How To Become A Radio DJ

1. Make contact

If you have a favorite radio station or favorite DJ, get in touch with that company or person, and tell them how you’re really interested in the job. If you get an internship, then that’s awesome. The best thing you can do is to get an internship as early on in your career as possible.

2. Be open-minded

If you’re a lover of the rock genre, you can’t just play rock music all day long. You have to be willing to play some Lady Gaga or Katy Perry once in a while. That is your job as a radio DJ. You have to suit your musical tastes to your target demographic. Even if you’re a metal head, if you’re working at a hiphop station, you can’t insist on your music. That’s just not how it works.

3. Be willing to move

If you’re going to be a radio DJ, you better be ready to move into other states or places. The job is going to take you far and wide, and what you have armed with you is already in you–your voice. You have to make sacrifices like not seeing your family. You can’t have success without sacrifice.

4. You’ve got to work

Some people would say “I don’t want to do that,” “I don’t want to wake up in the morning for a morning show,” that has no place in the industry.

5. Be ready to be poor

Radio is not really the most lucrative work in the world. If you’re an intern, you work for free. So there’s that. Be prepared to be living on scraps for a while if you really want to get in radio.