Dion: First, tell us about yourself. How long have you been a booking agent?
Bravo: 17 years booking agent..... I like to keep the rest with myself.
Dion: Have you been a stripper before?
Dion: How do you find strippers?
Bravo: When I did strip, I toured around the U.S. for years, and from city to city I kept all the contacts that I ever met. After 10 years, I had little over 2000 contacts from around the U.S. Now I have them sign up on my website or most are referrals from other dancers giving out my number.
Dion: What qualities/traits do you look for in male stripper applicants?
Bravo: The main traits that I look for are reliability, trust, personable and dependable. Everything else can be taught or relearned. Last but not least, looks have to be at least somewhat good or least a good representation to the company. There are many sizes, shapes, colors, and there is always clients that will think someone is attractive when represented properly.
Dion: This is a question I get a lot from readers - Is penis size important for male stripper applicants?
Bravo: That really has nothing to do with male stripper applicants. Girls use their mind as a sex organ for their visual, so unless you are whipping it out and wrapping your penis around their wrist like bracelet, the girls 98 percent of the time don't ask about penis size. NOW of course in the end this is always a plus for being a male stripper, just as having large tits is for a girl stripper.
Dion: What are the most common requests you get from customers wanting to hire a male stripper?
Bravo: The basic things clients ask for are a specific race they want, can they pick their dancer, can they touch, are there pictures allowed, if someone is over 6 ft. tall, and can they keep it tamed or make it wild as hell.
Dion: Can you give examples of some strange or bizarre requests that a customer wanted a male stripper to do?
Bravo: The strange requests for costumes have been a bunny, Darth Vader, a baby, Godzilla and a Star Trek costume. These are usually interesting parties. I think I have been doing this for so many years that nothing is strange to me anymore. More interesting requests would be asking for a fat, hairy, disgusting pig of a guy as a joke on the bachelorette, or a midget to be delivered in a baby cart with him sucking his thumb. We have done midget bowling before where you toss the guys down a slip as if they were a helmet to knock down the pins. I cannot really think of anything else off the top of my mind for strange.
Dion: Can you give an example of a horrible male stripper?
Bravo: I have had a guy start his show and 30 minutes into it, he went to the bathroom, took a 20 minute bath, then used the toilet, clogged it, and the girl kicked him out. How I know this is that she called me up during the show explaining this to me, and I was laughing so hard I thought she was making this up. The girls where dry heaving from the smell in the hotel room. When he finally left, she said she had to scrub the bathtub because there was a black scum dirt line in the tub from where water stopped at. I could not even fire him because I never heard from him again.
Dion: What kind of complaints do you get regarding your male stripping employees? (i.e. fucking the bride, fighting with someone, showing up drunk).
Bravo: Well, those 3 complaints have been brought to my attention.
If it is fighting, it's because one girl in the party is too drunk and has a big mouth. She is usually a man hater and will not stop calling the dancer names. I have heard of my girls showing up drunk, not any of my guys.
Fucking the bride I have heard many times. I usually ask them, "What would you like me to do? This is between 2 adults and technically you should be yelling at her, not me for being the whore." lol. The one who is complaining is usually the girl who did not fuck the dancer and I believe she wanted him more than the bachelorette.
Time, time and time is the biggest issue. If the dancers would just send a text or give call if they are running late. Even if they are 2 minutes late, the girls will be calling me at the exact time and start yelling that I am not professional and this business is illegitimate. I start laughing because they are usually drunk and its 1 minute after the dancer was due. Enough said.
Dion: The worst complaint about a male stripper?
Bravo: HEIGHT HEIGHT and HEIGHT is number one thing complained about. They want the tall, dark and handsome look. Which to them is 6 ft. and taller, exotic ethnicity or multiracial background, and someone they would have a one night stand with.
Dion: Do you have some examples of the wildest parties?
Bravo: There are numerous wild parties. Too many to think of.
Dion: What is the largest event you have booked?
Bravo: Largest event would be about 20 performers at one event. Largest event with the most people would have been 10,000 people.
Dion: What are common mistakes that male stripping applicants do when they contact you for a job?
Bravo: Mistakes applying for a job are made when one lies about there abililty on what they
can do. For example, when you say you have done this for years and you really have 1 show under your belt from 6 month ago, or say you're 200 pound and Italian, and then send me pictures that are not yourself. I am going to find out because the parties are taking pictures or video and what they do is call me and forward the pictures of who showed up. After that, there is no reason to keep that entertainer around.