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#46 The Spindoctor

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:18 PM

Sometimes you read a thread and it is so inspirational that you just have to say something.

Darren I'm not gonna waffle on as its probably the last thing you want, but more power to you mate. I thought DJ'ing was hard enough if you were able bodied but you are an inspiration to us and all the younger members joining, keep it up my friend.

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:20 PM

Agree with everything everbody has said, except the kisses to everyone !!. Won't write loads about the respect etc etc because you probably don't want to hear it, but I for one cannot express how much courage it must take.


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#48 Dj SBD

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:24 PM

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#49 Hugmaster

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:45 PM

Hi

thanks for the kind words.

Well, DJing is hard, too right, but it something that I always wanted to do. Remember back when you were in your last few years at school and the careers advisors came round asking what you wanted to do the rest of your life? Well, when I said I wanted to be a DJ, she nearly fell off her seat. Consequently I went to college to do business studies. that was back in 1986.

It was only by a fluke that I did a summer ball for a college I was working for, with borrowed equipment that I ever managed to follow my dream. The gig was a barnstormer and have found it hard to replecate since, but wow did it give me the kick up the a$$ or what!

DJing has taken a bit of a back seat as mortgages have to be paid and I have to spend time with Louise my partner, but I still get out when I fancy an ego stretch. I'm also concentrating more on building up my online ventures so I can retire to a nice beech somewhere soon *grin*

It's the oddest thing though, when I'm doing gigs, folks don't tend to realise I'm blind until later on in the night, and once they find out, they tend to think you're a better DJ than you really are. In truth I'm no more or less good/professional than most of the people on here, the blindness seems to make people think I'm embued with superman like tallents...very weird.

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#50 Hugmaster

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:50 PM

Hi again

Don't know what happened there, just chopped my message short.

that was about it though, took me 12 years to realise my dreeam, so you youngsters out there that may be told you can't do this job or that job, stuff 'em, if it's realistic and you want to do it, follow you dream, you only pass this way once and it's not a practise run for something else...just do it!

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 12:56 PM

I think it would be very patronising for people to think that you were a better Dj because you were blind.... I think that most of us here are extremely impressed that you have not let your sight get in the way of your dreams. The public are very honest and blind or not, if you were crap then they would tell you! Its great that anyone who does have a disability can turn things round into ability!
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#52 Hugmaster

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 04:07 PM

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I think you're absolutely spot on, if folks think you're crap they'll tell you alright. I did most of my first gigs in small pubs and social clubs in the Black Country. Anyone who lives or knows the area will tell you that they don't mince words.

for anyone starting out on this adventure of DJing, do yourself a favour, try and get to know someone who's been doing it a while and is successful, they may be able to open doors for your that you can't imagine.

I was very lucky when I started that I got to know a DJ called Andy Tain. Fortunately for me he was able to teach me a lot about the equipment, especially lighting and explain things in a way that a blind person can relate to. I still call him from time to time when I hear of a new bit of kit and ask him what the crack is, yes he's a dealer, but he very rarely makes any money out of me, bloody fool!

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Posted 29 July 2003 - 07:01 PM

Loads of respect to you Darren and dont let anything stop you,nothing is impossible. My son is handicapped, he uses a prothesis as his right leg has been amputated below the knee and nothing stops him doing whatever he wants! Good Luck to ya mate 042.gif
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Posted 30 July 2003 - 04:51 PM

Darren,

Thanks for responding to my earlier questions. I did initially think twice about bringing up the subject but I think you can tell by the respnses from other members that I wasn't the only one who was inspired by your achievement.

You also mention that DJing has taken a back seat so that you can concentrate on you on-line business - now I am being nosey - what is the business?

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#55 Hugmaster

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Posted 30 July 2003 - 07:54 PM

Hi

Regarding my online activities. I'm working on several ieas for websites using affiliate programs as a potential income generator.

If you're not familiar with affiliate programs, this is how it works.

You join a program, like Amazon's associate program, you provide links to their website, and, if someone comes to your website and clicks on the Amazon link, and then buys something from them, you get a percentage.

There are plenty of people making a good earner from this kind of program, and it does take time.

Current website I'm working on include:

Eighties music
Eighties movies
Eighties memorabilia

I've got one or two others in the pipeline but not sure If I'm going to run with them yet.

I'm also working on a new website for Big Mix Entertainment, as I felt it needed updating and revamping, will post details as they become available.

If you want to know more about affiliate marking, go to www.associateprograms.com it's an excellent source of info for newbies and experts alike.

Darren
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