Many people assume that strippers have it easy. All they have to do is take off their clothes, dance a bit, and get paid, right? Essentially, that describes what exotic dancers do, but that isn’t all they do. There is a lot more to being a stripper than most people realise.
1. They have to invest in their image
Having an attractive body and face may give you the advantage to make it as an exotic dancer, but that’s not all you should have. Today, the adult entertainment industry is becoming so competitive with porn stars, performers, and strippers coming from all walks of life and popping up everywhere.
If adult entertainers want to stand out, they have to look good and have a certain image that appeals to their target audience. With clients having a variety of types nowadays, from curvaceous caramel honeys to pale-skinned goth gals, dancers have to work hard to achieve and exude a certain persona.
Their hair, make-up, clothes, and even their dance number are a reflection of their stripper persona. And while they are at work, they don’t drop out of character. They are who their clients want them to be.
Don’t be surprised that “Betty Boobs”, your favourite perky cheerleader dancer from the club, is actually an introvert in real life and prefers to stay home during her days off.
Stripping takes more than just dance skills and good looks—in some ways, you have to become actresses and actors who are fulfilling a role.
2. They have to be a psychologist or counsellor
As if donning on a whole new persona at work isn’t demanding enough, strippers also have to learn the art of being good listeners and talkers.
Several of their clientele hit strip clubs not just to watch the sexy dancers, but to also find someone to share their fetishes and fantasies without any judgement. Others just want to have someone they can celebrate a certain milestone with since they may not have that many friends or family.
Then there are those who want to go the club to forget their worries in life for a few hours. Before you know it, they’re venting out about their relationship problems or work woes to the dancers. In these instances, strippers lend their ear and provide the attention such clients need.
Their roles go from being the fantasy girl to the non-judgemental friend, and sometimes even the counsellor. This part of the job requires a lot of patience, open-mindedness, and sympathy or empathy, something not everyone has plenty of.
3. They deal with a lot of weird and scary people
Just ask any of the dancers you meet for some crazy stories about guests and patrons, and they will surely have a bunch of them. There are persistent geriatric admirers who visit them every day with presents and who propose marriage. Don’t forget the creepy stalkers who monitor their daily movements and even call them to let them know they are being watched.
Then there are the weird requests from clients who want to sniff butts, lick feet, and even taste blood. The list goes on and on. Indeed, in their line of work, strippers have to face some of the weirdest and creepiest people. But for most of them, it’s all just part of the job.
So, do you think you have what it takes to be in a stripper’s shoes even for just one night?