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1. Decide why you are dancing. Is it for the money and power? The ability to be self employed? Do you have a shopping addiction that you need to support? Make sure that you know why you are thinking about getting into this business. It can be very taxing on the body and the mind. As dancers we see things in the clubs and hear things from men that may not always show everyone in the best light. Make sure you know that you can separate your life from your work. I started dancing mostly out of curiosity. I knew there was good money in it and I wanted to see what all the “hype” was about. If you are dancing just because of the money make sure you have the skills needed to make the money you want – and when I say skills I am talking about sales skills.
2. Be prepared to treat it like a business. Why? Because technically you are a business owner. For the majority of clubs, you are your own boss; you make your own hours, your own vacations, and your own days off. Make a schedule and stick to it – not only for you but for your regulars as well. Keep track of all receipts (clothing, music, etc.), and any other types of possible deductions. At the end of the year you will be able to write these items off for tax purposes (we actually go over all of the specifics on this topic in our seminars). Think about health insurance, taxes and special licenses. (Many cities are now requiring dancers to carry a business license).
3. Determine how this will affect your “significant other”. One of the first newsletter articles was about how and if to tell your loved ones that you are dancing. One of the reasons why I wanted my mentor to bring her boyfriend along was so that I could talk to them about the affects her dancing had on their relationship. What are the ground rules for the relationship? Can he (or she) handle the fact that on a regular basis many strangers will see you half (or completely) naked? Can your partner come to see you work? I was dating someone at the time when I started to dance and we talked about his feelings on the situation before I started dancing to make sure it wouldn’t jeopardize our relationship.
4. Find the right club. This topic is an article all in itself! For now I’ll just touch on some of the major points. Go into the as a customer a couple of times before you decide that you actually want to work at that club. Make sure to go in about the same time that you would be interested in working. Do you like the type of music being played? What about the overall vibe of the customers and the club? Do you like the dress code- for the girls and the guys? If every girl is wearing a g-string and a triangle top but you prefer to be in a “gown club” you should probably consider checking out a different club.
5. Schedule an “audition” and find out all the house policies. I put audition in quotes because I have seen a little bit of everything. My first “audition” was simply the manager asking to see my breasts. My second was the manager simply seeing me in my outfit and then explaining the house policies. I have seen managers run a more “formal” audition and ask the girls to dance on a small side stage for a bit Find out what the dress code is and be sure to bring a couple of different outfits for the audition in case they want to see you in a different style. Make sure you have practiced walking in the large heels if you are not used to it. Are you comfortable in your choice of clothing? Also make sure to go when they are accepting “auditions”. Most clubs have a set time that they are willing to see new girls.
6. Determine your “exit plan”. This was by far the most valuable piece of advice I received from my friend and mentor and your exit plan will go along with the first tip – determine why you are dancing. Exotic dancing is not something that you can do forever. Figure out when, how and why you are going to stop dancing. Are you starting your own business and this is just to help with start-up costs? My exit plan was a two part plan. Part one was I would quit when it stopped being fun – when it was too much like “work”. Part two was when I got a job back in my field of study – theatre management. Keep in mind that if you are going back out into the “real world” after dancing that some explanation of your work history may be necessary. Are you prepared to deal with the questions from potential employers? If you plan to retire young and dancing is your way of doing so, have you set up your financial retirement plans?
Keep in mind, this is a broad list of only a few of the questions that need to be asked and answered before you decide to start dancing. For those of you dancing already, hopefully you have already determined your “exit plan”. In DancerWealth we touch on most of these topics briefly and then really dive into the aspects of dancing – including psychology, dress, club management, followed by some intense sales skills that will help you to be more comfortable and efficient as a dancer whether you are just starting out or in need of perfecting your sales skills.
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