DJ schools get boost from recession

May 12, 2009 3:14:40 PM PDT
Given the tough economic times, some people are finding a new calling. And it's one with a musical tune.They're heading to disc jockey school, to learn to become a DJ.

"I never touched a turn table before," Danny Earl Woodson said.

But when he lost his job in fashion, he signed up for classes at Scratch DJ Academy and practices whenever he can.

"It was a great opportunity to build a career doing something I actually love to do," he said.

Students at another school, Dubspot, are exploring the courses, while exploring perhaps what really motivates them.

DJ Chango Chan, who was recently a jewelry salesman, says the best part about being a DJ is creating a new persona.

For Lil' Marsh, the situation is a lil' different. She's employed, but the recession got her thinking about preparing for retirement.

And she plans to DJ for other retirees.

"I'm going to bring my generation's form of entertainment to the retirement scene," she said.

She figures she has years to perfect her craft, and while she and the others admit DJ'ing may not make them rich, they believe there's something very satisfying about spinning.

And DJ classes aren't cheap. Some start at $300 for six weeks, and some courses are much more money. But many aspiring DJs feel it's a worthwhile investment.

For more on the two schools mentioned above, visit Scratch.com and Dubspot.com.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King


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