Deciding what your stage name will be is an important decision. If your city requires you to obtain an ‘Adult Entertainer’s Permit,’ your stage name will be on all documentation submitted as well as the permit itself. Changing this will involve extra paperwork and an extra trip to the permit and licensing department, so choosing your stripper name carefully is important.

Using the book “How To Be A Stripper: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask” as guidance, a step by step list was put together.

1. Figure out possible names that interest you. Decide if you want a ‘real’ sounding name like, “Lisa” or a more stripper sounding name such as “Mercedes.”

2. Get creative. Get a piece of paper and start jotting down any and all ideas of what you think your stripper name should be.

Most commonly, stripper names are either names of spices or cities such as Cinnamon or Brooklyn.

3. See if the name you want is already taken. Because you’ll most likely pick your stage name out before you actually start dancing, it’s important to go to the club you’ll be working at and either ask management, waitresses, bartenders, or other dancers if there is another dancer working there with the name you want.

4. See if the name you want rhymes with one already taken. Believe it or not, it’s common to have stripper names sound similar or rhyme (ex. Foxy and Roxy), so it’s important that your name is unique. The reason for this is because the D.J. will be calling your name over the microphone to announce when it’s your turn to get on stage. You don’t want to accidentally go on stage, ditch your customer, and then realize it’s not your turn.

5. Once you’ve narrowed it down to two or three names pick the best one. My stripper name was “Shy” and it helped me get a lot of attention. Customers would ask, “Are you REALLY shy?!” Try to pick a name that fits your personality but also draws attention to yourself.

Tips:

* You’re always going to get the question, “What’s your real name?” so if you choose a stage name that is more on the ‘real’ side, you can always say, “Lisa IS my real name!”

* Your stage name will become second nature to you, so don’t worry if it doesn’t feel natural at first.