Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Lawyer Turns to Stripping to Pay Bills

Anyone who believes an advanced degree is a ticket to a high-paying job should read the story of the lawyer turned stripper reported by the The Red Tape Chronicles on MSNBC.  If you read the story closely, you'll notice that she actually went back to school to get yet more education - a masters - when she couldn't land a legal job.  What the author failed to report was how much student loan debt that is hanging over this young woman's head, debt that is not dischargeable in bankruptcy.

Here is the article:
 When Carla graduated 10 years ago, she thought her law degree would be a permanent ticket to a high-paying job. But instead of selling her mind, Carla is selling her body. After student loans, debt, a layoff and unemployment battered her bank account, she now finds herself in an almost unbelievable position – dancing in a topless bar.

"Did I ever think I’d be taking my top off for rent money? No. I was in my mid-30s and had never danced before," said Carla, who asked that we use her stage name and withhold her identity and some personal details. "As a little girl, I never thought to myself, 'I just want to grow up and be a stripper,’ or, ‘All I ever wanted to do in life is climb in the lap of sweaty stranger and take my top off.'

"But, with our economy the way it is, especially in smaller cities ... you strip or you starve," she said.

Carla grew up in the Midwest and moved to the West Coast in the late ‘90s to fulfill her dream of earning her law degree. After graduation, she worked for nine years putting her degree to use, but she had entered the crowded legal profession at the wrong time. When she was laid off in 2009, she couldn't find work.

"At first, I worked as a waitress, and a cashier in gas station," she said.

As her prospects grew dim, she went back to school to earn a master’s degree, hoping to bolster her credentials. But her financial aid came in lower than expected, her credit was battered and she struggled to find part-time work in her new town to keep her afloat.

"I went around to see if could get a job as cocktail waitress, but there was not a single retail or waitress job. No one was hiring, except for the topless places," she said. “It was an act of desperation.”

She started out serving drinks as a waitress, but moved quickly to dancing "because that's where the money is, and that's what I needed."

On an average day, she earns $20 an hour, but on a good weekend night, she might pull in $50 an hour –enough to get her finances back on track. She can set her own hours, which means she can squeeze in reading and writing papers around her work schedule.
To see the rest of the lengthy article, click here.


Cato said...

And since her credit is in trouble, the protect-the-rich-kids supreme courts won't let her get licensed.

The establishment tore out the ladder to success. Stay on your floor.

They want to see the kids born rich stay rich, and they really want to keep the door to their club closed.

These are the times that lead to revolution.

Paul K. Ogden said...

I can't believe the author didn't bother to mention the student loan debts this woman undoubtedly has. Probably approaching six figures. It's undoubtedly because of that nondischargeable student loan debt that she had that she has no choice but to strip.