Interview with a Stripper
The Private Show Part II of III
Minx: Thanks so much for coming back Dominique. So picking up where we left off, in Part I you introduced us to ‘private show fundamentals’, where you talked about what budding new dancers should expect when they walk into a private room with a new customer. So what next- how do you keep the customer interested throughout the duration of the show?
Dominique: Like it is when you first sit a customer down, you really have to decide what they might want from you. For example, many of my regulars are happy to sit and chat for hours while I have my clothes on. And in contrast, I do have some regulars that want to see me dance the whole time! But in general, I do a bit of both. A typical hour show involves small intervals of talking and dancing, and even talking and dancing at the same time. I’ve found that customers love when shows are unpredictable. One of my no-fail tricks in surprising a customer while we are talking in a private show is to gasp mid-sentence, excuse myself profusely for getting carried away with the conversation, and continue dancing. This way the customer thinks his conversation was so interesting he’s made you forget how to do your job, which is the ultimate form of flattery and almost guarantees an extension because he is dying to continue the conversation!
Minx: Wow, you do have plenty of good tricks up your sleeve! But being a good stripper seems to involve good conversational skills. Is this true?
Dominique: It’s not the only thing that gets you shows, but it does help. One of the many perks of having such a social job is that you learn so much from the conversations that you have with customers. I’ve learnt so many things about the legal system, science, philosophy, business, sports, even the sex industry! But you have to be careful that you never really ask about a customer’s personal life, unless of course they want to divulge that information with you.
Minx: And why is that?
Dominique: Well think about it. Many customers have families and important businesses that they might want to keep on the down-low when they walk into a strip club. Just like new dancers choose to have a stage name to differentiate themselves from who they are during the day, some customers like to escape reality a little and distance themselves from what they do in the real world.
Minx: That’s fair enough. So you’ve breezed through the easy customers. But obviously you get some customers who don’t always follow the rules?
Dominique: Definitely. Especially on busier nights like Thursday and Friday, while you still get your regulars you also get lots of the public coming through.
Minx: I would imagine the Thursday and Friday crowd would be quite rowdy. Is this the case?
Dominique: Honestly, in all my years working at Minx I have never come across a situation that either management or security can’t handle. As Minx is the most exclusive gentleman’s club in Sydney, the security at the front door is always right on top of screening customers in case they might want to cause trouble. Additionally, the beautiful managers running the floor are great at spotting and amending problems either when or before they happen.
Minx: So it sounds all well and good on the floor. But what about dealing with a potential troublemaker in a private show?
Dominique: I really think it’s about how you handle them. Many new strippers fall into the trap of letting the customers decide for themselves what they can and can’t do, but you need to draw a distinct line about the rules. In group shows especially, hands can go all over the place! As Minx is a non-touching club, being caught allowing customers to touch you can get you into a lot of trouble. If a customer ever decides to get a little ‘grabby’, I calmly hold his hands and place them by his sides. If they continue to touch, then I make him sit on his hands. Another version that works a treat is to tie his wrists up behind his back with my bra! Also, I like to let them know that the more they behave, the more they see. That puts them in their place quite quickly!
Minx: That’s fantastic advice for new dancers. So far you have explained in detail about what new exotic entertainers might expect when they do private shows. Is there anything else to learn?
Dominique: Absolutely! As a dancer you have to be prepared for anything and everything! Next week I was really hoping to go into group show dynamics, and working well with other dancers in a private show, which is such an important part of doing well and earning big money at Minx.
Minx: And why is that?
Dominique: (winks) Well I guess you’ll have to tune in next time and see…