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In many ways wedding professionals don’t get the respect they deserve.

  • Wedding photographers are criticized by peers for “selling out” and taking an “easy” job.
  • Wedding planners are mockingly referred to as former brides who just didn’t want to stop planning the wedding.
  • Wedding DJs are stereotyped as obnoxious, cheesy hacks who “just play music.”
  • Insert the business of any wedding professional who’s sick and tired of answering the questions, “So what’s your day job?”

Mark Ferrell is on a mission to change all that for wedding DJs.  But Mark’s message applies to all of us, regardless of our profession.  He urges us to do what we’re passionate about and reminds us about the importance of what we do.

You only get one shot on the wedding day.  It’s one of the most important days in the couple’s entire life, a day so much bigger than that couple getting married that it’s been ritualized by societies for thousands of years.  Each of us owns a piece of that celebration of life and love.

Are you going to tell me that’s not important?  That it’s “just” a wedding?

Even more importantly, Mark charges us to be passionate about what we do…or else get out…and push ourselves to the next level of excellence.  Not only so that we get paid what we deserve, but so that we can deliver the level of service our clients deserve.

Are you constantly learning and improving your skills?  Are you investing in education and personal development?”

The better you are,” Mark says, “the more you know you need training.”

If you’re ready for a dose of inspiration, prepare to be moved and listen to Mark Ferrell’s heart felt interview.  It’s 20 minutes that might just change your wedding business and your life, if you let it.

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3 thoughts on “How to Get Paid More and Earn the Respect You Deserve”

  1. Anonymous says:

    A caring, passionate DJ/MC will add so much more emotion and fun to a wedding reception than just a DJ that only knows how to play music and makes simple, lame announcements.

    Truth between, DJ rates are a great indicator of their overall experience and class of service.

    Robert Bonham
    Seattle Wedding DJ/MC
    Music De-Lite

  2. Anonymous says:

    I am always amazed when the subject of vendors is brought up and most of the time the minister is not mentioned. Five years from now when our couples sit down and watch their wedding video, one of the main highlights that will bring tears to their eyes will be the ceremony. Passion is a strong desire or devotion to some activity, which in our case is the wedding. Passion for what we do, that is not based on greed, will always place us above the competition. It gives us the drive to do something in the best interest of our clients and not ourselves. After officiating 80,000 plus weddings, my passion is still there for my client. As Mark said, “Passion will push you to the next step in excellence.” Thanks for the article. Rev. Ron of San Diego

  3. Anonymous says:

    I have the utmost respect for Mark. He is a highly sought after speaker in the DJ / Entertainment field. I’ve been a DJ for over 20 years and have begun to put several of his tips in to action. Stay focused everyone.

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