A VJ or video jockey is
the one who introduces, announces and plays videos on commercial music
television i.e. the medium must be audio and visual both, Channel [V] or MTV
or B4U or any regional music channel etc.Nikhil Chinnapa. Cyrus Broacha.
Malika Arora, these names are probably the best names in the field of the
video jockeys (VJs).
Technically, the job of the VJ is to introduce music videos and host music
related shows. However, VJs do more than just that. They chat with the
public, host game shows and do celebrity interviews as well. With the
explosion of satellite television channels, the profession is fast
attracting a number of young people into its fold.
a) Age- No minimum age and no maximum age.
b) Educational Qualification- A course in public-speaking helps. A course in
related mass communication course gives the candidate a head start. A course
in elocution at a place like Dr. Hari Singh Gaur Vishwavidyalaya, Sagar or a
personality grooming course from YMCA, New Delhi or other institutes like
Indian Television Training Institute, New Delhi. A degree or a diploma
course in mass communications also helps a lot.
Recruitment Process- The candidate is generally recruited after a
screen-test by the prospective employers as the candidate�s screen presence
matters a lot. Apart from that many music channels scout for talent at drama
schools and mass communication institutes.
Skills & Attributes
A friendly personality with a penchant to talk coupled with pleasing
personality and ability to mix up with people. A video-jockey must be ready
to work in inconsistent shifts. He/She must have a great sense of humor,
excellent communication skills and importantly must have good verbal
There are ample avenues in this field as the ongoing boom in the music and
entertainment channels shows. A VJ can diversify into many related fields
like game-shows, quiz-shows; television soaps films PR & modeling etc.
Beginners get around Rs.10, 000 to Rs.15, 000 per month and if they become
popular their salary keeps multiplying and with some experience and real
talent, one can surely hope to rise quickly in this profession.
Where to study
The best place to obtain training includes the British council, the National
School of Drama and the Young Men's Christian Association which hold
short-term courses in public speaking. The course content is designed to
improve the pitch, intonation, and modulation of voice.
Besides, some famous DJs have opened their own training schools. Like: Rummy
Sharma, a DJ with Djinns at the Hyatt, has started his own school, 'The
Studio Bakers', for training aspiring DJs at Pusa Road and Kailash colony.
'Sound of Music', Vasant Kunj run by DJ Sunny Sarid is yet another suitable
Sumit Budhiraja runs another institute called the 'Modus Operandi.
Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC)
Contact information: Indian Institute of Mass Communication
JNU new campus,
Aruna Asif Ali Marg,
New Delhi - 110067, India
Phone: 91-011-26741268, 26742920/60
Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC)
Contact information: AJK Mass Communication Research Centre Jamia Millia
Maulana Mohammed Ali Jauhar MargNew Delhi -110 025
Phone: +91 11 2698 7285, +91 11 2698 6812, +91 11 2698 6813
Fax: +91 11 2698 6811
Asian Academy of Film & Television
Contact Information: Marwah Studios ComplexFC-14/15, Film City, Sector-16A
Phone: 95120-2515254, 2515255, 2515256.
Website: : www.aaft.com
Amity School of Communications, New Delhi
Contact information: Amity Campus, Sector 44Noida- 201303
Phone: 26569050, 2653047
Wigan & Leigh College, New Delhi
Contact information: 1001-1005, Ansal Tower,38, Nehru Place,New Delhi 110019
Phone No: 011-41617053/4/5/6, 9818479333
Sardar Patel College of Communication & Management, New Delhi
Contact information: Kasturba Gandhi Marg,New Delhi-110001
University of Delhi
Contact Information: University Road, Delhi 110 007
Phone South Campus: 011-24119832
Phone North Campus: 011-2766709, 27667011, 27667190
Academy 18 networks Ltd.
Contact Information: Studio 18, India Pvt. Ltd,8, Balaji Estate,
Guru Ravi Das Marg, Kalkaji, New Delhi 110019Ph 26225901-06
EMPI Institute of Advertising & Communication
Contact Information: CSKM Educational, complex,Satbari, MehrauliNew Delhi
Phone: 26805090, 26804210
YMCA Centre for Mass Media
Contact Information: Jai Singh Road, New Delhi-110001
Telephone: 0091-11-23361915, 3746668
South Delhi Polytechnic for Women
Contact Information: Lajpat Nagar- IV, New Delhi - 110024
Phones (Office): 26294833, 26294836, 26482298
Fax No. : 011-26474425
Sir Aurobindo Institute Of Mass Communication
Contact Information: Sir Aurobindo Marg, Near IIT, New Delhi 110016,
Phone: 26524798, 26567863
International Institute of Mass Media
Contact Information: International Institute of Mass Media
B-50, South Extension � I, New Delhi - 110049
Phone: 011-2465 4512, 2465 4514, 2462 6660
Fax: 011-2462 6670
Institute of Mass Communication, Manipal
Contact Information: Press Corner,Manipal � 576 104(Karnataka)
Phone: 91 820 2571901/03
Fax: +91 820 2571902