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.