It wasn't always BobbieJoy Amann's plan to run a successful mobile DJ service. A Wisconsin native from Eau Claire, Amann originally started her career in radio, citing her ongoing passion for music as her primary motivator. She previously worked for radio stations within the state and fulfilled a stint as a radio missionary on the Lebanese-Israeli border in 1983.
While working as a radio jockey in Wausau in 1991, Amann got the idea to start Jock in a Box DJ Service after receiving requests from listeners looking for someone to DJ their events. With an evident demand for DJs but no DJ service in the area to meet them, Amann decided to fill the role herself and has been DJing for events in Wisconsin ever since.
Today, Jock in a Box consists of Amann and several other DJs playing events across the state. She cites wedding season as being among the most active times for the company and expects a significant increase of requests to DJ for LGBT weddings in the upcoming years.
"I look forward to the thought that [an LGBT wedding] is like any other wedding reception," Amann says. "It's special because of the people involved, not because they are a Gay/Lesbian couple." Included in that lineup is her own wedding reception with her partner Patricia this upcoming summer. ("Stay tuned!" she says.)
Amann considers that she will be in business for many years to come. "For me, it never gets old," she says. "As a trans woman, I have no problem getting up in front of a group of people and just being myself, sharing music, smiles and a laugh or two. I hope I can inspire others to follow their dream and just be themselves, especially our young people. Shine on!"
Based in central Wisconsin, Jock in a Box is available for nearly any kind of event anywhere in the state. The company especially hopes to reach out and offer their services to fellow Chamber members and promises to make any event they DJ a memorable one.
"Patricia and I would love to meet you and your friends!" says Amann. "Our rates are very reasonable--call or email us for info on any type of event for availability and a rate quote. 'From Pop to Polka, We play it all!'"