Category Archives: Play It Forward – Julie Oshins

Filling the Well or How to Restore the Creative Juices

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By Julie Oshins – Play It Forward The other day I found myself playing with music and feeling kind of blocked, and not in the zone . . . it just wasn’t flowing. . . I am in the process of moving, and honoring a bunch of other commitments and felt exhausted and uninspired. Mixing…

An American DJ in Oz: An Incredible Gig Abroad [+ Photos]


By Julie Oshins – Play It Forward As soon as I knew I would be working in Australia for five weeks (primarily for non-DJ-related work), I reached out to my community to connect me with friends here in Oz. One friend of a friend is a local DJ (Cassette Walkman) who also books DJs and…

Making the Right Decisions: Passionate vs. Practical

Julie Oshins
Julie Oshins

By Julie Oshins – Play It Forward I recently had to make a pretty big choice. It involves being out of the country for an entire month! And I thought, what is your process when making choices? Particularly when one of the choices is something that might be considered the practical or “responsible” choice, or…

Selling Your DJ Service to Millennials

Friends Looking At Cell Phone

By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” I went to a concert recently to see an artist called GriZ. He is the pied piper of a festival going tribe and his loyal fans (his tribe) have an edict – P.L.U.R. Peace, Love, Unity, and Respect. What does this have to do with you, an event DJ?…

A Contribution We DJs Make to Others

Contribution display

By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” “We Make a Living by What We Get . . . We Make a Life by What We Give.” – Winston Churchill I am in a year-long weekend course about contribution for which I had to bring in a “contribution display” (Pictured above). This naturally got me thinking about…

The Benefits of Volunteering


By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” (n.) is generally considered an altruistic activity and is intended to promote good or improve human quality of life. In return, this activity produces a feeling of self-worth and respect; however, there is no financial gain. For the bulk of my DJ business, I have allotted one event…

Leave Your Baggage at the Door


By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” “Life is 10% What Happens to You, and 90% How You Respond to It” Charles R. Swindoll Life happens. Your car breaks down, you get an unexpected $$$ expense, there’s crazy traffic, a loved one gets sick or passes on, the babysitter cancels, you break up or get divorced…

Music As a Motivator

Heart & headphones

By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” You know how there are different types of intelligence? For example, emotional intelligence, street smarts, etc. A friend of mine recently observed that our career (as djs) requires a type of intelligence that helps people connect to music and movement. It inspired me to pull a book off the…

A Tribute to the Victims of the Pulse Nightclub Massacre

Pulse eye

By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” I had planned to write about something else, and normally I offer you tips to apply to your DJ business or your personal growth. It didn’t feel authentic to write about anything else but the life-altering event of June 12th at Pulse Nightclub. I was driving down the PCH…

The Universal Language of Music

Music Speaks

By Julie Oshins, “Play It Forward” “Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand- with an equal opportunity for all to sing, dance and clap their hands.” – Stevie Wonder I’m blessed and grateful because I grew up in the music industry, and was exposed to a very diverse span of…