When I was 18, I went to a strip club and asked to speak to the manager. He came out and I asked him if I could get an application and he said 'Sure!'. I waited for a few minutes, expecting him to come back with a piece of paper. Instead, he came back empty handed and asked my name. I told him. He went and said something to the DJ, came back, and said 'You're up.'
So I got on stage. Never having even been in a strip club before, I did my best to recreate sexy strip scenes that I had seen in movies or on television. Thinking back on it, I'm sure it was beyond amateur and embarassing, but hey, we all start somewhere, right?
When I came off the stage, $67 dollars richer, he told me to come back the next night. So I did. And that's how I started dancing.
Working in clubs was wonderful and exhilarating. It was some of the best money I've ever made and it paid for my first four years of college. Eventually I stepped away from it when I started working in the field in which I had earned my degree, but I always missed it. Every once in a while if I needed some quick cash I'd go work a weekend out of state. I loved the world in which the women were the ones in charge. I could choose where and when I wanted to work, what my style was, and work as hard or as little as I wished. It was glorous.
When CoVID hit, my job temporarily shut down. A girlfriend of mine told me about panty selling and I got SO excited. Could I do as well with this as I was able to do with dancing? It's sex work, but completely different. I'm not tech savvy, but surely I could figure it out with all the spare time I now had on my hands. What did I have to lose?
So I set up a profile. Uploaded some pics. Navigated the site. I was not expecting to fall in love with panty selling, but I fell hard and fast.
While it's not the same as dancing, there are many similiarities. There is the freedom that comes along with creating something for yourself about yourself. Showcasing what you have to offer. This new endeavor has been a joy to navigate for so many reasons. It made me realize that I really missed the part of myself that allowed for the creative expression and sexual excitement! I missed dancing so much and this has brought me back to all the things that I loved about that. Instead of strutting my stuff on stage, I'm now just on a virtual platform.
The wonderful thing about selling online is that I'm able to reach so many more wonderful buyers. There are no travel expenses to worry about, no set hours that I have to work, and I can take my work with me wherever I go! I can even do more selling online than I was ever able to do in a club. I can offer dances (in video or cam form), but also sell wearables, tailor material to my kink/fet customers, let my domme side out, and be available (almost) round the clock. It's absolutely amazing.
I worried that the sex industry (strip clubs in particular) would be hurt by the pandemic, and as they had come to be a place I loved it had made me sad. Seeing what the industry has evolved into from the time I stepped away from dancing to what it is now has blown my mind. My worry was unfounded. The virtual world is so much bigger and brighter than that of the brick and mortar club. Those are wonderful, too, but there is even more out there than I could have ever imagined.
The last year of navigating sites and panty selling has been an eye opening experience. I learn more every day and get to be a part of a wonderful community of talented sellers and gracious and lovely buyers. Almost everyone I met has been absolutely amazing. I'm glad that in a time of isolation I was able to find this community and take part in it. What a treat it will be to see how this world progresses in another ten years. It's exciting to think about and I can't wait to see what happens.
The possibilities are endless.