Getting a gig as a DJ requires you to get yourself out and talk to people”namely club owners or managers and the people who can get you connected with club owners or managers. You should have a demo CD to hand to this person with your best music on it, and you should also be willing to audition for him or her. Other important tips include having business cards and dressing for the part. You want to look professional yet hip. Keep in mind that professionalism isn’t always about how you dress, it’s about how you carry yourself, how you speak and act, and how organized you are.
What to Do When Talking to a Club Owner or Manager
Be knowledgeable about the venue and how you fit with it, and have all your materials (CD, bio, business cards, etc.) ready to hand over right away. Owners and managers don’t always have a lot of time to meet and talk with musicians, so be ready to give them a short spiel about why you should DJ at their club, offer your material, answer any questions, and say goodbye.
The Audition Is Your Friend
If you get offered the chance to audition, you should take it, unless you feel like the owner is blatantly ripping you off or you don’t have enough material or the right equipment. An audition is a chance for you to show off how great you are at your craft, and nearly all bars, clubs, restaurants and other venues like DJs and musicians to audition before they get booked for regular gigs.