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Full-Time DJ vs. Part-Time DJ

Mark Sanchez, Guest Author

Mark Sanchez, DeeJay, Doing his thing!
Mark Sanchez, DJ &
Wedding Entertainment Director
Did you know 80% of mobile DJs in the industry are part time?

There is a good chance the DJ you hire for your reception is part-time and holds down a full-time job during the week, yet all the other vendors you may hire are full-time.

Have you ever asked a wedding photographer what he does for a living during the week? Will your caterer be preparing food for your wedding during his lunch break at his 9 to 5 job as a plummer?

It's been said that there are no waiters in L.A. and New York, only actors who are between acting jobs. But have you ever seen an exceptional movie actor who is still working full-time as a waiter? Only the best performers make it to the top and turn their passion into a full time career.

There is a good chance that the average wedding DJ is also a part-timer whose priorities, loyalties, and time are split between your wedding and their full-time job.

Based on the stats, the average part-time DJ may not have the time or the skill level to give your reception the full-time attention and service your special day deserves.

Part-time is not professional.

One of the reasons given by part-time hobbyist Wedding DJs for not being full-time, professionals, is their belief that they won't be able to replace their income and benefits which are currently provided by their weekday job. So how do full-time wedding photographers do it? How do full-time wedding florists do it?

They charge a professional fee that will provide them with the income and medical benefits they need, in addition to covering their annual business expenses and self-employment taxes. Because such a large percentage of Wedding DJs are part-time hobbyists, it's probably not too surprising to note that their average pricing is typically set too low to provide the necessary income needed to make this their full-time career.

Another excuse for being part-time is the idea that they just really enjoy being a Wedding DJ. It's fun and therefore, they don't care about making it their career or earning a professional income. But most who approach being a Wedding DJ as their full-time profession also enjoy what they do, in fact they are usually very passionate about it. And because it is their full-time career, they have more time to invest in improving their service and their performance. They can afford to take time off to attend industry trade shows and workshops.

They are available to meet or return your calls during the weekdays. And because being a Wedding DJ is their career, they have more pressure to deliver the best performance and service possible.

In comparison, a part-time hobbyist Wedding DJ can get by delivering an average level of service and performance, some would best describe as McWeddings, (same old worn out routine) because they still have the income from their full-time, weekday job to fall back on. This may not always be the case, but "Average Is As Average Does." Now you may find a rare part-time DJ who truly delivers exceptional service, but chances are if they are that good, they won't remain part-time for very long.

It should also be pointed out that not every full-time DJ will be better than average either. But by asking the right questions, you should be able to determine whether or not you are dealing with an Average Wedding DJ.

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Copyright © - Mark Sanchez. Mark Sanchez has performed more than 900 weddings in the Great Phoenix area. He started his career at local valley night spots where he received years of personalized training by some of the best entertainment directors. In 1990 he performed his first wedding working for a reputable mobile DJ service in Phoenix primarily as a DJ/Emcee for weddings. Today he is a career DJ who runs his own business as a full time owner/operator specializing in weddings. www.ProfessionalMobileENT.com - Send e-mail to Mark Sanchez!

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Special Note: I've worked with Mark Sanchez many times and he delivers a professional, quality show from beginning to end. He is the owner of Professional Mobile Entertainment. - 5 Stars from Larry James!

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