Thrown Under The Bus
My step son, Eric, was a guest at a wedding this evening and he texted me a photo of the DJ who was entertaining.
When Eric asked him about his rates…he said he charges $600 for the first 5 hours. Eric noticed that he was displaying the ADJA logo and because I have an extensive background serving both locally and nationally with the ADJA, Eric asked him if he knew who I was. The DJ said that he had not heard of me. When Eric mentioned that he and I have the ADJA in common, he responded by saying, “being a member doesn’t make you a good dj.”
Wow! I was thrown under the bus by some random DJ who doesn’t even know me. I had to ask myself…why? Did he feel the need to make sure Eric knew he was superior to any other DJ…even a fellow ADJA member? Was he threatended by the mere thought that Eric had “heard” of another DJ in the area?
When Eric pressed him further inquiring about what he should look for when hiring a DJ, he said “check references and referrals, look for a good microphone voice, someone who is fun, and won’t be getting drunk.”
There you go…that’s the bar of achievement for our profession. Have good referrences…sound good on the mic…be fun…and don’t get drunk! This reminds me of the spoof dating service ads on MadTV’s…Lowered Expectations!