The most irresistible press event of the day had to be Burch Management's Jobless to Topless Job Fair earlier today at Cabaret Royale. In the report we pointed out yesterday, KXAS-Channel 5's Susy Solis said the fair was timed -- you know, in this economy -- for "North Texans who were stripped of their corporate jobs."
To complete this week's gentleman's trifecta -- three days, three strip club photo shoots -- we headed up for a look at the white-collar to no-collar prospects. (See also, the NSFW Part One, and last night's Part Two)
The scene was crawling with TV camera crews, and we joined right in, trolling for disgraced bankers looking to leave their old ways -- and their clothes -- behind. Most of the folks we talked to, though, were either already in the industry or not too far off.
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Tables were set up in the club's courtyard, each with a sign for a variety of club jobs, such as "entertainer" or "managers, floor hosts and DJ's." (Business was slow at the entertainers' table when we visited.) Standing behind a manila folder stuffed with applications, Robert Williamson, manager of three clubs, said his "waitresses, bartenders and hostesses" table was the most popular one there. "Even standing here, we've been able to hire several people," he said.
Shellece Bailey of Arlington was one waitressing prospect who left her application with Williamson. As a nursing student at Tarrant County College, she is indeed jobless and said she was lured to the fair by one thing: "Fast money."
Cyndi Canada, a daytime house mom at Silver City Cabaret, was there looking for a chance to work nights instead. Bill Seymour is a part-time bartender at the Crowne Plaza, but was hoping to pick up extra shifts at a strip club. "I've never worked at one before. I'm just a longtime patron," he said.
Dino Miller, a night club DJ from Lewisville, said he was glad to see such a classy setup from the job fair. "It's not a skank industry or a slum industry," he said. "It's more respectable than most people think it is, unless you go on Harry Hines."