If you’re thinking about to quit your boring office job and to make money with dancing around the world, here are some useful advice:
- Have you ever been inside of a strip club? If not, maybe go check it out first. Choose the club or the agency that you want to work with very carefully. Collect as much information as you can before you start. If the club is close to your area, go there with friends before you would apply and look around. Is this the environment you really want to work? You’re free to talk to the girls about their work, how they like the club, etc., but don’t tell them you also want to work there. From that moment you would be a rival girl for some, and they might lie to you or don’t give you the correct answer. The best thing to start is throwing yourself in the deep end and start dancing. It takes a while to get regulars and find your feet in the stripping business, but you’ll make good money as customers always like the new girls because you are fresh and innocent, you don’t know the rules of the game yet. (Or at least this is what they think.)
- About agencies, always ask recommendations from other girls if they would work with them or not. If you’re planning to go abroad, always ask for the address and the contact number of the manager or the guy who picks you up at the airport or train station. Make sure someone is waiting for you. It’s not much fun waiting on the street in the pouring rain for someone to open the door of the apartment.
- If you are an enthusiast, you can go to a pole dance class before you start the job. It’s great fun after all, and you can hear useful information on the job. Taking some pole dance lessons is giving you confidence when you are the first time on stage. Or it’s possible almost in every club to ask the other girls to show you some moves before opening or when there are no customers. Never try to copy the other girls and try a complicated trick on the pole! It can be dangerous, especially if you have had a few drinks before. Dangerous and more ridiculous than sexy. Just feel free and enjoy the music like you would dance in a club with your friends and don’t forget to smile. Nothing more boring on stage like a beautiful woman doing amazing tricks on the pole with perfect body control without a single smile. And don’t look yourself in the mirror! Do it when you practice, it’s a big help to correct your moves, but forget about it when you perform. Keep eye contact with your potential customers instead. Confidence is sexy, so you just need to believe yourself.
- When you apply to a club, never send false information about yourself! Don’t lie about your age, weight or send old or ridiculously retouched pictures of yourself. You take a risk to be fired upon arrival to the club.
- Don’t fall into the trap of needing a few drinks to be able to work. Don’t touch drugs; they only make things worse. If you can’t work sober, it’s not a good thing. Try to get through your first week without alcohol, and if you could do it, it will be easier to stay sober at work later.
- Don’t be so impressed by the money after your first night. I mean if you had a good night to start. Congratulations! But don’t run the next day to the shopping centre and spend it all. If you need to invest in some clothes or shoes, do it later. You never know how it is going to be the next night or next week. The money can be good but not consistent. This job is full of ups and downs, so make sure you don’t run out of money. Have your goals set for the future and make sure you save some of your earnings.
- Don’t tell all your friends and relatives that you intend to make money by dancing naked. People that never have been involved in this kind of work wouldn’t understand it, and you don’t even know yourself if you will like it or not. It’s only a trial for you, better to keep it secret. You don’t know how your friends would react, and you don’t need some hateful comments. When you tell your friends, be ready, you might lose some of them that can’t accept your new lifestyle.
- Don’t invest in expensive dancer clothes and shoes. You always can buy them later and check the price before you purchase anything online because on another website you might find the same item at half price. Some shops where you can get dancer clothes are relatively expensive too. I would recommend buying sexy lingerie, corsets and stocking for the first time, rather than new mini neon colour dancer dress. If you decide this job is not for you, you always can use the sexy lingerie sets in your private life.
- Develop a dancer persona, act and have fun. It’s like a big theatre. Give yourself an alter-ego, be whatever you want to be and create a character. When you walk into the club, forget the regular ‘you’ and become whatever your dancer persona is. Be witty, flirty, chatty, smart, kind, optimistic and smiley. Your mood is the key; being positive and bubbly attracts people. Just think of your shift as a night out, don’t try to sell hard, just dance, flirt and feel good. Talk to the customer as if they’re your friends, act like you’re out partying rather than working, and try to make them feel special. The money will come automatically.
- It’s one of the best jobs ever, but it takes learning and practice. You don’t need a formal education to start, but you still need skills and wits to be able to keep your regulars. Improve your communication skills; you even can invest money in a short online course. Be eager to learn, you will not regret it in the future. (Also this is the best way to learn foreign languages.)
On your first night, follow the rules what the manager tells you and let the girls help you. Not every dancer has an evil spirit, most of the girls are very helpful because they know and understand what you’re going through. We all had our first night, and it was the same than yours. We also had lots of questions, lots of self-doubts, lots of compromises. Once you survive your first night, the rest comes easy.
So take a deep breath and jump into this exciting life!
The spotlights are waiting for you!
B. Lindsay Belan