Stripping comes with a lot of risks, and a smart stripper knows to be cautious at all times. When it comes to your safety, especially, you can never be too careful. Below are tips on ensuring you’re always safe on and off the job.
1. Do not share your personal information.
One of the most foolhardy things you can do while working as a stripper is to divulge personal information to people you don’t know very well. If these people happen to be your clients, that’s even worse. Keep details about yourself to yourself, and learn to maneuver out of personally inquisitive conversations. If a client pesters you about your phone number, for instance, tell him you’re not allowed to disclose that bit of info.
2. Keep drinking to a bare minimum.
During your shift, you’re working, not having fun. The two don’t have to be mutually exclusive, of course, but don’t go overboard with it. If you know you can’t handle alcohol very well, drink one or two as a courtesy. If you’re going to have to drink on an empty stomach, have one glass, tops. You need your wits about you when you’re working, and you’d be more likely to do something you may regret when you’re intoxicated.
3. Establish a communication pattern with someone you trust.
Tell a close friend about your comings and goings, especially when you’re about to leave for work, when you get there, when you’re on your way home, and when you finally arrive. This will help rule out causes for concern. If something goes awry, too, you can immediately communicate a call for help.
4. Ask the bouncers to walk you to your car when leaving.
After your shift, ask security to escort you to your car and help ensure you won’t be followed. Some clubs like to wait for the parking lot to clear out of waiting customers before sending their dancers home. If that is not possible, however, walk in groups.
5. Be alert at all times.
It is a good rule of thumb to check your rearview mirror to spot whether you’re being followed, carry self-defense accessories such as pepper sprays, and always use common sense. Trust your gut instinct, too. If an area, client, or gig feels wrong, stay away.