Don’t Just be a Dancer, Learn Marketable Skills
Posted by Liquid Lapdance on November 13, 2014 0 Comments
For many women, being a dancer at a strip club is a great gig. The money is good, and the job can be fun, stimulating, interesting, empowering, etc..
The job is a great match for some personalities. But, dancing isn't "easy money". Sure, sometimes the money comes quickly and easily, especially when the dancer is younger. But, strip clubs are often "dead", and dancers may go home after a shift with $0 in their pocket. It also tends to get more difficult for dancers to earn the same money as they age. There are *some* older dancers who are still extremely sexy and are still able to make great money. But, most would agree it's not as easy as being the new 18 year old beauty.
For most women, dancing will eventually loose its appeal. You'll want to transition into another career. This is where one of the biggest "costs" of being a dancer comes into play.
In many jobs, the experience and skills you learn on the job are directly valuable to other companies. You're getting paid to learn specific skills that are rare and valuable.
For example, a woman working in an entry-level technical support role at a company is being paid to increase her technical skills. Later, she can use her skills and experience to gain a promotion, or she can sell her skills to another company.
Another example could be a woman working as a receptionist in a medical office. It's an entry-level position, but the receptionist is gaining office experience. She may receive training on the job so she can also function as a bookkeeper. Over time, she may learn everything it takes to run the office. Eventually she's likely to become an office manager.
People think being a dancer is "easy", but they're comparing it to entry-level jobs. High-level jobs are often much, much, MUCH easier --and more $$rewarding$$!
The key to getting a high-level job is to have skills. The easiest way to get skills is to get an entry-level job in a field where you'll be forced/encouraged/paid to learn skills on the job.
"Don't think of jobs early in your career as opportunities to make money, think of them as opportunities to learn skills."
Ok back to dancing...
If a woman hasn’t learned marketable skills, she can’t transition into a high-paying job. She's likely to end up in a cycle of low-wage, dead-end jobs.
"Dancing is a fun job, but it isn’t a profession. There comes a point where you cannot dance anymore."
What Are Marketable Skills?
The phrase “marketable skills” gets thrown around a lot, but isn’t usually explained. Marketable skills are abilities that one has that others want to pay them for. Coding, plumbing, and car repair are marketable skills. There are also other marketable skills that are called “soft” skills. These are things that you don’t go to school to learn. Working in clubs, many women already are learning the foundations of some important soft skills that can lead to future success in other fields.
But, soft skills are difficult to sell. Soft skills are widely distributed (many people have them). Soft skills usually must be paired with either "education" or "experience". For example, dancers are excellent salespeople. It's 100% true that dancing teaches women skills around selling. But, now go out and try to get a job selling software with only "dancer" on your resume. You do have incredible skills around selling, but companies are unlikely to hire a "dancer" to join their sales team. If that same beautiful, articulate, intelligent women applied for the job with some technical educational "credentials" or "technology sales experience", she'd be much more likely to get the job.
Going to School
Dancers have a big opportunity when they pair their beauty and soft skills with specialized knowledge and training.
Going to school while working at a strip club may sound cliché, but it’s a smart move. Our advice is to seek specific technical skills rather than a general education. You want to be able to do something that not everybody can do.
Many dancers want to become estheticians. We recommend against going to beauty school. The skills taught in beauty school are things most dancers already know. They're widely distributed skills. Too many people go to beauty school, and too many end up without great earning potential.
What Dancing Teaches You About Sales and Customer Service
If you're reading this, you're most likely a dancer or someone who cares about a dancer. Lets take moment to think about the skills dancers learn at work. One of the skills you're developing might be the perfect stepping-stone into more education or a career. Dancers learn how to read people. Dancers learn a lot about psychology. They learn what motivates men, what drives men, and how to manipulate men. They learn how to overcome objections. They learn how to deal with their own psychology and stay positive. They learn how to deal with difficult co-workers. They learn how to do hair and makeup. They learn about costumes. They learn about dance. They learn about customer service.
It's been said that if you know how to sell you can succeed at anything. The trick is learning to apply those skills to something other than dancing.
For most women, dancing isn’t an end destination, but if you aggressively improve your skills while you're dancing, it can be a stepping-stone to professional or entrepreneurial success.