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Belle is born (my stripper alter ego)

January 6, 2020

I didn’t need a stripper persona when I first started dancing. The bikini bars I worked at were tame, the customers were well-behaved, and the girls were relatively friendly. When I switched to my second club, I changed my stage name to Belle. Carmen didn’t fit me and I had enough customers at the first place [rightfully] laugh when I introduced myself by a name meant for a…

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Becoming a stripper.

January 1, 2020

I made $70 my first night as a dancer. $70. My first club wasn’t really a strip club – it was a bikini club, which was like training wheels for real stripping (in topless or nude clubs). There was no nudity; dancers wore g-strings and bikini tops. There were no private booths or champagne rooms. It was just a tiny, grungy bar with a bunch of regulars. Think,…

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The “grind” is a lie

July 2, 2018

A few months ago, I was doing some research on social media marketing and came across a guy named Gary Vaynerchuk, known my many as “Gary V.”  From what I learned in my  initial (and clearly half-hearted) research on the guy, he was a dude who created exponential growth in his family’s (already-successful) wine business via a YouTube channel called Wine Library.  Blah blah blah, snooze. What I…