Really – who wants to get to work early. You don’t even get paid if you show up early so why bother? That might be your mindset before but if you start to show up for work before you need to you are going to realize that there are some real benefits. While other dancers are showing up just before their shift, you’re going to reap benefits that they will never know about.
One of the reasons that dancers might not think that showing up early is not a good idea is because they feel that other dancers won’t make as much money if there are other dancers lurking around. But the truth is that customers love to come to a gentleman’s club like RI Dolls and find that there are lots of dancers around. In fact, the more dancers there are the more customers there will be. So, when you show up early, you’re actually helping the dancers who are on their shift already.
Here are some good reasons why you should show up early for your shift:
#1 Be Prepared
One of the most obvious reasons to show up early for your shift at Rhode Island Dolls is that it gives you time to prepare. You have to get your head in the game. Not everyone can simply walk on the stage and be in dancer mode. It takes a bit of time and you have to make a mental shift to get into your dancer mindset. This is especially true if you have things going on in your life – and let’s face it, who doesn’t. Take the time that you showed up early to chat with the other dancers backstage. Perfect your look. Do your hair. Listen to some music that gets you in the mood to dance. By the time your shift starts, you’ll be in the right mindset and you’ll be ready to put on a show for your customers.
#2 Warm Up
Another good reason to show up early is that it gives you time to warm up your body. All that dancing is a lot of hard work. It takes physical exertion to be able to do the moves that you ladies do! So, if you show up a little early, you can take some of that time to do some stretches and warm up your muscles before you get on the stage. You will be less likely to have injuries if you do some light stretching before you start the real work out of your dance routines. And your routines will go a lot more smoothly if your body is warmed up and ready to go when you get out on the stage.
#3 Good Ethics Get Rewarded
It’s also good ethics to show up a little early for a shift, no matter what your job is. It shows the managers that you care about your job and that it matters to you. It shows your co-workers that you’re a team player. Maybe someone has had an injury or is not feeling well and needs to leave early. If you show up early you’ll be ready to fill in for them, if needed. You can talk to the DJ and make sure that your dance track is ready to go and he can ask you any questions he might have or you can find substitutions for a song if he doesn’t happen to have it. Showing up early for your shift gives you a chance to tie up any loose ends before you actually have to start working.
#4 Make More Money
And the bottom line is that, by showing up for work early, you can make more money in the long run. You’re ready to go when your shift starts but before your shift starts you can get a good feel for the vibe of the room. Some nights are different than others. Customers come and go. Take a look around the room and see if your regular clients are there and be ready to go see them when you are on the floor. Is there someone new in the room? Be ready to welcome them. Is there a big spender? Make them feel at home. By knowing who is there before your shift even starts you’ll know where to put your focus when you’re finished on the stage.