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Dominique, thanks so much for chatting to us again. As we begin to approach the busy end of the year, the club begins to recruit the best sexy women to add to our roster. And more often than not, many of our new recruits are completely green to exotic dancing. What would be your advice for girls new to the adult entertainment industry?
Thanks for having me back. I have plenty of advice for new strippers! Making the decision to be an exotic dancer can be a very tough one, and in my opinion you’re either suited to stripping or you’re not. If you want to be a high earner in this game, you need to be a natural people person and come in to your first shift open-minded.
What exactly do you mean by ‘open-minded’?
I knew you would ask that, and it’s not what you would think. Working in a strip club, you have to be really open to all the different types of people that could walk in the door. The highest, most consistent earners will strike a conversation with everybody whether they look like they will spend or not. Even if they don’t purchase a show with you, they might request you next time they are in or recommend you to one of their friends. And that’s how you develop a good business.
Thanks Dominique, that’s fantastic advice. Keeping a good attitude in mind, what can new strippers expect when they come in for their first shift at Minx?
New dancers can always expect a really positive and supportive environment from the managers, waitresses, and other more experienced strippers. Once you walk through the Minx doors, you can expect to be greeted by one of our fantastic dance managers. They will take you through some minor paperwork, and give you a detailed tour of the club and introduction to how the club works and how you will make your money from private shows and the podium.
So once the induction is over, what happens next?
After the induction, it’s really up to you what you can do next. I see many new dancers hang back and watch the other exotic entertainers on stage and talking to customers for hours, before they get the courage to talk to someone.
And do you think that’s the best approach?
Personally, I don’t think so. In my opinion, you’ve already made the crazy decision to be a stripper- take the plunge and get into it straight away! Sit next to a customer who is free, or make a friend with a dancer who is more experienced and they will always help you out. I always try to help out new exotic entertainers when they start out- firstly because I feel like I am paying it forward for the experienced girls that helped me on my first day as a stripper. And secondly, because my regular customers always appreciate some fresh talent, that way we both make some money!
So say a new dancer does decide to take the plunge and gets a private show- what happens after that?
Well I say congratulations- you’ve made it as an exotic entertainer! After that, the world- or should I say ‘strip club’ is your oyster, just roll with it! Keep talking to customers, keep making friends with other dancers, keep a high level of professionalism with the managers, and you will be a high earner in no time!
Dominique, thanks very much for providing what I’m sure is invaluable information for all the beautiful women thinking about becoming an exotic entertainer. Any last words?
Like I mentioned before, open-mindedness really is the key. You can earn your money from all sorts of places and all kinds of customers, so don’t limit yourself to who or what you think will get you some serious cash. Good luck girls!
Saturday functions at Minx are an experience and one you will never forget. Whether you are celebrating buck’s night, birthday or wanting a team building corporate get-together Minx has the most beautiful ladies and event management team to design and cater for all types of functions, big or small, loud or intimate. Turning your ideas into a hassle free events is what the Minx team does best. As these functions are private affairs, we get to cater to your every wish....... so long as its legal and your girlfriend doesn't find out.
In this blog, we have asked our managers, cocktail and bar staff, as well as our sexy dancers to create a list of reasons why you should think of Minx when planning you next Saturday event.
So why is a private function at Minx so good?
As Minx is only open on Saturdays for private bookings, your function get the use of the whole club, the attention of the dancers and our service staff all to yourself. You supply us with a guest list and our strict door management ensures that nobody crashes your party. It is a shut door to the general public.
The initial buy-in for venue hire on a Saturday includes exclusive VIP treatment. Only the best dancers are hand-selected by our managers to ensure a party that won’t be forgotten! Additionally, gorgeous wait staff, bar staff, hostesses, and a private DJ are included in venue hire. Food can be arranged as canapes or in three set courses for more formal dining.
The Minx stage provides continuous topless dancing all night long. In addition, nude and double nude shows are included in venue hire, as well as mass lap dances from all our dancers! This, coupled with chatty waitresses and hostesses, ensures that the atmosphere is kept at a maximum and all your guests are entertained throughout the night. Although the private DJ carefully chooses his own unique mix according to the needs of each function, song and genre requests are most welcome!
To describe what it is like to be a part of a function at Minx, we asked one of our hostesses Abby to provide some more information on what to expect.
Minx: So what is so good about Saturday functions?
Abby: Holding your function on a Saturday when the club is closed off to the public is a great way to make an impression on your friends or clients, or celebrate an extra special occasion. As the only people in the venue, guests can be guaranteed that they get 100% of the staff’s attention. It really gives the staff an opportunity to demonstrate what ‘Minx Magic’ really is about! I remember the last buck’s night that was here- it was crazy! There were about 30 guys, and they were all heaps of fun. Actually by the end of the night I felt Minx had morphed into a nightclub- everyone was getting their groove on to great music, and we even had a handful of guys try to compete with us (the hostesses) in a dance competition on stage! We won, of course.
Minx: Of course you did. So how would anyone interested go about in booking a Saturday function at Minx?
Abby: It’s very easy. You just need to call up and enquire, and we can provide you with all the information you need. Saturday functions are generally catered towards larger groups, however we are also great at doing very exclusive and intimate parties. Weekday lunch functions are also available. So call me on 1300789798 and lets work it out.
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…
Minx: Dominique, since you have been such a big hit on our blog, we wanted to further probe you in helping new dancers gain some insight into the life of an exotic entertainer. You have mentioned already the importance of preparing for the podium, but what about the private show? Why is it so important?
Dominique: Every dancer needs to understand that the private show is always going to be their primary source of income. No matter which strip club you work in, and no matter how the system is set up, making customers get up and purchase a show is what effectively pays you. Although tips are great, from my experience I have seen many a stripper make the mistake of neglecting to sell private shows, and ask for tips from various customers on the floor instead.
Minx: So what are the consequences of this?
Dominique: What happens is that they become too reliant on the tips, and either lose the knack or motivation to sell a private show when there are limited tips available. As Minx is the most exclusive gentleman’s club in Sydney, we have many regulars who don’t like being pushed into tipping girls when they know they can get much more for their money in a private room. Also, dancers who rely on tips often isolate themselves from the other entertainers which makes it difficult for them to get into group shows. As many of the high rollers at Minx like to bring their clients in and spend the night away, these group shows tend to make up a lot of your earnings over and above what you’d get from cash tips.
Minx: That’s great insight. And forgive me for being so naïve, but what actually happens once you get customers into a private room?
Dominique: (Laughs) Plenty of things! As much as you are selling yourself on the floor and on podium, once the customer has purchased a show the sale isn’t done yet. They can always extend! Once I have escorted my customer into our private room, I always make sure they are seated and comfortable, and make some light conversation to keep the mood if they are a little nervous.
Minx: And from there? How do you know what different customers want?
Dominique: It really just depends on who you get. But generally I assume that all the clients I get want nudity, even if they don’t want to admit it. After all it is what they paid for! When training new exotic entertainers, I always reinforce the importance of starting off with a slow and sensual strip tease. For two main reasons- firstly, so you can gauge how your customer is feeling and determine what they want out of your show. Secondly, so you don’t tire out too quickly. I have seen many new dancers come out of a 30 minute show exhausted because they have come in with all guns blazing! Also, you have to keep in mind that your customer might extend. I once booked 30 minutes with one customer who ended up extending for four extra hours!
Minx: Wow. There are so many more questions for me to ask but it seems you have to go on podium soon. Are you able to enlighten us another time?
Dominique: Of course! There are so many aspects to a private show we would be here all week if I went through it all at once. Besides, topics like performing in group shows and dealing with different types of customers need to be explained in detail. See you soon!
Minx: So Dominique last time we spoke we finished off with discussing promoting of other dancers to a patron when he has not chosen you. I don’t imagine this happens often to you and it leads me to ask, beautiful as you are, what are your tips on being noticed over the other dancers?
Dominique: You know one of the simplest tricks is the old “learn to walk with a book on your head”. Its true models have been doing this for decades and the key of practicing this is that you need to keep your chin up and shoulders back. This in turn allows you to strut your stuff with confidence. It is confidence that the patron first recognizes and it grabs his attention and well, once you have caught their attention half the battle is over.
Minx: what else do you do to catch their attention?
Dominique: good grooming is essential which naturally includes hair, nails, makeup and scent (including sweet smelling breath). There is no prerequisite on style here …. In fact I have known girls that go for an off beat style such as Harajuki or punk, and pull it off because of their confidence and attention to grooming. I believe that if you are going to do something then make sure you do it well. Though there is a risk in these off beat styles having limited appeal to patrons, if you are the only one working it, you can do alright. Irrespective of your style remember good deportment also means minding your P&Q's. So by all means talk provocatively in low voice but avoid swearing, as gutter talk is bogan and trash talking other dancers or patrons is a turnoff to well heeled gentlemen.
Minx: So costume is a part of your styling?
Dominique: Costume not so much , I mean costumes are fun on themed or fantasy nights or part of a feature show, but that is where you should leave it otherwise you will be branded as the cowgirl or police chick and this quickly becomes stale. No your outfit should be styled in a revealing way so as to illuminate your assets whether it is a great bust line, hot arse or great legs. We all have something to show and make sure they see it or at least get a glimpse of what can be. It is all about styling not costume.
Minx: can you explain what you mean by “A glimpse of what can be”
Dominique: Sure, this is an important part of securing the private show. As by now you have walked into the club lounge with your shoulders back, chin up, exuding confidence with your polished grooming and immaculate styling. You have caught the eye of a patron admiring you. Then either before you go over to him or shortly after introducing yourself, you inadvertently adjust your outfit in such a way as to reveal more than he expected. Thus showing him “a glimpse of what could be” if he was to take you into a private show. Flirt with what you've got in such a way and from a distance to be something he can’t have, or at least not until he books the show. After all a private show is where all the real fun happens
Minx: That is great advice and I am sure new dancers to stripping will certainly benefit from. Thank you so much for being up front and candid in this interview we really appreciate it.
Dominique: you know it is my pleasure as when I first started at Minx the other dancers were so helpful to me, they guided me through many nervous nights and assisted me in getting the most out of exotic dancing. Even today I am thrilled to be part of the Minx team as everyone from management to other dancers are so supportive and it is rare to see any bitchy behavior. So I am more than happy to give the girls some hints to my success and hope that they too can be successful and happy at Minx, the best strip club in Sydney.
Minx: Dominique, thank you for sharing your experience with us, perhaps you can start by giving us some hints on how to get the guy to book a private show with you?
Dominique: This is often called the hustle, but to be truthful it is more a seduction than a hustle that gets the best result. When I first started dancing, I would ask the guy shamelessly and directly if he wanted to take me for a private show. True, I did get shows but it was very much hit & miss and I began to feel the rejection of the no’s more than the joys of the yes's. Soon I discovered that spending some time with the guys; chatting, smiling and flirting, gave them a chance to become comfortable and familiar with me over a drink. At this point I would introduce the idea of private shows.
Dominique: Well, I might bring into the conversation some fun or experience that I had in a private show on a previous night or I might make an observation of other guys smiling after their show, as they return to the main lounge. It is more about referring to private shows than asking for a private show. Once the conversation and flirting focuses on private shows it won’t be long before his curiosity is aroused enough to ask me for a private show. Some guys unfortunately are slow to ask, particularly if they are getting too comfortable and lost in the conversation. When this happens a great hint I have for new dancers is to find an excuse to leave the table for a short period.
Minx: What reason do you give to be excused?
Dominique: It could simply be that the manager has waved me over, or another guest has arrived that knows me and I want to say a quick hello. Definitely don’t say the bathroom, as the idea is that you want him to watch you as you move around the room. Then when you return to him, he values the fact that you came back to him. From this point on you will soon be able to either get him to book a show or not. If you sense its not going to happen, explain to him that though you are enjoying his company you will have to move on as you are there for a reason, and it never hurts to ask him if there is any other lady that catches his eye who you could introduce to him. These two points leave him with a parting opportunity to say “no you are the one that I want so let’s go for a show”.
Minx: what if he asks me to introduce someone else to him.?
Dominique: I always oblige and am never offended, as we can’t be everyone’s fantasy all the time but helping him find a girl to his liking, saves the other dancers time, by avoiding the small talk and quite often the guy will book me as well just to be his wingman, and hey it pays the same so why not.
Keep an eye on our blog as in part 2 of Dominique's interview we hear what she gets up to in a private show.
The glass slipper look goes with everything but with the height of the shoe it also creates the illusion that you are floating, a particularly good advantage when performing on stage. They are also easy to maintain and keep clean with a wipe of a damp cloth.
Though they have to look good, stripper shoes are work shoes and thus have to be durable and last the distance. This is why the single molded Perspex shoe is the dancer’s choice. The heels rarely break and the Perspex does not show scuffs and scrapes that come from dancing on a hard stage or doing pole tricks.
As a dancer you want to stand out and having the extra height from your shoes will help you here. But don’t start too high as being elegant in an 8 or 10 inch heel does take some practice. A 4 inch heel will have you walking tall to start, so long as you remember to keep your shoulders back. Remember dancers need height so that they can look men in the eye as well as command presence on stage
That’s right comfort. Stripper shoes are a platform so despite the sometimes outrageous and dizzy heights of the heel, they are matched with a platform so that you do not have to be on the balls of your feet for the whole night. With long shifts of eight plus hours you need to look good with a heel but still be comfortable. When you buy a new pair, wear them in at home so you get used to them thus avoid worrying about blisters at work.
Strapless or with straps, slip-on or boot, there is a myriad of styles to suit your foot and preference. When starting out a Velcro strap is a safe style, they look good but are more secure and less likely to fly off doing a pole trick and the Velcro makes it easy to get out of them when performing private shows.
As someone new to the industry we recommend that your first pair of stripper shoes should be an elegant design, they will serve you well and go with everything. Once you have established yourself as a dancer and are earning great money it is time to invest in your fantasy and have fun with the endless choices. Go for Bling, with diamante crusted sparkles flashing led light heels or go hardcore with spikes and red patent leather. The choice here is all about you and how you want to express yourself. Remember that your customer’s do pick up on you feeling excited and happy and a good pair of stripper shoes can help you earn big money.
Minx Gentlemen’s Club is regarded as Sydney’s best strip club largely because of the class of it's ladies. The dancers, who perform there, are not all from the same “Barbie” mold, they vary in type: from Hollywood glamour to sophisticated chic, from exotic foreign lands to the girl next door. However they all have one thing in common, a sense of style and a grace, which adds to the elegance of how they disrobe.
There is a myth that stripper clothes need to evoke the trashy slutty side of fashion, well no doubt that would attract attention of the patrons but not the sort of attention that will earn you admiration and money. The truth is you need to dress to create the desired impression on your audience, maintaining an eye catching appearance has a lot to do with the confidence and poise you hold as much as the dress itself. Furthermore the undergarments must further add to you owning the situation. Capturing the attention of patrons this way is one reason why the ladies at Minx are regarded so highly.
The female management at Minx will assist you in finding the best style that will help make you the centre of attention. We have designed and made many of the outfits worn by our leading dancers and also hold a stock of suitable dresses that are for sale or hire which will help you get a start in the industry. Here are some simple tips to follow that may get you on to the right track in your pursuit to be a successful stripper.
The dress has to fit with your body shape and we know that with each body shape there is a style that is sexy, so find that style and then work it to show off your best assets. Remember sexy can be feminine & sweet, as much as it can be strong & sophisticated.
Once you have found the right shape dress for your body, you will need to think about how you will be moving when you are on stage. A gown may work if you’re a sensual slow dancer on the podium but not if you are active & athletic on the pole. Sometimes you may have to vary your dance style to your dress or amp up the show once you have stripped off that first layer.
It is important that the dress is not too complicated in the design. Fumbling with difficult clasps, ties or zips is not a good look and detracts from the tease in strip tease. Also you want to be able to get dressed again with little fuss when exiting the stage or a private show. It is advisable to practice getting in and out of your chosen dress so when on stage stripping appears effortless. Remember you want to get in and out of this dress as many times as possible during the course of a shift.
Black is perhaps the best choice for a dress and it can be improved with a hint of a colour or the right trim to draw attention to your assets. For example, some piping along the high split of a dress to accentuate your long legs or some trim on the bust line will soften yet still invite the desired attention to your cleavage. Other strong bold colours such as red, silver or gold make a statement but ensure that these choices complement your skin tone and have some glitz to fire off under the stage lights. Try to avoid prints as they tend to confuse the message you are trying to channel, though on occasion animal prints can bring some tribal fun into the look, but be careful not to overdo it.
Of course wearing something that is revealing is a great turn on, not only for the spectator but also for the wearer. You should look for a dress that makes you feel good and expresses your personality. Having said that to become a stripper you need to be comfortable with your body and comfortable with others seeing it, so wearing something revealing should not be an issue. It is more important that the dress adds to the flirt and allure rather than be brazen and unrefined.
It should be noted that the “stripper dress” is not fantasy wear or costume. Though strip clubs often host themed nights where fantasy wear such as french maids, nurses and cop uniforms all work well to add to the fun of the night, they are best left to the one off events, as it is hard to develop the regular VIP relationship with a sexy mini mouse. Furthermore costumes are the realm of the show girl and these dresses tend to be very elaborately detailed and customized to wowing an audience rather than creating an erotic allure of the one-on-one dance of a private show.
Understanding these points and working at a venue like Minx where management assists and takes an interest in getting you the right "stripper dress", helps take a lot of the stress out of starting a career as an exotic dancer.
Minx has long regarded as Sydney’s best gentlemen’s club and is ready to breakout another one of its famous shut door lunches. We want you to join in and celebrate the end of the financial year in style.
If you are the team leader, the corporate boss, the business owner then you have a responsibility to reward the people that make you look good and earn you then money, so what better way reward them than to organise a table at a Minx "Shut Door Lunch".
This year lunch will aimed to be a high energy event .... a new year eve on steroids we are going to let the Wolf loose so pound your chest and start humming the money chant song and join all the Minx ladies as we bring in the new financial year.