FLASHBACK ARTICLE FROM MAY 2011
Hat? What do hats have to do with DJs and Entertainment? I’m not talking about the hats we put on, but the hats we wear… that probably didn’t help either.
What I mean is that we all wear different hats for different duties or tasks; they help us portray the image of how we act or how we want people to see us. For example, your “dad” hat is completely different from your “golf buddy.” We simply don’t act the same around our children as we do around our buddies. Most people wear several hats in a day, and for the most part, we don’t pay much attention or even notice the hat change. The work hat, the neighbor hat, the parent hat, the spouse hat, the friend hat, etc. As DJs and Entertainers, we often wear several hats on the same night; think about the hat you wear at the beginning of a wedding reception and the one at the end. Well, the reason I bring this up is because of a wedding I did just on April 23rd. I had lots of hats…
If you are a regular reader of Disc Jockey News, (thank you)… you will remember last month; I talked about becoming ordained so I could perform the wedding ceremony for a friend of the family. Well, at this affair, I had to be a little bit of everything; I was the officiant for the ceremony, the wedding planner for the ceremony and reception, the wedding coordinator who had to pull it all together, I provided the on-site sound system for the ceremony, taught one of the ushers how and when to operate it, then I was the MC and DJ for the reception, as well as a guest for the event. A guest who promised his wife… “I can probably be like 50% DJ and 50% husband.” Yeah, that’ll work great. I can see it now: the dinner music will just play, I can sit and eat with my wife and friends, then just run up on stage when I need to, then when everyone is dancing, I can set up 2 or 3 songs to “auto-mix” and mingle a bit. I am recently 40 years old, and here’s what I have figured out in that time: there is no such thing as the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus, or a 50% DJ! I think my wife knew this going into this wedding, but she’s a trooper. I am also doing all of this for free as a gift to the bride and groom.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I LOVE to juggle all those balls and wear all the hats; it’s what I do best, but this particular event was different in that I had to change personalities from the officiant at the ceremony to the mc at the reception, to the do at the dance -all the time while trying to be a guest. The first thing I did was to change clothes; I literally changed out of the suit I wore for the ceremony and into different shoes, put on a vest rather than a jacket, and a different tie. I wanted to make sure I looked different from the guy who performed the ceremony.
As the day went on, and I slipped into and out of different hats, it made me think about all the hats we wear every day in this business as DJs, entertainers, MCs, salespersons, marketing gurus, technicians, sanger, Reverend and sometimes guidance counselor. And let’s not forget parents, spouses, friends, and coaches, just to name a few.
Maybe that’s why I love this business and industry so much. Every day is different but kinda the same, and we get to do so many different things. Anybody who calls it work probably isn’t doing it right.
Here’s to livin’ the dream, one hat at a time.
FLASHBACK ARTICLE FROM MAY 2011