So You Want To Be A DJ.
Chapter 13: Getting that First Gig
So you now have your equipment ready, perhaps
you've done a few practice gigs for family or friends,
and now you're ready to get that first
There are many ways to get started. You may already
have word-of-mouth referrals from your friends and
family, but you can also stop by local bars and clubs
and drop off a business card. It never hurts to solicit
your services as long as you appear confident.
One tip however: don't sell yourself short. Just
because you are just starting out, don't be tempted to
offer a discounted rate to local bars. Once you start at
a bar with a discounted rate, the bar will expect that
rate to stay the same indefinitely.
Charge what you feel you are worth, or at least offer a
price to get your foot in the door. You may
even do the first night for free – but
clear that it is strictly for that one day only. If
like you and you bring in enough business for them,
they will be happy to pay your full price in the future
to keep you there.
Try to get as many of your friends and family
members to come out and support you at your first
gig. Eventually you will develop a following, but for
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