How to Be a Stripper: 13 Things You Need in Your Bag to Survive!

Apr 18 2012
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I've certainly been in your shoes! Here are all of the things you need to be prepared!

By Jennifer McCumber.  I’m Jennifer McCumber, author of Freedom V, feature columnist for ED Publications Magazine and I’m leading the movement for dancer education at gentlemen’s clubs all over the world.

It is easy to wake up late, be in a rush, and speed to work, realizing that you forgot some very important items that can make your situation at work much easier and more lucrative!

Save yourself much embarrassment and heartache by having these 13 things in your stripper bag on your first night — and every night after that!   Print out your own checklist of items that you check-off every day before work – and include these 13 things!

 1.  Combination lock
 2.  Makeup that won’t clog your pores when you sweat, like Bare Minerals
 3.  Two outfits
 4.  Two G-Strings
 5.  Change purse, or a rubber band for wrapping money around your G-string or shoe strap (if allowed at your club)
 6.  Perfume of high quality
 7.  Deodorant
 8.  Feminine products if needed
 9.  Super Glue for your shoes in case your rubber heel starts peeling off.
 10.  Meals/snacks
 11.  A few bottles of water
 12.  Exotic dancer’s license
 13.  Driver’s license



The only meal replacement/protein/snack bar that I recommend is is the Zero Impact high protein mealbar. You can find these at and at, or simply go to your local vitamin shoppe and look in the protein bar section.    A week before you start stripping I would recommend ordering a box or two. They are:

— Much cheaper in bulk than any other bar individually
— All natural with nothing artificial added
— Very low in simple sugar (unlike most other protein/snack bars)
— Has the perfect ratio of Carbs/Protein/Fat that your body needs
— You can eat half at a time (a full one is a complete meal, a half of one is a snack between meals)
— They won’t make you feel bloated (unless you are allergic or sensitive to whey protein, and in that case I would recommend the “Enjoy Life” brand of bars in  chocolate flavors, caramel apple and more.  They are free of the 8 common allergens including gluten, dairy, nuts, and eggs.
— Lasty, the zero impact bars taste awesome!

I prefer the Pumpkin Supreme Flavor, but Chocolate Peanut Butter is good too. Those are the only two flavors I personally recommend because, to me, the other flavors don’t taste as good.

It is wise, if possible, to start off with a slower, mid-week shift and ease your way into the weekend. Friday and Saturday nights can get very hectic, and you need to be very aware and confident with what you are doing during these busier times.

Also, the staff will have more time to help you get oriented on a slower night.  Make sure you get to the club with your necessary documents to start working there. The club requires that you present them with original, legal documents including ID, social security card, and your exotic dancer’s license. They will likely need to make copies for their records. Just make sure you get your documents back!

With all of these things in mind you are well on your way to a successful first night as a stripper!

I would love to hear your feedback so comment on the blog BELOW!  “Like” our Facebook page called Freedom V for Exotic Dancers and our Twitter at FreedomVstrip.  This is Jennifer McCumber here with Wishing you the best of success!

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    • 25 Responses to “How to Be a Stripper: 13 Things You Need in Your Bag to Survive!”
      1. Jenn says:

        Post any constructive comments or questions here! C’mon! Ask me some questions baby!

      2. Ellie says:

        My club assigns lockers to dancers, which is a very good idea. You can leave some things at work in case you’re forgetful (like me lol).

        Btw I loved your article in ED’s Club Bulletin “The Top 10 Ways to Attract the Best Dancers to Your Club.” Clubs should take notice of #5 – all the clubs I’ve been to have at least decent dressing rooms and bathrooms, but keeping the club itself clean is something a lot of places slack off on, big time. It takes forever for many clubs to repair torn couches, clean carpets and poles, etc.

        About #4 on that list – my first club had an absolutely wonderful house mom who made delicious meals and was one of the sweetest people I’ve ever met. Having a woman like this in the dressing room is priceless. To this day I still miss her.

        I have another question for you! I’m looking into feature entertaining, but I’m worried that breaking into this is about as likely as becoming a Hollywood actress. As an industry insider, do you have any info to share, regarding how to get started in that? I tried doing research online, but haven’t come up with much. Performing is my passion, and I’d love to be able to tour and create shows and amaze audiences. I know some features got their starts by performing in pole competitions and pageants and even reality shows (to think I was cast for one and turned it down…). But there must be other ways to get started in that.

      3. Ellie says:

        Also, I know many features are also porn stars. Not yet sure if that’s a road I want to travel (though I have thought about it).

        And one last thing, in your top 10 article: “Today, dancers must realize that they won’t attract the best customers automatically; they have to work twice as hard to be successful.” Only too true, sad to say.

      4. Jenn says:

        Thanks for reading our article in club Bulletin! I didn’t think that as many dancers as club owners read that magazine! How did you find out about it?

        Good question on the feature entertaining! I can connect you with a good agency that can get you started – no you don’t have to do porn to be a feature ha ha. I will get back with you, and perhaps even do an article or video interview, with some of my favorite features and give you some more details!

        In the meantime, the best person for you to talk to with your questions would be an agency!

      5. Ellie says:

        I apparently got a subscription to it when I got a copy of The 2011-12 VIP Guide! I did promotional work for, and the webmaster rewarded me by having me as one of the girls who are featured in ads for the website throughout the book. It’s an amazing look into the business that most girls in my position don’t get to see.

        Anything you can come up with to give me more info would be wonderful!

        Incidentally, I was invited to attend the Gentlemen’s Club Expo in Vegas in August. Would that be a good opportunity? I actually asked someone what it could do for me in terms of featuring, what I should do when I get there. etc. I’ve never been to an expo before. I’m worried I might get swallowed up by the crowds!

        • Jenn says:


          It sounds like you are off to a great start with your career in our industry! Congrats on being featured in the ads for! What I can do is connect you with Ann Marie of Pure Talent Agency. She has been training and has been an agent for feature entertainers for over 20 years now and she will be at this year’s EXPO because it is the 20th year anniversary! Yes you should definitely come to EXPO! You can meet everyone in the industry and we will be exhibiting at a booth as well! You can build the relationship with Ann Marie and if you decide you want to take the plunge into featuring you can sign with her in person at the EXPO. If not I’m sure it will be a great learning experience all the same! I would recommend coming to the panel sessions as you will learn a WHOLE lot about what it takes to be successful in our industry from all of the veterans. They are doing a big bash for this year’s 20th so it will be like no other!

          You won’t get swallowed up by the crowds believe me! Our industry is big, but it is small in a lot of ways too. The way the EXPO is organized will not make you feel too overwhelmed, you just show up, check in and get your badge, and go around to all of the booths and meet people, you can go to the panel sessions during the day and you can come to the parties at night. Just bring a friend who you can hang out with that is supportive of your efforts!

          I’ll email Ann Marie and copy you on it, introducing the two of you. She is such a sweet and fantastic lady and all of my feature friends have told me she has been a huge mentor for their careers. Some other feature entertainers you may meet at EXPO that have been amazing are Suzie Malone, Tali de’ Mar, Aspen Rain, Stormy Daniels and so many others I know I am forgetting. Thanks again for participating in the comments and discussions here on the blog!

      6. Hey Jennifer: Great, easy, simple checklist for every Entertainer to start her time off right! Thank you again for presenting your informative series. I refer a lot of Dancers to your page because they usually get very little if any direction, guidance, or help from the management of the average Club. Your website and program is THE AUTHORITY for DANCERS on how to not just survive but to prosper!

        • Jenn says:

          Winston! Thank you so much! I so appreciate your kind words as we are always working to help entertainers grow in their success! Clubs as well! Thanks for keeping in touch and I will see you at EXPO!

      7. Lucie says:

        Jen, first-I appreciate your blog and website so much! I’ve been dancing for about a month and a half now and have so much fun reading your tips : ]
        One thing I’ve started now is not wearing perfume-hear me out: a lot of our customers have wives, or girlfriends that they are going home to. I personally dont wear perfume or glitter so as to not get our clients in any trouble : )
        What I do instead:
        scent free deoderant on my pits, under the tits, and between the legs just above the coochie. Ive also found a very light barely scented body spray, or use one of my favorite in a new bottle, watered down if I want to spice it up a bit without causing any trouble.
        I read somewhere you said in your club the smoke is so heavy you lay on the perfume so as to give your customers something better to smell, and i totally get that. Up here in Seattle, there is absolutely no smoke, and no alcohol served in our gentlemens clubs (i know right?!)
        i need to take a trip down to Vegas : ]

        • Jenn says:

          Lucie – Thanks so much for contributing to our discussions! Your comments and suggestions are always welcome! Yes I hear what you are saying about your club and not wearing strong perfume. In your case, that is correct. You are handling it the right way in your given situation, because you don’t want your perfume to rub off on the guys! In my case where there was cigarette smoke, everyone would come out the same smell – like cigarettes!

          How is the scene up in Seattle in general these days? I hear that the North West, like Oregon and Washington, have less strict laws for clubs in general, like in Portland area I think you can have an all-nude club, but serve alcohol, something that is unheard of in places like California for instance.

          Vegas is hurting these days so if you travel down there – don’t expect to make much right off the bat! After the housing market collapse and the unemployment rate drop, Las Vegas was one of the hardest cities that got hit, but is now in recovery mode. Probably the best thing to do would be to go with a friend and tag team getting hired and working – because in Las Vegas lately most men come in groups, so if you have a female friend you can partner with to get a group of guys to get lap dances and VIP’s, that would be your best bet! If not you may just want to wait a little while, see who gets elected this year and then if and when the economy becomes more robust again, you’re Vegas experience will be much much better given a better economic climate in the future!

          Good luck and let me know how everything goes!

      8. Kita says:

        I want to get into the business. I want to have a friend with me. But I don’t want to take one of my close friends is there a Web site or any way to find some one. I live in St. Louis MO

        • Jenn says:

          Kita – no I don’t think there is a website like this, but I would recommend going with someone you trust. Getting a total stranger to escort you isn’t such a good idea and could be dangerous. Just go with your closest friend and explain to them that you want to be an ethical, professional dancer and that this business is not what the stigmas make it out to be. A true friend will be with you and not judge you. Show them my book/videos. You need to go with someone that will have your back and that is vested in you already.

      9. Candice says:

        Jenn, I am getting into the scene within the next couple weeks. I am a bit nervous about it and found your site very helpful. The question I have is once you get a guy into VIP for an hour, ect do you have to dance the whole time? If not how many dances should I give? And what else can I do to entertain him as to not bore him to death, I’m a very personable person with humor, but wondering if there’s anything else? Thank you!

        • Jenn says:

          Candice, GREAT questions darlin’! I did a video series on this very thing! Go to this link and it will pull up a bunch of videos in the category of “how to sell lap dances.” Scroll all the way down to the video series where I have videos entitled, “How to Sell Lap Dances and Champagne Rooms Part 1, 2, 3, etc etc etc”

          This should give you a good orientation on what goes on, but no – you can take breaks, have a conversation, just sit on his lap for a few minutes, drink together, and a whole lot of other ways that you can preserve your “enigma” without heightening the sexual tension too much. Although, lap dancing cannot be avoided and it will be a work out! Let me know how you do! XO!

      10. Lula says:


        I’m a former dancer who is getting back into the industry. I am also an erotica and erotic romance author. So, a couple things… do you think it’s a good idea to combine the two, as in, use my pen name as my dancer name, and sort of do cross promo to sell more of both? Can you think of any downsides to this? I don’t have my real name associated with my pen name.

        Also, about the fragrance — what if I wear a men’s cologne instead of women’s perfume? That way if a wife/gf smells it, it won’t cause problems. I happen to wear men’s cologne from time to time anyway because I love how it smells on me (since it’s all about body chemistry, it just smells sexy on me, not masculine.) What do you think, Jenn?

        • Jenn says:


          Thanks for your comments and questions! Yes – i think it is a GREAT idea to use your pen name and stage name as the same name. You can gain popularity and regular clientele through the club and through your website. It’s a sexy thing to tell a client that you do erotica writing. Not to SELL it to them, but to help sell YOU to THEM in the CLUB. You’ll meet the appropriate people to sell your actual writing to if that’s the industry they are in but honestly – I think it is a HOT way to sell yourself to your clients in the club. It ill make you unique and mysterious, perpetuating the fantasy!!!

          Men’s cologne is a great idea. If it doesn’t turn the guys off, DO IT! I know that there are a lot of “neutral” fragrances that can go either way that might be good also. Unisex. Although, if you’ve ever smelled Penhaligon’s fragrance for men – it can be used both ways also. It’s made of natural oils and it smells so clean, fresh, and non-offensive to a potential wife. It’s about $110 per bottle but it’s worth it to look it up online! Have you found a particular men’s fragrance you like? Thanks so much for the input! BTW – check out the Champagne Inner Circle! It’s where amazing dancers like you get together in a high-end community and share ideas, philosophies, learn cutting edge sales strategies for the club and we’re updating the community with amazing videos every month! You can also use it to promote yourself, etc etc etc! XOXO!

          • Lula says:

            I just did my first day back in about 10 years… I used my pen name, and directed several customers to my website. I do think it’s a unique and interesting twist and I have a feeling it will work out well for me.

            I love Dolce & Gabbana The One for men, though I also wear a voile parfum version of Chanel no.5, which is what I wore today. I had no comments on it, plus or minus, so I dunno. I will have to look up the one you mentioned. I love anything that is sort of spicy and incensey – floral orientals are my favorite.

            I will definitely check out the CIC when I get the cash flow started. I have the concept down, but I know my sales skills need work. Meanwhile I’ve been looking through your site.

            Thanks <3

      11. Romana says:

        Hi Jenn!
        Great article!
        I have been a cocktail waitress in a Canadian strip bar for over 18 years. I interviewed over 50 exotic dancers and put their stories in my book, “The Life of a Stripper. 50 Exotic Dancers Confess Their Personal Experiences in the Adult Entertainment Industry.”
        I would love to send you a complimentary copy in exchange, if you could post on your blog what you thought of it. Please let me know if you are interested and email me with the address you want me to send it to. Looking forward to hearing from you!

        • Jenn says:


          Sure! Go ahead and send the book to the PO box you see at the bottom of the page. All of our contact info is at the bottom of the site. You can address it directly to me, Jennifer McCumber. This should be a very interesting read! I’m excited!

          I will do a book review for you – but just know that I prefer to focus on the positive parts of the industry on our blog. We all know the dark side exists, and it has to be addressed, but there are positive things we can DO about it so we try and focus on the solutions rather than the problems. I’m sure that I will be able to highlight some of the stories of struggle that have lead to triumph that are featured in your book!

          Also, please include a link to our blog from your website! Thanks so much and best of success!


      12. Romana says:

        Hi Jenn,

        I’ll pop the book in the mail tomorrow! Thanks again and I look forward to hearing from you.


        • Jenn says:

          Hi Romana! We’ve been out of town on business but we JUST got back and I finally got your book in the mail! I LOVE the pink design and everything! I’ll take a read of it over the next few days! Thank you so much for sending it and I’m looking forward to blogging about it! XO!

      13. Romana says:

        Hi Jenn!

        Hope you’re doing well. I wanted to check in with you and see if you had a chance to read the book. Do you have any questions?

        Enjoy your weekend!

        • Jenn says:

          Yes I have read it and it is wonderful! I plan on doing a review sometime in December or January! My husband is having surgery in a few days so things are crazy at the moment but thank you so much for sending your book to me and writing the wonderful note inside! Let’s stay in touch, ok! XO!


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