If you are considering becoming a traveling dancer, I say go for it. I have gone through phases with traveling and am back in full force. I have danced in quite a few US states, and most experiences have been pretty fun and rewarding. I do not think that there are many things in life as fulfilling as seeing new places, so scratching your travel itch while earning money is ideal. I cannot wait to go on more adventures and learn more things to share with you!
The first thing you need to be aware of is the danger of breaking even or losing money. There is nothing in the world more frustrating then going to make some money and discovering that you’ll be going home with less than you left with. This is totally common, so plan ahead. I recommend driving as the cheapest way to get to your destination, if it’s possible and your car is reliable. If not, check Amtrak. Taking the train is fun and romantic and some even have wifi now. I like the train because I appreciate the down time to read, think, meditate, and unplug from society for a little while. If you want to fly, always book southwest. The “no change fee” thing is perfect for dancers. If the club sucks or something falls through with your reservation, change your flight and go elsewhere. If it’s great, extend your trip.
Choosing a place to dance is relatively fun and easy. Pick a city you really want to check out, go on stripperweb.com and read the reviews posted by girls. Also listen to heresay around the clubs but remember that when a girl tells you she banked, that she is probably exaggerating a little bit. Make sure you check the laws, some cities like Vegas, Phoenix and Dallas require permits or licensing to dance. This doesn’t mean to rule those places out, it just means to prepare and be ready to pay for the documents. Also, be aware of the crime rate, especially for those of you who travel or want to travel to New Orleans. If you get kidnapped, lot’s of people will be super sad, including me.
Remember to bring your social security card. If you don’t have this, you are probably going to be up shit’s creek when it comes time to audition. Also, bring everything you need. Everyone hates a new girl in the dressing room asking for bobby pins, baby wipes, super glue, and eyeliner. Really pack your bag diligently when you’re on the move. Get a feel for the club, too, before opening your mouth and trying to make friends. A good night to plan to start is Wednesday. At some clubs it’s a big no-no to hire new dancers just for the weekend, so go mid-week, get comfortable, and get to know the type of clientele. If you hate the club, you’ll still have Thursday to go audition elsewhere without being a presumptuous bitch who thinks she should have carte blanche to audition on any night she chooses. Let’s all go ahead and drop our “better than you” attitudes for the sake of our sanity and our peers.
Clubs that don’t typically have traveling dancers may have low tolerance for new meat. Keep to yourself, don’t talk about the fact that you’re traveling, and don’t even mention it to the club. I always say, “I’m considering moving here and I’m checking out clubs.” Some club managers really watch out for their girls’ money (believe it or not) and won’t hire girls that have no intention of coming back, so think before you speak, or speak very little.
Happy summer, and if you go somewhere, please tell me about your experience and let me know if you encounter any issues, I’d love to write about them!