While stripping may look like it’s all about dancing onstage and giving lap dances while nude, there’s truly so much more to this competitive sales job than what everyone thinks. Selling your time and company to a stranger while in a highly-stigmatised environment isn’t easy. It requires a healthy body, sharp mind, and indomitable will. In short, stripping is not for everyone.
If you are considering this challenging line of work, here are seven crucial things to know and understand before you give it a shot.
1. You should know how to dance.
You need not be a master of pole dancing, but knowing how to execute some basic stage dance moves is a must. If you are a dancer at heart, this shouldn’t be so hard for you. All you need to do is learn how to get comfortable in dancing while wearing tight to zero clothing.
If you are into dancing but your dance moves need some polishing, YouTube is your best friend. There are a lot of videos that can help you learn the art of sexy dance and pole dancing. Learn them now.
2. Shoes and clothes matter.
I know this second item on this list probably caused you to raise an eyebrow, but hear us out. You’ll be in heels and you’ll be almost nude. Having said that, you need to choose a coordinated outfit – that which is resistant to Jack Daniel’s stains. Avoid clothes with strappy contraptions so you don’t spend too much time untangling it when you need to change to your next outfit.
For the heels, search online for stripper-friendly shoe brands and find ones which work best for you. Remember that you might be standing all night. Your heels should not only complement your clothing but should be durable and comfortable enough to last long shifts.
3. Find a company that suits your needs.
Stripping at a club? Visit The Ultimate Strip Club List at TUSCL.net to get a list of all the strip clubs around. Find time to read reviews online, especially on Yelp. It will also help to visit the clubs at varying hours so you can get a feel of what it’s like to be a stripper, how the crowd is, and what the vibe is like. If you are looking to offer Newcastle your stripping services, then choose a company that has a good reputation in treating their strippers well.
You should not sign up with a club or company that you don’t feel comfortable and safe in, and that which won’t help you earn the money that you need to make!
4. Social skills are a must.
You’ve read that right. You should master the art of carrying a light conversation if you want a gig in this industry. Know what right questions to ask. Know what are those which you should stay away from because… common sense.
- Are you married?
- Do you have children?
- What do you do for a living?
- Will you buy me a drink?
5. Not all clients will have enough money to pay you.
To avoid getting ripped off, be sure that the customers understand your rate and how much they’ll be charged for the services they are asking for. Explain the rules of touching to them and that ‘extras’ are illegal and forbidden. Do this while they’re still sober and not when they’re too intoxicated to care. This will help ensure that they fully understand the terms.
6. Tipping can help you stay in the industry for long.
Being nice to bartenders and cocktail waitresses can go a long way. But when you are not only nice but generous too, you’ll see how they’d return the favour to you.
Cocktail waitresses will offer to grab you a drink when it’s running low and normally, your client will offer to pay. Bartenders will set up dance sessions with you and the client when the latter is a shy-type.
Often, bouncers or security will be right by your side in cases that a customer gets argumentative and violent on you. They’ll walk you to your car at the end of your shift so you can go home safely.
7. Drugs will kill your career.
This should be pretty obvious, but there are still a number of strippers who go to work high on drugs or take drugs while at work. If you want to see yourself successful in this career, staying sober and clean is the way to do it. Stay drug-free to continue earning money.
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