One of the fastest way to piss somebody off is to tell them how to do their jobs. While I’m hardly telling dancers how to do their jobs, there are a few things that some dancers never truly get. I’ve been friends with many dancers through their entire careers. From baby dancer, to the now it all yearling, to the I own this pro dancer, to burned out veteran. Some dancers exist in spite of their customers, not because of their customers.
I’m so much sexier when I dance to a song I love
No, no you’re not. You are just not. You either understand stage presence, know how to move to a beat, and point your toes or you don’t. Loving song will make it more enjoyable for you, but for the customer (me) not so much. I’ve watched dancers perform to songs the hate, so much so they take off their heel and hurl it at the DJ. But a good dancer is a good dancer. Naked or not, they know how to dance. They can make the hokey pokey look sexy. Bad dancers, not so much, they usually look like somebody being tasered to a sound track. I imagine most dancers use the “I’m so much sexier when I’m dancing to a song I like” rational to justify playing a song they know the crowd will hate. You are not sexier. Who am I to judge what’s good and bad? I’m the customer. I’m the one tipping. Name one activity that’s better when you’re forced to listen to a song you hate at ear splitting levels? There isn’t any. Your set isn’t sexier. It is worse. Like, I’m going to skip your set and go to the bathroom worse. It’s much more enjoyable experience for me when I get to listen to a song I like at ear splitting levels. Do I tip more when a dancer plays a song I like? Absolutely I do. It’s a much better experience.
I’m a middle aged professional. I tend to hang out at the club early evening with a lot of other middle age guys. Playing Hip Hop for this crowd is a waste of time. To me hip hop is just beat poetry, with one beat and no poetry. I don’t like it. A lot of people hate the music I listen too. That’s fine. The difference at the club is I’m paying for the experience. People aren’t going to pay for a bad experience, no matter how sexy you think you are.
They didn’t say anything so it must be OK
One thing dancer’s do I really hate is pulling my glasses off when I’m sitting at the rail. I can’t see without my glasses, so I can’t see what see what she is doing. I need my glasses to drive so I feel exposed when some stranger taken my glasses and start to play with them. They also are really expensive. One slip of the hand and I’m out several hundred dollars. The last time a dancer tried to take of my glasses. In the past I would just smile and go along with it, this time jerked my head away and asked her not to do that. She was completely shocked. So much so she stopped her set and proceeded to start lecturing me. She explained in great detailed she had been dancing for six years at several clubs and everybody else loved it when she took their glasses off. She ended the lecture by telling me I was really weird and walked off stage shaking her head. Did some of her customers like having her play with their glasses? Some did undoubtedly. I would bet that most were like me and disliked it but didn’t say anything.
I hear a lot of dancers complain about losing a regular to another dancer. The usual snarl is “I wonder what she’s doing in the VIP?” I think a lot of dancers would be surprised to find out it isn’t what she’s doing, but what she isn’t doing. For me VIPs are expensive, I really don’t want to spend it listening to a dancer bitch or spend time on her phone. If you make me wait, or play little games trying to cut short the time. Or it may have nothing to do with the VIP at all.
I hang out at a strip club to relax and have fun. Not to nag people not to do things, more so since I’m paying them for the pleasure of their company. It’s harsh, but it’s a lot easier to move on to a new dancer than try to talk to the offending dancer. When I’ve tried in the past they usually smile, apologize and keep right on doing what they’ve always done. That’s their choice, my choice is to move on to somebody who doesn't give me heart burn.
Fuck you pay me, Fuck you do something
It’s not how hot the dancer looks, its how she makes you feel. Normally when a really attractive person pays attention to you it’s a wonderful thing. It makes you feel good about yourself. The flip side when somebody really attractive snubs you or treats you condescendingly it really strikes a nerve. I don’t know how many times I’ve had a really hot dancer plot down next to me, let out a long sigh, then proceed to treat me like I was customer number 7241 at the DMV. Later I’ll overhear her complaining at the bar that nobody wanted to buy dances from her. If you think I’m going to waste your time before you sit down then why bother? I can go to bars all over the city to get snubbed by women for free. I’m certainly not going to pay for the privilege.
Looks only go so far, you are going to have to talk to the customer. A lot of dancers will take on a stupid girl persona when talking to customers. A lot of times they do better this way. Yes, a lot of strip club patrons don’t like talking to women that are smarter than them, but I think something else is at also at play. When a dancer looks at a customer vacuously and acts like her last thought died of loneliness, she forces the conversation to be about him. He’s now the center of attention. It’s his ego or his problems that are important. Somebody attractive is now paying attention to him.
If you think you are so hot that breathing in my general vicinity is enough to get me to pay you then you’re probably not going to make money. Granted, that last statement is a bit of an exaggeration but it isn’t that far from the truth for some dancers. I know a lot of these dancers are just burned out on trying to hustle customers. But they need to address the burn out, not bitch about customers. Just sitting around complaining about the customers will just burn her out further.
It’s ok, I’ll apologize later
This is relevant to sales in general, not just strip clubs. Regardless of what you sell, you will form a relationship with your customers. Just like any other relationships there are good and bad ones. I try to be very conscientious about being a good customer. Most dancers initially try to be conscientious as well. As the relationship progresses over time things will change with some dancers. They aren’t quite as prompt returning from the dressing room. They will slowly drop the act of actually giving a rip about your life. Eventually conversations devolve over time to being exclusively about her, and how you giving her money will fix these problems. Not all dancers fall into this category, but some do. I think a lot more dancers fall into this category than most would admit too. You can hear them at the bar talking to other dancers, explaining that they know their regular is here, but they have something else to do. They’ll apologize later. I don’t care what industry you’re in, taking your customers for granted is the first step in losing them.
I know what my customers want
Actually the correct statement is “I know what my customers eventually want”. There’s a difference and it’s actually a big difference. The issue is people will only work so hard to get something. If you make what you’re selling to difficult to deal with people won’t. The classic example of this is Microsoft and Apple. I’ve sat in meetings with Microsoft product managers who “knew what their customers wanted”, but they were convinced that customer would put up with 10 minute boot times, bloatware, updates, random adds, etc. They were wrong. Apple came along and made a very specific point to make their stuff to boot quickly and minimize any distractions from the customer task. 15 years later, Microsoft’s desktop business is still big but declining, they have a token presence in the mobile market, and have been chased out of the embedded market.
Many dancers have a similar attitude to Microsoft. They think they have a lock on their regular and they’ll put up with whatever bullshit they throw at them. People will only try so hard to give you their money. There is always somebody who will do the same thing for less hassle.