Girl all you gotta do is divide 48 by four it’s literally the easiest part
No but for real though, stripping is SO MUCH MATH if you’re doing it “by the books” and want to have a life that isn’t just cash and drugs.
If you want to get by, and not piss anoyone off, you have to remember to tip out between 10 and 20% of certain parts of your earnings.
Of your earnings, you have to break it down to your VIP dance sales (10-20% of which goes to your VIP host), then your regular floor dance sales and your VIP sales that a floor host helps you make (usually by seating you with a good customer) is 10-20% depending on just how much that host helped you out. Then you’ve got your VIP sales and your stage tips, 10-15% of which goes to your DJ unless you have a mandatory DJ tipout that is taken off your housefee at the beginning of the night (which you also need to account for in your total take home), and then a total 10-20% of your take home earnings that goes to your housemom.
THEN, you need to set aside 15-25% of whatever you take home for your taxes. You’re a 1099/Independent Contractor, so the club doesn’t do your taxes for you. That’s between you and the IRS. Now, if you want to report ALL of your earnings, that’s fine and nice and honest. But realistically, you report about 50-60% of what you make so you can avoid paying a SHIT LOAD of taxes. You need to save your reciepts for certain expenses, which are technically write-offs — things like a percentage of your gas and your cell phone and some of your clothes and hair products and general “personal maintenance” things; but you need to understand that only SOME of that is a write off and know what is what.
Also ensure that you’re putting some of your money away for retirement, since you don’t get that from the club either. And you need to build a savings AND make sure you’re setting aside money for bills and whatnot.
That’s not even including the basic counting you’re doing while you’re working. That’s counting songs to be sure you’re getting paid the proper amount for your floor dances, keeping track of your tips you make on top of dances and VIP’s, and THAT isn’t taking into account if your club does bottle sales and gives the dancer a percentage — which is a whole other beast. Also your stage tips and whatnot, keeping track of which customers are spending what and who you should spend your time with or when to just call it a night because you’re not making the money you need or want.
It’s not some fluff job. It’s really not.
…and THAT’S not even getting into the psychology. This is the extra shit. The real job is the sales and psychology behind it all, but we won’t get into that.
Oh and keep in mind that your options for keeping track of all your earnings is
a) mostly mental
b) mostly counted in the dark. Because counting your money in a full dressing room is rude so finding an empty corner on the floor (or on the tail end of a room) is typically more viable.
Also, if you get ladies drinks at a club you keep track of those and deduct it from what you owe the club. But you have to take other expenses into account like if your club doesn’t provide free parking for employees.
And if you start negotiating on prices for dances, that’ll affect the math too.
I love how Darcy is kissing him.
"Homophobia: The fear that another man will treat you like you treat women." ~ (unattributed)
New stills from the Doctor Who Christmas Special, ‘The Time of the Doctor’.
Premieres December 25th at 9/8c on BBC America.
That’s not good. He probably still hasn’t got a setting on the sonic screwdriver for wood…
3D Print Everything!
One step closer to downloading a pizza, guys.
This is really important to me. I just got out of an abusive relationship and I hope that no one ever has to feel like I did.
30 Days, 30 Scream Queens | day thirty
↳ Maila Nurmi
Maila Nurmi, the queen of us all.
Born Maila Elizabeth Syrjäniemi, Nurmi is perhaps best known as her character Vampira, which she originated for late-night television. At the height of late night horror-host craze, Vampira was among the best. Though there have since been many female horror hosts, Vampira was the first, and her legacy is the most enduring—if not partially because of Elvira ripping her off years later. But, I digress.
Part Snow White’s Evil Queen, part Dragon Lady, part Morticia Addams, Vampira was the weekly host of KABC-TV’s The Vampira Show. Although the show was an enormous hit and landed her guest roles on numerous variety shows, it was ultimately short lived. There was an attempted revival in the 80s, but after some legal battles and creative shouting matches, the new show was ultimately packaged and released as Elvira’s Movie Macabre, starring Cassandra Peterson.
Far be it to me to say that one horror hostess was superior to the other, but it’s hard to talk about one without at least referencing the other. While Peterson’s hyper-sexualized brand of very broad comedy certainly plays well, it lacks the atmosphere of Nurmi’s early broadcasts. The Vampira show is the definition of gallows humor, a more subtle show of macabre delight from a woman who put horror first and, as evidenced in her opening credits, knows how to scream. RIP, Maila.
FILMS TO WATCH: Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959), Vampira: The Movie (2004), American Scary (2006)
Diane Ravitch on The Daily Show.
Ravitch is the queen. If only the government would listen…
We would also address poverty directly. We would increase the minimum wage and make post-secondary education cheap or free, and we’d improve improve unemployment benefits and offer free job-training to the unemployed.
Poverty is one of the few social ills where throwing money at the problem really does seem to work.
These are not radical, liberal ideas. In fact, in Europe most of them are associated with the more conservative parties, and many of them were associated with the American Republican party in the 80s. But the United States’s political climate is so different from anywhere else in the industrialized world that I fear we will just continue to get farther behind in education (and in % of people living in poverty) until we decide to make some big domestic investments.