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Career Guide for Disc jockey Studies

Disc jockey or DJ is a person who plays canned music to a wide variety of audiences and purposes. DJs are generally employed at radio stations, nightclubs, discotheques, or parties. These entertainment professionals are expected to have a good understanding and appreciation of music. Some disc jockeys work at special events such as weddings, anniversaries, corporate events, bar mitzvahs, and other events that require musical entertainment. Disc jockeys must have a good personality, be able to deal with the general public, and handle song requests. Ensuring clients are happy is an integral part of this role, particularly if working independently. It is one of those professions where one can enjoy a leisure activity and make a living.

Courses and Eligibility:

Candidates are required to have good knowledge of DJ mixers (which is used to mix the music) and effects processors (i.e., equalizer, chorus, octave delays, etc.). A course in public-speaking or a course in Mass Communication could come in handy.

Career Prospects:

Disc jockeys often work at radio stations, playing music and announcing it to listeners. Since there is usually a wide offering of radio stations in each of the major metro cities, there is always a need for disc jockeys. Although competition can be high for this position, turnover is equally high, allowing for job openings on a regular basis. Adding to the job prospects is the possibility for disc jockeys to work on an independent basis or as part of a larger organization. Servicing private events opens up many job opportunities for disc jockeys. They can also work on contractual bases with banquets halls, discotheques, farmhouses, or places where party events are organized.

Remuneration:

DJs can earn anywhere between Rs. 5,000 and 8,000 per night for private parties, depending upon the nature of the party. It can also vary on the basis of popularity and reputation of the DJ.

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