Anybody can become a stripper or exotic dancer if they put their mind to it. However, the most successful strippers are those who have carefully planned their entry into the entertainment and club life.
I’ll like to start by saying stripping has nothing to do with your shape, boob size, ass/hip type, race, size, body type, or other identifying characteristics. It also doesn’t matter if you had pole experience in the past, although this may help.
Again, anybody can become a stripper or an exotic dancer. So, in this article, we’ll dive right into how to carve a niche for yourself as a baby stripper and how to get into the club scene.
Grab a comfortable seat as it’ll be a detailed and fun read.
Becoming an Exotic Dancer/Stripper
You need to be able to market yourself to become a successful stripper or exotic dancer.
Stripping or exotic dancing is a “sales and marketing” focused career path that involves meeting new people and convincing them to purchase your product (exotic dance) or pay for the services you offer (whether private sessions or tips).
The biggest difference between the most successful strippers and struggling exotic dancers is how much of a salesperson they are.
Having cleared that, it’s also important to understand that each customer has a preference, meaning you may not necessarily be what the customer wants. You shouldn’t take this to heart, although it can sometimes be painful (when the customer seems to have a lot of money to spend on their type).
How Do You Become a Stripper or Exotic Dancer?
Make Up Your Mind
Becoming a stripper or exotic dancer may seem easy on the outside but it comes with its set of challenges.
You’ll have to be ready to be judged, scrutinized, rejected, and stereotyped. All these are the rite of passage you’ll need to go through to grow the tough skin necessary to reach your goals.
It’s also important to know that stripping or exotic dancing can sometimes get toxic within and outside the club. You’ll need to be super vigilant, security conscious, and ready to stand your ground when your boundaries are crossed.
Proceed from here if you’ve decided stripping is right for you!
Research Clubs Near You
The best way to get your foot in the door is to research strip clubs and gentlemen’s establishments near you.
It’s often harder to ask people offline to show you the ropes, so you may have to learn it on your own. Start by researching the nearest strip clubs or entertainment scenes near you.
I advise visiting those clubs to see how they operate and whether they fit what you want for yourself. If you’re uncomfortable initially, look for clubs outside your neighborhood but within a safe distance to commute home after your shifts.
While researching the clubs, pay attention to the type of girls in those clubs; do they have tattoos? Are they of a specific race or body type? Are they protected? How are the customers?
Go the extra mile to read club reviews on social media channels like Facebook, Reddit, Quora, etc. Those channels have a higher chance of giving good recommendations and advice.
Shortlist the decent clubs based on research and recommendations and take the next step!
Call Clubs or Visit to Apply
Clubs are almost always looking for new girls to keep their customers entertained. This means you have a low entry barrier.
Call the clubs you’ve shortlisted to ask questions and schedule an audition.
Most clubs can schedule an audition within a few days, so make sure you’re ready to go all in before calling.
Also, call as many clubs as you have on your shortlist. I recommend working with 3 – 4 clubs at a time to allow for proper planning and to avoid burnout from multiple auditions.
Auditions are a great way for club owners and managers to meet and familiarize themselves with you. They aren’t as crazy as you imagine, so relax your muscles.
It’s best to wear something cute and comfortable. You don’t have to be too revealing if it makes you uncomfortable. Try on a pair of bikini bottoms and see how you look in the mirror.
Go into your audition with your confidence.
While you don’t necessarily need to be a pro with the pole, you can do a few floorwork to get the ball rolling during the audition.
You’ll usually know if you’ve been selected or not at the end of the audition.
If you’re selected, congratulations. If not, pick yourself back up and work on areas where you may have dropped the ball.
Create Your Persona
So you’ve been hired at the club? Congratulations! Now the sales job begins!
One of the best ways to get sales going without saying much is to create an irresistible persona for your brand.
You want to create a brand so strong that customers want to experience it. So, start with your brand name or stripper name.
Once your stripper name is selected, now choose the best theme to match the name. Be careful of anything generic or trendy, as trends often fade away!
Look to create something you’re comfortable with and a style you’re most comfortable in. Also ensure that your style is one that can be remixed over time to bring new vibes to your customers.
Dos and Don’ts of Being a Stripper or Exotic Dancer
Be Nice to Everyone but Not Best Buddies
You’re at the club to make money for yourself, so while you are expected to be nice and civil to every other girl, they aren’t your best buddy.
It’s important to remain nice to girls because they can help out with covering excesses but you don’t want your secrets to become a cheap insult during arguments.
Keep your wits about yourself, be nice, dance, make money, go home, and get enough sleep!
Avoid Working With Friends or Family
It goes without saying, but it’s best to avoid working with friends and family.
Seeing as stripping can be a bit competitive; you don’t want to fracture important relationships because of money.
It’s best to keep such things on two separate planes, don’t mix!
Know Your Boundaries (Drugs, Alcohol, Limits, Etc.)
Stripping comes with a lot of negatives, including exposure to alcohol, possible harassment, drugs, etc.
It’s important to set your limits and be firm with those limits.
Remember that it’s a sales job, and not everybody will like your product/services. In fact, not everybody can afford your products/services – so you should act accordingly!
Think Long and Hard Before Surgeries
You’ll come across several girls with boob jobs, tummy tucks, BBLs, and others.
It’s important not to make decisions based on peer pressure, as surgeries can be complex and complicated.
If you must, I advise you to wait 6 months to a year to consider whether you really want that surgery. Within that time, research the best plastic surgeon offering the service and save up to get a high quality procedure.
Always remember that it’s your body and health!
Try Different Dresses
One of the pro tips for making the most money is to try different dresses each night.
Doing this gives your customers a different outlook and makes you more sophisticated. It also quenches the stereotype that strippers don’t clean up well.
With more change of clothes, you’ll be printing money soon!
How to Get Your Stripping License?
Some states require you to have a stripping license or dance license before you can operate. To get a license, you’ll need to;
- Be at least 18 or 21 years old, depending on your state.
- Pay a fee
- Have a valid ID
- Obtain a notarized SAVE affidavit
- Undergo a police background check
To Register for a Police ID or Police Adult Entertainment Work Identification Card (AEIC), you need to visit the police and get a police clearance. The clearance process will involve biometric fingerprinting and a police background check.
The checks are customary to any adult-oriented or adult-related businesses like casinos, strip clubs, cabarets, etc.
- A completed application form
- A notarized SAVE affidavit
- A secure and verifiable ID
- Cash payment or three separate money orders for fingerprinting, processing fee, and permit fee.
The police clearance costs over $75, depending on your state.
How long is my stripping license valid for?
Stripping licenses or exotic dancer licenses are valid for one year. You’ll need to renew your license annually at the License Permit Unit and undergo the background checks again to continue dancing.
How old do you have to be to strip in California?
You have to be at least 18 years old to become a stripper in California. However, depending on the type of club, there may be certain restrictions until you’re 21 years old.
How old do you have to be to strip in Florida?
Florida law requires you to be at least 21 years old or more to become a stripper. This age requirement is irrespective of whether the club serves alcohol or not, or whether strippers are topless or totally nude.
How old do you have to be to strip in Texas?
Texas law requires strippers or exotic dancers to be at least 21 years. The State’s laws also prohibit people under the age of 21 from patronizing strip clubs or establishments where exotic dancers or strippers work.
How old do you have to be to strip in Arizona?
You have to be between at least 18 to 21 years old to strip in Arizona.
Strippers are required to be at least 18 years old to work in strip clubs that don’t serve alcohol, while topless and alcohol-serving strip clubs require strippers to be at least 21 years.
How old do you have to be to strip in New York?
Most ordinances require patrons and strippers to be at least 18 years or older to work in a New York strip club. Strippers need to be at least 21 years where nudity and alcohol are served.
How old do you have to be to strip in Indiana?
You have to be at least 21 years to work in an alcohol serving strip club in Indiana. However, non-alcohol serving and non-nude establishments can accept 18 years and older.
How old do you have to be to strip in Georgia?
Strippers and patrons of adult entertainment clubs in Georgia have to be at least 21 years old.
How old do you have to be to strip in Ohio?
Ohio law requires strippers and patrons to be at least 21 years old to work in an alcohol-serving club.
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