You’re allowed to legally strip at the age of 18 as a US citizen, although some states and strip clubs require you to be 21 years and above.
To become a stripper, you must show a valid and government-issued ID revealing your legal age to the strip clubs. Some cities, like Dallas, Los Angeles, and others, require strippers to get a dance license (which costs about $300) before working.
See how you can become a stripper at 18.
Age Requirement for Strippers
Stripper Age Requirement in the US
Many US states require you to be 18 years and above to work in any adult entertainment establishments like strip clubs, adult bookstores, cabarets, and others. However, some states like Nevada require you to be at least 21 years if there’ll be nudity and alcohol.
Stripper Age Requirement in Canada
In other countries like Canada, the age requirement for becoming a stripper is decided by provincial laws. For example, you must be at least 18 years to strip in Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba. Provinces like Quebec require you to be at least 21 years old to work as a stripper.
Stripper Age Requirement in the United Kingdom (UK)
In the United Kingdom, you must be at least 18 years old to work as a stripper, according to the Sexual Offences Act of 2003. The Act also provides guidelines for adult entertainment club operations.
Stripper Age Requirement in Australia
State laws determine Australia’s age requirement for strippers. Strippers are required to be at least 18 years old in Queensland and New South Wales. Victoria requires strippers to be at least 21 years old.
Should You Start Stripping at 18?
There are many benefits to starting a stripping career early; there are equally a few risks to consider.
Some benefits of starting a stripping career early include;
- Financial freedom
- Build social currency and circle
- Learn new skills and abilities
- Build a strong work ethic and character
- Build personal and business experience
Some downsides to starting a stripping career at 18 include:
- Early burnout
- Exposure to drugs and intoxicants.
- Harassment and shaming.
- Risks of being judged by society.
Becoming a Stripper
Stripping is unlike the regular 9 – 5 job, especially as you’ll work night shifts mostly. However, the barrier to entry is low, meaning you can become a baby stripper with minimal experience.
Working in a strip club can help you build your social circle while also counting as a full-time job or side gig, depending on what you want.
Read our full guide on How to become a stripper in 2023 for more information.
Where to Find Stripping Jobs?
Finding stripping jobs can be easy or challenging, depending on your state or city.
Generally, you can find stripping jobs by:
- Calling or visiting nightclubs to inquire about stripping jobs.
- Check Craigslist, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.
- Use job boards.
Can I Work as a Stripper While Schooling?
Yes, you can work part-time as a stripper while you school in college or at the University. You’ll need to be a good time manager and may need to keep your stripping career private, especially if you don’t want unsolicited attention.
How to Balance Schooling and Stripping?
You can balance schooling and stripping with the right approaches. You’ll need time management, the ability to prioritize important tasks, adequate scheduling, and a healthy support system.
The above will make schooling and stripping easier for you in the short and long run.
Other Jobs in Nightlife and Entertainment Clubs
You don’t always have to be a stripper, especially if you haven’t decided on the career path. You could always start with another job within the nightlife scene to learn more about stripping before deciding if it’s worth pursuing.
Here are some jobs in the nightlife scene that’ll give you close contact with strippers and help you determine if it’s the right career path.
Administrative staff within the nightlife and club scene handle everything from accounts to orders, stripper bookings, private room bookings, stock keeping, and others.
This position gives you front-row access to customers and strippers working in your club. You’ll get a chance to learn more about the girls, their lives, and how much they earn.
It’s the perfect job to start with, especially if you are undecided about whether to become a stripper.
Waitress and Bartender
Waiting and bartending are lucrative side hustles for many within the entertainment scene.
You can always get a job as a waitress or bartender, giving you access to strippers and helping you learn as much as possible about the nightlife scene.
Bouncers and Security Staff
Male strippers will benefit from being bouncers and security staff, especially as this allows them access to many nightlife entertainment establishments.
Being a security or bouncer helps you pick out clubs with the highest number of female guests as well as others, wherein you’re more likely to make more money as a male stripper.
Kitchen staff at adult entertainment establishments often do not interact with customers, however, this could also be a great way to learn more about how the nightlife and club scene works.
You can easily pick out the important information, including how to get an audition to become a stripper and more from other girls or male strippers at the club.
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