Welcome to Changing the Game, a Modern Rebel blog series where we talk with professionals in the wedding industry who are using their platform to diversify the industry’s image, give back to their community, and challenge the idea of what a wedding “should” be.
What brought you into the wedding industry?
I wanted to do something with more structure and better hours than what the nightclub industry had to offer so I decided to give the wedding world a try. I booked my first wedding shortly after that and immediately fell in love with doing them. Eight years and over 1000 weddings later, I still love what I do!
What is the most rewarding element of your work?
I love being a part of such an important day. There is a lot of pressure involved in making sure things go right, but when they do the feeling you get at the end of it all is incredible! The high-fives you get from the guests after you play their favorite songs are pretty cool too...
What challenges do you face in the industry?
Being a female in an extremely male dominated industry has been a bit of a challenge, but I have managed to navigate it pretty well. I have gained the respect of a lot of my male colleagues over the years so I don't feel like I have to prove myself nearly as much as I used to. There are still some hurdles to jump, but I definitely think I have held my own so far.
What changes do you want to see in the wedding industry? What steps are you taking to make this change happen?
I would like to see a lot more LGBT+ representation in the industry. Believe it or not, there are still a bunch of companies that completely ignore LGBT+ couples and only gear their offerings toward heterosexual couples which makes the planning process more difficult for LGBT+ couples. My goal for 2019 is to do more speaking engagements and workshops that will help teach wedding vendors how to be more inclusive so that future couples won't have as many issues when planning their weddings.
What marriage tradition are you sick of?
The money dance! As an MC, it is super awkward to announce and as a guest, super awkward to have to pay for a dance with the couple. It has to go!
DJ Keelez is a DJ company in Los Angeles, CA. If you’d like to get in touch with her, email firstname.lastname@example.org.