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Daily Inspiration: Meet John “DJ Jay MoeTown” Sherrod

Today we’d like to introduce you to John “DJ Jay MoeTown” Sherrod.

Hi John, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
How did I get started with my businesses? It took discipline and strength. In order for me to start my rental cars business, and DJ entertainment business I had to cut back on things that I loved to spend money on and work on my credit.

Having a nice paying job helped me to save but the real accomplishment was not having to use my own money and building my credit to get what I wanted. Once I had built a good enough credit I was able to purchase different vehicles to rent out. Of course, I couldn’t do this alone, having a good foundation and knowledge from my girlfriend helped to push even faster.

My strength honestly came from my job! I’m a strong-minded person who likes to be in control, my corporate jobs weren’t for me. Since I didn’t like to be controlled I would come to do my job, and I did my job very well but I just couldn’t get into politics, sucking up, or hang with peers.

I found the strength to do my job as well as work on my business while at work. Every time my boss would make me angry I would try to find a new source of income to get me closer to my goals. It would be crypto, stock, more DJ gigs, anything to generate money to make me feel comfortable enough to start doing my real goals and dreams.

Now, I’ve rented almost 100 rides on Turo in less than a year, and I DJ at Jacksonville’s hottest nightclubs every weekend. I stay in my lane and I stay focused. I have help from my fraternity (Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.) brothers who really do support me and other friends as well.

As long as I stay around positive, and supporting people, I know I can strive for even greater things.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Anytime it’s a road, it will always be a dent, a crack, uneven lines to follow, a hill, or even some of the biggest dips someone could ever take. Nothing is ever smooth on the road of business land. I had lost a lot of money in crypto and it discouraged me for a while.

When Covid came it felt like everyone had quit their jobs and become scam artists. I tried to join a pool for crypto and lost a lot of money which took me away from the crypto world. I also couldn’t DJ much so I had to do live videos on social media where Facebook and IG would shut DJs down for using mainstream music.

It was very stressful not being able to make the extra money to get me to my goals. I always looked toward the positive and going live actually helped my followers and for people to appreciate my music even more.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
Other than renting vehicles I am a professional DJ. I’ve been a DJ for over ten years and started on turntables (techniques 1200).

I started at Central Michigan University because I was a party promoter and decided to collect all of my money by putting on a party and providing the music. I would have to drive an hour away to Michigan State University and watch DJ Butcher spin so I could learn. Bought him drinks, and carried his tables, I had to be humble and show my appreciation for him teaching me.

When moving to Florida, was a challenge. People didn’t dance in Florida as they did in Michigan. Songs were sped up in Florida and mostly the same songs were played with a whole lot of Boosie. Once I was able to learn Florida music I knew I would shine by adding my Detroit Ballroom Hustle music.

My proudest memory is touring around the south to different colleges doing silent headphone events. I would go to a city where nobody knew me, and DJ against two other DJs at the same time. It’s a rush that I’ve never felt before. I’ve opened for DJ Envy, and Trina and yet I still had the most fun DJ’ing for people that I don’t know.

What sets me apart is crowd control. When I DJ, I can feel everyone’s energy and they can feel mine. I talk on the mic and control their movements, energy, and thoughts. It’s almost like I take over people’s minds and have them say whatever I want them to say and do whatever I want them to do.

What sets me apart from other DJs is that I’m always dancing. I have to tap my feet, a finger, or my head. I would even go out onto the dance floor and ballroom hustle.

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
Due to Covid, I’ve learned about consistency.

It’s very important to keep going and not stop. It’s like how you miss one day of school when you were younger. When you came back the next day it felt almost as if you missed everything. That’s how it is as an entertainer.

You can post something and everyone likes it that day, and if you wait a couple of days it is almost like the world forgot about you. The world will not wait on you or feel bad. You have to go get it!!!

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