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DJ: I Think I'm Pretty Advanced For My Age

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Daveon is still in high school, but he's already started his own business as a DJ. Daveon shares what it's like to be a DJ, what he has to do to get jobs and entertain people. He also talks about how he got involved in this industry and provides advice to others about how to become a DJ.

Job Title: DJ

Job Summary: Announcers (Radio, TV, DJ, Emcees, Public Address)

Job Description

Announcers present music, news, and sports and may provide commentary or interview guests about these topics or other important events. Some act as a master of ceremonies (emcee) or disc jockey (DJ) at weddings, parties, or clubs.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Additional Info

Public address systems and other announcers typically need short-term on-the-job training upon being hired.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$15,000 - $75,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
0 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Flexible, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, Technical skills, People skills, Public speaking ability

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Communication
Journalism
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m='13900'>mixes</span> <span m='14140'>for people.</span> </p><p><span m='14960'>It's</span> <span m='16180'>actually</span> <span m='17090'>a</span> <span m='17250'>really</span> <span m='17570'>fun</span> <span m='17890'>experience.</span> <span m='18510'>I</span> <span m='18550'>get</span> <span m='18780'>to</span> <span m='19040'>interact</span> <span m='19580'>with</span> <span m='19900'>people</span> <span m='20300'>I'm</span> <span m='20590'>DJing</span> <span m='20880'>with.</span> <span m='21550'>I</span> <span m='21680'>mix.</span> <span m='22160'>I</span> <span m='22300'>scratch.</span> <span m='23000'>I</span> <span m='23300'>beat</span> <span m='23510'>mix.</span> <span m='25620'>It</span> <span m='25790'>ranges</span> <span m='26160'>from</span> <span m='26280'>a</span> <span m='26370'>whole</span> <span m='26670'>world</span> <span m='27070'>of</span> <span m='27270'>music,</span> <span m='27610'>depending</span> <span m='28030'>on</span> <span m='28260'>who</span> <span m='28740'>is</span> <span m='28930'>with</span> <span m='29140'>me.</span> <span m='29650'>I've</span> <span m='29830'>done</span> <span m='30050'>weddings</span> <span m='30380'>and</span> <span m='30710'>stuff.</span> <span m='31090'>It's</span> <span m='31290'>really</span> <span m='31540'>cool.</span> </p><p><span m='31950'>I</span> <span m='32360'>have</span> <span m='33180'>two</span> <span m='33370'>turntables.</span> <span m='34080'>There's</span> <span m='34540'>wires</span> <span m='35200'>and</span> <span m='35370'>cables,</span> <span m='36510'>and</span> <span m='36630'>I</span> <span m='36710'>had</span> <span m='36830'>to</span> <span m='36940'>take</span> <span m='37210'>classes</span> <span m='37880'>to</span> <span m='38040'>learn</span> <span m='38550'>the</span> <span m='38620'>stuff.</span> <span m='39080'>And</span> <span m='39240'>I</span> <span m='39300'>learned</span> <span m='39500'>how</span> <span m='39620'>to</span> <span m='39690'>set</span> <span m='39900'>up</span> <span m='40020'>my</span> <span m='40180'>equipment.</span> </p><p><span m='41160'>And</span> <span m='41320'>then</span> <span m='41530'>finally</span> <span m='42080'>I</span> <span m='42820'>pack</span> <span m='43110'>all</span> <span m='43230'>my</span> <span m='43410'>equipment,</span> <span m='44360'>which</span> <span m='44630'>cost</span> <span m='44990'>about</span> <span m='46140'>$5,000</span> <span m='47040'>all</span> <span m='47160'>together,</span> <span m='48160'>and</span> <span m='48610'>I</span> <span m='48770'>take</span> <span m='49040'>it</span> <span m='49110'>place</span> <span m='49470'>to</span> <span m='49550'>place.</span> <span m='49990'>And</span> <span m='50110'>I</span> <span m='50160'>unpack</span> <span m='50550'>it.</span> <span m='50845'>And I</span> <span m='51140'>have</span> <span m='52110'>cases</span> <span m='52710'>about</span> <span m='53600'>this</span> <span m='53870'>big</span> <span m='54870'>that</span> <span m='55070'>are</span> <span m='55570'>used</span> <span m='55950'>to</span> <span m='56050'>keep</span> <span m='56320'>the</span> <span m='56460'>equipment</span> <span m='56970'>safe</span> <span m='57295'>and</span> <span m='57620'>so</span> <span m='57820'>that</span> <span m='58040'>they</span> <span m='58130'>don't</span> <span m='58370'>get</span> <span m='58510'>damaged</span> <span m='58840'>by</span> <span m='58950'>the</span> <span m='59020'>sun,</span> <span m='59450'>or</span> <span m='59930'>wind,</span> <span m='60270'>or the</span> <span m='60610'>heat.</span> <span m='61520'>And</span> <span m='61710'>I've</span> <span m='61820'>been</span> <span m='62030'>doing</span> <span m='62350'>it</span> <span m='62540'>for</span> <span m='62650'>five</span> <span m='63030'>years</span> <span m='63330'>now.</span> </p><p><span m='64530'>I</span> <span m='64760'>think</span> <span m='65030'>I'm</span> <span m='65420'>pretty</span> <span m='65720'>advanced</span> <span m='66110'>for</span> <span m='66240'>my</span> <span m='66430'>age.</span> <span m='67010'>I</span> <span m='67870'>just</span> <span m='68110'>turned</span> <span m='68310'>18,</span> <span m='68770'>so</span> <span m='68920'>it's</span> <span m='69060'>pretty</span> <span m='69310'>nice.</span> <span m='70050'>And</span> <span m='70170'>I will</span> <span m='70220'>be</span> <span m='70440'>graduating</span> <span m='71120'>2014.</span> </p><p><span m='72110'>I</span> <span m='72240'>was</span> <span m='72490'>actually</span> <span m='72940'>at</span> <span m='73050'>my</span> <span m='73160'>friend's</span> <span m='73540'>wedding.</span> <span m='74520'>And</span> <span m='75540'>I</span> <span m='75920'>liked</span> <span m='76270'>what</span> <span m='76480'>the</span> <span m='76550'>DJ</span> <span m='76930'>was</span> <span m='77140'>doing,</span> <span m='77420'>so</span> <span m='77570'>I</span> <span m='77680'>asked</span> <span m='77960'>him</span> <span m='78790'>how</span> <span m='78930'>did</span> <span m='78990'>he</span> <span m='79130'>get</span> <span m='79310'>started.</span> <span m='79750'>Turns</span> <span m='80050'>out</span> <span m='80220'>he</span> <span m='80360'>was</span> <span m='80530'>a</span> <span m='80630'>teacher.</span> <span m='81470'>And</span> <span m='81630'>from</span> <span m='81810'>there,</span> <span m='82480'>I</span> <span m='82600'>started.</span> </p><p><span m='83180'>I</span> <span m='83320'>know</span> <span m='83490'>now</span> <span m='83760'>that</span> <span m='83950'>it's</span> <span m='84090'>a</span> <span m='84160'>lot</span> <span m='84460'>more work.</span> <span m='84920'>I</span> <span m='85000'>thought</span> <span m='85220'>it</span> <span m='85270'>was</span> <span m='85480'>just</span> <span m='85890'>bringing</span> <span m='86850'>an</span> <span m='86970'>iPad</span> <span m='87650'>and</span> <span m='88040'>putting</span> <span m='88300'>on</span> <span m='88430'>music</span> <span m='88810'>and</span> <span m='88920'>stuff.</span> <span m='89570'>But</span> <span m='89610'>now</span> <span m='89760'>I</span> <span m='89860'>know</span> <span m='90060'>there's</span> <span m='90220'>a</span> <span m='90290'>lot</span> <span m='90540'>of</span> <span m='90720'>artwork</span> <span m='91190'>that</span> <span m='91460'>goes</span> <span m='91770'>to it,</span> <span m='92160'>and</span> <span m='92550'>you get</span> <span m='92720'>your own</span> <span m='93000'>signature</span> <span m='93285'>style.</span> </p><p><span m='94070'>My</span> <span m='94250'>advice</span> <span m='94710'>would</span> <span m='94910'>be,</span> <span m='95170'>to</span> <span m='95260'>those</span> <span m='95480'>that</span> <span m='95610'>want</span> <span m='95780'>to</span> <span m='95820'>become</span> <span m='96120'>a</span> <span m='96160'>DJ,</span> <span m='97180'>to</span> <span m='97690'>go</span> <span m='97930'>out,</span> <span m='98220'>listen</span> <span m='98590'>to</span> <span m='98740'>mixes.</span> <span m='99300'>Listen</span> <span m='99570'>to</span> <span m='99690'>the</span> <span m='100310'>late</span> <span m='100650'>night</span> <span m='100930'>radio</span> <span m='101280'>shows--</span> <span m='102110'>those</span> <span m='102330'>are</span> <span m='102420'>perfect</span> <span m='102710'>to</span> <span m='103000'>hear</span> <span m='103200'>how</span> <span m='103360'>they</span> <span m='103740'>use</span> <span m='104090'>their</span> <span m='104270'>techniques.</span> <span m='105190'>And</span> <span m='105350'>then</span> <span m='106110'>if</span> <span m='106290'>you</span> <span m='106430'>can't</span> <span m='106685'>buy</span> <span m='106940'>equipment,</span> <span m='107790'>rent</span> <span m='107980'>equipment.</span> <span m='109370'>And</span> <span m='109650'>practice</span> <span m='110060'>the</span> <span m='110180'>techniques</span> <span m='110680'>over</span> <span m='110930'>and</span> <span m='111000'>over</span> <span m='111280'>and</span> <span m='111350'>over,</span> <span m='111670'>and</span> <span m='112020'>then try</span> <span m='112290'>to</span> <span m='112450'>advertise</span> <span m='112750'>from there.</span> </p>","file":{"id":290496,"video_id":"2711042327001","name":"1135-Daveon-p-DJ","duration":113709,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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