Local 10 Year Old Has an Already Booming Career

Laila Wilson is heading to the fifth grade. She's an honor student at Springwood Elementary School.
And school isn't the only area where her talent is "amplified."
Laila has been a professional disc jockey for three years now...so, just like she studies her vocabulary lists, she studies her play lists.
"I really do study the list and when I get there I use the songs I think the people may want to hear," says Laila.
Her specialty is- what else- kid parties.
"I'm confident about my music. I practice very hard. I'm a kid and I just love it," she adds.

Laila's dad says at just 18 months old-she was already "tuned in" to deejaying.
"She just leaned over and started messing with it and I realized her technique was there. She understood what I was doing," says Vaughn Wilson.

And after years of her asking to follow in his footsteps- at the age of six, he decided to see what she was made of.
So Laila trained with her dad- and months later she launched her career as a professional dj.
Three years later... business is "booming."
DJ Laila Jade gets so many gigs because not only can she spin records...she knows how to get a crowd moving!
"From the YMCA to churches to like I said, adults..."
"Sometimes I sit back and almost shed a tear- like wow, she's really on her game," says her dad.

Laila gets to keep $25 dollars from each of her gigs...
the rest goes into her own personal bank account.

"She'll write out her deposit slip, she'll sign her name on the back of the check and we'll ask for $25 back," says Thais Wilson, Laila's mother.

The one portion of the profits that doesn't go to Laila...goes to her little brother Zachary.
" I give $40 to my little brother for helping everybody do the dances and passing out the prizes for the competition and then setting up the equipment and putting back up the equipment ," says Laila.

And if you think Zachary is riding his sister's coat tails...think again.
He already has a blossoming career doing voice over work.
"He was such a strong reader- give Zachary something to read and he'll read it like perfectly the first time...so we're like hmmm...let's put a microphone in front of you and see how that works," says his mother.
"The first one I did, I got a thumbs up," says Zachary.
The Wilson's admit they push their children to take their talents to the next level...but they say it's all about balance.
"She wants to be a d-j, she wants to be a teacher. Those are things that come from her. So at the age that they can make conscious decisions, parents should just support their children," says Vaughn Wilson.
Laila and Zachary got their drive naturally. Their mother is a motivational speaker and works for the Florida Department of Transportation. But she's also a professional photographer on the side and does voiceover work.
Their dad- is the Sports Information Officer at FAMU, and of course has a side gig as a professional D-J.

Check out Laila's Facebook Page by searching: DJ Laila Jade


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