I recently published a post about what I consider to be the 5 things about working as an exotic dancer. You can find that post here. This is my follow up post which looks at 5 of the worst parts about working in this industry. Whenever anyone is trying to choose a career or job they often have to weigh the pros and cons of the work they will be involved with. Hopefully these posts give some incite into the pros and cons of stripping.
Below are what I consider to be the 5 worst things about working as an exotic dancer:
1. I always have to appear as if I’m happy and having fun
In an industry that relies on customer satisfaction and tips, having a pleasant demeanor and a smile is a necessity. Even with the fact that 99% of the customers are consuming alcohol and some are even drunk, no one wants to sit down with a girl who is passed off or in a bitchy mood. A lot of customers come in because they have their own personal problems and they want to forget about it for a while and have some fun. A good dancer knows how to keep a smile on her face the matter what her mood because ultimately if she could get the client in a good mood he is more willing to spend money on her.
2. Customers assume I’m a slut, whore, or prostitute
Some guys just don’t understand that when they come into strip club. Not walking into a whore house. They’ve come to be entertained by pretty girls on stage dancing weather the global bar where there is no nudity or fully nude strip club, it is all ultimately a giant keys. Some guys thinks it’s okay to touch me inappropriately or request sexual favors. Of course there are some girls who do work in this industry who do sell sexual services and use the quotes to find clients, but the majority of girls don’t engage in this kind of activity, at least the ones I’ve worked with.
3. Creeps, stalkers, and creeps
Can I say it again, creeps and stalkers! This part of the job can actually get frightening. I have heard horror stories from other girls who had guys call them home finder with a with and harass them. Since we have all kinds of individuals come into the club you see the full spectrum of personalities as well as personality disorders. As a dancer you always have to be on the lookout for signs that someone is a nut job. I’ve had my share of obsessive customers, but nothing ever to the point where I feared for my life. But I do always look over my shoulder, and most of the girls keep an eye out what each other know when a customer seems like they may be crazy. We also have security in the club that will take care of any person that gets out of line.
4. People assume I’m stupid
You can find all different kinds of women working at a strip club. I have met girls who were drug addicts and I have met girls who had masters degrees in business. For some reason not only do customers seem to assume that we are all prostitutes and sluts, but that we are all stupid. I find this particular stereotype very amusing, especially given the fact that these guys that come into the club with with their entire paycheck and gladly hand the entire amount over to me just to look at my nipples. If this is any measure of intelligence/stupidity I’ll let you decide who falls into what category in the situation.
A strip club is not the cleanest place in the world. The fact that most of the dancers are wearing very little clothing means that they’re coming into contact with all kinds of surfaces that have probably not been adequately cleaned a long time. This consider the fact that when the dancers onstage she’s working hard and is probably sweating. The polls on the stage get covered in sweat from all the different girls who grinding and dancing on them. This is kind of gross, which is why I always spray down the pole with disinfectant before I dance. I also always have hand sanitizer as well. Even when sitting and talking to clients around the bar, is sitting in seats on basically your bare ass. Who knows when the last of the seats were cleaned. Also you getting rather close to strange men who could have all different kinds of sicknesses from cold and lose to God knows what. I keep myself healthy by exercising and taking lots of vitamins, but when there is sickness going around it’s hard to avoid. The best advice is if you feeling rundown take off until you feel better so that you don’t risk contracting the latest cold/flu that’s making the rounds.