There are many expectations when girls order a male stripper for bachelorette party. The new movie Magic Mike featuring Channing Tatum raises that bar for what’s expected of an exotic dancer. Besides having rock-solid good looks, chiseled abs, and a pretty face, you also have to have moves that will get you gold medals in dancing with the stars. So searching for Tatum’s old stripper videos to compare what he looked like then versus now might leave you empty-handed. The Internet will spread like wildfire any leaked information or old pictures of Channing Tatum stripping, so why do you think you can’t find any?
The movie Magic Mike storyline deals with the reality of guys choosing to get into this profession. Most companies will have you believe that stripping is glamorous and a quick way to make loads of cash. The reality is that it can hurt your relationships and feed your ego to a point of self-destruction. Getting into the adult entertainment industry too young without professional supervision can lead to dependencies on drugs or other harmful venues to compensate for the lack of attention male exotic dancers receive performing at strip shows.
We had an exclusive interview with Sarah who had Tatum as a stripper when he was young and buff. Here’s what happened. Sarah: “My name is Sarah and I had Channing Tatum as a stripper for my bachelorette party. He was about 19 at the time but still sexy as ever. He was so amazing when he walked in the door, all my girlfriends screamed with excitement. He did some pretty awesome tricks, and I wish I got pictures of it all. Channing was really nice and even stayed after his show was done. He seemed down to earth and if I knew he was going to become famous one day, I would have asked that sexy hunk for his autograph.
I had another male stripper for my friend’s birthday party, and he didn’t compare to Channing. Don’t get me wrong though; this dancer was very hot and everyone seemed to love him. This time I made sure to get a picture with him because you never know who you will see on television one day.”
So it looks like Tatum was a great stripper when he worked the crowd and up until now, proved to be a wise decision in the advancement and diversification of his career. Steven Soderbergh probably never took off his clothes in front of an audience ever but obviously did his homework and collaborated with Channing in regards to getting the details of the male stripper lifestyle. This film is rare in the sense that it is the only film to focus the star role with an occupation of a male stripper entrepreneur.
Very true to life what happens in the traveling stripper for hire industry is that the top male dancers train the newbies into becoming great entertainers. Magic Mike takes the kid under his wing and undergoes the trials and tributes that he once went through to get to where he’s at. Most veteran male exotic dancers end up attempting to begin or launch their own stripping agency with low startup costs because anybody can create a website. Someone beginning their own business involves recruiting your colleagues to perform at bachelorette parties, birthday parties, divorce parties, you name it booked from your website.
Some ex-strippers have connections with nightclubs and female strip clubs which are used as stages for male Revue strip shows. The compass shows of the ones that are usually seen in movies yet rarely continue in real life because of the lack of interest from females and absence of coordination from the management. Becoming an entrepreneur in an industry that does not set standards is very challenging.
Some of the issues that are faced with someone who plans male revue style entertainment include overcharging club owners by thousands of dollars to have the males entertain. After the manager collects the money, often the dancers are shorted their portion of the pay which causes animosity and turmoil. Most of the industry needs a hard makeover. Someone with enough integrity, honesty, and self-determination will dominate this business.
In conclusion, Channing Tatum playing himself as a popular male stripper is a humorous mocking of his adult entertainer role while he was younger. Most people are accepting of people’s pasts in today’s society considering the divorce rate and what people have to do to make ends meet. It was lucky enough for Channing that he got into the right industry at the right time and networked with the right people.