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Many new dancers don’t know where to start, but this exotic dancer FAQ provides you with some good ideas on what it takes to be a stripper. I give my professional stripper advice and opinion of 14 years here in this FAQ for you to learn from.
After you read the Exotic Dancer FAQ section, head on over to the Articles page for more information on how to make it as a stripper!
Exotic Dancer FAQ – Body Issues
Am I too overweight to dance?
The simple answer is no, but in the end it depends on what kind of club you want to dance in. Some clubs have standards and won’t hire anyone who isn’t a perfect ten, in their estimation.
If you have never danced before you will find that you are using a new set of muscles that you have never used before. So you will eventually tone up and get in shape by dancing. Overall, I would recommend a healthy diet for a few weeks to help you to get in shape or at least slim down before you start dancing.
Every woman can try dancing, and you may find that dancing allows you to finally get in shape and loose that baby weight. So if you can find a club that will accommodate you and you are not afraid to try, then give it a go. You have nothing to loose besides the extra weight, and more things to gain out of it than you may realize. Read my article, 8 Reasons to Start Dancing Today for some inspiration.
Help! I don’t have a large bust, can I still dance?
Yes, you can. Men are interested in all types of women, be they tall or short, skinny or curvy, full chested or not. What’s most important is hygiene, good manners, and business savvy. That will put you ahead of the rest of the dancers in the club if you are able to be personable with the customers. Find out your best assets and use them!
I don’t have a perfect body, is that still Ok?
Clubs hire all kinds of body types adding to the variety of what you will see in a typical club. But, honestly, exotic dancing is about physical looks. The more you can do to stay in shape and stay healthy the better off you will be. Too skinny? Change your diet in a healthy way. Too out of shape? Get yourself a gym membership in addition to dancing and you will get toned in no time. Play up your best assets as well so you can increase your confidence.
I’m so tall, what if I don’t want to wear platforms?
Women of a certain height don’t need to wear super high platforms. There are many shoe styles made for exotic dancing with a 4 inch heel that you can wear instead. Don’t let your height stop you from dancing, use it to your advantage.
How do you walk and dance in those high platforms?
Platform shoes give dancers an illusion of grace and style. Heels help to elevate your backside and front so that it gives you a slimming contour. Walking in stripper shoes takes practice though, so when you get your first pair, try and start low and work your way up from there. Stripper shoes wear and feel different than regular heels. For a guide on how to walk in stripper shoes visit the page, How to Walk In Those Heels
Should I get a tan? I’m so pale!
I’ll admit that a tanned look will look a lot better under the club blacklghts than a pale sallow look to your skin. Unless being a pale goth is your look, having some tone to your skin will help you look healthy overall.
Instead of going in the sun which ages you quickly and dries out your skin, invest in quality spray tans so that you can have that tanned look without the long term damage. Get a quality spray tan though – the cheap at home spray tan can look tacky and streaky and rub off on customers.
Exotic Dancer FAQ – Making Money
How Much Money Do Dancers Make?
How much does a dancer make on average? More than what you’d think. There are some area clubs where you can make several hundred to a thousand a night.
Top earning feature dancers make the big bucks. If you are booked as a feature you will be paid for your performance plus any tips that you will get on stage.
Most dancers do not get a paycheck – but that is slowly changing over time. They work for private dances and stage tips instead. Dancers have to pay the house, staff and Dj’s to work there. Usually, its called a ”house fee”.
Most clubs also charge their dancers per dance for private VIP dances. The club provides the liquor, stage, private area, security and DJ, so your house fee helps to pay for these things.
Generally, though the income from dancing varies according to what kind of club you work in and what area its located in. You may find that you make less in a local small time glorified bikini bar than you would if you were dancing nude in a big city. To find out how much you could make as an exotic dancer visit the “How Much Do Exotic Dancers Make Per Night?” page, answering some of these questions.
What Kinds of Strip Clubs are Good?
A good club depends on several factors. Depending on the neighborhood its located in and the kind of club it is, your potential income could range from a few hundred dollars to over 1000$ for just a few days. Look for a club that offers good staffing and an opportunity to upsell your time in Champagne Rooms.
For starters, there are bikini bars, nude clubs and upscale gentlemen’s clubs, each with their own benefits and drawbacks. Read about the types of strip clubs and what they offer, here.
How Much Does It Cost To Be A Dancer?
Just for your outfits and personal care it could cost a lot. Dancer clothing and shoes are not cheap. They are expensive for a reason, because dancers usually make good money. However, for example, I bought a pair of thigh high boots for work, for about 100$, and made my money back on them in about an hour at work! So the money you invest in your looks will pay off in the long run.
How much are house fees?
Working at a club has a cost as well. Some clubs are very reasonable with their house fees and will charge you only a minimal amount. Other places seem to dig into your pocket at every chance that they get. If you find that you end up spending more than 100$ a night to work at a club, make sure that you make at least three to four times that just to cover your daily cost of house fees and tips.
Your bouncer both at the door and at the VIP will want tips, along with the bartender, and the DJ as well, plus the house fee. Why is it like this? Because the club provides a safe and fun environment for you to make money, so it’s a trade-off.
What Will My First Time Stripping be Like?
No one can say for certain how you will fit into the strip club scene. One thing is for sure, this job is meant for people who like to socialize and be outgoing. When you are on stage and everyone is looking at you, you can’t be afraid to put on a show.
The lights will be bright, the music is loud, the liquor is flowing and the outfits are skimpy. You will have to deal with a variety of people, from business men to young guys, and much older gentlemen. For an idea of how it was for me, read my story of how I got into strip dancing and my first time on the stage.
A Customer Wants To See Me Outside of the Club?
Politely decline and explain to your customers that you are not available outside of the club, and that if they want to come see you that they are better off visiting with you there instead.
Customers will do anything to try and get your time for free. Customers will do anything to try and get out of seeing you at the club! Do yourself a favor and remain exclusive. You’ll make more money in the long run and your bosses will appreciate the fact that you aren’t there to take business away from the club.
Not only that, in many places, even just trading a phone number could constitute for solicitation, and you don’t want to be caught up in that. Read my tips on staying safe at the Safety In The Club page.
Should I Accept gifts from customers?
Sure, why not! Just make sure that you accept them inside the club and that you let your customer know that you appreciate it. I’ve been given gold and silver jewelry, mementos and even a birthday party at one club that I worked at. sometimes, the customers really do appreciate us, especially if you can ease their stress while they are there.