Most things about the typical stripper experience can be relatively taxing on your mental state. At one time, the thing that I felt the most affected by was the customers and being on the floor, but at some clubs I’ve danced at, including the one I am currently contracting, it’s actually the dressing room that makes me feel the worst about being there. I am not sure if it’s the degree to which my fellow entertainers are damaged, or if it’s because i falsely expect the dressing room to be a safe haven from the chaos that makes it so unnerving, but it is, none-the-less. The “misery loves company” epidemic that has been spread through our clubs is contributing to their general decline.
There are so many things that we cannot control inside the clun, but the vibe of OUR dressing room is OURS to take. We can make this a more pleasurable experience for ourselves, our coworkers, and our customers simply by committing to be healthier people while in the club. Some things you can commit to that will increase your happiness and thereby increase your profit are:
-Do not discuss deep, personal issues at the club. If you make friends with someone there, respect her night enough to make lunch plans to talk about what’s going on in your life.
-Bring headphones and use them. Resist the urge to get involved in other people’s drama, instead get your mind into something positive (when things are especially hectic, I often listen to Tony Robbins or TED talks.)
-Be nice. Smile at people. Don’t start fights. Be gentle with new girls. They are scared, and good people don’t scorn people who are already terrified. Remember your own first night and have empathy.
-If you choose to use drugs (not recommended) do so privately, and do not involve people who you are not already friendly with. There is no reason to start someone else on that path, even if you’ve chosen it for yourself.
-Be considerate of the fact that there are recovering addicts in your midst.
-Report or ignore prostitution at your club. If you are not willing to report it to management, you cannot take it on yourself to fight. It’s not worth the war you start, and it affects all of us. If your management ignores it, find a new club, or a new job.
-Don’t get wasted and act a fool in the dressing room.
-If you need to relax, the dressing room is the place to do it, but if you need to yell, scream, blow steam, etc. get dressed and go to your car or leave for the evening. Do not bring your negativity on to other dancers any more than you do your customers (which I hope you don’t!)
-Don’t make fun of other girls. Not only does it make you look mean and ugly, but if you’re so much better than all the girls at your club, you might as well upgrade, you’ll make more at a nicer place anyway.