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    Default How to act like a professional?

    We are writing an e-book for DJ-Lounge, with the ethos how to sell yourself as a DJ / Producer. The first article will be about your professionally - we decided to give you a shot of our content and published the articles right below! Any recommendations would be appreciated!

    How to behave yourself as a professional?
    This does not refer to being a professional DJ with a 2-year contract behind your back (although, that wouldnít hurt). Itís more about how you interact with the people around you, how you treat people on whose help you rely, those who depend on you and your loyal fans. Your professionalism (or lack of thereof) can seriously affect your performance as a DJ and is a useful thing to keep in mind.

    Your attitude matters
    There is an impression among people who deal with the music industry that DJs who act friendly and content with people tend to get more gigs than those who do not. That impression is true. Those open-minded, friendly people really have it easy (for the most part), but thereís no reason for you not to be one of them!
    All it takes is to watch your attitude and the way you may come off to others. From avoiding to insult or anger people by accident, to holding back when you want to do it on purpose, a friendlier image will go a long way with promoters and club owners, who may be considering every little detail about you before considering to invite to work with them again. There are tons of aspiring DJs out there who are looking for gigs and being unprofessional just puts you in a disadvantageous position.

    Having a generally positive attitude will help you with negotiations, promotional efforts, fan interactions, relations with staff and everything else a DJ must deal with. The industry makes it hard enough for everyone, so add your unprofessionalism into the mix for others to deal with.

    Donít double book yourself
    When youíre offered to show up at a high profile event for a very good payment, but youíve already been booked for a gig in a different club on the same date and time, what do you do? Well, whatever you may decide, here's what you don't do.
    Double booking is one of the worst sins a DJ can make. Itís completely understandable to do two events in the same day, done a few hours apart, if you can make to both of them. Showing up for one and suddenly deciding not to show up for the other is a different kind of story. It may even seem absurd now that youíre reading it, but make sure to remember your current feelings when a situation like that comes up and you have to make a decision. The least you can do as a professional DJ is notify one of the clubs that you wonít be making it and tell them how sorry you are.

    Control your emotions
    As a music artist, you are bound to feel greater emotions than most people and when you find yourself surrounded by other DJs, performers and artists, things can get complicated. Emotions are fine and can actually help you in your career, as long as youíre able to keep them in check. No matter what may be the reason, you canít lose control over your words and actions. If someoneís trying to provoke you, thatís one more reason not to give in. Be a professional, donít resort to petty insults and threats, or people will start to look down on you.

    Donít drink too much
    Seriously? Yes. Drinking is a big part of any music scene, but it can also ruin your performance. Everybody knows their own limits, but always seem to overestimate them in the end and it leads to their downfall. In some cases, a literal fall from the stage, which will seem a lot less funny to you than the crowd.
    As it happens with these kind of things, you can quickly lose track of the number of drinks you had in the feel of the moment and make a complete joke of yourself in front of others. Itís not as bad if you actually make people laugh, but in most cases, the outcome is much worse than that. The people youíve booked your gig with will definitely not be as understandable of your drunk behavior as fans who had a great time at the club. It can seriously damage your career and put your future as a DJ at risk.

    The same goes for drugs, which, unfortunately, are also prevalent on the music scene. Itís not about what anyone says or does, how things work or donít work. Itís all about your career as a DJ, so before you do anything you might regret later, think if itís worth it.

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    Damn ! I thought I was golden playing my youtube rips with a cracked version of traktor using my Beats by Dre.

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    ^thats gold

    OP, good post bro.
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    Your attitude matters, Don’t double book yourself, Control your emotions, Don’t drink too much
    In other words ignore everything most of what you see biggest names do :P

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    I think this is an awesome idea. I've recently been putting the whole DJ scene under the microscope and couldn't agree more with these points you've made. The reality is that one's success as a DJ is dependent on the business side of things rather then the music side of things, which I feel is often overlooked.

    Something that I think should be covered as well is how to professionally hold your ground. Meaning what you will/will not do and what you will/will not stand for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deevey View Post
    In other words ignore everything most of what you see biggest names do :P
    not sure if serious. most big names do exactly that...

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    get as drunk as you like just play the mix tape you made the week b4 thats how guetta fills clubs

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    It's a good post. Concise and informative.

    +1

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    Thanks guys so far! More posts are coming soon!
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