1. Acquire a catchy, original stage name.
Think of something unique like DJ EarthQUAKER (see what I did there?). As a DJ, your stage name is often the first thing a potential client will see about you, so make it good.
2. Acquire portable DJ equipment.
When you come with your own equipment, not only can you charge more, but you’ll be more comfortable too. You don’t have to break the bank with this either—try Ebay before buying the fancy $500 equipment from Best Buy.
3. Familiarize yourself with said equipment.
Despite what some may think, DJing is not just plugging in your iPod with a pre–composed “party” playlist and letting it do the work for you. DJ stands for “disc jockey,” a person skilled at mixing songs and keeping the party going. Make sure you know how to use your equipment to avoid awkward transitions between songs during your set.
4. Familiarize yourself with your potential audience.
Do your research. Find out what’s hot and what’s not right now. What songs are people listening to and what are they looking to hear/dance to when they go to a party? You don’t want to be at a party and not have what the crowd wants to hear.
5. Make a Twitter/Facebook/Instagram.
It’s the era of social media. If you want to make it big, you better promote the crap out of yourself. Have all your friends retweet, mention and #hashtag you—ideally, you get yourself to be a trending topic (#instantsuccess).