From Side Hustle to Full-Time

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From Side Hustle to Full-Time

Have you ever wanted your side hustle to be your full-time gig? Many times people start something on the side to make some extra cash, try something new or fulfill a hobby. Wouldn’t it be nice to turn that into what you do for a living? Amani Roberts did just that, and The Balance asked him along with others what it was like:

“I would gig out on nights and weekends and grow the business,” says Amani. “I realized it was time to go full time when the revenue I was earning was half of my current salary. This gave me a good foundation to build upon while going full-time.”

Amani was able to leave the corporate world and by 2012 had his own DJ company. In addition to being a DJ at events, he teaches DJ lessons and creates original music for commercials and videos.

“There will be many tough times and it isn't easy. Perseverance will make the journey worthwhile.”

Check out the full story at thebalance.com.

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VoyageLA Spotlights Amani Roberts

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VoyageLA Spotlights Amani Roberts

In a recent interview with VoyageLA, Amani shared his story about deciding to become a DJ and the struggles that come with such a profession.

“In 1995, I went to a club in downtown Washington, DC called “Quigleys”. The DJ playing at the club was DJ Biz Markie. His show that night was amazing and it was at that time that I decided that I wanted to be a DJ.”

He goes on to discuss the challenges of growing both your business and your skillset as a DJ.

“There have been numerous programs and “gigs” I would have love to get hired for, but for some reason it didn’t end up happening. Hearing “no” is never easy, but I learned that you have to accept it and keep moving forward.”

Amani’s business, The Amani Experience, is a boutique DJ agency providing music at events all over the world. When asked if he could start over would he have done anything differently he says, “The one thing I would do differently is just start my company earlier. That’s it.”

Read the full interview.

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Amani Roberts on What It Takes to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

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Amani Roberts on What It Takes to Become a Successful Entrepreneur

Starting a new business is no easy feat, and entrepreneurship certainly isn’t for everyone. For those who want nothing more than to be their own boss, there are certain character traits that are definitely more likely to put you on the pathway to success.

Creative Click Media asked a group of top professionals to name the traits that have helped them find business success. Many talked about the desire to try new things, the ability to adapt to new situations, a clear visualization of your path and people skills.

The most important trait to Amani? A willingness to learn.

“Collaborate with a team that is smarter than you. You can’t succeed alone. Network and build relationships with people who are smarter than you. Learn from these people and your business will grow at a quicker pace.”

 

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The Amani Experience at the MPISCC 2017 Awards & Installation Gala

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The Amani Experience at the MPISCC 2017 Awards & Installation Gala

Last month the Southern California Chapter of Meeting Professionals International (MPISCC) celebrated its 2017 Awards & Installation Gala at the Beverly Hilton. The Amani Experience performed at the event, along with the super-group Stadium, opera singer Kala Maxym and a surprise performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles. Amani Roberts, Chief Musical Curator, was awarded the Gary J. Rosenberg Scholarship and inducted as the 2017-2018 Vice President of Membership for the MPI Southern California Chapter.

Read more about the event at BizBash.com.

 

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10 Crucial Items For Any Mobile DJ Gig

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10 Crucial Items For Any Mobile DJ Gig

The job of mobile DJ gig is a complex one that requires weeks of pre-planning and preparation. After packing your car to the brim with speakers, stands and other major equipment, make sure you don’t forget the following items ...

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