There’s only one way to learn how to be professional. As much theory as we give our students, how to invoice a client, what your email address should be… it doesn’t become real until you put in some real-life experience.
For example, our DJ students hand in perfect invoices. This only takes them half-way to where they need to be. We have our students booked for real events by professional agencies. Only when they’re requested to send an invoice for an actual event do they learn how to put together everything they’ve learnt about being professional.
When they don’t send through an invoice, a press kit, or a response in time, someone else gets booked in their place. Nothing makes you realise how professional you need to be to stay at the top of the game like having a small mistake cost you a job.
There is no substitute for real-world experience. No amount of theory in a classroom will ever cut it.
We always encourage our students to embrace every opportunity to get some experience in and we try pass as many opportunities as we can their way.