Opinion: Never say never | indie now

For the last weeks Indiai wrote about how the pandemic affected the city strip club industry.

In my efforts to meet dancers and familiarize myself with local clubs, I almost (unwittingly) landed a few job interviews along the way.

An attempted conversation was with a club manager – I guess there was some confusion on their end because I got a call from someone else in management saying they had heard I was interested in moving on a meeting.

“I am.”
“As a dancer?
“Wait what?”

Don’t get me wrong, this seems like a great place to work, but I’m happy with my current job. My question is, if my boss knows I have other job offers, can I negotiate my way to a higher salary? That’s how it works ?

The other week, I was still at another strip club, waiting for another manager, when a dancer came up to me and said, “Aren’t you going to get dressed?! Or have you ever been on stage?

And she said it so seriously/convincingly that, for a split second, I swear I was like, Anna, what are you doing? You Homework be ready!

But certainly taking this as a compliment. That person really think I could have the upper body strength to do anything on a pole. (I do not.) Or that I can go on stage without crying. (I can not.) Or that I’ll wear anything that shows more than 10 square inches of skin. (I probably won’t.)

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Colleen D. Ervin