In our job every stripper knows (indeed every sales person knows) that a NO doesn't mean to reject you, only the product or the service you offer. But in practise it's difficult to deal with. 1 NO is okay, 2 NO is okay, 3-4 and you start to feel down, 5-6 or more and you end up sitting in the corner questioning yourself “What's wrong with me?” or worst, crying in the toilette or in the changing room. Here in Paris I've seen it a lot. Beautiful girls wondering “What's wrong tonight? Nobody wants me..” I don't want to repeat myself but French customers (or even foreigners) here can give a real hard time to the girls being ridiculously rude and ignorant.
It happened last night that I found one of the prettiest girl, who has a 100 carats smile on stage when she's dancing, in a changing room crying. Because she felt useless in the club. Because she didn't make money. (But it never about only the money.) I just went to her and gave her a hug. We are all far from our family, from our friends, the customers are assholes, the girls are bitches, all we need sometimes some emotional support that we are not alone. Fuck all the practical advice that “you have to leave your emotions at the front door when you come to work, you have to be like a robot etc.” We all know that. (Although I don't want to be a robot, I would rather cry in the changing room but still happy that I have feelings.) She didn't need to hear that again and again, her brain already knows that. She just needed a hug. (I hope, dear men you listen very well!!!) I hugged her. Because I know the feeling, I have been in the same situation not only once and I got a hug from another girl. I would just encourage the other dancers if they see a colleague crying, give her a few encouraging words and a big hug (and some tissues) It can make a huge difference! This girl after was smiling again and she could make her money. And she was telling me “Oh you are so nice!” Not because I'm nice. Because I do CARE!
This job is purely about luck. Sometimes I feel good, I feel sexy, smiling and still can't make money. That's it. It's not my day. I had Friday nights in a full club where everyone made money, me was sitting on the sofa all night. Every single guys I tried to talk to, said NO to me. Some days like that. A few idiots came to me saying “you are the hottest girl in the room, why are you sitting here alone?” Because I want to be alone right now, when everyone else is drunk and I'm the only sober person in the whole club, you want me to entertain you? Why didn't come to me in the beginning of the night when I was in the mood for drinking??? Now I need lots of alcohol in short time to get to your level and we're closing soon, so no, thank you. I'd rather sit here alone and watch how you guys get wasted and hilariously stupid. I swear, it's better than a cinema!
It's strange but I also noticed that in a few days before and during my period I don't work well. I don't know why. One idiot gave me the most logical answer: “maybe your pussy smells!” Hahaha. I thought I'm just gonna slap him. In the XXI. century with all those intim hygienical tissues, creams and shower gels it's not a case. It's more likely to be linked to my emotional level and my body gives out the signals. In this time I can't take any rejection seriously. I'm prepared for that.
Another days I'm just lucky. It happened before that 2am everyone was drunk and having fun and I didn't make a penny. I already gave up on that night. I was sitting at the edge of the bar waiting to go home. Suddenly a guy arrived and he came straight to me. “Hello, I'm Pierre. Would you like some champagne?” Oh yes please! Bring it to me! Without asking me he ordered an expensive bottle. He was absolutely nice, easy-going, chilled out guy and we had a great time. I had maybe 4 dances with him. Then he saw a girl that he knew for before so I invited that girl to our table. We had 1 or 2 more bottles of champagne and we ended up having 18 dances each! That was a good night for me although it didn't seem to happen at the beginning.
And I have a book recommendation at the end: FUCK IT: The Ultimate Spiritual Way by John. C. Parkin. It's a very good book about how to deal with situations in our life simply just say fuck it to the problems and let them go. It's a must-read!