Regardless of how progressive our society is slowly but surely becoming more progressive and less judgemental, one taboo remains slightly. This particular taboo, strangely, is regarding a person’s chosen profession, one where you sensually dance to entice people to give countless time and money.

 

Along with pornography, stripping is certainly a frowned-upon profession in some societies, albeit much less frowned upon. There’s often many stigmas and stereotypes associated with the profession, despite many of them being false in most cases.

 

While never having visited a strip club myself, I’ve met many people who have or still work as strippers and they were much nicer to me than Mickey Mouse was; and the stories of their lives, their profession and the sometimes questionable actions of their clients are something you could turn into a Netflix show.

 

Through a friend, I met Dream, a male stripper out of Fort Worth. To protect his personal identity, we’ll only be referring to him by his stage name.  

 

While starting and working primarily in Fort Worth, Dream has become decently well-traveled due to his profession. For a brief period last summer, Dream toured with another group of male strippers all around the country.

 

“I stayed at The Hard Rock Hotel in Oklahoma. We went to Colorado, California, Arizona, Ohio, Iowa. I’ve been all over.”

 

With the ways that Dream described the members of the group, it sounded more like a rock band tour.

 

“There was six of us. There was me, there was my road manager. They called him ‘Cowboy’ because he looked like Justin Bieber. We had a guy named Romeo who’s actually at a big strip show in Vegas now. We had another guy called Christian Armani who was from Latvia. It was a ton of fun.”

 

Travelling in a van with a trailer containing equipment accompanying it, they often took turns driving from city to city all across the country. Dream then told me of how he started in the very controversial profession that he has.

 

“Romeo and I had been friends for a while. I knew that he did it and everyone told me I was a good dancer and told me I should strip somewhere. I kinda sat on for a few months then I made contact with Romeo. I was like, ‘Hey man, can I travel around with you?’ and he asked if I was serious and I said yes. He talked to his manager and I did my first show in Oklahoma.”

 

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Of all the places he’s been though, his favorite venue has been one very few would expect.

 

“My favorite venue was a place called Bottoms Up. Somewhere in Iowa or Idaho. There’s a signature drink there and my buddy and I each had one. It was outrageous. It set up my whole night. I had one drink the whole night. It was super wild.”

 

Along with all the recanting of good tales, Dream also told me about the dangers that some adult performers could experience, whether to them or not.

 

“Some of the customers are savage. They’ll try to persuade you to do anything or go home with them for extra cash. I had a time where I was doing a show and there were 400 girls and I couldn’t walk a straight line without being pulled in one direction or the other. There would be fights occasionally, too. I would get too drunk sometimes, there were some drugs. You could get roofied one night, too.”

 

Yet, even through the dangers, Dream spoke with so much passion about his times in the stripping profession. Through the stigmas and stereotypes, Dream seemed proud and spoke highly of his choice of profession and spoke with a tremendous sense of pride about it. Yes, he admitted that there are clear and present dangers in the job, but that he’s had a blast.

 

Have you had a somewhat controversial but rewarding job? Tweet me at @CaptainKasoff and tell me your story.