Quit Your Day Job: Useful Advice for Those Getting into the Dark and Steamy Graveyard Shifts of Stripping
Your workplace has gotten on your nerves for the last time. You’re just going to quit and become a stripper! You make this joke almost every time your boss does something to make you mad but this time you think you’re serious.
Know that there’s more to becoming a stripper than taking your clothes off. You’ve got to be able to dance and mentally prepare yourself for questions like “Do your parents know you’re doing this”? It can be exhausting.
To help you get ready for your new career, check out this guide to learn more about what it takes to be a stripper.
1. Learn to Dance
Again, being a stripper is about more than taking off your clothes on a stage. You’re an entertainer. You’ll have to learn at least a few dance moves in order to be successful.
You can take beginners pole dancing classes or watch videos to learn the ropes. Don’t worry if you can’t do the death-defying pole maneuvers that you see in movies. As long as you smile, keep eye contact with the crowd, and at least somewhat know what you’re doing, you’ll be fine.
Pro-tip, when you’re dancing don’t forget to point your toes. If you don’t then your routine won’t look quite as authentic.
2. Finding the Right Club
If there are a lot of clubs in your area that have “strippers for hire” signs in their window. How do you pick one? The answer is comfort.
Go to the club during various parts of the day and see what the crowds are like. Ask the owner about the club rules regarding strippers. If there are any rules (or lack thereof) that you don’t agree with, get out fast.
Are the dancers protected? We don’t just mean from grabby patrons. Check and see if bouncers walk the performers to their cars at the end of a late-night shift.
It’s not enough to find a club that you like and ask to dance there. You’ll have to do an audition of some kind. Most interviewers will require you to get on stage and dance to at least one song.
The important thing to keep in mind here is to breathe. Yes, it may be your first time on stage and you might look ridiculous but as long as you can keep their attention and walk two feet without tripping, you should pass with flying colors.
Once you’ve finished your performance, the club owner will be able to tell you right away if you’ve been hired or not.
4. Finding Your Brand
So, your audition went great and you’ve been hired! Now it’s time for you to find your brand. How do you want to portray yourself on stage?
There are a lot of personas you can go with from punk rocker to innocent girl next door. Keep in mind that whatever you choose, you will have to act the part on stage. For example, if you dress like a dominatrix, your audience is going to expect you to be assertive.
Before you choose an outfit you love, talk to the owner of the club about their dress requirements. Will you be changing into a bunch of different outfits each night or are you good to wear the one outfit you pick out? What kind of shoes do you need to wear?
5. You May Need a License
In some areas, you’re required to have an adult entertainer license before you go on stage. Some clubs won’t even give you the chance to audition if you don’t have one.
If you need to have one it’s no big deal. It may run you a hundred dollars or more but you’ll make that back in no time once you start working.
Speaking of money, your pay will sort of fluctuate. One night you might make 30 dollars, one night you may make 200. It depends on the generosity of the patrons because most clubs don’t give their strippers a base pay.
Given the way you will be paid, you’ll qualify as an independent contractor. This being said, make sure you save every one of your receipts. They’ll come in handy later when you’re doing your taxes.
7. Become a Smooth Talker
One of the most annoying parts of the job is preparing yourself for the mountains of questions you’ll receive. Being asked if you have a boyfriend or if your parents know what you’re doing is an everyday part of the job.
The important thing is that you know how to counteract these passive-aggressive statements with some of your own.
8. Keep Yourself Safe
The most important piece of advice we have for you is to keep yourself safe. Never go out to your car alone at night. Be careful with who you give your contact information to.
Giving out your cellphone number can get creepy pretty fast. If you have clientele who want to schedule their club visits around you that’s fine, but do yourself a favor and create a second email address for them.
Preparing Yourself for Becoming a Stripper
Are you considering quitting your day job and becoming a stripper? Despite the stigma, it’s a promising career choice that can bring you tons of money if you do it right. Just remember there’s more to doing this job than taking your clothes off.
Use the tips that you’ve read here to prepare yourself for all the mental and physical challenges that come with being a stripper.
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