We had the good fortune of connecting with Tessa Young and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tessa, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I’ve always loved music, entrepreneurship, and helping people, so everything aligned in 2015 when several clients expressed how difficult it was to find a female DJ. These conversations sparked an idea to meet the market demand for talented, professional female DJs; and with that, PRISM DJs was born!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
PRISM DJs is a Los Angeles-based collective and booking agency representing an eclectic roster of dynamic women DJs. Our mission is to create a supportive network for women DJs and advocate for gender equality in the music industry. It took many learning experiences, successes, and failures to get where I am today. I always had a deep love for music and entrepreneurship, so that led me to the DJ business. I opened my first business at 23, it was a cool-culture clothing and gift boutique. I was also a paralegal for 12 years, so that helps with understanding the business and contracts part of the job. All of this was not easy – it took a lot of time and hard work. To overcome the challenges, I just had to fail continuously until I stopped making the same mistakes. The lesson I learned along the way is that failure is normal and inevitable, just remember to “fail forward” as they say. I want the world and clients to know that when they hire women DJs, they are helping to level the playing field and elevate gender equality in the DJ and music industry. PRISM DJs is now approaching its 6 year anniversary, and we are just getting started!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Starting with Long Beach because that is where I live! LONG BEACH: – Fingerprints Music for record shopping – Brunch at Padre for Latin bites and craft cocktails – Visit the Museum of Latin American Art – Follow the Long Beach Public Art Map – Visit the Sublime memorial wall painted by Jonas Never – Walk and shop on 4th Street’s Retro Row – Final stop at Black LBC, a skate & art themed bar and pizza joint with great DJs playing punk and golden era hip-hop DTLA: – The Broad Art Museum’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit is a must – Check out all the cool shops in the DTLA Arts District – Stop by Wurstkuche for beers, sausages & DJs playing indie and electronic tunes – this is the venue where I first started my DJ career! PASADENA: – Visit One Colorado Old Pasadena’s courtyard where one of our DJs might be spinning, plus outdoor restaurant dining options like Sage Plant Based Bistro, Il Fornaio, Sushi Roku – Magnolia House in South Pasadena for elevated tapas and craft cocktails – one of our DJs might be spinning here on a Saturday night as well! HOLLYWOOD/BEVERLY HILLS: – Vegan brunch at Gracias Madre in West Hollywood – Museum of Death for something quirky and scary – Soap Plant/Wacko shop for books and gift items – Amoeba Hollywood for record shopping – Dinner at Spago in Beverly Hills because Wolfgang Puck always comes by the tables to greet the guests if he is there – Magic Castle – Hollywood Bowl always has THE BEST musicians and performances & you can bring your own picnic!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My shoutout is dedicated to every single member of the PRISM DJs team, as well as my supportive partner Brandon, family, friends, and colleagues. Big thank you to the PRISM DJs team for their talents, professionalism, support, and understanding, especially during these tough times. We are ready to come back stronger than ever!
Instagram: @prismdjs & @dj_tessa
Twitter: @prismdjs & @djtessa_la
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