The past four years has been an interesting, wonderful and exciting ride. There has been so much that Iâ€™ve done that I never expected to do when I stared DJing online four years ago. Iâ€™ve meet so many interesting people, joined so many interesting topics, every now and then I get a story about how what Iâ€™ve done has affected someone (which shocks me the most). The friends, â€œfamilyâ€, and people Iâ€™ve loved throughout this process has made every single moment worth it. Four years ago, I would have never, ever, thought that anything Iâ€™ve done, accomplished, achieved, would come true.
As I think and look back on the past four years, I realize that although Iâ€™ve made mistakes but I donâ€™t regret them (I may feel sad about them, wish I hadnâ€™t made them, but no regrets). With the mistakes Iâ€™ve had great experiences and have learned a lot, the good about being an online DJ, taking it seriously, and being dedicated to it outweighs the bad 10 fold. There have been a few things Iâ€™ve learned that I wish to share; I feel these lessons not only apply to being an online DJ, or just a DJ period, but to life:
- Take risks â€“ when Iâ€™ve succeeded itâ€™s been because of a risk. Iâ€™ve put myself, my wallet, and my passion on the line so many times and I would do it again. Taking a risk does not mean you have to be not in control, taking a risk means try something new, get out of the box that you may be stuck in and try a new idea. If it works, great! If it doesnâ€™t, maybe it just needs some fine tuning.
- Listen to your critics and your friends, then listen to your self â€“ this has been the best advice Iâ€™ve ever been given. Listen to those people who hate you, who donâ€™t think you are ever going to make it or succeed. Befriend some of them even, they will help you out, point out flaws that you may have, and help you to work on them. Your critics will teach you about yourself. Listen to your friends, ask yourself what they like, what they donâ€™t like, they will always be your supporters (and we all need support!) Your friends will pull you through the hardships and rough times. Listen to yourself, sit back and listen to that voice inside of yourself that tells you where you should be headed, what should you be doing, and where you will end up. Listening to yourself keeps you honest, not with everyone else, but with the person that matters most. You.
- Trust yourself, period â€“ this is harsh advice, while friends, family, significant others may have the best intentions, the only person to truly trust is yourself. If you donâ€™t trust yourself, you will not trust anyone else. You CAN do it, you CAN succeed if you put your mind to it. Make the impossible, possible by trusting in YOU.
- Stand your ground â€“ regardless of who it is. Stand your ground if you feel right about it. Iâ€™m not saying be an asshole and think that everyone else is wrong, what Iâ€™m saying is bend, donâ€™t break. Listen to other opinions, thoughts, and even if you feel that they are wrong, listen to them but donâ€™t let them change who you are. Know your position and stand on it. If you donâ€™t have a position, then be firm on that too.
- Be yourself â€“ nothing, at all, that I have ever done as a DJ has been out of character. Iâ€™ve always been myself, Iâ€™ve always been honest and upfront, and I will always be just that. If you donâ€™t like my music or donâ€™t like a particular song I love, great! If I look funny to you or seem a bit weird, thatâ€™s fine. It is all of those things that make me who I am. Iâ€™m not going to change my look, what I do, how I do things because one person doesnâ€™t like it. Iâ€™m going to keep to myself, my style and just be me, regardless of where I am.
Itâ€™s been four years to the day that Iâ€™ve been DJing and it has been an amazing ride so far. Iâ€™m nowhere near done though. There is still much to accomplish, to do, and to set out for. I would like to thank everyone who has been a part of these four years for a great amazing journey, and I want them to continue to hang on. There is still oh so much to do!