Christina Rohloff, 32, is a DJ from Largo. She is a former communications and marketing specialist for the city.
1What led you to become a DJ? My father has been a DJ for 32 years. I used to help him carry and set up his equipment. I began 13 years ago. My father has given me all kinds of great advice about the business, so I guess I owe it all to him. Also, I am a ham. I love getting involved and meeting people.
2What kind of events do you do? Wedding receptions are fun, I like doing children's parties, and it's great to help people relax at corporate events. I enjoy city events where I do contests and announcements as an emcee.
I own all my own equipment and I have a fog machine, multicolored disco lights, lasers and strobes. It sets the mood and gets people involved.
My music collection has 36,000 songs in it. It includes everything: Motown, reggae, hip hop, Christian, big band, and, of course, Top 40. I've always had a passion for all types of music.
3Are there any challenges being a female DJ? Sometimes people say they've never seen a female DJ and they're not sure about booking with me. I give them a chance to see me at another event. I think it's important to meet the DJ personally. You want to know they have the energy and personality for your particular party.
Sometimes being female can be an advantage when parents are planning parties for children and teens.
4What are some of the most unusual events you've done? I've been a pirate and a witch at events like Largo's Spooktacular. I did a wedding that was Renaissance and they bought an outfit for me to wear with a headpiece. It was beautiful. I had one family where I did their son's high school graduation, then his college graduation and later his wedding. That was so exciting.
5What do you like most about your job? I like to be interactive. I go out into the crowd and have a good time, but I don't embarrass people by dragging them to the dance floor. Sometimes I hear music I don't know. Last year, someone brought some African music to a gig and I loved it. I bought a copy for myself. My husband is my roadie; I couldn't do it without him. He's always been there for me.
LaRita Jacobs, Times staff writer