I like this post on Stripperweb How long did it take to hit your stride? because you can see all the different mindsets of The Subsistence Stripper, The Job Stripper, The Professional Stripper and of course Super Strippers like Chrissy, Emily, Glamazon and I. Even though Glam is on maternity leave, she has the work ethic of a Superstripper when she’s in the zone.
I cannot emphasize enough how Stripping requires skill, tact, confidence, patience, and sobriety. These five things take time to develop. It’s completely impractical for a dancer with 2 years of experience under her gsting to think that she can consistently pull what a dancer with 8 years of experience does.
I think about how I acted eight years ago when I first started dancing at the Spearmint Rhino in Upland, CA. I had to sit at the bar and down 3 Captain and Cokes until I had enough confidence to strip down to my pasties and bootyshorts (no bare nipples or gstrings in Upland!) That particular club didn’t have a VIP room and ran 3-for-one lapdance specials every half hour. Dances were $10. My best night ever there I think I made $330…which was three times more than what I was making teaching 36 10-years-olds to play Hot Cross Buns on the recorder.
Two years into my career we moved to San Francisco and I started working at Boys Toys, an upscale club with a VIP room. I had absolutely NO IDEA how to convince a guy to give me $400 to sit with me fully clothed for an hour. It was a completely different hustle from the bikini bars I worked at in LA. I didn’t understand the sales process, so I just tried to apply the same techniques that worked for me in LA. Key word is tried. On busy nights, my $20 dances would add up to a few hundred dollars…but I was never one of those girls with a stack of $2000 in funny money at the end of the night.
So, I figured I would go to Vegas. Yeah…Vegas! The mecca of stripperdom! Where it’s sooooo easy to make $1000/night. Again, I applied the same techniques as I used in San Francisco (which weren’t that good to begin with) and I would make about the same amount of money per hour as I did at Boys Toys. The difference was that I could work more hours because the club never closed.
Then we moved to Phoenix, which again was a VERY different hustle than LA, SF, and Vegas. Phoenix from 2002-2005 was a very fast paced “wanna dance” atmosphere. It took me about a YEAR of working at Christie’s to figure out that I was wasting too much time with idle chit-chat (aka being “nice”) to only close one $10 sale. The real estate boom hit in early 2004 and lasted until 2006. The volume of people through the clubs in Phoenix was mind numbing. Every outta towner was speculating, flipping, investing in real estate. Cash was flush as even the construction workers were throwing around their double-overtime dollars. It was EASY to make money in Phoenix in 2004-2006. Much like it was EASY to make money in San Francisco during the Tech Bubble from 1999-2001
I must have uncanny timing. Just as my timing placed me in SF after the tech bubble burst (Nov 2001-Nov 2002) I am now located in Phoenix as the real estate bubble is bursting. I see a lot of the same things happening in Phoenix that I saw in San Francisco: lots of locker room whining and crying; girls fighting over customers; girls switching clubs weekly because they think it’s better somewhere else; girls wondering what Avalon is doing up in VIP as she cashes out a huge stack of funny money on a slow night….
More importantly, I notice that the girls behaving this way typically have three or less years of experience. They do not understand that the “wanna dance?” strategy that worked well in 2004 will not work in the current market conditions of 2007 and until these girls “hit their stride” with a proven sales system, they will have to continue to have zero profit nights and locker room fights.
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