Strippers have to put up with a lot of crap in their day-to-day lives.
Not only is it a job that carries a lot of stigma and speculation, many often associate it with some far seedier professions.
Ultimately, anyone who strips for a living is entitled to do so – we’ve all got to pay the bills. Even so, it would be nice if some people out there appreciated that fact.
One anonymous stripper is hoping to change that though after taking to Reddit to answer any and all questions as part of an Ask Me Anything thread.
Their answers did not disappoint and even shed some light on a pretty unique profession.
How much money can you make?
“I just left work. I made about $500 tonight. Last week I made about $650 last Saturday night. Weekdays less. Depends on the area, the season, the type of club, etc. When I worked in a slightly smaller club I could usually depend on about $200-$350 per night. I have other things going on during the weekdays, but if you know what you’re doing and work full time, you could probably pull six figures a year. When I was working 4 days a week, I probably net 60k annually. Of course my tax statement said otherwise.”
What’s the most you have made in a week?
Hard to say. Probably $2k or so when I had the time and motivation. I wanted to take my son on vacation and worked like crazy to make it happen in the time frame I had. Not only did I make my goal, we stayed on vacay 4 extra days. It was pretty awesome. I recall being fairly broke when I returned, but se la vie. Just took him on another one this summer.
How creepy do the customers get?
“I haven’t so much had people “stalk” me per say, but I’ve had people find out everything they can about me and use it to manipulate me or make things awkward. In every case, it was my fault, for giving out my number occasionally or something like that.”
Do you make friends with your fellow strippers?
“The club is similar to a jail microcosm. You have your cliques and solo flyers. I’m a solo flyer. I definitely keep my head down. I have no interest in making friends with most of my coworkers. Few of them are decent people, and the ones that are keep to themselves like I do. On 2-3 occasions I have made “friends” with a coworker. One of them, we had a good thing till she moved. The next went on a meth binge and made up paranoid violent stories about me to other coworkers (which was awesome because they were all afraid of me for a while). The last I had to rescue from her boyfriend beating the shit out of her and helped put her on a plane to go live with a sugardaddy. Long and short, it’s best to keep your head down in this industry. People try to start fights over nothing and I don’t have time for it.”
What are the main requirements of the job?
“Everyone has a shot. Whether you are a model or not-so-much, you have to have a thick skin for this job. I am sterotypically attractive but I often get turned away because I am just not that person’s type. On a semi-regular basis I get told “I like a thicker woman than you, sorry.” And I’m a normal BMI with a smidge of extra. It’s more about personality and sex appeal than anything else. And if you do learn to dance, all the better. The best dancer I ever knew was super chubby lol.”
Do you have to possess a certain body shape?
“Lol, tell your “friend” 😉 there is “an ass for every seat” meaning that all men like different things. Nobody on God’s green Earth cares about stretch marks except really arrogant types and you want to stay away from them anyway (they think you should be paying THEM for their time…) I have plenty of stretch marks but lighting in strip clubs is designed to make you look awesome. Hence the “ugly lights” lol. To summarize, everyone has different tastes. There are many men who are turned off by a “perfect 10″ and wants a girl who seems more real. I know plenty of women wider than me who make more money than I do.”
Why strip for a living?
“I choose to do this because the schedule is flexible and I dump out a bag of money each night I work. I have an issue with authority and underemployment. I have a degree, I’ve done other things, I’ve currently got other things in the making. But dancing lets me make quick cash so I can get back to those things, and my family.”
Do any strippers go further than just dancing?
“… prostitution is hugely prevalent within the dance industry. It’s unfortunate and annoying. It makes it harder for girls like me to get through a night without disrespect. I’m all about legalizing prostitution so the men and women who need that can get the hell out of the club. I have nothing against it, just sick of guys assuming it’s part of the package because “the other girl” does it.”
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