Ivy blessed us with her time and shared her thoughts on this industry and gave several tips for other dancers that might come in handy.
- Can we ask you to give advice on 3 most important things for dancers who have just entered this industry?
Stay Sober! I made the mistake of drinking all the time when I first started working and I regret it so much. I put on 10 pounds in two months and I am still fighting to get back in shape.
Show up early and stay until closing. I find some of my best nights are when I show up early because then I can get a couple of early dances and rooms in whereas if I show up later I find myself stressing trying to make money. Also, the last half hour is usually when customers are scrambling to get in some last-minute dances and rooms.
Ask your clients lots of questions / Try not to talk about yourself. Breaking the Ice is the hardest part especially when your new. I suggest writing down a list of questions you can ask. I usually start with. What’s your name? Where are you from? Have you been to this club before? Etc. Remember people love talking about themselves so the more you can keep the conversation focused on them, the better.
- Advice for new dancers how to overcome fear and stress?
Just show up. Remember it only takes one customer to make your whole night. Everyone hates being rejected but it comes with the job. Guys are going to tell you no…A LOT. Don’t take it personally.
- If you could ask one question to other dancers, what would it be?
What is your favorite line to use on clients to get them to dance? I love it when another girl sits at my table if there are multiple guys. I get to hear how they interact and I pick up on key phrases they use. One of my favorite lines that I took form a girl to combat the classic “maybe later” excuse that guys use. She said, “I have never had someone tell me after the dance that they wished they had waited.” …Genius!
- Do you have any specific memory of weird clients?
Yes! I had a client who loved to be dominated. I am not a dominatrix or anything like that but I do have a strong personality so I can see how people can think that I am one. He wanted to be called a “weasel.” He wanted me to smash his balls with my feet. One time I made him deep throat my 8in heel. It was a very strange experience but I learned a lot I guess.
- What is the weirdest wish form a client you have received?
One client liked me to be fully dressed for lap dances. He said woman look happier when their clothes are on. I don’t know if I fully agree with him. However, it was a nice gesture.
- Biggest tip?
- Your ideal client?
A gentleman, someone who can make me laugh, and tips well.
I hate when I tell someone my boundaries and they decide to cross them anyway.
- What is the most embarrassing song you have ever danced to?
The “Bubble-butt” song. The manager decided to play a prank on me and put it on my playlist.
- What would you change in this industry if you had a chance?
I would change tip outs at the end of the night. I don’t think employees should be expected and in some clubs required to tip other employees. I’ve tipped out over a hundred dollars before and I think it’s ridiculous.
- Which country do you think is the best to work in from your experience?
I have never stripped in a different country but I do love here in America.
- What do you appreciate from your employer/club you work in?
In my current club, I really love the fact it is usually busy and very easy to sell dances. I started dancing in San Francisco and recently moved to Indianapolis. The San Francisco strip club scene was pretty dead most nights. Ever since California changed the classification of Independent Contractors it became difficult to make the money I had been making, hence the reason I moved.
- The best club you have worked in so far?
Brad’s Brass Flamingo in Indianapolis, Indiana is by far is the best club I have worked in. I average about $500-$700 a night and I only have to three nights a week.
- The worst place to work in?
Honestly, I haven’t worked in any “bad” clubs. I have been in some sketchy clubs as a patron but overall I always do my research before I decide to work somewhere.
- How do you prepare for a shift?
I start by showering, then hair and make-up. When I am doing my makeup, I feel like that really gets me into the mood. Some girls prefer to do their makeup at the club but I like to show up ready to go.
- Do you have any fears and what would be the biggest one?
My biggest fear is a failure. I have a lot of hopes and dreams and I work really hard to achieve my goals.
- Your wildest dream?
To be able to travel the world without financial restrictions.
- If you could leave only one advice to this world:
Life is too short to not live it exactly how you want.
You can follow Ivy on Instagram: @stripper_micky