Being the newbie and dealing with strippers
Starting a new club is always a little bit nerve-wracking, no matter how experienced you are. What are the customers like? Will I make any money? and the universal issue of how bitchy the girls might be. Generally, walking into a new club is met with an air of suspicion or at the best, curiosity by the other girls. In an industry full of characters you are an unknown entity. If it takes time for them to warm up, let it be and don’t take it personally.
There are no two ways about it, put a group of girls competing against each other for attention and money and there are going to be conflicts. Good management will be on top of this and keep any situations to a minimum. Throw alcohol into the mix and explosive situations are sometimes inevitable. However, there are a few things you can apply to your attitude at work to ensure you are kept firmly out of it so you can concentrate on the important matter of going home with a nice cash out.
Money, money, money
Never come between and stripper and her money. Grass-cutting, poaching, stealing customers, however you want to phrase it, is the singular most common root of conflict within a club.
If a girl is obviously with a customer, don’t make eyes at him from across the bar, don’t jump in her seat if she goes to the bathroom or on stage and definitely don’t muscle into the conversation unless invited. Sometimes this is accidental and a quick apology and moving on as soon as you realise can defuse the situation.
If a client doesn’t want you because you are a brunette and he wants a blonde, go find a nice friend for him. You never know, he might end up taking two because you have been so gracious. She will think of you next time she is in a similar situation.
No (wo)man is an island. Having a club full of allies instead of a club full of enemies can really pay off in the long run, making life a lot easier. One thing should be always remembered though. You are not there on a night out with friends and professionalism must reign once you hit the club floor. No gossiping and hanging out all night in the changing rooms, not doing loads of shots at the bar with the girls and a focus on making money.
Being fair and a team player will get you far
Making your money unfairly is also a major factor in making yourself public enemy number one in any club.
If the club has a certain criteria in dances regarding touching, or contacting customers outside, then respect that. If everyone is working on an even playing field then everyone makes money. Don’t lower the standards of the club and make it difficult for everyone else as it is a just a one way ticket to aggravation and dismissal.
Make your money fairly and in the right way and you will have the respect of the other girls and management as a genuine top earner and good worker. Play dirty, you will make the quick buck but just open yourself up to a whole world of problems. Loss of reputation and potential to get into the really reputable, well paying clubs.
The strip club scene is a small world and word travels very quickly. Make sure you are a positive name on everyone’s lips and you can keep your options completely open!