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Mobile Beat readers are interested in information about how to improve everything. This is a place we put articles that we don’t have another place for.

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Getting There with Style and Efficiency

May 26, 2017 by MarkEvans
While visiting the North American International Auto Show in Detroit recently, I thought it would be fun to try and find the “ultimate DJ vehicle.” For many years I have heard of DJs using trucks, vans and SUVs from solid brands like Ford and GM, and here were plenty of big trucks and vans from many manufacturers at the show, but the one that caught my eye was the 2017 Ford Transit. This full-size van can be configured to fit just about every DJ’s needs. The Transit is newer to the American market but has been in Europe since 1965. Several years ago, Ford stopped production of the popular Econoline van to bring the Transit to the U.S. and ... [read more]
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The Profile Page – It’s Back!

May 22, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Mobile Beat is always thinking of new ways to bring you better content. We strive to be on the cutting edge of what is new, important and relevant to our industry. We cover the big topics of gear, music, performance and people. The first three topics are very well represented in Mobile Beat, but we felt that the "people" section needed some attention. So, resurrecting the Profile page to spotlight those impacting the DJ world in a positive and unique way was an easy decision. Each month Mobile Beat is going to interview a DJ, entertainer or artist that stands out in our industry. We need YOUR input. It's a big world. Tell us who you would li... [read more]
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Cruise Ship Entertainment – An Exclusive Mobile Beat Expose

May 18, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
Are you going through MBLV  convention withdrawals? Do you wish there was another one before March 2018? The staff at Mobile Beat listened and have responded in a big way! This November (25-30) we are taking the show from the deserts of Nevada to the high seas of the Caribbean. A fun filled cruise from sunny Miami to the Dominican Republic and Turks & Caicos Islands on board the Carnival Sensation. Five days of family fun, sun, seminars and networking. In conjunction with the November cruise, Mobile Beat wanted to know everything about ship entertainment and being a cruise ship DJ. We reached out to Alex Dena (Carnival Cruise Line Supe... [read more]
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Are You Summerized?

May 18, 2017 by Stu Chisholm
It might seem silly, with the snowflakes still dancing outside the window for many of us, to be thinking about summer. Just as a smart DJ starts contacting Christmas clients in July, he or she will also be planning ahead for those warm summer months just weeks away. On the business end, most of us have companies, businesses and groups that have summer picnics and fairs to contact, not to mention planning the second phase of our wedding advertising; the bridal show season has yet to peak! Right now is not too early. There are also those other, less obvious things we should be thinking about. Sunshine on his shoulders might’ve made John Denver happy, bu... [read more]
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Comedian Don Grey On The Funnier Side of Performing Better

May 10, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
We all know that engaging our audience is a crucial part of having a successful event. The ability to properly use humor is just as much a learned skill as any other in our bag of tricks. But the fact is that some of us are just not as funny as we think we are. There is hope though. I sat down with comedian Don Grey recently to get his thoughts on how to effectively use comedy to make our performances better. It's no joke: According to Don, comedy is serious business. MikeC: Hey Don, I appreciate you taking time out on the ship to sit with me. How long have you been doing comedy for Carnival? DonG: My pleasure. I started on Carnival back in 2... [read more]
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Staying On Top of Your Business After Transitioning to Full Time

May 5, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Congratulations! You just made the transition from part time DJ, to full time DJ! You have chosen to take on your business full throttle and invest in yourself. In this blog, we will discuss a few tips on how to make sure you're able to keep your full time status. These are just a few key ways to stay on top of your business! Make sure your website is ALWAYS up to date! Keep your site updated with your recent work. Include photos, videos, anything that shows your crowd having a good time! You can even incorporate blogs, thus eventually leading to another stream of income from ads if you stick to it. Keep your social media up to dat... [read more]
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Book of the Month: Unshakeable By Tony Robbins

April 28, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
If "macro" and "micro economics" and "fiduciary" sound like items on an Indian take out menu to you, don't feel bad. Understanding the world of finance, the stock market, and planning for retirement is mind boggling. My eyes just glaze over any time someone starts "speaking" math. The hard truth is that in today's world of an uncertain economy and individual retirement plans, one has to be very savvy and knowledgeable to get ahead of the game and have financial security. Super lifestyle guru Tony Robbins' new book Unshakeable decodes the financial gibberish and double-talk of Wall Street into a navigable plan of action for financi... [read more]
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Eagles Only, No Pigeons – Get Disrupted!

April 13, 2017 by Michael Cordeiro
We may not always realize it, but personal and professional development go hand in hand. We can only do our best when we are at our best. Many of us tend to put more emphasis on our professional skills than developing our life skills. We practice our microphone techniques, improve transitions, build better playlists and hone our mixing skills. Our spiritual, mental and physical well being takes work as well. How much time do you actually spend developing the best YOU? At MBLV21 this year attendees were blessed with many great seminars and speakers. One of the best was by our host - Todd Mitchem at the end of the conference. Todd's seminar foc... [read more]
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Should I Go Full Time? Pt. 3

April 13, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Welcome back to Part 3 of “Should I Go Full Time?” series. If you haven’t read Part 1 or 2, make sure you’re caught up before proceeding to Part 3! In Part 1, we asked ourselves the question “Is THIS the right time? How do I know if this is the right time?” and in Part 2 we went through 4 questions that should help you determine whether you have the necessary equipment and consistent gigs to help you make the decision to go full time. Now, we will talk about how to keep your full time status, and tips to prevent you from having to retreat back to part time to supplement your income. Staying visible. Be open to smaller jobs! Smaller jobs more often than not lead to bigger jobs. This will prove that you’re willing to go above and beyond to work with your client, and that it’s not j... [read more]
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Should I Go Full Time? Pt. 2

April 5, 2017 by Stephen J Clayton
Welcome back "Should I Go Full Time?" The series. Last week we talked about the "feeling" you get when you start to desire going full time. In this post we'll ask 5 questions that you will help you determine if it's "time" to go full time DJ. Obviously making the move from part time to full time DJ has a lot to do with your mindset, to begin. Are you mentally ready to take on full financial responsibility working for yourself? My basketball coach, John Masi at UC Riverside used to say, “you can’t be Mental Midgets”.  You have to be tough enough in your minds to overcome the obstacles in front of you. If you already have dou... [read more]