Most of us have seen that meme at some point in our lives, You know the one with the little girl who can’t figure out her math equation and decides she’s going to be a stripper instead? As if to say that dancing for money is an easy career path. Don’t get me wrong, I love what I do for a living but it’s not as easy as society makes it out to be and it definitely is not for everyone.
I will be your tour guide for today. Sit back, relax and let me take you on a wild stripper ride. We will see the good and the bad, just remember to keep your arms and legs inside of the vehicle at all times!
I’d like to think that we are all friends here and friends are honest with each other. On that note, let’s be real and get the cons of stripping (in my opinion) out of the way first…
•Money is not guaranteed: Although the money can be great depending on where you work, it can be inconsistent. Most clubs will hire you as an independent contractor which means that there is no basic wage. While the majority of clubs around the world will charge dancers a “House Fee” in order to come to work it’s very different in Ireland. Any club that I have worked in has never charged a set fee but they did take a percentage of everything I made, most clubs charge 50% or more.
•Men can say stupid things: If I had a euro for every back handed compliment or sexist remark I’ve received from a customer I’d be retired. You really need a thick skin to do this job or it can affect your self confidence. The double standard in strip clubs is very much alive and some men will pay ( a lot ) of money to see you naked while judging you for what you do for a living.
•It’s exhausting:Not only is dancing extremely tiring on you body but interacting with customers all night long can leave you feeling both emotionally and mentally drained. Sometimes it can feel a bit like ground hog day, answering the same questions over and over again while smiling and pretending to have a good time.
•Drinking Is encouraged: Sometimes customers will buy you drinks and sometimes a drink or two can soften the work load. Some clubs even give you a percentage of drinks bought for you, I mean who doesn’t want to get paid for drinking?
•Club drama: Women can be petty, especially when money and ego is involved. Match this with alcohol and other substances and you have a recipe for drama. I’ve received a ton of messages from women in the industry asking for advice on how to deal with bitching in the club. It sucks and I’ve been though it too. Like I said, you need a thick skin to do this job.
Ok, Are you still with me? Are you still considering a career in naked sales? Good, because we are getting to the fun part! Let’s explore all of the wonderful and magical reasons for working In a strip club (again in my opinion).
•Flexible hours: Working as an independent contractor means you make your own schedule. Although you need to follow certain rules and regulations while at work, you’re pretty much your own boss! This means more freedom and time for the things that bring you joy in your life.
•Great exercise: Although it can be tiring, dancing around the pole can keep you in shape. That’s a good enough reason for you to eat pizza on the job. (Our club actually gets a discount from the pizza place across the street!)
•You meet some cool people: I have met some of the most caring, strong and talented women while working in strip clubs.There is nothing like a friendship between women who see each other naked on the regular.
You get to sleep in (a lot): I honestly can’t remember the last time I’ve been out of bed before midday. Working at night gives you an excuse to rest for as long as you want the next day and if you’re in a relationship you can make your other half feel jealous by snoozing while they get ready to go to their day job.
Improved make up skills: When you put on a full face of make up for work you can learn a thing or two. I’d like to think that I’m an expert at putting on fake eyelashes now and I’ve tested a lot of settings sprays! (Leave a comment below if you’d like a fake eyelash tutorial).
With everything aside, Stripping has changed my life. It allows me to be my own boss, encourages me to pursue a career in pole dance and it has given me financial security. The longer I work in this industry the less I care about other people’s opinions of me. It’s like the saying goes: “Those who matter don’t mind and those who mind don’t matter”.
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