This time it was our pleasure to interview Kim. She is a positive lady, but no cheap fucks in the front row will be tolerated.
- The best club you have worked in so far?
I’ve worked in all of the clubs in downtown Vancouver and it’s hard to measure them up on a scale! They’re all great for their own reasons – Brandi’s for classiness, tricks, and big shows; Penthouse for its history and diversity; The Granville Strip for its ginormous pole and No. 5 Orange for its killer hip hop music and shower shows. They’re all great!
- Worst place to work in?
A place that isn’t well-maintained, dirty, and doesn’t protect their dancers.
- If you could ask one question to other dancers, what would it be?
How to be a better hustler! I hate hustling, I hate doing VIP, I’m definitely more of a stage girl but all the money is in private dances. I need to stop feeling like I’m bugging everyone – ah!
- Do you have any specific memory of weird clients?
Luckily, I haven’t had any super weird clients – just a lot of cheap ones. Although I do have a regular client who constantly likes to purchase my used socks and slippers.
- What is the weirdest wish form a client you have received?
I’m so boring! Everyone has been super respectful to me in general which I think is great and a testament to how well the club I work for takes care of their girls. Although I have been asked if a client could do a line of cocaine on my ass… That, and another client wanting to get kicked in the balls with me wearing heels! Oh wait, I have a weird one. I had a client ask for “heel insertion”. Google it. Ouch!
- Biggest tip?
I don’t dance full-time but I did receive a $100 USD for just chatting which was awesome (and expected).
- Your ideal client?
Not a creep, not a perve. Good conversation. Someone who is respectful and appreciates the art of pole dancing. And someone who tips big!
- What is the most embarrassing song you have ever danced to?
I’ve definitely danced to some weird shit, especially when I was first starting out. I did a few amateur nights before and you do not have the agency to choose what songs you dance to – it is the DJ’s choice. I remember an odd transition from Bruno Mars’ “24K Magic” to some weird song from the 70s. I just remember laughing out loud and exasperatingly saying “Seriously?” to the DJ. How do you even dance to that?! I had fun with it – just not my first song choice!
- What would you change in this industry if you had a chance?
If there was a way to tell the cheap fucks in the front row that you NEED to tip generously during each song, each set, that would be great!
- Which country do you think is the best to work in from your experience?
I’ve only ever worked in Canada but would like to experience other countries as well, especially the USA and Europe.
- What do you appreciate from your employer/club you work in?
The owner at one of the clubs I work for absolutely loves me! I mean, it helps that I’m Asian but I also bring a lot of skill and tricks to my shows which I think he and the clientele really enjoy.
- How do you prepare for a shift?
Blasting a great playlist, making sure I have eaten enough before my shift and if I have time and the energy, going to a pole class or studio beforehand.
- Do you have any fears and what would be the biggest one?
Fear of being unaccepted, especially in this industry. Dating is especially tricky because even though most of Vancouver is pretty liberal, I feel a lot of people possess conservative mindsets when it comes to strippers and exotic dancers. For once, I just don’t want to be judged.
- Your wildest dream?
To be self-sufficient and to be able to accomplish all of my goals. I have so many other interests outside of the realm of pole that I would like to be able to achieve if only I had the time and [more] money (I have the energy).
- Can we ask you to give advice on 3 most important things for dancers who have just entered this industry?
Know what you’re getting yourself into and why. Depending on your situation, know that it is a temporary, or perhaps, a supplementary occupation. Understand that you might lose some friends from it and receive some backlash from family and friends. Know that you can develop your own style and you don’t need to conform to what other dancers do.
- Any advice for new dancers how to overcome fear and stress?
Take a step back and breathe! Look at the bigger picture. Determine what the cause of your stress is.
- If you could leave only one advice to this world:
Everything happens for a reason! You create your own fate.
You can follow Kim and her work on:
Instagram – @siasteph