How to Choose a Professional
DJ and MC for your
'Once-in-a-Lifetime' event

It's been said that "a DJ can make or break" the event. What does this really mean? It means that a DJ can make an event fun, unique, and even unforgettable provided that the person has the experience, skills or talent, reliable equipment, and an impeccable personalized service. This "value" equals money well spent.

On the other side of the coin, if the DJ doesn't have the experience, skills, reliable service, or offer the personalized attention that the customer deserves, then the DJ can make the event dull, boring, and forgettable. This translates into "a stressful day," "a waste of money," and an "unhappy customer."

To guarantee that you choose the right person, avoid the wrong one, and be ecstatic with your decision, here are a few ideas that will help you choose a Professional Disc Jockey & Master of Ceremonies for your "once-in-a-lifetime" event:

Choose A 'Qualified' Professional:

The word "professional" is often used by Mobile DJs to imply that they offer a quality service. Since a Mobile DJ does not need an academic education, certification, or a license, just about anyone with a sound system and a business card can call themselves a "Professional DJ." One clue that will help you determine if you're hiring a "qualified" professional is to find out if this line of work is the DJ's career or is this just a part-time job. You can't be a professional without a profession. The true professional, is not only engaged in his or her line of work full-time, but they are highly skilled at their craft. They bring years of experience, training, and might even have an academic education with a degree that is related to their line of work. They also believe in the value of continued training and education - they never stop improving their craft! They should carry liability insurance, guarantee their work, and should take the time to offer you an audition - a demonstration of their entertainment service before your celebration.

Select someone willing to audition his or her quality entertainment service:

The best way to know if a DJ/MC is qualified to provide a quality entertainment service is to audition their performance before your special event. An audition is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a trial performance to appraise a performer's merits." Don't just rely on a referral, video demo, affordable price, money back guarantee, or the free no obligation consultation. Ask for a demonstration of their skills as a Disc Jockey & Master of Ceremonies, quality equipment, and personalized service before the day of the event. Seeing is believing.

Don't make a final decision based on price:

Due to the fact that just about anyone can claim to be a "Professional DJ" or "provide a quality entertainment at an affordable price" keep in mind that Professional Mobile DJs who provide a higher quality entertainment service charge a higher price. Don't fall for gimmicks. The reason why "qualified" professionals charge more is because they offer you more experience, talent, and a higher level of service, expertise, and security. They also have an agreement, in writing, which guarantees that they will be the performer who will provide the entertainment. Quality entertainment service at a "budget price" doesn't make practical sense. It's not realistic. You get what you pay for when you hire a "qualified" professional.

In conclusion, you should keep in mind how important the entertainment is to the successful outcome of your special celebration. You should search for someone who has the experience, skills, unique talent, equipment, and the dependable service that will make your event a success. Look for a DJ who is capable of programming the appropriate music and a Master of Ceremonies who is well spoken - someone who can act as the director and entertain your guests. You need a person who can offer you unique ideas and advice - a person who will strive to exceed your expectations. Hire someone capable of auditioning his or her talents before the event. Anyone can claim to offer the best service, but until you see their performance, you will not know if they walk the talk. Since Professional Mobile DJs have a contract/agreement, make sure that you read it carefully before you sign it. This will ensure that you experience true "peace of mind" and a more enjoyable, stress free celebration.

Article By:
Jose Otero, of JustOutStanding Entertainment. Copyright 2009