Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On Second Thought...Separating The Male Stripper Business From The Social Media

DISCLAIMER: Before I start let me make it clear that the pics in this blog do not reflect the content of the blog. They are just here for great eye candy! Click on the pics to learn more about them.
   It's time for a little paternal advice. Yes, I'm going to sound like I'm trying to be your dad. But hey, it's 'for your own good'. Isn't that what dad would say? Lately I've noticed a lot of bleeding on Facebook, Twitter, etc. By bleeding I mean where a negative business situation has bled over into a social media. This is NEVER good from a business standpoint. Hopefully, I can provide my advice in this blog and everyone can understand why.
   Facebook and Twitter are often used as vehicles for therapy. There are those on my friends' list who vent and tell all their troubles and disappointments. I think this is great for those individuals who have close friends, especially if it is helpful. However, what's good for individuals isn't always good for the business. What I have observed is owners/managers/dancers venting on their Facebook page or in their tweets about gigs, managers, owners, dancers, etc. When you use a social media to vent about business situations, it may hurt not only their business interests but your's as well.
   Let me provide an illustration. Let's say I am a potential customer who lives several hours away from your club/bar/event. I see your advertisement and am interested. I realize that I have off that day and the next. I could drive to your city, enjoy the event and have time to get back home before having to work again. So, I find out all I can about the event and make plans to attend. I am prepared to spend my hard earned cash for gas to drive there. I am prepared to spend my hard earned cash to stay in a hotel. I am prepared to spend my hard earned cash to pay your door cover. And, then I am prepared to spend my hard earned cash to enjoy a cocktail and tip the boyz at the event. I am prepared to invest a lot of my money into the night, but I want to because I need a break and I'm thinking it will be fun. It will be worth the expense. So, I make hotel reservations and map my drive on Mapquest or Google. I am ready and can hardly wait for the event which will happen in a week or so.
   During the week before the event, I start reading posts you have made on facebook about all the 'stupid dancers who don't want to work your event'. I see a post about how the DJ is incapable of picking the right music for the event. And then I read a rant from you. I can only describe it as my grandmother used to say, "I'm going to show you how the cow eats the cabbage." Now, I never really knew what that meant but I knew grandma was getting ready to "tie a knot in my tail". Didn't know what that meant either but I did know it was bad, and so it was time to run or hide from grandma.
   The result. I decided that I don't want to risk spending all my money to attend an event that could be a total bust. I mean if the dancers are stupid and the DJ is no good, and the management is going postal, then do I really want to be there? I decide that it would be 'stupid' of me to spend all that money to attend an event that seems doomed to fail.
   Running a successful bar, club, or event is stressful. That is understandable but it is bad for business to post every emotion that you feel when the stress is on. My advice is to create a second facebook account. Keep one for business and one for personal. Post only positive promotional information on the business account. As they say, 'never let them see you sweat'. On the personal account, add only your closest friends that you can vent to at any time without business fall out. Do not add the following types of people to your personal friends list: promoters, dancers, managers, owners, media, businesses, etc. If you need Facebook for therapy and to help you keep from blowing your top, then keep business and personal accounts completely separate.
   Exotic male dancers come and go. Where some don't fit in to your program, others will. If the DJ doesn't know his music, then either take the time to give him instructions, or hire a different one without all the drama. And if you feel you're going to become grandma when she gets mad, take a few minutes off to yourself away from the project and get control again. And for goodness sake, don't post it on least not on your business account. Until next time, I'll be in the VIP Lounge tipping the boys during private lap dances. That's my therapy.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Club Side Of Male Strip Club

   What if the bar or club is just as hot and sexy as the male dancers who perform within? That to me is the ultimate combination. Males In Motion is of course most interested in the exotic male dancer. That is our focus, our fun, our entertainment, and our passion. However, behind the male dancer is usually a bar or club.
   I have enjoyed watching the 'boyz' in clubs that feel like palaces. I have also watched the boyz in dives where I was afraid to put my feet down on the floor because I was afraid I would stick to it. I have been in places where the ceiling was falling in because of leaks. And have seen stains on the floor that I was afraid to ask just what fluid had caused it. To a certain degree, if the exotic male dancers are hot and sexy, there is less attention paid to the bar or club. But that shouldn't be the case.
   To borrow the famous line from Star Trek, I have been willing " boldy go where no man has gone before..." for the sake of the dancing boys! But as I mature I am starting to appreciate the finer things in life. And one of those finer things is basic cleanliness. In writing this blog, it is my intention to inspire bar/club owners and managers, bartenders, and dancers to rise to a new level in maintaining their business and workplace. After all, it is a place where you spend a large portion of your time. Why not make it a place that you can enter with pride and anticipation?
   It only makes sense that the customers who feel comfortable in a bar or club will most likely return, particularly if the quality of dancers remains consistent. Once again I return to Swinging Richard's in Atlanta, GA as an example. I always feel comfortable. I always look forward to my next visit. The dancers are consistently beautiful, athletic, and 'blessed'. The club does not feel cheap, dirty, run-down, or trashy. The lighting doesn't make you feel like you are in a cave, but you don't feel like you're in the spotlight either. And for me when I've chosen to spend some time in the VIP Lounge I've found the same type of environment.
   As a Male Strip Club/Bar patron, I ask the owners, managers, bartenders, etc., to take a little time and assess your environment. If you do a renovation, let us know. We'll be glad to 'toot your horn' and provide some free promotion. I also want to recommend that all of you watch Bar Rescue on the Spike Channel. You can also catch past episodes on Hulu. Your club or bar is most likely not in as bad a shape as some of these are, but the information and inspiration provided from the show can contribute to your bottom line.
   I didn't add any pics to the blog this time because I didn't want any club or bar to be associated with needing help as I've described above. Until next time, tip the boys a little extra this month.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Caught With Their Pants Down
The Photography of James Townsend
West Hollywood, CA

   When someone is said to be
"caught with their pants down",
it usually means that someone
has been caught doing something
they really shouldn't be doing.
Maybe they were seen in a
compromising position with
someone other than their spouse
or partner. In our case, it
describes when we first noticed
the photography of James
   We noticed all the sexy men
 without pants, mostly in
underwear, swimwear, or less. 
The sexy men were the  subjects
he had captured in his photography and we started searching for
them and wanting to see more.  When the exotic male dancers from
MJ's in Silverlake, CA were included in his subject matter, we took
special notice.

   Since our initial discovery we have found that James Townsend's
talents far transcend the hot boys in underwear. Be prepared to stay awhile at both his facebook page and website.  You'll get lost in time
while looking at all the pics of sexy men. There are several albums
and galleries for you to explore and definitely enjoy as we have.

    Current Projects For James Townsend Photos:
  • Untitled Underwear Book: JTownsendPhotos, is seeking male
    models in the Los Angeles area to take part in a new
    underwear photo-book project being sponsored by Still untitled, the book features male
    models in their favorite pair of underwear as they take part in
    a daily activity, hobby of interest, fantasy, etc. Whatever you
    enjoy doing-- do it! Be creative and have fun showing off those undies... Past examples have been playing sports, shopping,
    body painting and much more! To be considered, please submit
    your contact information, idea/theme for shoot and current pictures to: Please note,
    you must be in the LA area to take part in the project.

   We are always looking forward to the latest
work from James
Townsend Photos. If you
live in the Los Angeles
area or will be traveling there, make contact
through email, facebook
or from their website.
Until next time, I hope
to see you "caught with your pants down".