How to Decide if You Should Become a Stripper

Have you ever wanted to become a stripper but weren’t sure if you could do it?

Below is a step by step guide to help you figure out if becoming a stripper is something in your future.

Step 1: Using a piece of paper and a pen/ pencil, go through each of the steps below and answer each one with a ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ At the end of the exercise you’ll have a better idea of whether or not stripping is a profession you want to pursue.

Step 2: Are you old enough to become a stripper? The minimum age of an exotic dancer depends on where you live and what type of club you’ll be dancing at. Nude clubs don’t serve alcohol and therefore the minimum age is 18 years old. However, at a topless bar/club alcohol is served and since the minimum age to buy alcohol is 21 (National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984), the minimum age to dance there is also 21.

Step 3: Do you want to make a lot of money? Dancers generally make between $80 and $100 an hour.

Step 4: Are you comfortable being naked/ topless in front of strangers? Although being nude or topless is slightly uncomfortable at first, your comfort level will increase over time.

Step 5: Do you want/ need a flexible job schedule? Dancers generally work part time and are afforded the benefit of being able to vary the hours and days they work. When first starting out, you and the club manager will agree on a certain set of hours, however with time, you’ll have more flexibility and be able to make changes.

Step 6: Do you have a proportional sized body? A common misconception that women have is that all dancers must fit a certain ‘cookie cutter’ body shape such as 5’ 6”, weigh 105 lbs, and have a 36DD bra size. This couldn’t be further from the truth.  Every customer has different taste in women whether it is their hair color, the shape of their body, their ethnicity, and even their boob size. Although every customer has certain physical traits he finds attractive, every single one of them has one thing in common that dancers need to focus on—making him feel special. Making a customer feel special isn’t done with the size of your breasts, the color of your hair, or the color of your skin but instead with your personality. Tall, short, blond, brunette, big boobs, small boobs, no boobs… there’s a customer for every type of woman.

Step 7: Can you handle rejection? Being able to handle rejection is an important part of becoming a stripper. Although rejection may seem personal, it’s not. The customer may just be having a bad day, be out of money, or may have just walked into the club five minutes prior.

Step 8: Are you personable? You may be the right age, have the right body, and be able to handle rejection, but if you’re not personable, you will have a difficult time making money. Part of making money is being able to talk to customers and make them feel special. As the old saying goes, “you catch more flies with honey.”

Step 9: Look at the paper you’ve used to write down your answers. If you’ve answered ‘yes’ to most of these questions, you have the potential of becoming a successful stripper.

For more information, read “How To Be A Stripper: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask.”

Video Taping At The Strip Club

Exotic dancers should be aware that some clubs video tape and record everything that is happening at the club. Although management’s main intention is to keep a watchful eye on club patrons and thieves, a stripper’s every move is likely to be caught on tape too.

The standard was to have seven tapes, one for each day of the week. When Monday’s tape was used up it was stored away and Tuesday’s tape was used the following day, and so forth. When the following Monday rolled around, the same tape from the previous Monday was used. Most clubs re-recorded over old footage within a week and anything you did was permanently erased.  However, with more modern technology, some club owners use thumb drives or video feed recordings to a more permanent and secure off-site location. With the latter option, the recording may be held for weeks, months, or even archived on DVD for longer.

Knowing that a stripper’s actions are video taped isn’t intended to scare women out of becoming an exotic dancer – it is intended to make strippers aware that there is a watchful eye in the sky. Although this can be beneficial to dancers, for example if a customer does something that the dancer wants the management to investigate, it can also be harmful. Because of the lax and often times playful setting a strip club portrays, dancers get ‘sloppy’ and sometimes bend the rules. It’s important to know that although the bouncers didn’t see it, there’s a chance that it could be reviewed by management.

Most of the time management isn’t going to say anything to you unless you did something that could jeopardize their license, but its best to keep your wits about you and stay focused at work.

Another thing to consider is that now days with the iPhone, Blackberry, and other camera equipped phones, customers too could be taking video or snapping photos of you. If this happens, and you aren’t okay with what he’s doing, make sure you talk to the customer and ask him to delete the image or video he’s taken of you. Although you have to deal with the club’s videotaping, you don’t necessarily have to with the customer’s. Involve management if you feel that it’s necessary.

Although you’re getting topless or naked at a club, it doesn’t give customers the right to tape you and exploit your images outside the club, so don’t  be afraid to let him know that what he’s doing is not okay with you.

Read, “How To Be A Stripper: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask” for tips and tricks to learning how to be a stripper.

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What’s The Minimum Age Of An Exotic Dancer / Stripper In The U.S.?

The minimum age of an exotic dancer depends on where she lives and what type of club she’ll be dancing at. Nude clubs don’t serve alcohol and therefore the minimum age is 18 years old. However, at a topless bar/club alcohol is served and since the minimum age to buy alcohol is 21 (National Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984), the minimum age to dance there is also 21.

There are a few exceptions to this general rule. Some topless bars have been known to allow dancers who are 18 to work there but strictly prohibit dancers from drinking while working. These bars are few and far between. Another exception can be found in Rhode Island. Minors are allowed to be exotic dancers as long as they have “a work permit and are off the pole by 11:30pm on school nights.

If you’ve decided to become an exotic dancer, read “How To Be A Stripper: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask,” so you can get real first hand experience about how to be a successful dancer.

How To Pick Your Stripper – Exotic Dancer Stage Name

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.

How to Successfully Collect Tips from Stage Dances as an Exotic Dancer

Making sure you collect all your tips after dancing on stage is an important element to the income you’ll make as an exotic dancer. Using the information gathered from the book, “How To Be A Stripper: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask” a step by step guide was put together to help you understand the steps you should take when collecting tips after your stage dance.

1. Bring your money box on stage. How you choose to store your money can vary, but the most common is to store it in a money box. A money box is usually a makeup box or some sort of plastic container with a handle. You want to avoid using a regular purse to store your money because it can easily blend into the dark lighting and it can look similar to a purse that a woman customer might have brought in. When you bring this box on stage with you, make sure it is out of the reach of any customer sitting at your stage. You don’t want to have someone steal it during your show.

2. Collect tips customers may have thrown on your stage. Gather up any dollar bills customers may have thrown on your stage while you were dancing. Doing this in a sexy manner can give customers a little extra incentive to tip you when you come by to collect individual tips.

3. Bring the money you’ve just picked up off stage to your money box. Once you’ve gathered tips customers may have thrown on stage, make sure you go to your money box before you continue collecting tips. Shove all your money in there without straightening or unfolding any bills… you can do this later.

4. Collect tips from customers sitting directly at your stage. Once your set is over and you’ve put your clothes back on, put your garter on one of your thighs. Always start at one side of the stage and systematically go to each customer. Stick the leg with the garter on it out to the customer and with one hand hold the money you’ve already collected to one side of your thigh, and with the other pull the garter out so that the customer can place the money inside your garter. Always smile and say thank you to the customer for their tip.

5. Pay attention to who gives you what. This is the time to evaluate which customers can be potential sources of money. The customer who tips you $1 probably isn’t going to buy a lap dance from you, but you can always ask. However, the customer who gives you a $5 bill is more likely to accept your offer. It’s very important that you look at what he’s wearing and any distinguishing features so you can find him again. Don’t try to remember the customer by the place he’s sitting, he isn’t going to stay in the same seat all night.

6. Remove some of your tips. When you finish collecting tips from customers directly on your stage, remove some of the tips from your garter. Depending on how much you have in your garter, you’ll want to remove between 20%-50% of it and put it in your money box. When you go to collect money from customers sitting around your stage (as opposed to sitting at it) you want them to know you just got off stage but not make it look like you already have plenty of tips. Customers tend to tip less if they think you’ve already made ‘too much’ from other customers.

7. Collect tips from customers sitting around your stage. After your stage set is over and you’ve collected your tips from customers sitting directly at your stage, try to collect tips from customers around your stage. Try not to think of this as a free for all where you ask every single guy at the club for a tip. Be reasonable and know which customers were actually watching you dance and which ones were getting dances from other girls, in the restroom, etc.

8. Store your money. Once you’ve collected all your tips, ‘shove’ all your money in your money box. The reason to ‘shove’ your money in is to prevent customers from seeing how much money you’ve actually collected and the amount of money you currently have in your box. You don’t want others to see how much money you have for safety reasons. You can straighten out your bills, count your money, etc. in the back room where you have more privacy.

Tips:

*Once in the back room, straighten out your bills

*Organize your tips in denominations of ones, fives, tens, twenties, and hundreds

*Exchange most of your ones for larger denominations (management, bartenders, or waitresses can provide this for you)

*Paperclip or rubber band any one dollar bills you may still have in groups of $20 or $25. This will make it easier for you to count at the end of the night or give change to customers.

*When making change for customers, always count out loud as you count out the change. You don’t want the customer to come back 10 minutes later saying you short changed him.

Predict the Amount of Money You’ll Make as a Stripper

If becoming an exotic dancer has ever crossed your mind, you’ve probably asked yourself ‘how much money can I make?’  Because this and a lot of other questions are running through your mind, the book “How To Be A Stripper: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know But Were Too Afraid To Ask” was written to help answer this and many other questions. Using the information gathered from the book, a step by step guide was put together to help predict the amount of money you can make as an exotic dancer.

1. Understand where the money comes from. The two main sources of money you’ll earn will come from (1) stage dances and (2) lap dances. The term lap dance, table dance, private dance, and personal dance can all be used interchangeably.

2. Begin by collecting your tips from stage dances. Your first source of income will be from stage dances. This is the money you collect after you’ve performed on stage. You should try to collect tips from everyone sitting on and in very close proximity to your stage and who might have seen you dance.

Because most dance sets are made up of two 3.5 minute long songs, the club will have approximately eight girls dancing per hour. Keep in mind that there is at least a 30 second interval between dancers, so there is a chance that only seven girls will go up on stage per hour/per stage.

Depending on how many stages there are in your club, how many girls are on the rotation schedule, and how many customers there are, you’ll most likely make between $10 and $50 per stage show.

3. Supplement your money from stage dances, with money from private dances. Most lap dances are between $10 and $20 per dance, so the key to making a lot of money is to keep your customer buying dances from you once you’ve already got him in your chair. The best thing to do is make your lap dance the most seductive during the last 30 seconds. When you can hear the song starting to end, ask your customer if he wants you to continue. If you’ve done it right, he’ll want more!

4. Add your two sources together. Taking the money you make off stage dances and adding it to the money you can make by getting customers to buy lap dances from you, you can make between $80 and $100 an HOUR. Of course, this amount may vary… some nights you’ll make more and some nights you’ll make less, but this is the average you should expect.

Tips:

*  Always be nice to customers, even if they don’t tip you.

*  People who don’t tip you at first, might have a change of heart and tip you later in the night, so always try to collect your tips from non-tippers again.

*  Don’t expect everyone to tip you. They may not have seen your dance because they just walked in, just got back from the bathroom, or was getting a private dance from another dancer.

*  Don’t take rejection personally.

*  To  make the most money, try not to drink or do drugs at work, they will hinder your ability to keep track of who has tipped you the most and who might be possible sources of private dance income.

Warnings:

*  It’s easy to get upset if someone doesn’t tip you, but don’t let it consume your night and put you in a bad mood. Just pick yourself up and know that some customers tip more than others, so in the end it’s a wash.

*  Don’t steal customers from the stage when another girl is dancing. Have common courtesy and make sure that you’re trying to get lap dances without offending other dancers.

*  Don’t take too much time collecting your tips after your stage dance, guys have a hard time remembering the last dancer once a new girl is on stage.

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