He enrolled in a six-week course at a local, DJ training school that covered not only the history of DJing, but also the logistics. He also invested in real equipment. Feeling more prepared, he approached Bunn DJ Company for an opportunity to shadow them at weekend events.
They were ready to hire Alley.
“I ended up joining Bunn part-time, and then DJing a friend’s wedding,” he said. “I kept taking weddings, so I was doing probably 10 to 15 weddings a year on the side while working as a Senior Designer for a wall covering company.”
Alley eventually got to the point many of us know well – he wasn’t feeling as passionate for his full-time job as when he started. Bunn DJ had just opened a Charleston, SC office; and Alley had an idea.
“The Charleston office was doing well, so I pitched the idea of opening an office in Charlotte,” he shared. Bunn DJ was interested in growing into the Western North Carolina market.
Alley moved back to Charlotte to open and manage the office full-time. He relocated back to China Grove, NC, just 40 minutes east of Charlotte. It was his hometown.
As fresh an opportunity as it was to manage the new business in a new city, Alley was working from home which he admitted was, forlackofabetterword, boring; as well, it was probably not the best fit for someone drawn to the vibe, pulse, and energy of other people.
“I realized that I could probably get more done, if I had a place to go,” he said. “So, I started looking into coworking offices in Charlotte; I planned to check out a couple different places, but I saw Hygge first, and I fell in love with it immediately.”