When most people think of an exotic dancer, their ideas about this woman fall into one of two extremes: She's either a sad person who is addicted to drugs and prostituting herself, or she is Playboy-model pretty and making a fortune on her looks.
The truth is that the dancers in a strip club are just as diverse as the customers who frequent those clubs, which is to say that both groups are a lot more diverse than people assume them to be.
Stripping is a shadowy kind of business, so it isn't surprising that there are so many stereotypes about the women in this line of work. I've worked with a lot of dancers who are strung out and doing more than dancing to support their habit. I've met a few of these mystical creatures who always seem to have their sh*t together and have a good head on their shoulders.But during the four years I worked in this business, it became clear to me that there are a lot of reasons why women choose this line of work, and a lot of different women who do it. It happens when dancers meet men outside of the club after work. They are usually a pleasure to work with because they are either extremely friendly and helpful to new dancers or they are so focused on their jobs that they hardly ever talk to anyone.(You can read more about what goes on behind a strip club's walls in Why Men Go to Strip Clubs.)1. And sometimes, that fantasy paves the way to a real encounter. I would even say that it happened more after the economy crashed. They usually retire from the business early and use the money they earned to pursue new ventures.What Dancers Aren't Stereotypes are made for a reason so I'm not going to sit here and tell you that all dancers are healthy, hard-hardworking women just trying to get ahead of the game, that the stereotype of the drug-addicted prostitute is some big lie. Some of them use dancing as a platform to get into other areas of the adult industry, be it feature entertaining, erotic modeling or porn.The reality is that this line of work attracts people who use drugs because there is no drug testing - at least I've never heard of a club drug testing their dancers. Overall, though, these ladies have a plan, and the strip club is just a quick stop toward a bigger goal.3.
It's simply an atmosphere where it's easier to get away with using drugs. The Average Dancer It's hard to pin down the "average" exotic dancer.I have worked with a few women over the age of 50 who got into the business when they were younger and just never moved up or got out - for whatever reason.There are a lot of transient dancers who dance for a while, either to put themselves through school or just because they think it might be fun.A lot of dancers I've worked with were single mothers who worked a day job and danced a few days a week just to bring in a little extra money for their kids. Some use drugs recreationally but haven't landed themselves an addiction.Of course, I like to think that I was an average dancer.When I was still dancing I had a useless boyfriend who sucked my money up faster than I could make it and prevented me from moving up in the business like I had wanted to.