Being in the adult night club industry is completely different from what most consider “normal life.” I always say, “We’ve beat the system.” Smoke breaks? Most don’t need `em. When I used to rocket through two packs a day, I just smoked in the booth. Even in those establishments that you cannot smoke, it’s not because of any managerial decision, but because it’s a state law that you can not smoke in bars. In many clubs, many employees have the freedom to drink with the guests. Most don’t have to set alarm clocks. Very few wake up early…hell, most of us hit the sack “early.” The money can be fantastic. And, my favorite part, the schedules are almost always flexible. Because of this we experience a certain level of freedom that you’d never have at a regular job. And I absolutely love it.
    Last night I got back in from Miami. I chose to go Friday around midnight. Our club closed for Easter on Sunday and Monday this year, so  the question to myself was simple…”Why not?” Most people dream of the freedom to do what they want. And our business is one of very few where we can experience life-like this. One of the best entertainers I work with has worked at Sapphire in Las Vegas, Dollhouse in Myrtle Beach, Solid Gold in Ft. Lauderdale and E11even in Miami all in the last three months or so. Hell, one of the top D.J’s in the country, Aaron Duarte, splits his time between San Fransisco and Phoenix; He works at three (or more…I cannot keep up anymore) different adult nightclubs and he loves it. He’s one of the happiest people I know. Hell, even the main “business trip” of the year involves flying to Las Vegas, to one of the nicest casinos on the strip, to talk shop at the Exotic Dancer Expo. Shop, in this business, is gorgeous, naked women. And they are some of the coolest people you’d ever wanna meet. If you have not had a drink with Krystle Cummings, or one of the DOZENS of unimaginably charismatic feature entertainers in the business, and laughed your ass off, then you owe it yourself to do just that. I’ve got more interesting stories with naked women than Hugh Hefner. Well…o.k., not really. But it’s a great comparison nonetheless! There are people in this business that will blow you away with how far they will go to get to know you or help you in any way they can. I don’t know where I’d be today without this business. And I’m sure many others don’t either.
    So what’s the point of this particular article today? It’s that usually this industry gets a bad name because we are part of the adult night life industry. People judge us or say that we are the bad element. I’ll tell you right now; you are more likely to get help on the side of the road in the middle of the night from someone in the business than your average joe. I know people who let the decision to be in this business be made by outside influences, instead of making their own educated choice by just talking to some of the more successful people who have chosen this as a career. I have not regretted making the choice to be in this business one single time. So the next time someone asks what you do, proudly tell them. The sooner that we can collectively get over the embarrassment we have for working in this industry, the sooner we can let the world in to the outstanding people that surround us on a nightly basis. Thank you so much for reading.
    D.J. Ron James
    Thee Dollhouse, North Myrtle Beach, SC



Dane Hansen is the current president of PANDA. He’s been nominated multiple times by Exotic Dancer for some of their most prestigious awards, Employee of the Year and DJ of the Year. Dane puts in exhaustive work to bring the dj community to a higher level year after year.