Confidence is something that you need to cultivate personally. There’s no class that can teach you to be confident. As a DJ, confidence is key. You can’t really be a great DJ if you’re on the shyer side, especially on stage.
Like your amazing mixing talent, confidence is a skill. You have to work at being confident. Despite what everyone may say, a little liquid courage is not the answer. Sure, a drink or two will take the edge off before your set, but do you want to risk being super impaired while you’re on stage? It’s easy for one drink to turn into four or five and your set can get messy after that. So, avoid the headache (and embarrassment). Besides, alcohol is a quick fix to a bigger issue. Build your confidence without the booze, you’ll be better off in the long run.
Grow thick skin. People are probably going to turn you down a lot before you actually book an event. Don’t be discouraged! Keep at it! Even though they don’t think you’re “good enough” for their venue, you know you’re the hottest. Don’t let all the rejections get you down. That one “yes” will be worth it.
Prepare for your gigs! This is absolutely key. I know it can be annoying, but the more you know your set and what you’re going to do on stage, the better you’ll feel when you are out in front of a crowd. It’s like studying before a big exam. If you know the material, you will feel a whole lot better walking into the room. It’s the same with DJing. If you spent extra time on your set and mixing beforehand, you’ll be able to walk into the club feeling like the DJ god you are. It will also set you apart from all the amateur DJs out there.
Another little secret to oozing confidence is to have some of your best friends and/or family members at your gigs. If you’re playing a club, invite everyone you know. Once you’re on the stage, seeing familiar faces will help you relax and get rid of the anxiety. If your family and friends are not able to come, chat it up with some of the people at the event. Get to know a few people before your set. You’ll feel better knowing at least one person is supporting you.
The last little bit of advice I have for you comes from the amazing Shia LaBoeuf himself: “JUST DO IT!” At the end of the day, you can’t just think about how to be more confident. You really just have to go for it and don’t think twice. If you’re really shaky, count to three (or five), and just walk out there and slayy! Have fun with it! This is YOUR set, your time to shine.