So you’ve landed a few paying DJ gigs – time to celebrate! In fact, you may be tempted to call into your day gig and give it the flick. Hold on there, sonny. It’s not quite time to count your chickens before they’ve hatched. Before embarking on a full time DJ career, you may want to learn how to balance the two vocations at once. Let’s check out how to balance a day job and a budding DJ career.
While it may be tempting to brush up on those mixing skills while on the clock at your day job, or read industry magazines or blogs, save it for the lunch break. There’s a lot of integrity in doing what you’re paid for when you’re paid for it and saving your other aspirations for outside of those hours. After all, you wouldn’t want to email Steve from Payroll while burning the roof of the club, would you?
Clearly divide your time so that you are in your day role while you’re there, and save the progress on your DJ career for when you’re off the clock.
Rest and Balance
You might end up getting tempted to burn the candle at both ends. Staying up late to practice your spinning, or saying yes to a Sunday night set despite having to be up at six or seven on Monday morning. While this can work in the short term, in the end you’ll end up losing. Lack of sleep will impact your performance at the day job, but you’ll also find it will seep into your mixing. Your reflexes will slow, your judgement will get sloppy and you may find yourself making amateur mistakes that you thought you’d never make again.
Get enough rest between jobs and you’ll shine at both of them.
Also, balance is important. Eat balanced meals. Balance the time between your jobs with good food and plenty of water. Also, make time for friends and family. Although it might seem as though there’s precious little to go around those social connections are great for your wellbeing.
Work Smarter, Not Harder
If you’re truly seeking flexibility between the two jobs, why not think about ways you can hack your work? Maybe your boss will let you work from home for a day or two, cutting down commute time and leaving time to mix or promote your DJ brand? Or install a DJ app on your tablet and practice on the train to and from work. Think outside the box and amaze yourself!