One essential mindset change you need to make to become a DJ…

I have a lot of different interests that I’m really passionate about, and I love sharing those things by teaching other people. Over the last several years I’ve started a business consulting company, I ran a firearms instruction business, I had a resume writing service, I worked as a French tutor, and a bunch of other random endeavors too.

Through all of these different pursuits there is one big lesson that I’ve learned in each and every one: you don’t have to be the best, you just have to be better than the clients you serve.

So for example, I’m not the best French speaker in the world. I speak close to fluently, but native speakers will realize pretty fast I’m not French. With that being said, I was the best French speaker at my university and I knew I had valuable knowledge to pass on to other people, so I felt confident working as a French tutor.

The same was true for teaching firearms. I compete in shooting sports and while I’m far from the best shooter, my business was tailored towards women who wanted to learn how to shoot but were intimidated by the firearms world. For this specific group of people, I had a ton of valuable knowledge to teach and they cared less about me being the best in the world, and more about the fact that I made the information comfortable and accessible for them.

I’m sure by now you’re wondering why I’m sharing all of these personal stories. The point is tons of DJs today look at people like Deadmau5, Tiesto, or Justice and say “well I can’t work as a DJ because I’m not as good as those guys.” It’s so sad when I hear people say these things and give up before really even making an effort.

The fact of the matter is that you’re not competing against Tiesto or Deadmau5. On any given weekend, people are going to go out to dance and have a good time and somebody has to entertain them. No one is going say “That DJ was good but he’s no Tiesto. I think I’ll stay home until Tiesto comes to town.” Once again, you don’t have to be the best DJ in the world, you just have to be the best DJ in the room, or the best DJ who applies for the gig.

Now that’s not meant to be a cop-out. Obviously, you always strive to provide the highest value possible and you must constantly be honing your craft, but the point is you don’t have to be the best right out of the gate. Everyone starts at the bottom and works their way up.

The great news is today there are some amazing ways that you can speed up your progress and learn how to DJ incredibly fast. Check out our online DJ school at It’s a website that offers extremely affordable lessons from expert DJs that you can follow along with right in your own home. They’ll show you everything from the right gear to buy, essential tips and techniques, to the newest trends and tricks, all to save you time and money on your journey to becoming an amazing DJ.

The point is, don’t worry about what anyone else is doing. Focus on building your own skills. Work hard to become the favorite DJ at a local venue, then work towards becoming the most highly demanded DJ in your area. Then you can worry about being as good as Justice.