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*Not every strippers story is the same. These are my experiences. I have over two years worth of war stories. Some funny and some that will have you reaching for your cocktail of xanax and zoloft. But fear not, my little Crumb Snatchers. I will take you through the bog of eternal stench that is the strip club scene and just when you feel the nightmare may never end, I will guide you safely back to Happy Land. This is pt: 1 of the G-String Chronicles…Proceed with caution.*
***DISCLAIMER: For those of you with heart conditions, whiplash, fibromyalgia, can’t read without pictures, can’t read at all or don’t give two donuts and a rolling shit or are easily offended by, well, everything, I suggest you go back to watching Teen Mom or Gossip Girl. This story is not for you. For those of you who made it this far down the paragraph, lets get this shit storm brewing, shall we?***
Once upon a time, in the enchanted kingdom of San Fernando Valley, affectionately referred to as Porn Valley, nestled quietly on the corner of “walk and don’t walk,” a full nude strip club was erected. It was the biggest and said to be the most popular club in all the land. It was rumored that only the most beautiful maidens frolicked behind its doors, serving up all your wildest fantasies and favorite appetizers. With all the free soda and water you could drink! The girls would dance to their native songs and the men would tip them handsomely with $1 bills. The more coin you left on the stage, the more naked the girls became. Truly a sight to see. The men would come to relax in the arms of a beautiful woman after a hard days work storming the castle. Only the finest gentlemen were permitted inside to see the naked dancing girls. All who came to this magical place had a gay old time. Yadda, Yadda…blah, blah, blah…and they all lived happily ever after.
Oh, wait! That’s another story…Here’s the truth about what happens to the girls working behind the closed doors of the strip club and the grotesque transformation that happens to men after they pay their $20 cover charge.
There is no good, the bad & the ugly. THERE IS ONLY ZUUL! No, but seriously…Strip clubs cater to the most fucked up stereotypes you can possibly imagine. Stereotypes of all ages, shapes, colors & backgrounds. Stereotypes I thought only existed in movies.
And, yes, I know what you’re all thinking, “but Scarlett, you do porn. How can stripping be any different?” I asked myself this same question two years ago as I was filling out my application for the strip club.
I’ve always been a Curious George type of person. Always wanting, needing to experience different things. Good experiences, bad experiences. I craved it all. Change & adventure. Fuck. This blog is beginning to sound like the opening to a Mark Twain book. Ahem…It didn’t matter what I was going through or what I went through because ultimately, the good & the bad molded me into a very well rounded person. No, really! (cue the laughter & enjoy laughing at your own jokes. I’ll wait)…
Ok, did ya’ get that outta’ your system? Great. Now shaddup & lets move on.
I may have screwed up once or twice as a teenager, but for the most part I was a great kid. I did well in school. I was involved in extra curricular activities, I didn’t drink, smoke, do drugs. My parents got really lucky with me. Shit could have been worse. Although, I did receive a Saturday school for ditching in the 8th grade, but I highly doubt that has anything to do with my decision to do porn and strip.
The usual signs and symptoms of becoming a porn star/stripper were never there. What do you look for? I am the last person on earth you would ever expect. In fact, one girl, who I loathed, told me that I was going to be a nun. Maybe my folks or my guidance counselor, whom I was sent to for a “dress code violation” because my pants had a hole in the knee, is to blame. If only they had seen the obvious cries for help. If only they had realized that by wearing jeans with holes in them, I was secretly planning my career in the porn industry while also day dreaming of being a stripper at 28 years old.
I initially became a stripper for two reasons. 1. There’s a stripper inside every female whether you’d like to admit it to yourself or not and we all have that burning curiosity about whether or not we could actually do it. 2. I was told that there was a possibility I may be booked for a Feature Dancing gig and getting some experience on the pole was encouraged. I’ve been dancing for two years and have never been booked for any feature dancing opportunities, but it’s something I’d really like to do. Pornies never say die!
However, clubs don’t want to book just some chick who does porn, yet, lacks major exposure. They want to book a porn star that will bring in fans and money. They want a name. My only claim to fame were the Lindsay Lohan parodies I shot for Hustler that got me some exposure on TMZ, E! News and other little media outlets. So, I figured this teeny, tiny bit of notoriety may give me a shot at feature dancing. This friend assured me that he would be able to get me the feature dancing gigs I needed that would somehow catapult me into the famous porn star I always aspired to be. (cough). So, off I went to audition at this strip club, which is less than ten minutes from my house in the valley, hoping to pick up a few tricks, (pole tricks, that is. not actual tricks) and hopefully learn how to put on one hell of a show.
As Britney Spears so elegantly put it, “There’s only two types of people in the world. The ones that entertain and the ones that observe…” Well, I was definitely a “put on a show kinda’ girl.”
I got dressed and gave the DJ my song requests. The first song being Shaking Hands, by Nickelback. (Yes, i like Nickelback and i refuse to apologize for this. You, however, may continue to eat Bilbo Baggins dick). I came out onto the stage dressed as a school girl, (obviously I was lacking a little creativity), shook my ass, bent my ass over, touched my toes, did a few spins around the pole, arched my back, and smiled. HIRED.
Confidence has never been an issue for me. Well, perhaps confidence is not the right word. I never felt nervous. I wasn’t nervous on my first day of school. I wasn’t nervous auditioning for my very first school play and I wasn’t nervous shooting my very first porn and I definitely wasn’t nervous for my audition as a stripper.
*Note To Aspiring Strippers: Do not reference movies like Striptease or Showgirls…That is all. *
I love dancing. I like risqué, seductive dancing even better, which got me some attention at the Middle School/High School proms & winter formals. I was never trashy, but I definitely wanted people to look. Stripping is supposed to be a tease. Humans like a good tease just as much as we like a good chase. It’s not enough to just “get it over with.” We’re visual creatures attracted to beautiful images and colors. It’s hot to put it all out there, but it’s far more enticing to leave something to the imagination. I know. It’s terribly cliche, but if you’re given anything all at once & too easily, you lose interest.
For those of you still with us, assuming there’s actually more than one person reading this other than myself, I promise that there’s a point, a message & an actual story to this tale. Bare with me.
Ahem…back to being seductive…while on a stripper pole, dressed like a baby prostitute…
Being in cross country and track taught me mind over matter. Becoming a Thespian in theatre and playing different parts in many plays taught me to act, to create a character & make that character my own. While also never losing myself in the process. Scarlett Fay is my character and I may amp things up a bit while on set or on stage, but I’m always me. You’re not going to experience two different people sharing one body, but I definitely know when to play the part and when to turn it off.
Porn was a crash course on how to utilize all the things puberty had given me, but what my mother failed to teach me when I was younger. Smart woman.
There is a certain high that comes over you when you see how fast and easy the money is as a stripper. Having guys throw money at you or spend money on you, just to be with you for a few minutes gives you this Wonder Woman type feeling. Well, maybe not Wonder Woman, but you definitely feel like a “boss bitch,” as the kids would say.
At this point, I had been shooting porn for four years. I figured stripping would be a cake walk. A goddamn bake sale. I. was. WRONG.
Stripping has never matched anything I’ve made in porn, but at the time I was only shooting GG scenes, so, my bookings were few and far between. Making a couple hundred dollars for five hours of work just seemed way too easy and at least I would have some cash on me while I was in between work or waiting for paychecks. Not to mention there is something about commanding the attention of these complete strangers that made me feel in control and fucking sexy. At the time, I was working pretty steady for PlayboyTV, so, I didn’t spend much time at the club. On the nights that I did come in, I only stayed from 5pm-10pm. I wasn’t ready to work a late shift. I didn’t feel I was experienced enough or mentally capable of competing with thirty other girls. Picture that for a moment. Thirty girls in one room. I know it sounds very erotic, but it’s actually terrifying. Girls are very wicked creatures. Females were not a well thought out plan. As strippers we have nothing and everything in common, but we all share the same goal. Money. Many of the dancers I work with are natural born hustlers and then there are those, like myself, that have no fucking clue what we’re doing. My first year as a stripper was pretty pathetic. I never approached customers for dances and sometimes the only money I would make would be from the tips I received on stage. Some days I would get lucky and a customer would approach me for a dance and buy several. But for the most part I kept to myself. I was still adapting to my new surroundings, getting the lay of the land and studying it’s indigenous people. A strip club is an anthropologist’s wet dream. Everything you need to know about human behavior is on full display.
A strip club is like walking into one of those weird oddity museums that have strange beasts mounted on the walls from the far corners of the world that you never knew existed and a two-headed stillborn baby is forever preserved inside a mason jar.
Cue the dark and ominous music…
I’ll try to keep you on the sunny side of the street while we’re here. After that, I should probably list a suicide hotline number below. Hopefully, most of you are so medicated you’ll barely feel a thing.
Stripping, being a stripper, has a way of breaking you down and molding you into someone completely different and usually not for the better. It’s like the military, but with G-Strings and stilettos. Only the strong will survive. Or the mentally ill. Sometimes I wish Morgan Freeman would appear out of the bathroom stall to give me a pep talk before my stage set. However, the only thing appearing out of the bathroom stall is a young, stumbling drunk girl with a broken heel and different food stains from different days of the week lingering on the outfit she pulled from her locker. I’m sure she’ll get to that when she can, but right now, she’s on a drone strike. Her target? Anybody. Her mission? To make money. With a little help from liquid courage and her newfound love for self medicating, she’s ready and wiling to do whatever it takes to make that money. Anything. That’s what I like to call Army Strong. With a shotgun dose of uppers and downers, she is ready for duty.
Thankfully she’ll have enough drugs on board to wipe out her memory when she wakes up at four in the afternoon….(*to be continued.* This is a work in progress. Pardon our dust. Just wanted to get this out there)………
The first job I ever had was working at the Brunswick Bowling alley in Murrieta. I was fifteen years old and excited about being that much closer to my independence. I worked the snack bar and for those of you who have had the unfortunate luck of serving in the fast food industry, I feel your pain. It was disgusting and I had a hard time masking my disgust to customers. My manager was a cunt who would sneak into the back freezer to chow down on ice cream. I lasted two weeks.
*Update: To this day, that shitty manager, (whom I also went to high school with), still works at the bowling alley. She’s been promoted to Bartender.*
My second job came after high school graduation, while I was waiting for classes to begin in San Diego. I worked at this lovely little candy shop, “The Chocolate Florist.” We sold chocolate covered strawberries, ice cream, and novelty items. And by that I mean, we had edible penises in both white and dark chocolate, as well as edible vaginas and boobs. They were famously known for their novelty chocolates. The place was run and owned by an old lady from Germany and her husband, whom I never saw. Working with her was a nightmare. It was as though she went out of her way to make you feel worthless, lazy or not smart enough for the job. I was there for three months until she decided to fire me. Her reasons were extremely vague, but she did promise to write me a good reference.
*Update: The Chocolate Florist was bought and sold and is now a health food store, with fresh fruits and veggies. All the chocolate penises and vaginas are forever lost.*
It’s probably every young girls dream, who is fresh out of high school, to work at a trendy clothing store. You get to wear their product and receive 10% off, while listening to loud music and having first dibs on the new product coming out. I must have applied to all the hot, trendy, only-cool-kids-shop-here-stores. But alas, I was never the cool kid.
As a last resort I dropped off an application to this store called Izod. If you’re a golfer, please refrain from creaming your Fruit of The Looms. (Quick History: Yes, Izod used to be the little alligator that I was printed on every shirt. However, Lacoste bought the alligator many years ago. So, in place of the hip alligator is now a golfer). This would become my place of work fort two years. We sold golf clothes, golf socks, sweaters, pants that only your grandmother would wear and we were forced to listen to music that was specifically made for our older customers. And yes, you had to wear the Izod brand from head to toe. I went from a sales associate, to a floor supervisor and eventually became an assistant manager. I loved the people I worked with and the store manager became my close friend. One day, I fucked up on payroll hours and the district manager fired me right on the spot. Three days later she wanted me back and for a while I continued to work there, but became bored and unhappy. So, I QUIT.
*Update: This particular Izod was eventually forced to close up shop permanently for not making enough money.*
While working at Izod, I was hired for seasonal at See’s Candies. If you’ve ever been to a See’s Candies, please take notice of the embarrassing uniform the employees have to wear. We always had to wear pantyhose, as well as slips and black shoes. Our hair had to be clean and in a bun. I had hair below my fucking ass! So, just throwing it up in a bun was a damn nightmare. Aside from the atrocious uniforms, I actually enjoyed working there. It was around the holidays and we were busy from the moment we opened our doors to closing. It was fast paced and the hours just flew by. The pay was pretty excellent, too. However, working at any job during the holidays brings out the worst of the worst human beings. I had never experienced such rude customers in all my life until I worked at See’s Candies. When the holidays finally came to a close, the manager asked me to stay on. I did for a while. But suddenly, we weren’t so busy anymore and the days and hours would drag on and on. I was bored, bored, bored. So, without much notice, I quit.
*Update: See’s Candies is, well, actually nothing has changed. They’re still selling candy and I don’t believe there will be an upgrade to their employee uniforms anytime soon.
Does anybody here have a mother, father, grandparent with a heart stent(s)? Well, long before porn, I used to work at Guidant, which specialized in making heart stents for people and other such medical shit I can’t remember. I heard that the hours were long, but the pay was excellent. Before you could get hired, you had to pass a week long training program, which you were also being paid for. Once you passed the class, you were able to choose day shift or night shift. Both shifts are twelve hours long. I chose day shift, which meant that I began work from 4am-4pm. We had to dress head to toe in protective wear so that we would not introduce any bacteria into the lab. After all, these heart stents are going into people’s bodies. So safety measures went above and beyond. We were an assembly line of robots. My partner, who had been working there the longest, was going to teach me how to clean all the tools we used and that station we worked on. There was a certain way to clean and it was the ONLY way. However, my partner barely spoke english and I cold tell she hated my ass. I’d probably hate me too. I would fuck up. A lot. Many heart stents were unusable because of me. If you break too many heart stents, they eventually take it out of your check. I worked there for a month and hated everything about it. One day, I told my supervisor I had to use the ladies room and I never came back.
*Update: Guidant was recently sold to Abbott.*
After cruising through limbo for a little while, getting drunk on the weekends, sleeping in late, I finally ran out of money. A friend suggested applying at a casino, but warned me that the casino where me and said friend used to party almost every weekend, does not allow their employees to hang out there on their days off. Screw that. So, I drove a little further to the next casino…
Nestled in the hills, surrounded by trees and the scariest highway you’ll ever drive on, was Pala Casino. I filled out the application, had my interview right then and there, they took some hair for their drug test and a week later I was hired as a Motor Coach Greeter. Sounds like a made up position, but that’s what I was. Yes, the uniforms were a bit dorky, but I had worn much worse. And I got to have a “walkie-talkie,” which was cool and stuff. My job, along with a few others, was to greet the buses filled with people from all walks of life. Our job was to make sure they passengers visiting Pala Casino for the day had their ID and/or Players Cards and if they did not have a Players Card, we would make one for them. There were other little tid bits to the job, but they’re irrelevant here. The cool part about this job was not having to be inside the casino. We were all camped out outside. My shift was 8am-4:30pm. We had roughly twelve busses come through in the morning and night shift would make sure all twelve buses and their passengers were accounted for when they left. Very easy job. I’d say it was even one of my favorite jobs. I was with Pala for eight months. I had just turned twenty-two and was feeling restless and bored. Planning my next escape. Oddly enough, my escape found me. In the form of a Myspace message.
I had attended a Halloween party dressed as a little school girl. My friend took several pictures of me dressed as this innocent catholic school girls and one of the pictures ended up being my avatar picture for my Myspace profile. A week or so later I received an email from an agent in Chatsworth who said I had the look that she wanted. Young, fresh, girl next door type. The agent didn’t sugarcoat anything and told me exactly what it was her agency did and the type of girls they represented. It didn’t even phase me. We set up a meeting and two weeks later I was on my way to Porn Valley. At the time I was still with the casino and had no intentions of quitting. I spoke with this agent for a couple hours, talking about what I will and will not do, my rates etc. I told her that I definitely wanted to give it a shot and she told me that if it wasn’t for me I could leave.
After setting up a photo shoot, picking my stage name and uploading the pictures to the agency website, I got into my car and drove home thinking it would probably be weeks before I got booked for anything. Days later I was booked for my first BG porn shoot for Vivid. I was amazed at how fast It was.
On my way home from set I knew that I wanted to be a part of this industry. This is what I wanted to do. The next day I walked into human resources at the casino and told them I was leaving. I signed a few papers and I was out the door in less than ten minutes.
Six years later I’m still here and still loving it. I may have acted on impulse, but I wouldn’t change anything. I may fly very low under the radar, but it’s been one hell of an adventure.