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The Life of a Stripper: 50 Exotic Dancers Confess Their Personal Experiences in the Adult Entertainment Industry Paperback – April 17, 2012
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About the Author
Romana Van Lissum, a native of Karvina, Czechoslovakia, has been a fixture of the exotic dance industry and community in Western Canada for over 17 years. She plans to continue in her current position as a server in a popular Greater Vancouver strip club for as long as possible. As an accomplished horsewoman and long-time animal lover, Van Lissum competes in 25 and 50 mile endurance rides and loves to spend as much time as possible training her horse on the trails near her home. Van Lissum is an advocate of treating all animals with kindness and respect. She also enjoys yoga, meditation, reading, travelling and spending time with her wonderful friends, her incredible husband of 21 years and her beautiful daughter, Kelsey. Van Lissum's first book is, "How To Be a Waitress and Make Big Tips."
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Top Customer Reviews
I may sound harsh but not only were these stories repetitive and uninspiring, but the girls interviewed acknowledged how they should do things differently but they seemed to not have the motivation. And just for the record, I myself have worked in the industry for many years and have first-hand experience with the life experiences which are prevalent in this industry, so I know "the type". Not everyone has the best upbringing but if you can take the card you've been dealt and use it to better yourself, then you have my utmost respect. If you make a decent sum of money and choose to spend that hard-earned money on an ugly tattoo in a place which will prevent you from getting a career anywhere else (instead of paying off a debt or bill) then I'm sorry, I reserve my sympathy elsewhere.
The "Life of a Stripper" gives us the real goods of what goes on in the Entertainment Industry. I basically knew it was big business and big $$ and always thought of it as a place that brought guys together and sleezy women. Not so, the women are from all areas of life mothers, daughters, friends and in my opinion they are very smart. They make great money for the amount of time and effort. Their schedules are flexible allowing them to be in school, travel or be a stay at home mom. Who doesn't want more time or more money?
Romana does a great job explaining the business as it is, a business. She shows that it is like a family, everyone looks out for one another a place where regulars feel at home. It's about building relationships and friendships making money and having fun.
I think the public perception is skewed. Or mine was anyway. I would like to thank Romana for educating me in a field that I knew nothing about. We have a local "club" in our area and now when I drive by I am reminded of the business and how this industry helps so many women and in turn so many men. Business is always great when it's a WIN/WIN!
Enjoy the book, it's a must read!
After reading her first book, "How To Be a Waitress and Make Big Tips", I was excited to hear she was coming out with a second book, "The Life of a Stripper". So many are curious to know what goes on in the life of stripper and the fact the Romana interviewed these women, and was never actually a dancer herself, brings more of an unbiased perspective. Some of the stories are quite shocking,however, Romana does a good job reminding us this is reality!
Can't wait for the next one!