There are always discussions regarding full time DJ’s vs. part time DJ’s. The claim is often made that part time DJ’s cannot provide the same level of customer service as a full time Disc Jockey. While I understand the theory behind this accusation I would be interested in taking a look at this topic and explore it’s validity.
When we meet with Brides and Grooms one of the frequently asked questions, because it is suggested by various wedding tip websites, is to ask if a DJ is full time or part time. In networking with other professional DJ’s there is often a persona that if you are a full time DJ that you are providing a superior service than those who are not.
My belief is that the question shouldn’t be based around full time or part time – but you should be exploring professionalism. In determining the proper entertainment for your event I would argue that you should look at reputation, references, and determine if those individuals would provide you with the level of service you expect.
I should say that I (DJ Greg) have a full time forty hour a week position. However, DJ Danny D is a full time DJ. Does that mean you receive a different level of customer service from me than from Dan? Absolutely not. With today’s modern technology (smart phones, email, voicemails) – we are always accessible and we pride ourselves on the level of customer service we provide.
In our combined twenty years of experience, the majority of these years were as a ‘part time DJ.’ Part time, within the industry, is only defined as ‘someone who has another source of income.’ It doesn’t examine the amount of hours your entertainer is putting into preperation for your event.
A full time DJ who is not a professional may send you a contract, show up at your event and play the same playlist that he/she uses at every event. A professional DJ will meet with you, offer unlimited consultations, offer guidance and help coordinate all the details of your event to ensure success.
Food for thought!