I didn't write that comment you responded to, so I'm not quite sure why my name randomly got brought up as if you were addressing me lol... but I'll bite.I feel you and you keep going to the mechanic you're used to dealing with. My mechanic is a great one and the people that work for him are great as well. They stay busy. Sometimes I have to call first to see when they can fit me in.
They have a lot of business coming there way and some repeat customers. So all those people can't feel that they are being taken advantage of. Besides I go there for peace of mind instead of taking a chance on someone else who might be cheaper but also not get the job done right.
You've been on here a lot of years and I know you've heard of a horror story where someone booked a DJ because their price was super low, only to wish they had spent more money on another DJ that would have more than likely done a much better job.
Taso no disrespect sir but I'm sure you've heard people say your price was ridiculously high and no way they would pay that much. I bet you also have heard people say they wished they would have booked you instead of who they booked. Sometimes it's just worth spending a little bit more money because the results you get are worth it.
Then again it's about you and anybody else on here. Hopefully people are booking you because they feel you're the right DJ for the event and they feel comfortable with you. If they don't feel that way then they shouldn't book you or me.
Lots of people say I am expensive, know I'm worth it and wish they could book me, but can't afford it... many people that even book me say I'm expensive, but they all say I'm worth it. Many people think I'm expensive and would never pay that much or think I or any dj is worth the price point i am at... but they don't tell me that because they never really contact me to begin with... but I do know it's being said. I rarely hear someone say they wish they booked me instead of the person they did hire. Once in a blue moon I get hired for a sweet 16 for one daughter when they went with someone cheaper for the first daughter... but I rarely hear someone say they wished they got me instead. Why?... probably pride... or perhaps there's never another chance for it to be brought to my attention that their event would've been better off with me.
Everyone does what they can that's best for them. I respect that. I'll never tell someone with a budget of $1000 their event is going to suck, or make them feel uncomfortable and try to pressure them to book me. I do believe in purchasing the best you can for what you can afford and doing your research, and I will gladly help them find a dj in their price range if they do contact me unknowingly of my price range. Unfortunately, hiring a dj is something that is time sensitive, and you can't really "Save" for one as you would say a brand new tv or a better computer. You gotta do the best you can at the moment with what you got. It's why I sought after 2 sets of clientele...a wealthier clientele with disposable income, and a clientele that values entertainment enough to invest heavily into it, even if it means cutting back on other things. I also recognized that no one location directly has enough of these clientele from a word of mouth perspective at this point in my career (I still need to reach more mouths), and I had to diversify my markets and be willing to travel. I don't take offense to someone saying I'm expensive... mostly because over the years it's been justified by the clients I do have. If I didn't have the number of bookings I do, then I would need to reevaluate.
Everyone has a different struggle in this business. Some can't reach enough clients, some reach a lot but don't know how to close the sale, some don't know how to increase pricing or get bigger paying events, and some just don't know what they're doing period... they just like to dj and that's all they're good at. My personal struggle is to maintain my edge over other dj's in the markets I compete in, as well as finding ways to stand out and services to offer so I don't become stale, while also getting clients to book bigger packages with me so I make more per event.
Mix, you seem to be caught up in the "you love to dj, but have absolutely no clue how to run a business" situation. There is no one thing alone that can help you... and normally I'd say you probably need to join another company who will handle all of these aspects for you, and you just show up and do what you love. However, I think you love to dj only a particular genre or style of music for a certain demographic. You've literally been on these boards for years and I can't recall the last time you did a legitimate private event or wedding at a reputable venue solely on your own as the main dj/mc... and many of these other events you do, you always have issues.Therefore you wouldn't be of any use to a company who attracts the generic kind of client... the one that would request genres and songs you're not experienced in playing such as drake and marshmello and lil uzi and galantis... one that would give you long playlists to follow for dancing music, dinner music, etc... and one that you won't have any personal connection to... all things you've admitted you don't like. With all that said, Mix... just keep doing what you're doing, but please stop complaining about it, because as you've proven time and time again, you won't change... and if you don't change... nothing else will.