Your first and most important concern is to find a suitable club.
It needs to be a place where you feel safe and comfortable. It
doesn't matter how good the money is, if the place makes you feel
bad about yourself you'll be miserable working there. Go to the
Ultimate Strip Club List and
look for clubs in your area. The reviews will give you a very
good idea of whether it's a place you want to work. i.e. If the
guy says, "Wow, it was great. This girl let me feel her up" It's
obviously not a place you want to work. Looking for a good club
is like looking for any other job- you want to get the most money
for the least amount of work.
So what kind of money will you be making?
If you're dancing for shift pay in a blue collar "titty bar" you'll
make about $150 a night. A go-go or "cage" dancer at a regular
nightclub might make $200 a night but she'll be dancing almost
all night. Some girls might prefer that- you don't have to work
for tips or talk to the guys. A girl dancing for tips and drink
commission in a nude club makes between $200 to $600. A pretty,
well-spoken girl who knows the business will make between $400
to $800 at a topless "gown" club. (Gown club refers to a club
like TENS were the girls wear gowns and the clientele is more
upscale). A feature dancer whose done some magazine and movie
work might make $1500 a night. These numbers are just a rough
guide. They're based on my own experience dancing in New York-
earnings vary a lot from state to state. It also depends on the
club, your verbal skills and your looks- in that order. Believe
it or not the girls who make the most money stripping are rarely
the prettiest. It's the ones who know how to tell the guys what
they want to hear who make the real money. All without ever having
to actually do anything.
There's no way around it, the first time
you get on stage you're going to be scared out of your wits. DON'T
have a drink to "calm your nerves". It is very habit forming-
I've worked with girls who can't start the night without a few
shots of "liquid courage". Drinking on the job is a really bad
idea; it can let you permit guys to take liberties you would not
otherwise allow - including getting in their car after work. If
a guy offers to buy you a drink ask for a Diet Coke or juice.
If the management complains say you're Mormon or something. I'm
not trying to be condescending or imply you can't drink responsibly,
it's just that I've seen some bad stuff.
When you're ready, just show up at the club
and say you'd like an audition, be nice to whoever is working
the door- they frequently screen girls for the managers. They
may ask you to come back on another night but they normally just
put you on one of the side stages. One of the managers will watch
you dance for a few songs then talk to you a little bit to make
sure you've got a good attitude, etc.
As far as dancing is concerned a lot depends
on the club. You have to see the way the other strippers dance.
Some clubs don't allow floor or pole work, while in others they
do all that plus shower and lesbian shows. Even if you're straight,
the lesbian shows can be a lot of fun but they are never mandatory.
Most clubs work on a standard 3 song set. That means for the first
song when you're on stage you have all your clothes on, the second,
you remove something and for the last you wear either nothing
or just a thong depending on whether it's a nude or topless club.
There is not a whole lot to dancing- at least the basics. You
do not need lessons or to buy a video. Just watch what the other
girls are doing, you'll pick it up in a few minutes. Just avoid
anything showy or dramatic until you know how to do it right.
Before you audition I would suggest trying out some of your moves
in front of a mirror then getting some constructive criticism
from a guy (they can be very helpful and are usually delighted
to assist). Once you get to know the other dancers they will generally
help out and show you some of the trickier moves. In my opinion
it can be fun perfecting your dancing technique but not something
you should spend a lot of time at. Guys appreciate a good dancer
but seldom buy dances from a girl based on her dancing ability.
You're better off spending the time working out and improving