It’s a bad economy.

That’s the mantra for every excuse right now. Probably because it’s true. One piece of advice I’m not sure I’ve blogged about yet: Make sure that your adult entertainment career is either diversified, so that you don’t depend on tips alone (i.e. start a website for yourself that generates money , or some activity like that), or secure other forms of employment that are more stable in terms of pay.

I’ve had multiple jobs since 2002. Even when I was a school teacher and a college professor I always had at least one other job. I do this, because it takes a little of the power away from my boss and puts it in my pocket. “You do realize, don’t you, that this isn’t my only job?” That revelation has evened the field many times with mean, pushy, rude, aggressive, and overly demanding managers and bosses. The air comes right out of their sail when they can’t threaten your livelihood.

At any rate, the current economy is making even part-time work difficult to find. For the first time in nearly seven years I have only one source of income, and it’s the clubs. That doesn’t feel very good, I must admit. I already felt vulnerable enough having only the clubs and a part-time writing gig. Well, that writing option seems to have dried up, as they haven’t been paying me and they won’t answer my calls. I’m hoping to hear from them again during better days. I like them very much.

So, time to look for other options. An acquaintaince is hopfully going to be able to get me into his gym where I can teach gymnastics, which would relieve some of the burden off the club income as well as be fun as hell! However, I don’t want to wait on an answer from that. I’m thinking that I might look around in the businesses near my home, and see if I can’t find work at a GNC (where I could get a better price on the supplements I need in order to keep making tips) or Starbucks (where I’ve heard you can work part-time and still get insurance). I don’t need much from a part-time job, unless you count the value of psychological relief.

So, why am I blogging about this, when it may not seem to be directly connected to exotic dance or adult entertainment? I have a very specific reason: I let you all read about this, because it reinforces the fact that most of the people in this line of work have a highly developed sense of work ethic. We’re not lazy people. We’re not content to mooch off the public. We do want to be responsible for ourselves, and we do have all the same cares and worries as anyone else. I wish I could keep churning out the ass-scented money blog entries (because they really are alot of fun), but… well… it’s a bad economy.

Author: Devon Hunter

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  1. Well I certainly would never accuse someone in your line of work lazy. After all you are doing something that results in nearly instant feedback from your clients. If you have an off night I am sure they let you know. And if you do not try and get more gigs then the income dries up pretty fast.

    I was wondering whether the recession is hurting bar traffic? I have heard anecdotally from a friend in the bar security business that traffic seems down in Toronto’s gay bars.

    The only business I know that is virtual recession proof is government, including health care and education.

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  2. the traffic is down, yes. but more importantly, the interaction and participation is down. in my line of work it doesn’t matter so much HOW MANY people show up, as WHAT KIND of people show up. one person can make your night. that’s all you need. but on the nights that are crowded everyone is tight fisted lately. ironically i’m doing better on the average or slow nights. how strange.

    one of the reasons i’m trying to get into physical therapy is for exactly what you have already mentioned.

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  3. Okay, this might be a really stupid question, but . . .

    Do the dancers get a cut of the door?

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  4. this situation is different for every single club. in charlotte you get nothing, but you tip out nothing. you walk out with everything you make. in columbia i’m paid a small, recurring booking fee. so i keep my tips plus that small stipend. in atlanta i make my tips, but then i have to give $35 to the bar, $5 to the door, and 10% to the dj. needless to say, the pressure is HIGH in atlanta, because i also have to pay for the gas/hotel/food and compete with 25-40 dancers each night. other clubs i visit pay a booking fee + gas/hotel and i also keep my tips.

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  5. Wow! It seems pretty nutty to have to give money to the bar, no matter where you are. I mean, I’d thought generally people are going to drink more when they’re having a good time, or drink enough to get the courage to ask for a dance if they’re shy, or a little stoli/saltpeter to keep from getting sprung at an inopportune time, so therefore the bar should be grateful to YOU for getting more people in the door to buy more drinks, etc.

    What’s the rationale to paying the bar?

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  6. i find it a form of exploitation that an establishment that promotes itself as a venue to see live male exotic dancers perform would basically charge a fee for said dancers to work there. this fee in the form of tips to the bar, dj, and the front door (owner), is truly sad as it exploits the entertainers that are the draw for the establishment. all the clubs that i have gone to charge a cover charge which is normally $10 or more, which is pure profit for the owner. in addition, the owners are making a killing off of over priced drinks. i drink diet coke and they would charge me $3.50 for a diet coke served in an on-the-rocks glass. imagine what the profit margin is on that drink. the bartenders are making tips, so who gets the $35 charge that is earmarked for the bar. 10% to the dj, wtf, doesn’t the bar hire the dj. why should the dancers pay the bartenders and the djs. seems to me, that a venue that bills itself as a venue to see live male exotic dancers perform would not be very exciting without the dancers. i know when i went to the clubs, i didn’t go there to drink, listen to music, dance, or try to hookup…..i went to see the dancers, ok, i went to see their hard bodies and their assets. those are the same assets that are bringing in the patrons. since my ex was a dancer, i am somewhat familiar with the way clubs operate and i find it appalling that the owners exploit their talent. i know, i know, i am rambling again, but i am a believer in doing what is right and just and when an injustice is exposed, i feel a moral obligation to make a statement condemning the act and the perpetrators.

    btw, i often refer to my ex as being a dancer. rest assured, that i never exploited him and he is my ex for a multitude of reasons; however, not for my lack of love for him.

    devon, hopefully you will find a new gig soon in order to supplement your entertainment job. hang in their my handsome friend, to paraphrase professor dumbledore of hogwarts, “help will always be their for those that ask.” with your writing skills, i think you should consider writing a book on the business. oh, i would want to see pictures too…..lol, what good is a book without pictures.

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  7. unfortunately you’ve both already hit the nail on the head: it IS exploitation, and NO it does NOT make sense, except that sometimes the gamble pays off and i make enough money to justify the whole trip. however, i’m not forced to dance there. i choose to do so (albeit, only every couple of weekends, because i’m not much af a hustler type and i don’t compete well with the guys who are).

    i go to swinging richards for variety, and i go because it’s one of the 10 best of its kind in the world. i’m flattered to be allowed to work there, but i definitely do NOT make it my life. the place is a money machine, and it grinds you up. some of the guys work there 5 nights a week every week. more power to them, but i’m ready to go as soon as i get there usually.

    i had nightmares about going back. some of my past blogs were just me spewing fear because of that place. but in the end, it’s what i’m doing (for now). i have no regrets – i try to be objective. and honestly, if it weren’t for scotty i’d never go. i flat out won’t go without him. i need the support system.

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