested in doing - how does one go about getting these kinds of jobs? craigslist? agency?

edit: you know what... maybe if anyone has suggestions they can PM me. I don't want to derail the thread.
 
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