There Is No Right Or Wrong Way To Be A DJ! Huh?
A friend of mine recently shared with me that a DJ in her local association commented that “there was no right or wrong way to be a DJ” and “as long as each DJs clients are happy, no one should attempt to offer another DJ critique on their performances.”
I think this statement is only half right.
I agree that there is no “right” way to do our jobs. But there are clearly many “wrong” ways to do them.
Feel good blanket statements like the one cited above are designed to make everyone in our “industry” feel better about themselves in the short term but they do more harm in the long run than some may be willing to recognize. You might as well cue up Ray Stevens’ “Everything Is Beautiful” and dish up some Heaven’s Gate apple sauce if you think such statements hold any weight in the real world.
Sorry Ray…but not everything is beautiful in it’s own way. A few months ago in San Diego a young high school girl was brutally raped and murdered while she was out jogging in a nearby park. There was NOTHING beautiful about that situation.
The member’s of Heaven’s Gate sincerely believed that they would land a spot on a flying saucer hidden in the tale of passing comet by taking their own lives…but they were sincerely and objectively WRONG.
There are many wrong ways to entertain as a wedding DJ…and YouTube is getting populated with more and more examples of this every day.
Until we as an “industry” become willing to seek out the critiques that will identify our common errors and demand that a real measurable bar of professionalism be established…we have no objective basis for complaining about cheaper, less qualified DJs who are “ruining things” for the rest of us.
And the hard truth is…most of our clients are not even close to qualified to help us identify the things we may currently be doing wrong in our performances. Only a qualified and proven professional can give the necessary feedback to identify problems that need correcting.
So instead of dismissing the opportunity to improve by suggesting there is no wrong way to do our jobs, let’s avoid the mediocrity that kind of thinking will create by seeking out and acting on a qualified critiques of our skills and talents.