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rickryan.com

DJ Extraordinaire
Dec 9, 2009
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www.RickRyan.com
#1
Another "life lesson" today learned. You guys may remember the photog friend, with whom I parted ways a couple of years back? Husband-wife team and he got pissed that my wife wanted to do wedding photography as well (claimed he wasn't upset), and he quit booking my DJs with his packages and went to my competitor. He was supplying about 20% of my bookings, although there was very, very little margin for me on his gigs. A year later, he was tired of the other DJ's lack of communication and asked me if I'd start working with him again, but under the condition that I'd put up a DJ-only website for him to reference. I decided to pass. During that time, he and his wife had partnered up with another photog couple and they formed a new company. It was a tough decision but I decided to stay on my own and not go back to working with him.

Fast forward to yesterday, I spoke to the guy's partner and found out their partnership dissolved. My former friend's wife is now only shooting elopements and he is, get this...........selling used cars. After completely laughing my arse off for a few minutes it really hit home that you should never let yourself get in the position where someone else is feeding you. Do your OWN marketing and cut your OWN deals and make your OWN profits. It's never wise to trust your fortunes to the whims of others.
 

Scott Hanna

DJ Extraordinaire
Oct 25, 2006
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Cleveland, OH
www.djincleveland.com
#3
I enjoy working with other individuals or companies in certain situations, but I admit I lose patience quicker than I used to. I have no problem with a difference of opinion, and I try my darndest to understand where the other side is coming from. I'm sure I'm not successful every time.
But when I am disagreeing with someone in a business deal and they've made it obvious they are only thinking about themselves and not trying to come up with a mutually beneficial stance, I cut the cord as I can tell the business relationship isn't going to last.
 

Ausumm

Day Late and a Dollar Short
Oct 21, 2008
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www.mikefoxx.com
#4
It's never wise to trust your fortunes to the whims of others.
Don't DEPEND on others for your fortune,
but nothing wrong with making a couple of extra bucks off of them now and then.

In your case, I think it's better that you parted ways...
 

rickryan.com

DJ Extraordinaire
Dec 9, 2009
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Hendersonville, TN
www.RickRyan.com
#5
Don't DEPEND on others for your fortune,
but nothing wrong with making a couple of extra bucks off of them now and then.

In your case, I think it's better that you parted ways...
I'm always up for a good referral now and then. However, in my gut I knew I was letting this guy control too much of my business. Referrals and leads need to be spread out across as many referrers as you can get. This guy tried his best to get me to go into biz with him and I certainly KNEW better than to get into that trap. I would've ended up losing my entire DJ/Lighting biz. I just think it's funny that he apparently met his match and lost his own photography biz to someone else.
 

DJ Ricky B

DJ Extraordinaire
Mar 9, 2015
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#6
I went from getting 30% of my work from the agency to ZERO from them. ...I am slower this year!

It is what it is though. I have 3 future gigs booked through another DJ this year. Everything else is my own.
 
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