Sunshine: The Diary of a Lap Dancer

Samantha C. Ross
Allen & Unwin


Do you wonder what career opportunities the role of exotic dancer – ‘‘or without splitting hairs, a stripper” – might offer?

Samantha C. Ross gives easily understood insights that help. She is clear that one of the things you can do is, “with admirable gusto, party as though a zombie apocalypse will wipe us out tomorrow”, that the life is full of melodrama and travel is rather more a necessity than an option. Her best practice tips on how to hustle are clear and concise.

It seems that lap-dancing as an occupation has some of the opportunities and constraints that any occupation has, Health and

Safety regulations, entrepreneurial opportunities, strict order of authority, hidden agendas. It also demands high tolerance for alcohol and drugs, nudity and sex.

Ross offers a rich descriptive diary of events and each episode is detailed with a highlight and a downside. Relationships with colleagues, clients, bouncers and managers are given wry and oft-imes humorous airings. Ross’ time in this occupation has clearly taught her much. She considers it both empowering and degrading and has helped her develop impenetrable strength.

It has offered opportunities to develop flamboyance, patience, communication, confidence, artifice, foresight, sales techniques and allowed her to emerge as a social butterfly with a wily manipulative centre. There is never a dull moment.

Willie Campbell is a Dunedin educator

Add a Comment

Local journalism matters - now more than ever

As the Covid-19 pandemic brings the world into uncharted waters, Otago Daily Times reporters and photographers continue to bring you the stories that matter. For more than 158 years our journalists have provided readers with local news you can trust. This is more important now than ever.

As advertising drops off during the pandemic, support from our readers is crucial. You can help us continue to bring you news you can trust by becoming a supporter.

Become a Supporter