I was talking to an industry friend today about ploys to make money, and how strippers manipulate customers into spending. My friend, who has been dancing for a year, said that it’s a guaranteed good night if you say it’s your first day. I have known strippers who have a birthday every month, and those who have made up elaborate crises on a weekly basis to get money. While I know that it’s true that these things DO work short term, I have found that in the long term it really messes with you and your money to use hard lies like that to hook customers in, not to mention the type of customer it attracts.
This kind of money is “easy come, easy go” money. Fortune favors those who show it respect. I love money, truly and deeply. I treat it like I treat a lover. I protect it, spend it on things I truly cherish, collect it in neat stacks, NEVER waste it, but loving the money isn’t enough. You have to love the source. Imagine you had a chicken who laid eggs made out of gold (bear with me here), if you fed the hen hormones to make it lay more often, shocked it into laying cycles by starving it or dehydrating it, you would get more eggs for a little while, but eventually, your hen would die or the quality of the eggs would suffer. Your customers WANT to give you money, they are already going to do it, but if you treat them poorly and milk them too often (switching barnyard animals), eventually they will be drained. Not only will they stop responding to you, but they may avoid the clubs all together from then on, labeling strippers as “manipulative, lying, thieving assholes” who don’t deserve love, attention, or financial help. For the good of your money and the good of the lovely people in this industry, don’t paint us that way!
The strip club offers you a marvelous opportunity to meet people who can and will definitely help you in your future. Business men from all over the world hang out in strip clubs, looking to find that perfect stripper to give their money and affection to. If that person is you, and you make a goal of showing that person a good time, letting them get to know you a little, and building a relationship based on trust vs. manipulation, you can keep these guys. Don’t be so cocky to think that you will magically “find” this right guy if you don’t show respect for your customers. The rich guys will pass right over you, whales know a snake when they see one. If they are suckers and fail to see it, in time your true colors will show and they will either become hopelessly addicted to you (check back tomorrow for an article on this), or leave you in the dust. If you are a snake, will be stuck nickel and dime-ing suckers for your entire career, eventually getting too old to make money that way (or any way) and you will have built NONE of the sales techniques that stripping provides, which are the things that qualify us so well for PR, marketing, entrepreneurship, psychology, public speaking, sales, and countless other “customer centered” business ventures later in our lives.
When you don’t respect your money, and you don’t respect your clientele, your money doesn’t stick to you. Although the strip club seems like a place where all the laws of nature stop applying, it’s not true. Karma is real in all places. If you are an asshole, life will be shitty to you. If you are good and genuine, life will be good to you.
Like I’ve said a million times before, your habits determine who you are, and while “hustling” might get you ahead for the moment, being manipulative will in the long term destroy your money AND your character. Am I saying never lie? Of course not. White lies protect your identity, your safety, and your privacy. (Read Maintaining your Privacy)
Are some of the guys in the club assholes who deserve to be robbed? Maybe. I guess there are quite a few bad apples in the club, but in my experience avoiding these customers all together rather than ripping them off seems to improve my overall mental health, which I think is the most important thing, but the other thing I want thing to stress here is that without lying (much), without stealing, manipulating, or selling hard extras, my money has actually improved quite a bit over time, and I rarely have to “hustle.” It’s so often that I have a regular who I don’t even dance for. I just hang out and have a good time, tell jokes, and laugh. I have one customer in particular who I have stayed close with for YEARS who still regularly gives me money, often times without even seeing him. I have countless others who I could call if I ever really WAS in a bind (unlikely). They will always be there for me because they know I won’t take advantage of them. I won’t fake a crisis to get money, I will respect them, care about their well-being, and stay in touch. When these customers “help” me, it’s with my tuition, my car payment, putting new tires on my vehicle, vet bills, etc. I don’t fake things, and I CERTAINLY don’t create crises in order to sucker someone. Don’t purposely ruin your life so someone will feel like they need to save you. That logic is so illogical, that I can’t even call it logic.
Everyone knows that all regulars have a shelf life, but how do some girls keep their regulars for years? How do the hose people you have heard of who have gotten houses and cars? They have built relationships that last with people who are happy to help. When you are the kind of person who exploits people’s loneliness to make a cheap buck, you poison yourself and your golden egg-layin’ hen. When you share a moment, uplift your customer, and see yourself as a positive force, you are nourishing your hen, ensuring that it lives a long life, and maybe even survives long enough to support you during a career change.
You’re easier to love if you’re a good person all the time. Your actions define you to your customers AND to your real life friends. Make them virtuous, you will be happier.