DJ school enrollment rises in spite of recession

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The deejay business would seem to be as vulnerable to the recession as anything: When people are short on cash, isn't clubbing one of the first things to go?

Maybe, but apparently quite a few Junior Vazquez wannabes are hoping that the market will turnaround. Time reports that enrollment at NYC deejay school DubSpot has doubled in the past year, as laid-off financial wizards realize that money isn't everything, and take a shot at a dream career.

According to Time, "New York is not the only city enjoying a deejay boomlet. In San Francisco, the D4LIFE Academy's student registrations are up 40% over the last 12 months. Sasha Tosic, founder of DJ4LIFE, also says enrollment has risen in Los Angeles, Chicago and Las Vegas. Robb Smith, owner of Central Florida-based FAME training school, has seen a 20% jump in deejay certifications this year. Aspiring deejays are flooding the schools, and flooding the market."

And there's the problem: Demand for deejays is stagnant at best and the supply is increasing. And while the DJ courses are surprisingly affordable, the equipment needed to start your own business can be expensive.

If it's something you're passionate about, it might be worth a try. But as a way to make ends meet after you've lost a job, deejaying is pretty low on the list. It just takes too long to earn a return on your investment.

But if you're still interested in exploring a career as a DJ, there are a number of resources out there including the obligatory DJing for Dummies. But like most glamor jobs, there's too much of a disconnect between supply and demand for it to be a lucrative career choice. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, "Median hourly earnings of announcers in the radio and television broadcasting industry were $11.52."

If TV and radio announcers earn so little, how much can you possibly make playing "American Pie" at weddings?
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