Portland Wedding DJ
BEFORE HIRING, HERE ARE SOME ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS. . .
With ANSWERS & ADVICE from Portland Dj Dan Weisman
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
1. What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
To respond quickly to their inquiries and determine my availability for their event. Seek an in person meeting whenever possible (Starbucks) and a phone conversation/interview to help me understand THEIR vision for their event and then discuss ways my dj services can bring their vision into a happy reality.
2. What types of customers have you worked with?
A point about my career that I am personally proud to say is that I have successfully piloted Many happy wedding couples of MANY ethnic, national & religious and non religious backgrounds.......For ex: a Mexican bride and Boston Irish groom... A Jewish groom and Catholic bride...A Hindu wedding of 300 + guests....Asian couples of Chinese, Japanese & Korean heritages... Additionally, I have gotten wonderful responses and return business with Many corporate clients who have a broad mix of age ranges and demographics under their employment.
3. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been an award winning professional in my field as both a nightclub club dj who has been hired for EVERY Dj position he has auditioned for AND I have successfully operated my own mobile DJ business for many years and MANY happy brides, corporations, organizations and special festivals and events.
4. Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
This past year I designed & played a special playlist for The Portland Montessori Annual Fund Raiser Event for 300 people at The Melody Ballroom in Portland and provided flawless sound for the live auction with a 4 speaker array. I also created an adapted slide show above the stage timed for the live auction items... a very successful evening all around. I have (4 years running) designed the theme music for the annual 'Wailea Party of the Year' benefiting the children of Montessori Hale o Keiki in Kihei, HI. My duties included providing a nuanced mix of old Hollywood Movies era music, a live auction featuring background tinsel town music and live announcements for auction items. Three separate sound zones and audio big screen presentations...PHEW! OH, the last 2 hours climaxes into live, party club jams!
5. What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
"Assuming you are available for our date, What is your professional background & track record?"
"Does your business have current Liability Insurance for the venue (2 mil/2 mil)?" In my case YES!
"Can you please list in DETAIL all the specific duties and equipment services I will be paying for?"
"What are your minimal hourly rates AND overtimes rates and are there any set up fees, consultation fees or other surprise fees added on at the end of the event?"
"Will you guarantee in writing a specific MC or Dj whom we are requesting?"
"Will you guarantee backup sound system components On Site in the event of an unforeseen equipment failure?"
6. Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
Summer Saturdays (May through September) are the premium booking days because of the limited seasonal availability. Which is why they typically cost more. I adjust and negotiate for other week days as well. I have three basic price packages and a flexible payment plan for my premium services which is budget friendly for my clients. The 1st deposit reserves my services. I invite comparison. The balance can be paid in a 2nd or 3rd payment as well. Please visit my website and click on the 'Services' Tab.
7. How did you get started doing this type of work?
After a successful 2 year stint with a comedy troupe, I auditioned for a nightclub Dj position at a restaurant's bar/disco. I quickly realized I possessed a gift for reading a crowd and leading a crowd with party song selections. I then evolved my artistry as a song mixologist / announcer & mc. I have, over my career worked vigorously in both areas of my twin passions for comedy improv performing & teaching and as a party music dj. (Please look me up on Google by my name under www.ImprovComedyCoach.com
8. What advice would you give a client looking to hire a dj in your area of work?
Whether you're a local customer or travelling thousands of miles as a destination bride or client.......Talk with your vendors and see if THEY LISTEN to YOUR vision for your event. It's a wise policy: "Seek FIRST to understand. Then seek to be understood."