One of My TWO Jobs
December 29, 2013
As svyolo.com has alluded on previous posts, one of my two jobs is owning a mobile disc jockey company, specializing in weddings. Many individuals ask, “do you do any nightclub gigs?” If the year was 2002 or before, I would have said “hells yeah bro, the club is where it’s at!” These days, there just isn’t a lot of money to be had in the club bizz. Typically the manager or owner of the bar/club wants to know how many friends you have on Facebook and if they will come down to watch you spin and spend money on over priced cocktails. Many establishments will actually “pay” their DJ’s with a bar tab and if you are really lucky, maybe a little money on top.
On the flip side, the wedding market has proven to be quite lucrative. Phoenix/Scottsdale happens to be one of the top destination wedding markets in the country. (Don’t quote me on this because I don’t remember my source for this tidbit.) However, if you take a look at the number of high-end hotel/resort options and combine that with pretty much glorious weather from October to June, you can quickly see why it is a hot spot to get married.
What does the owner of a wedding disc jockey company exactly do? Well…I am the CEO, and the head of: sales, human resources, marketing, accounting, and PR. It is a lot of hats to wear when you are also an airline pilot who travels the North American continent 4 days a week. But with a smart phone and access to email, you might be surprised what you can accomplish. On top of this, I actually perform at weddings. 2013 was a pretty good year in that I personally worked 46 weddings and 15 non-wedding events (birthday parties, corporate events, and holiday parties). As a company, we did 257 events. Again, not bad for a second job.
Though weddings can be somewhat repetitive, they are typically fun events to be a part of. And sometimes, crazy stuff goes down at a wedding…a la Wedding Singer or Wedding Crashers. Here are a few things I have witnessed in my DJ career:
- Lady passed out during cocktail hour due to the heat and MAYBE a few too many mojitos. EMT’s came.
- Groom had a little too much fun at the rehearsal dinner the night before and vomited during the ceremony.
- An elderly lady came on the dance floor to dance to “Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling”. Two minutes into the song, another woman stepped on top of her foot with a 4 inch stiletto. The dance floor quickly turned into a pool of blood that looked like a scene from Dexter…a major vein on her foot was punctured. EMT’s came and wheeled her off the dance floor on a gurney.
- Two real-life wedding crashers came onto the dance floor during a bride and groom’s first dance at a 5 star resort. This was VERY awkward for me, as I had no idea how to handle it.
*Quick observation after writing the above – they all seem to involve alcohol consumption. Probably NOT a coincidence!
Will I miss this job once we cast off? Absolutely. Would I fly back to _________ (insert location here) to DJ a wedding? If the money was right, absolutely. What will I NOT miss: Having to do damage control when one of my other DJ’s drops the ball in some fashion. Having to stay on top of a bride to get me the details and song requests I need to do my job. Driving across the city (Phoenix is a very LONG city) to meet with a client who then tells me the DJ budget on their wedding is $350 AND they need 6 hours of service and they want the Platinum package with 22 uplights.
Is the business going to stay running in my absence? I have not decided at this point. It would be fantastic to continue generating income while away. But, I am not sure if I want to deal with any of the business related functions while we are on this sabbatical.
Stay tuned for a future post on my not-so-awesome airline pilot job.