Dancer Brooklyn Ford spills the tea in her raw and uncut journal! While still working on the publish date and title of the Journal, she shares her experience and advice to women interested or already in the field of dancing.
Brooklyn became a dancer at the age of 21 she says.
“When I moved to Los Angeles. I hastily came to the realization that I needed the extra funds to continue my education and afford basic necessities. I did ballet for quite some time, so I figured it would be incredibly similar and an alluring manner in which I could make money. Ultimately I quit the industry all together until I relocated to New York City and began dancing again at 25 years old when the income assisted with student loans and a grand amount of debt. However, this time around i decided to keep a journal.”
In her Journal, Brooklyn will be sharing her experience and the various Do’s and Don’t’s of the dancing world. MEFeater sat down with her some time last year and here are the key points Brooklyn shared with us.
THE AUDITION PROCESS
Kiana Mcliesh: You know how every young girl always makes the “I’ll become a stripper” joke? How does a girl get hired and become a stripper?
Brooklyn Ford: Like any other job, when you’re a stripper you invest into yourself you come, work and you leave. Make sure when you work you stay to yourself and be aware of surroundings .Looks are everything in the audition stage you have to invest into yourself, be completely shaved. If your looks are on point, you could potentially get hired right there on spot. It’s happened to me! You have to remember we’re selling a fantasy. For women who are not crafty with pole tricks, you can always enhance your floor work. It’s really fun and helps your flexibility. Every club is different when it comes to the hiring process!
ADVISORY IN THE CLUB
Kiana Mcliesh: What are some things that women should be aware of when working at the strip club or something you wish someone would have told you when you first started out in the industry?”
Brooklyn Ford: Treat this job like a regular 9 to 5 job. Don’t come in expecting to make more than enough. Do not come in expecting to make 1,000 or more a night. Use what you can, to pay off debt and invest your earnings. Do not get caught up in the lifestyle. Many young girls get caught up in the glamorous social media life of how dancers live. However, it does not show the long hours you work, the bruises from your shoes and the club or when you are sick and you still have to work a 14-hour shift. It’s terrible now because some clubs will not even look at you unless you have a certain amount of followers. Social media has completely ruined the perception of what a dancer is.
Brooklyn Ford: Don’t get involve in drugs or anything that will put you in anything close to prostitution, don’t ever give out real information to customers or meet them outside of the club . Also, remember to make your health the most important thing when working.
THE JOURNEY AND PERSONAL LIFE
Kiana Mcliesh: When you become a dancer the adventure, like all things in life has their ups and downs in life. What made you decide to start your journal?
Brooklyn Ford: The reason I began writing my journal was to be able to recollect all my memories and share with others. I want to make something out of dancing, not just get caught up in the lifestyle. The industry is very Illuminated and I wanted to set the record straight.
Kiana Mcliesh: Is there anything else you’d like to share with us like dating, while dancing or and advice for young girls?
Brooklyn Ford: You have to be on alert at the club and you should not plan on stripping for the rest of your life. Invest your money. Dating is crappy all around but when you date a dancer you have to have thick skin. A man has to understand that you are a dancer and that is your profession a man has to be secure within themselves to date a dancer. Being a dancer is all about the experience and building yourself you interact with different people every day, so for the real tea and the real behind the scenes action, you guys will have to be on the lookout for Brooklyn Ford’s journal