Ryann Reflections

A glimpse into the life of one anti-social stripper nerd.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Broken contract.

What do I say? It’s been a crazy couple of days and I’m fucking exhausted.
I’m at Roxxanne’s in Kitchener. After what feels like a hurricane of bullshit I’ve managed to find a piece of stability in this bar. First impressions are clean, friendly, and potentially lucrative. The staff has been very welcoming and kind and after the animosity of last week, I need it.

I don’t know if I have enough distance from the situation to write about it yet… but I’m at least going to try. I was booked for the feature spot at Whiskey A GoGo, just north of Toronto, last week. The manager knew what I looked like, he knew my show, he knew what I was offering… and he booked me back in December. I rearranged my schedule to accommodate his dates and in good faith made the journey from Vancouver to Toronto for a mere two week gig.

This industry can be pretty brutal at times, and we are judged daily, hourly, weekly… on everything from boobs, show, boundaries, pole work, attitude, costumes, body, makeup, beauty, walk, posters, cellulite, music, smile… If you can notice it, if it goes into a show, we are judged on it- naked.

At some point last week the absentee owner came in and decided he hated me. Maybe I wasn’t blonde. Maybe I didn’t buy my tits. Maybe he saw part of my show and decided I simply wasn’t good enough. Maybe this just isn’t my bar. It’s a strange club. Shows that get rave reviews, cheers, and money thrown on stage everywhere else I’ve ever done them went over like gay marriage in Alberta in this bar.

Regardless of my learning curve in meshing with this club, there was a verbal contract in place which the powers that be chose not to honour. Saturday night I was informed of the owner hating me, but nothing was confirmed. Sunday night… at 2am I received a phone call to tell me my shows had been cut to one a day. I was now booked 6 shows for the week rather than the 18 I had agreed to (difference of $1000 on my pay cheque)

I did my one show on Monday, while sorting through alternatives. I fly to Yellowknife on Sunday, and I’m stuck in Ontario for this week. I flew out here for a confirmed booking. With all expenses out of pocket, and work available to me at home, I agreed to come to Toronto because I trusted Whiskey A GoGo to be good on their word. I will not be making that mistake again.

Faced with a broken contract and an income problem I spent Monday and Tuesday searching for a replacement gig. It’s almost the end of January and I have financial obligations just like everybody else. I wish it was easier to get a straight answer on what a club is actually like. Agents will push bars they get a kickback from, and minimize the value of every other booking. Managers of course function on loyalty. Customer’s impressions rarely include more than what extras they can get, and how pretty the girls are. Even other dancers can be reluctant to share accurate information. Thankfully I do have some excellent contacts and friends in this industry whose opinions I can trust. Under the guidance of my stripper friends I found Roxxanne’s.

I started last night and it was a good night. No pressure. It’s a beautiful club and I’ll be okay. (I love the stage here- it’s perfect) I’ll make enough money this week to cover my expenses, and the hit my bank will take shouldn’t be too drastic. It sucks, but I’m resourceful and I tend to figure things out quickly. I’ll be at Roxxanne’s for the remainder of the week.

As for Whiskey A GoGo… well I have no desire to step foot in that bar again. They’re concerned about the reputation of their club… I can see why they might need to be.

They fucked me.

I’m okay, but the level of unprofessional, unreliable, two-faced manipulation and betrayal that I was subjected to is unfortunate. I liked that club. I have recommended it to both customers and dancers. I would have continued to support it. I would have encouraged other features to take the price cut to work there.

I won’t be doing that.

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  • At 6:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The way Whiskey A Go-Go treated you that is just plain rotten. But ya me knows its a tough business and sometimes that happens. Clubs/Bars shouldn't be allowed to break contracts if ya acts professionally with them. That just plain sucks. Me doesn't blame ya for not giving them ''good word of mouth to others''. They should be made to live up to their contract. If YOU had broken the contract what would have happened?? Just wondering..

    Thankfully, you found replacement work for the time ya is in Ontario and the bank account isn't gonna suffer to much. Keep yer chin up. :)

  • At 8:15 AM, Blogger Ginger said…

    Apparently...Whiskey A Go-Go doesn't know who they are dealing with.

  • At 1:39 PM, Blogger Sassy said…

    Wow, The broken contract sucks but I'm glad to hear your gonna be ok.

    Kitchener isn't far from me :D. Hope they treat you alot better

  • At 6:24 PM, Blogger Ryann said…

    Newfieswoman... well technically I quit. They broke the contract and cut my shows and I chose to work elsewhere.

    I'm not sure what would have happened had I broken the contract. I've never done it. I would think I'd be black listed from the bar and damage my reputation with the agency had I booked through one. As it stands the issue is pretty contained. they don't like me, I don't like them anymore- fine.

    Sassy... Roxxanne's was a great week. Good people. I only have good things to say about that bar and as soon as I have time I will.

    Ginger... DAMN STRAIGHT!!! Mess with Ryann Rain! Muahahahaha... ok not really but I can pretend.
    (ps: I miss you.)

  • At 8:43 AM, Anonymous Gölök ZLF Buday said…

    Jeneva as known on stage in the 80s and likely early 90s never bothered with the Verbal Contract, it was all paper and she had a great one, very well written and they stook to it and respected it. Those days were largely considered better and dancers like this tended to dissappear at such signs lower grade treatment, wonder if that's why Nikki Rourke vanished from the scene or Evangelista and Strip Tease or Porcia Storm and so on.


    "Apathy is the root of all evil's enabling." -- Gölök Zoltán Leenderdt Franco Buday


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