Let me give you an idea of what residency means as a DJ and what employment status you should expect.
“Residency” is synonymous with “regularly” in employment terms.
When you become a resident DJ, it means you have secured a spot to play regularly at a bar, club or lounge.
Does it mean playing every day?
It depends on your agreement with the establishment.
This kind of arrangement usually involves a contract that outlays the specific details of your arrangement, almost always, including the compensation agreement.
What Advantages Do Resident DJs Get?
First, you get stability income-wise and work schedule-wise.
Since you have a specific schedule to follow, you know when you need to prepare.
You will also eventually form a fan base who will have a good idea when they can expect you to play at the venue.
Second, resident DJs get a lot of exposure.
Once you become a regular at a club or lounge, you will notice that there will be other performers as well.
You will get the chance to meet other performers and form a working relationship that can lead to further talent nurturing.
Connections are very important in any industry so the more people you meet, the more opportunities you get.
What Challenges Should You Expect?
Essentially there are several types of establishments that hire resident DJs.
If you happen to be on a cruise ship, expect to spend most of your time on the ship and waters.
This can be a challenge for those who get easily seasick or claustrophobic.
Another challenge is you usually get a steady stream of the audience – the majority of which will be the same people.
This means you need to make sure you change your mixes and update your tracks regularly.
DJing is a challenge but it’s one of those occupations you’ll never get bored of.