We visited a club in Ermita, the old town of Manila. The owner asked for some advice. He knows that we used to work in some projects with FHM Philippines and asked if we could bring some models for a party. “I am trying to think out of the box”, he said. Minutes later I talked to him, and explain to him what he was doing wrong, I hope this tip will be useful for him and for all our members who are running a club for the first time.
You don't need “to think out of the box” at this stage, you just need to do the basics right. The “BASIC CLUB CONCEPTS” are like the roots of a tree, if the roots are weak the tree falls.
If you are a club owner, remember that this is a people's business, your staff and your girls need to be good with people, the rest: like decoration, club interior, nice printing materials, great light and sound system, are what I called VALUE-ADD FEATURES, those features give additional value to the product and service that you sell.
But what we actually sell in a nightclub?
We sell entertainment, fantasy, and most important, we sell alcohol and fun with good looking girls.
You cannot make your existing sofas look better, you just can replace them, same with your existing light and sound equipment. A Dom Perignon Brut, cannot become better, is a final product, if you want a better Champagne, you have to buy another bottle.
What you can improve is your people performance, your team, your staff, your hostess and dancers. That you can improve and there are not limits for a person to become the best in his/her position.
Intensive training is a must if you want to improve your business.
I asked that Club Owner:
How do you expect your waiter to sell a Moet Chandon Champagne, if he doesn’t even know what is it? How do you expect your waitresses to deliver first class service if they have never been in an upscale establishment as a guest?
The same with the girls, how do you expect your girls to deal with rich and well-educated guests if they don’t know how to talk?
I must say that there are people with special talent who don't need any training, but those people don't fall from trees, what you can do is educate your existing team.
You cannot ask or demand people to give you what they don't have.
But you can improve that with a lot of hours of training. With a proper job descriptions for each position, evaluating their performance with Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for club business, and customer service.
24 hours/month training for staff is a must in a new club. One hour a day, line up meeting and training.
Training is one of the basic concepts of Club Business.
I told the owner of the club to stop thinking in crazy events or spending a lot of money bringing well-known artist and celebrities from now, FIRST go back to the basics. If you apply the BASIC CLUB CONCEPTS correctly, the rest will be just fine…
Have a good week,
Francisco Leon Nakagawa
密着24時！銀座 高級キャバ嬢 - High-Class Hostess
Documentary of the life of High-Class Hostess, In Japan the hostess club are very popular among the Japanese society, Hostesses who work at kyabakura are known as kyabajō (キャバ嬢?), literally cabaret girl, and many of them use professional names called "genji name" (源氏名 genji-na?). Hostesses light cigarettes, pour drinks, offer flirtatious conversation, and sing karaoke to entertain customers. Hostesses can be seen as the modern counterpart of geishas, providing entertainment to the likes of groups of business men after work. A club will often also employ a female bartender, who is usually well-trained in mixology, and may also be the manager or mamasan. Hostess clubs are distinguished from strip clubs in that there is no dancing or nudity. By Vice Japan.
This is the story of Murakami Kanae San, 20 Years old. Kanae san works in a hostess club in Ginza Tokyo, probably with the city with the most exclusive Hostess Club in Japan. She tell her story on working with guests in Japan, how hard is too drinking everyday and following rules.
In Japan clubs to follow rules is very important, is irrelevant the industry, for Japanese society to follow rules is part of Japanese culture.
Some of the rules in Kanae san club are: Not to wear the same dress everyday, and meet a quota of sales a week.
She also talks about relationship with guests after work and how this work affects her personal life.
Great video and excellent quality, have a good week.
Excellent tutorial video on how to entertain a guest in a Japanese Hostess Club. From arrival of the Guest to the club, how to sit down, introduce yourself, serving a drink, and saying good bye.
In Japanese culture, to know how to entertain guest is a requirement if you want to succeed in business, the nightclub industry is no stranger to this philosophy. The clubs also have a method of operation and SOP to entertain club guests step by step, this work methodology has been refined over the years, typical of Japanese culture, always seeking excellence.
In this video, you can see the right type of service a guest should receive, also how the club staff should interact with the guest, the proper way to guide the guest to their table and making sure the guest is satisfied.
The Hostess also has a way of working, in the video you can see the basic steps to follow when entertaining a guest. These points are very important, no matter how pretty or good entertainer can be the hostess, if these steps are not followed the opportunities to make money are minimal.
I hope you enjoyed the video.
Have a good Weekend,
Travel and work abroad.
A month ago a dancer from country x, was chosen by the owner of a club in Europe to work starting this coming September.
I contact the owner of the club and told him that I will try to assist the dancer with the visas. I reserve the name of the dancer, the name of the owner of the club, in fact I thank them for trusting in me to assist with the dancer's trip.
Unfortunately I could not help her but to give all the information about the requirements that she would need to apply for visa Shenghen because their nationality requires get visa before traveling to Europe.
I didn't want to create false expectations to her, is better to be straight and direct sometimes.
The owner of the club is a bit new to the industry. I recognize that there are people very professional people in the industry, but when it comes to working visas and girls traveling from one country to another there is still much misinformation.
Here is a small guide that I hope will help you:
1. After reviewing contracts and club system of the destination country, it is always good to do a little research about the club and the country.
2. If they you do it through an agency, ask your agent, photos, videos, all the material that they have of the club, also do your own research there are many forums on clubs in the internet, do not believe everything what they put in the forums, sometimes bad dancers write bad things on decent club operators, but at least you have an idea.
If you need to contact a reputable agency with a good and decent background contact us and we will introduce you with some of our affiliates agencies.
3. Check if the destination club will give you working visa, We are in the 21st century, and it's not like before when people were traveling from place to other place on a tourist visa, Immigrations in many countries has become very strict, sometimes in life to take a risk is good but my advice is that it is never good to risk your own safety, in some countries are very severe penalties for working illegally.
4. In some countries there are clubs that process the working visa after the arrival of the artist, therefore you would have to do your own research if your nationality requires a entry visa or not.
There are many tools on the internet that might help you on that, I always recommend using, HQ visa, you can find the widget in the bottom of this article. Or go to this link:
5. In case you have to get a tourist visa first and you know many days you will get upon arrival, depending on your nationality, the following step is to purchase your travel ticket, if you're the one to pay for the ticket, you have to put your return date following the days you will get upon arrival, if upon arrival you will get 30 days tourist visa, put the return date within those 30 days, you always can change it later and extend while you fix your working permit. If you were offered a contract for 3 months, never put the return date on the day 90 from your arrival, if the country of destination gives you only 30 days tourist visa, you wont be able to board the plane and there are chances that you lose the flight and if you buy the ticket online the penalties for cancellation are very high and the refund process is very tedious.
Also do not travel to a foreign country as a tourist without a return ticket, I know it sounds silly, that this information is pretty basic, but there are still many, thousands of young ladies who are traveling for first time, and these tips are aim to help them.
6. Do not travel without money or expecting that you will make money upon arrival because is not working like this. Try to always take some money with you, some immigration officers will ask you, and also is important in case an emergency.
7. Working Holiday Visa is another form of working legally, You also have to do your research. The best way to start is go to the consulate of the country of destination in the country where you reside.
Other sources that are reliable:
I hope this information help you to plan your trip and have a great experience working in the entertainment industry, have a good weekend.
If you looking to enter into the nightclub industry, one of the most important things you will need is a strong up-to-date pictures portfolio. Aspiring dancers are often unsure how to put this together or end up adding images that are not suitable for the work they aim to do. There are thousands of club operators around the world, there are good and bad clubs, you might lose the opportunity to work with a good club operator company if you don't put a little effort in your pictures.
Consider the following steps when looking to create a workable portfolio to develop your business:
Size of the pictures matter, do not put 3MB size picture, try to send a 500kb picture is easier to upload, download and to send it. If you are not familiar with some applications, don't worry, now there are plenty of websites that will help you to do that for free: http://www.resizeyourimage.com/
Make sure your pictures are not blurry.
Looking seductive in your pictures. Some girls look too serious and boring in their attempt to pose seductively. If you have a great smile, show it!, you are applying for a job in the entertainment industry, don't forget that.
More pictures are better? Well it depends, sometimes with one strong head shot picture you can get the job... I always advise dancers not to send more than 4-5 pictures. 2 portrait and 2 full body. Some professional club operators consider the effort an applicant put in their presentation, hair, make up, dress, etc. If you are applying for a stripper job, you need to attached bikini pictures as well.
If you can afford to hire a qualified photographer, do it, but if not a normal camera will do, a lot of light when you take pictures is important. Take as much as you can and choose from them.
If you are new in the business, trying to work abroad looking for a great experience while you are making money, you can ask your agent if you have one. There are a dozen of good and reputable agencies in the market, some of the agents spending time to get to know the applicants, some of them has a large amount of experience in the industry so you can ask them what kind of pictures you need if you want to impress the club owners or managers of your desire destination. Agents are always in touch with club owners and know what club owners are looking for their club.
Do not abuse of Photoshop, that wont help you, on the contrary it might blow your chances to get the job.
We have discuss a lot the importance to choose good and professional club operators, those kind of good clubs receive a lot of applicants everyday, so you need to look at your best to be chosen.
Have a good week :)
Great advice from a former Dancer:
I don't need to remind you the importance of your body shape in your work and your earnings, and this week I would like to share with you a very useful article from a former dancer:
What kind of shape you’re in makes a bigger difference in your earnings than anything else. An hour of exercise a day can mean $200 more a night. It’s important that you understand that your body is how you earn a living, as such you have to take very good care of it. In the world of strip clubs the name of the game is low bodyfat. Sure some men like extra padding but no one likes cheese. It’s an unfortunate truth but the slimmer you are the more money you will make. You don’t have to be fashion model skinny but you do have to be tight if you expect to make good money. I personally find that a combination of yoga and weight training is ideal for the kind of look that men like.
The most effective weight training exercises for woman are squats, lunges and stiff-leg or sumo dead-lifts. None of these lifts should be done on machines- free weights only. Machines are no where near as effective. Train heavy and train hard. Yoga and dancing are both very catabolic activities (they break down muscle tissue) you will not get bulky.
You can use The Following:
Squats 3 sets of 20 reps, 120 seconds rest between sets
Stiff-leg deadlifts 3 sets of 10 reps, 120 seconds rest between sets
Rest 5 minutes
Dumbbell lunges 4 sets of 12 reps, 90 seconds rest between sets
Hanging crunches 4 sets 90 seconds rest between sets
The squats should be to failure, it should be VERY hard to hit 20. Like having a baby hard. Squats will make a bigger change in your physique then anything else. When you do your yoga and running do it in the morning on an empty stomach. If you have a real fat problem an hour of running or jump rope a day before breakfast with a low/no carb diet can take of a lot of fat in a short period of time.
One of the problems with maintaining relatively low levels of body fat is that there is no way to have “spot” fat loss. It’s all or nothing. As you lose the fat off your butt and thighs you also lose your breasts- often as much as a cup size. This is the reason that many dancers choose to have breast augmentation. Unfortunately some people like to tut-tut and shake their heads at women who get implants and imply all sorts of nasty things about the morals of women who would actually care about the way they look. Implants should be a choice based on how you feel- not how other people feel about you having them. There are lots of men who rail against implants, about how they don’t like them and how they can always tell the difference, but that’s bullshit. The only time they can tell is if it’s a bad implant job, since they think the good jobs are real they assume that all implants look bad. Most men will tell you they don’t like implants but in my experience in real life they like them a great deal. The girls I work with estimate it was an additional 20% in earnings after they got their augmentation and that most men seem to find them much, much, more attractive. Of course you shouldn’t just get implants just to make more money, you should get them so you feel good about yourself. Some people may say that’s a bad way to feel good about yourself but you could be doing a whole lot worse and more harmful things. Is it “fair”? No, of course not, life’s not fair. It’s also not “fair” that women prefer muscular men to fat ones. In an ideal world we wouldn’t care about that but the reality is that our society places a great deal of value in physical attractiveness. Having large breasts makes you feel sexy, attractive and desirable. If men could have an operation to do the same there would be a line going around the block and Medicaid would cover it.
Different Diets Work For Different People.
Regardless of what you choose it has to be something you can stay on permanently. You can’t just diet when you think your getting fat, as a dancer you have to maintain a consistently low level of body-fat. For me carbs are the problem. The only real carb heavy meal I eat is breakfast, I usually have a bowl of cereal or hot oatmeal. Then with lunch slightly less, usually just a sandwich with some whole wheat bread. For dinner almost none, a very small scoop of rice or vegetables with a small steak or chicken breast. I avoid salad, pasta and other high-carb meals. I occasionally eat fried chicken or hamburgers, I just keep the portions very small and try to eat it early in the day. Avoid low-fat foods or at least read the labels carefully, they tend to have a lot of sugar and nothing gets you fat faster than sugar- not even fat. I also try and break my meals down into several small ones. If it’s a sandwich or something I eat one half then and one half an hour or two later- this helps you metabolize your food better. This may not work for you but I know many dancers on this or very similar programs who are able to stay in very good shape even with lousy genetics ( I was 20lbs heavier before I started doing this and I’ve been able to maintain my weight for several years). The point is you need to find something that does work, staying in good shape is critical to your livelihood.
There you have it! A guide straight from the source’s mouth to staying in tip top shape!
Share with us your favorite exercise and weight-loss tips. Have a great weekend.
My first experience with pole dance was in Yokohama back in 2000 when a group of new dancers from France and Canada decided to improvise a show in the middle of a hostess club named Roberta. The guests loved it but Roberta’s owner preferred to stick to the conventional and traditional hostess club concept and that was it.Many years later my company sent me to work in Roppongi, Tokyo and since the clubs there were more inspired by the west I came in contact with more professional pole dancers. Ever since then I have always considered pole dance to be one of the most important areas of our industry. And since Reiko Suemune won the first miss Pole Dance World in Amsterdam in 2005 I have also been a huge supporter of pole dance as an art and sport.
Over the last few weeks two major pole dancing competitions took place in two different continents. “International Pole Championship 2013” in Singapore and “Miss Pole Dance South America” in Argentina.Natasha Wang, from China, won in Singapore with a routine inspired by the Chinese legend of Madame White Snake. More than 1,000 people attended the event.I would like to congratulate the International Pole Dance and Fitness Association (IPDFA), and a very good friend Anna Przeplasko, for the magnificent event. Anna had a vision many years ago about taking pole dance to the next level and after many years of hard work and sacrifice, she has managed to establish a well known and reputable association in the difficult Asian Market.
I met Anna Przeplasko in 2008 in the Venetian Casino in Macau where she told me about her idea of the competition and I was dazzled by her devotion and determination to make this happen. We were both passionate about pole dance, although with different targets in mind, she with the fitness and sport side and me with the contribution to the club business.We found great support in the owners of the Divino–Tantra Group, Andy and Javier, and the first International Pole Championship got scheduled for the end of 2008. To be part of the organization together with Anna Prezeplasko and Alvaro Altamirano from Divino-Tantra Group was one of the most remarkable and amazing experiences I have had in my entire career, not only for the outcome of the event, but also for the work we shared organizing it. It was a great learning experience.I still remember Anna’s passion while talking with sponsors and partners about the history of pole dancing, her knowledge made people realise that it was time to erase the misconception of pole dance. Needless to say the event was a complete success with a lot of media coverage. We were all very happy, the first big step to overcome cultural barriers had been taken.I would like to use this opportunity to thank Lala Dinglasan for helping us with the tournament. And a special mention to Anna Garbo who was the first Pole Dance Champion.
Since then Anna and the IPDFA has continued to promote pole dance and both the amount of members and the size of events has kept on growing. It has been an amazing journey. We have met many new friends along the road like Vee Lea, and her team in HKG. But also old friends from Japan, like Reiko and Lu Nagata, who have changed attitudes and managed to make pole dance popular in the conservative Japanese society.
I would like to share some pictures from these events with you, it brings back so many good memories, wonderful experience with wonderful people.Congratulations Anna and looking forward to making more exciting events in the future!
Francisco Leon Nakagawa
Creating the right atmosphere in your workplace is critical important.
Start from the beginning of the night, with your co-workers, cheer them up, give them a compliment, that will make a huge difference in the atmosphere at the club and the way how the staff and management will approach you.
Don’t be rude to the staff, in the short and long term it might affect your income… remember that guests rely a lot in the opinion of the waitress, the managers... Make that effort to remember their names and know a little bit about the people around you. They will give you back that effort with hard work.
Do not talk bad about the staff or the managers or about other dancers to the guests. Remember! Guests have a good communication with your managers, more than what you think…
Let me give you some tips:
1. Try to remember the staff names, waitress, managers, bartenders etc, they are not “baby” or “honey”, not. Make the effort to remember and address them by their names.
2. Never get angry with the staff to deliver drinks to you, or working in the club. Try to be always polite. If you have a concern about some staff performance at work, talk to the manager in private and let him handle it.
3. Never shout at the staff, specially never in front of guests, I saw many guests rejecting dancers for this kind of arrogant behavior, some guests want soft and funny girls, not girls pushing him and staff for money.
4. “Please”, “Thank you”, are powerful words, most of the Staff come to work with the idea to help you and do their best. You need to show you respect their job and their effort.
5. Don’t take for granted that staff have to do their job to help you, is true they are getting paid to do their job, but if you are nice with them, they will do a double effort to help you during the night… There is a big difference between: “I have” and “I want”… Trust me on that, being nice with the staff and your management in your club, will help you to increase your income.
6. Communication is the key word of this tips, Managers are there to guide you and LISTEN YOU, You will be surprise how Managers can help you during the night. Good Managers always have the time to listen dancers with good attitude. If you are a good entertainer it means you are a good communicator. Poor communication often causes confusion (and therefore, stress) in the work place. If those around you aren’t communicating well, ask questions, make suggestions and do whatever else you can to improve the situation. Then professional Managers and Club Operators can immediately investigate potential causes and take the appropriate corrective actions.
If you’re stressed out by guest who takes a lot of our energy, or a co-worker who talks too badly or too much or a boss who’s always looking over your shoulder, figure out a way to effectively communicate your frustration or concerns. If they know their actions are causing you stress, they might be willing to make changes.
Guests ask to the staff and managers about the dancers, who is the best who is their favorite etc… imagine if you fight with everyone in the beginning of the night, there will be a negative energy surrounded you, and you don’t need that energy, you are working in the entertainment industry and for you to perform at your best you need to create a good and positive environment, you are the only one who can make it.
If you come to work already with bad energy, complaining to the managers, arguing with the Dj for the music and shouting at the waitress because they are slow with your drink's order… your night will be very long and stressful.
Build your own stress-free work environment and your night will be better, if you have a good atmosphere you will have more probabilities to work better, your guest will feel better and you will make more money.
Have a good week J
I just got this email from a former Dancer in America, she was one of the TOP earning girls in the club where She worked before, I had the opportunity to find about her in Las Vegas and I want to share this with you, does it sounds familiar?
"Anyone remember those days when all you had to do was this:
1) slap some make up on
2) show up
3) walk around aimlessly and say "Wanna Dance?"
If this is you (and I'm not trying to insult you) how is that approach working for you these days? Now, to completely honest there are SOME circumstances when "Wanna Dance?" DOES still work, like on packed nights when there aren't enough girls, or if there are more customers than dancers. But for the most part. if you are a "Wanna Dancer" there are probably lots of nights where you just barely make your house fee back.
The primary reason "Wanna Dance?" doesn't work is because you are invalidating the customer as a person. As much as we'd like to think of customers as a horny ATM machines, they are living, breathing, feeling human beings...just like you....and deserve to be treated with respect. There is a reason why he walked into the strip club, and it's your job to figure out what his reason is. Think about it this way. Every guy who walks into the strip club has a Penthouse Letter fantasy in his head. He WANTS a hot girl to play out that fantasy; even if he's picky, or a limited buyer on a budget, he WILL buy dances from the one dancer who can get inside of his head and BE what he wants. Always remember, the best way to get what you want is to help other people get what they want."*
Working in Asia can be a new challenge for dancers that are used to the "Wanna Dance?" sentence, the cultures are different, some guests in Asia don't even know what is a Lap Dance... but if you put the effort to show guests a new type of experience, a new type of entertainment, it will help you to break some cultural barriers AND will help you to increase your income considerably.
So when you start your shift just remember the very basics of our industry, we are getting paid for entertain guests... this is our job description.
Start with a positive attitude every night and remember that it doesn't matter where is the guest coming from, or how much money he has, all men are potential costumers and they can spend money on you if you treat them as what they are, PEOPLE and not Walking ATM Machines.
Have a great day,
Asian Pacific Night Club Executives Association © 2012. (*) All articles are property of their Authors, Avalon.
To talk about "Lap dances" is a very extensive subject, we will discuss it in many blogs, but anyway let me give you some tips about it...
Practice your speech and your conversation with guests (master your conversation), remember the practice is the best school, try to sell the most important thing you have: Your time! Things that will help you to do so are: your beauty, your conversation skills, and your personality.
Be ready for "buying" questions, in other words, if a guest ask you about Private Dance price or what he can do there, or how long etc, is because somehow he is interested, is not a bad sign, but you have to be prepared to give the right answer. I will suggest you to take him to the PD area with you and explain him there, is more interesting for man that you a pretty dancer explain him rather than your manager.
In some club Macau for example, they have 5 PD for XXXX MOP Charge, so you can use also other style to sell it. 5 songs = 20 min approximately. You can say that you can stay with your guest for 40 MIN for XXXX only... some people like to hear that they can spend more time with you in PRIVATE. In case he doesn’t want the 40 min, you can tell him like this: I don't usually do this but only for you I am willing to do 20 min for 1725...This is just one way to do it, there are hundreds that you can use by your own, but Remember you are a sales and business woman and you need to be creative in the art of selling.
Practice your body skills and movement, like i said before get to know your body.
Know how to talk when you are doing lap dances, sometimes small words are very important when you are performing a lap dance, it will make the guest create his fantasies!
When you finish the lap dance, DON'T BE COLD!, this is where many dancers fail to entertain their guests, you need to make sure that he sit down with you in the table and that he is happy, don't just stand up and go, that will break the fantasy, because remember in the end your are selling fantasy! :)
OK dear girls, I hope these small tips help you a little bit, have a good week :)