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    Starting late in DJing

    Just curious. Anyone starting late in DJing at age 28 or early thirties? I tried after high school but academia and college took over my life. Now I'm out of college and pretty serious in becoming a professional DJ. Any advice on "critical first steps" in this path?

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    Welcome to DJF, particulars. Check out the beginner's guide in my signature or the sticky in the beginner's section.
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    It depends on what kind of DJ you want to be? A mobile DJ? Mainstream club DJ? Something more underground?

    Personally I started young, I learned to DJ when I was 13.. I wanted to work in radio.. real radio, when that was still something important. But I ended up doing other things. In my early 30's I got into the electronic music scene and started DJing there and producing some events. I don't do it for a living, it's for fun. If I had pushed harder I could have probably played gigs in different parts of the world and made a small name for myself .. but I kept it casual. I don't play as much as I used to but I still enjoy it. I have other work that pays the rent tho.

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    I started DJing when I was 20. I am now 39 and only play live on radio shows - I am too old to be trotting around the club scene here - I am in a new state and city and there is a scene here I do not want to get involved in.

    I played out at clubs, lounges, bars, parties and such when I was still in my 20s. I cannot imagine working myself into a new scene now as an old man. I never made much money from my gigs - certainly not enough for that to be my main occupation. I cannot stay out until 3 in the morning hanging out with players in the scene here and getting gigs after tons of time and energy put into playing at a club.

    I also do some mobile DJing here and there - so I get my fix of playing for a live crowd there. Not really any age restrictions in that aspect.

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    The only thing about starting at an older age is people expect more from you than a teenager or someone in their early twenties.

    So make sure you're well prepared for whichever type of DJing you choose.
    And make sure you get in a lot of practice at a minimum.
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    You might find this video helpful. Let me know if you have any questions after you watch it.

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    I started at 37. I have a job/career in graphic design, so I recognize DJing is a hobby that can make a little money on the side. I just enjoy playing the local clubs and regional events.

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    nice! i am inspired

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