Hard-up circus performer who turned to stripping will soon able to buy own house

A circus performer turned stripper claims charity fundraising was "way harsher" than stripping.

Amelie, 25, from France, has been working as a stripper for two years, starting in the industry after the minimum wage jobs she did after university didn’t work out.

She told BristolLive: "I started having a bit of a hard time and my friends suggested that I gave it a go.

"I was terrified for that first shift. I remember doing my make-up with my friend and that we had a couple of glasses of wine to chill me out.

"We went to work together and then you are just thrown into the deep end – you just have to figure it out."

After finishing her circus degree, Amelie did a few charity fundraising jobs – which gave her the sales skills she needed for stripping – but it was not working out for her.

Describing stripping as a sales job, Amelie said that what a stripper sells are dances and one-to-one time.

At first, she was spending too much time talking to potential clients, she said, which is a mistake most strippers make when they start, especially if they are a bit shy and do not dare ask for money.

"Now that I am more confident I just try to sell the most expensive thing," she continued.

"It took me a while to get used to it and I do not think I was very confident at first.

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"I was expecting customers to be really horrible, but 95% of them are absolutely fine – doing charity fundraising was way harsher than stripping."

The stripper said that licensing rules means the only physical contact allowed with her clients is shaking hands, with things like hugging, a kiss on the cheek or sitting on their lap not allowed.

"It is like a normal bar where you go up and talk to people and there is the option to pay for fully nude dances – but with no physical contact at all.

"We have a VIP section where they can pay to have one-to-one time and where we talk and have a drink."

Becoming a stripper has allowed her to become financially independent and stable and she now thinks one day she may be able to get a mortgage and buy a house.

"I do not think it is a job that anyone can do," she continued. "Not everyone is a natural salesperson and, as not every customer is always an angel, you have to have very strong boundaries.

"Once you have done it for a while, you get desensitised to the nudity. It is such a normal part of it, but it is not for everyone."

She added: "I am happy doing this – I am not made for the nine to five. Being self-employed now, I do not think I could have a boss either."

"I enjoy working whenever I want for myself and not having to worry about making money for someone else. It also gives me the time I need to train and follow my circus career."

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