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ED Awards Nominations

The ED Awards(Exotic Dancer Awards) are held annually at the Gentlemen’s Club Owner’s Expo in August. These awards vary in category from Club Favorite Feature Dancer to DJ of The Year. Voting determines the winners and the nominations have started like wild fire.

Be apart of the madness and vote today … There are only five days left to take part in the preliminary nominations!

http://www.theedawards.com/nominate

Vote for Katie Sutra for Club Favorite Feature 2016

Katie Sutra ED Awards
Photo By: Richard Kent

… And let us not forget DJ of The Year 2016:  Vote DJ Swaggle

DJ Swaggle

Having people from outside the adult/strip club industry take part is more than half the fun! Just vote so we all can have some fun!

http://www.theedawards.com/nominate

Xoxo

Zi-Fi

@ZiFiStripClub

Remembering The Shooting Star: RIP Vayda Kiss

Strip Club Journal Unbounds June(Unedited Version)

Vayda Kiss

    Vayda Kiss

“Everything happens for a reason. Clip my wings and I will still figure out how to fly.” ~Vayda Kiss 

Last year when I was interviewing Vayda Kiss for Miss Pole Champ 2015, this was one of the last things she said. Later that month, she crowned Natasha Nova Miss Pole Champ 2015. Then within a couple of months Vayda was gone without warning.

The strip club industry suffered a loss like never before, Vayda Kiss left this world at the young age of 31 in September 2015 never to be replaced. She left behind a huge hole in many people’s hearts, both inside and outside of the adult/strip club industry. A one of a kind beautiful soul, her presence is extremely missed within the small feature dancer/showgirl community. Vayda Kiss aka Nicole LeeAnn Smith was born in Northampton, Massachusetts and had been in the strip club industry for over a decade. She is the only two-time winner of Miss Pole Champ USA. This and many of her other trophys speak of her talent, but her friends speak of her heart and her uplifting personality.

“I worked with her at Wedgewood in NJ and Spanky’s in Easton, PA. The wedge was a dive bar and some days it was slow, but when she was working it was an awesome day whether we made money or not.” ~Lara

Spending time with Vayda Kiss seems to be a blessing many people understood. Her memory is still cherished and protected by many. Unfortunately, no family likes to air their dirty laundry and the strip club industry is like a family. Vayda Kiss committed suicide and no one wants her to be remembered for this. However, it is a perfect example of how people need to give the extra effort when they know a friend is going through a difficult time or situation(even if they should be on top of the world from an outside perspective). Awareness is the goal and Vayda would want to help people with her story.

Some of the dancers Vayda left behind, who still live similar nomadic lives traveling, featuring, and competing, are the ones who are the most guarded about Vayda’s story. Perhaps this is due to all the similarities they see in their own lives and it makes them face their own mortality? How will they be remembered? Will they attempt or commit suicide? Will they be next? Is life about competition? Is winning competitions winning at life? Is it all worth it? Will they survive the lifestyle they chose and are lucky enough to lead? The fear sets in, as it does for us all when defining and choosing a long-term career.

“Vayda was all about forgiving and moving on.” ~Jeremy Sweigert(Vayda’s longtime friend from high school)

Family was something Vayda Kiss was not blessed with in the traditional sense. Her brother committed suicide shortly before she did and she attended her own father’s funeral shortly before her own death. Vayda’s family failed her, but the strip club industry has warm open arms for those who are beautiful, young, lost, and looking for community/family and a way out.The strip club industry became her pseudo family. When your friends and family are all performers, sometimes it is just easier to paint on a smile. However, it took two prior suicide attempts before the third and final time when Vayda succeeded in killing herself. Yes, some depressed people hide their feelings, but these circumstances explain the hardships leading up to her death.

“As we got older she morphed into a sassy little princess into one of the most humble, kindhearted spirits I know. She suffered a lot of loss these last couple years. Didn’t realize just how hard that was on her until I lost her.” ~Ashley(a former dancer and friend Vayda met a decade ago in PA).

Despite all of Vayda’s hardships, she was a ray of light to other people. People would have never guessed she was so humble and willing to help others, even her competition. “There was a period where she was on a roll, winning everything she entered. She would be texting me from back stage about how nervous she was and I gave her pep talks at this time…”  ~Bob Layton(owner of http://www.Studio83ExoticClubWear.com). The relationships she developed along her journey were valued, but the strip club industry is a dangerous place for someone seeking the love of family.

The people/acquaintances you work with in strip clubs, who you may even call friends, are really the competition and they are all entertainers/performers too. They all cater to what people want to hear and see. “I am one of those people who values their alone time,” Vayda Kiss. During her feature dancing days Vayda would order pizza(her favorite cheat day food) and stay in her hotel room alone to recharge before a show. She will be remembered for the kind-hearted soul she was, who shines still in our hearts.

For a woman with such a small stature Vayda was larger than life.

Xoxo

ZiFi

@ZiFiStripClub

“She was the greatest person ever. She cheered me up when people were rude. She showed me that dancing is art not just a job she opened my eyes to a great profession and made me want to follow in her footsteps more.” ~Brittany

 

Strip Club Journals Unbound April-Katie Sutra

Strip Club Journals Unbound April

Katie Sutra is a well known name in the strip club industry for years now. She has been a stripper/dancer in the adult industry for over fifteen years and featuring dancing for four of those years. She has won multiple titles within the strip club industry, starting with Miss Pole Champ USA 2012. This was the door opening moment in her career which lead her to feature dancing. Having never been an adult actress Katie Sutra is an exception to the rule when it comes to feature dancers.

Katie Sutra started stripping right out of high school. Working part time at Publix was not going to get her a house after finishing high school and to where she wanted to be. Although she never took professional dance classes growing up, Katie Sutra was into art, drama, and choir as a child. She utilized these skills when she started stripping and had to get used to being the center of attention.  Pole dancing was something she learned at work, teaching herself during her shifts at the strip club. Also, this was a time when not many dancers did pole tricks. Thus, this was what made her stick out from the rest on stage and in the strip club, besides her cute petite hour glass figure(standing less than five feet tall).

Feature dancing was something Katie Sutra was interested in for years before she actually started. However, the people she interacted with along the way told her it would not be possible to feature dance unless she did at least one porn scene(for over a decade this took place). Knowing this was not the whole truth Katie Sutra continued to work her way to the best of the best in the strip club industry. After winning Miss Pole Champ USA 2012 she went on to win multiple other titles as she also started to feature dance. She had found her way in without having to enter the pornography niche of the adult industry. The odds were not in her favor and the easy way would have been to do a couple porn scenes. However, Katie Sutra stood up for what she believed in and for her own personal boundaries. Yet she still made it to become one of the best of the best. In any industry it is taboo to go against the grain and still reach the top. Even though our whole industry(the adult industry) is taboo, we still have a “normal” progression in a career path in the adult/strip club industry.

Katie Sutra will be appearing:

April 15&16-Sirens -Columbus, OH

April 18-23-Maximus -Victoria, TX

April 25-30-Maximus -Wichita Falls, TX

May 5-7 Southern Xposure Tour

  • 5-Charleston, WV
  • 6-Princeton, WV
  • 7-Barboursville, WV

Make sure and keep up with Katie Sutra(@KatieSutra) during her travels and adventures!

http://www.KatieSutra.com

http://www.TheStripMall.com

Now imagine that there was/is a way to connect with others in the strip club industry nationally, as there is now with Wiazza.com:  “The LinkedIn of the strip club industry.” Had this been around a decade ago perhaps Katie Sutra would have been able to network with other like minded individuals in the strip club industry, which would have allowed her to design her plan of action to become one of the best of the best in a more timely fashion.

Wiazza.com is a brand new social media site. This site was created to be used by the strip club industry exclusively. Djs, bartenders, bouncers, bloggers, journalists, photographers, feature dancers, strippers, traveling strippers, door girls, cocktail waitresses, recovering strippers, and anyone else working in the strip club industry finally has a platform to utilize each others knowledge and information about the industry. A platform to meet other individuals in the strip club industry we would otherwise have no access to.

Many small town strip clubs do not provide the opportunity to meet the diversity found in the strip club industry nationally. What if you are new to the strip club industry and would like to try traveling, where would you turn/start? Well, now finally dancers/strippers have the opportunity to network not just in person, but also online in order find the information they desire. Long money is the goal when working in a strip club, (though it is hard to see when you are nude in plastic six inch heels). The stigma of the strip club industry will follow you for a lifetime. The degree will varying depending on the position you held in the strip club industry and the person/people you are addressing. Therefore, it is our own responsibility to monetize the strip club industry as much as possible in our favor and work smarter rather than harder(pun intended).

Make connections and monetize your career in the strip club industry in as many ways as possible. Not all money or exposure is going to be made in the black lights of a club for the best of the best. If you have not seen or heard what others are experiencing in the industry than how do you know your experience is as amazing as it could be, even if it is great now in your point of view.

Make connections, get exposure, monetize your career, and make some friends along the way! http://www.Wiazza.com

Xoxo

Zi-Fi

“Communication – the human connection – is the key to personal and career success.” ~Paul J. Meyer

Katie Sutra

 

@KatieSutra
@KatieSutra

Katie Sutra is a well known name in the strip club industry for years now. She has been a stripper/dancer in the adult industry for over fifteen years and featuring dancing for four of those years. She has won multiple titles within the strip club industry, starting with Miss Pole Champ USA 2012. This was the door opening moment in her career which lead her to feature dancing. Having never been an adult actress Katie Sutra is an exception to the rule when it comes to feature dancers.

Katie Sutra started stripping right out of high school. Working part time at Publix was not going to get her a house after finishing high school and to where she wanted to be. Although she never took professional dance classes growing up, Katie Sutra was into art, drama, and choir as a child. She utilized these skills when she started stripping and had to get used to being the center of attention.  Pole dancing was something she learned at work, teaching herself during her shifts at the strip club. Also, this was a time when not many dancers did pole tricks. Thus, this was what made her stick out from the rest on stage and in the strip club, besides her cute petite hour glass figure(standing less than five feet tall).

Feature dancing was something Katie Sutra was interested in for years before she actually started. However, the people she interacted with along the way told her it would not be possible to feature dance unless she did at least one porn scene(for over a decade this took place). Knowing this was not the whole truth Katie Sutra continued to work her way to the best of the best in the strip club industry. After winning Miss Pole Champ USA 2012 she went on to win multiple other titles as she also started to feature dance. She had found her way in without having to enter the pornography niche of the adult industry. The odds were not in her favor and the easy way would have been to do a couple porn scenes. However, Katie Sutra stood up for what she believed in and for her own personal boundaries. Yet she still made it to become one of the best of the best. In any industry it is taboo to go against the grain and still reach the top. Even though our whole industry(the adult industry) is taboo, we still have a “normal” progression in a career path in the adult/strip club industry.

Katie Sutra will be appearing:

April 15&16-Sirens -Columbus, OH

April 18-23-Maximus -Victoria, TX

April 25-30-Maximus -Wichita Falls, TX

May 5-7 Southern Xposure Tour

  • 5-Charleston, WV
  • 6-Princeton, WV
  • 7-Barboursville, WV

Make sure and keep up with Katie Sutra(@KatieSutra) during her travels and adventures!

http://www.KatieSutra.com

http://www.TheStripMall.com

Xoxo

Zi-Fi

@KatieSutra
@KatieSutra

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