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here's my next one ...

as a soon to be escort I am looking into the ins and outs of working for an agency and/or doin' it by myself -

apart from the money aspect taht I'm sure everyone is aware of ,

I would love to hear some ideas and options about this ...

what are the pro's and cons 4 each way ?

 

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Hey HP,

Are you sure you're not writing a book with all this info? :) I think there have been lots of threads on this topic in the past. I am not sure where you're located and that has some bearing on my comments. If you're in a big city, an agency is possibly a better option than if you're in a small place. My thoughts are that if you are just starting out and have no clientele (or a limited one) that an agency combined with some freelancing might be a good thing (assuming the agency will allow that?). The agency is good because they have the clientele and if they like you, will send out "new meat" (sorry, I don't mean it in a negative way, it's just that some people like a new face). Also, you don't have to deal with all the administration issues, they make the booking and deal with the clients. They book your appointments and watch over you. Of course, the downside is that they take a portion of your fees. As you become more established and have good reviews on this site (and I'm positive you will, given your studies), you can launch your "indie" career.

I personally prefer to hire a guy who is an independent, it rates to be a better price proposition. Additionally, many of the boys who work for an agency are programmed to "watch the clock". I understand that we are paying for the companionship based on a predetermined time frame, but there are long hours and short hours, if you hear what I'm saying. I don't like the thought that my guy is going to rush out the door on his way to his next visit. Of course, it's unfair for me to expect him to stay all night and not get more money, but it seems much more scripted with an agency. Some agencies even call their guys after the hour is up, that would make me crazy!

Whichever way you go, I think you'll be a success, it's nice to see someone doing his homework. Good luck!

 

Hugs,

NYO

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I don't have very much to add to what NY Observer had to say becuause he pretty much said it all. That being said however, he's my 2 cents on the subject. You mentioned in an earlier thread that you had a friend who worked for an agency, he can tell you some of the pros and cons of working for an agency from his point of view. I guess it also depends on how much time and effort you plan to put into this. Are you planning to do it full or part time? If you're only planning to do this only part time, than keep in mind keeping up with the e-mails and telephone calls could be a full time job in itself. Have fun! ;-)

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Guest Tampa Yankee

Pony,

 

If you want the real pros and cons on agencies you should talk to those who have walked the walk. However, they may be reluctant to discuss this in the open. I suggest provding an email address and asking for escorts to contact you directly.

 

As for me, I've never booked through an agency and have no plans to do so unless in Philly. :-)

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Tampa,

 

I think that we are all still getting used to the icons to the left of each posting. Clicking on the larger envelope posts a private note to the writer without doing anything to either person's anonymity. I just checked without sending one and it is a doable thing with HP.

 

Love, Bilbo

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he's mad with 'em cause they stopped calling him all of the sudden without a real reason - at least not one he knows about ...

his "regulars" don't have his direct cell number so i guess they cannot contact him , unless thru the agency .

 

HP

 

ps - i am in nyc

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If you are in NYC, then my favorite agency of all time is there! But to join, you have to be of "college age." But Campus Escorts is reliable, the boys are great, and Mike handles everything from advertising to booking to screening clients. If you are going to be a star, it might be worth going it on your own. But if you feel this is going to be more of a side aversion, then think about them.

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LAST EDITED ON Apr-20-01 AT 05:22PM (EST)[p]I just thought of something. There's a very big difference between fantasy and reality and -- despite all of your homework -- actually becoming an escort may not turn out to be what you expected to be. If you go to work for an agency, you'll not only be freed from the administrative end of being an escort, but it will be easier to quit if you decide that its not for you. If you work as an independent, you'll have to cancel ads and disable web sites, and change your e-mail address and cell phone number, etc before you can walk away. Rick Munroe mentioned during his chat that he got his start by using the phone number 550-1000. I'm not sure how that works -- it sounds like a 1-900 number which means that there might be a cost to both you and your potential clients -- but it also sounds like a good way to test the waters so to speak. I'm guessing that it's easy to change/cancel and you'll be able to find out what it's like to handle the administrative stuff. Hopefully using this number will generate some business and help you find out what its like to turn fantasy into reality. Good luck and have fun!

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thanks 2 everyone for your insights ...

a lot of ppl mentioned screenings - now i understand that agency's can screen clients that they have serviced before , but how exactly cant they screen new ones ? how can they do it better then me doin' it myself , taling to a potential client on the phone , verifying stuff etc ... ?!?

 

HP

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Maybe its me being a really surly mood tonight, and if so I deeply apologize, but all these questions make me suspicious.

Don't mean to be a jerk but just trying to be careful!

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An agency knows all of the questions they can ask new clients without frightening them away. They have heard most of the variations on the answers to those questions and know what they all mean from experience. They know how to listen to all of the nuances of just vocal tone, let alone the words. Unless you have had some technical acting training and are willing to take the chance of making a few mistakes anyway (Due very often to your own greed - based on what you want or what you actually need, or your urgency/boredom level. You need to get real Zen with all of this and that becomes a bit easier the more clients you have met in person in a client situation.), you might be better off working for an agency for a while to get that experience meeting ... etc. As for myself, sure I worked for them once, for about a week and a half. But then I never had good luck with acting agents either, and I am a cussedly independent sort - Irish, a Capricorn, a Metal Tiger and my first name translates as hard headed.

 

And while I trust you, A. I think you're actually some kind of a writer (novelist, journalist) or B. You need to jump on in. When you're getting into a cold pool, do you jump in over your head, jump in up to your waist and then go slow the rest of the way, or try to go slowly and timidly down the ladder? The most succussful escorts who post on this site strike me as the kind who have such zest and joie de vive that they jump all the way into most things, all at once.

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thanks for your post - i learned something new ...

 

A - i am a musician . - so i guess you are not that far out ...

B - i usually jump right in .

C - Nothing specific is holding me back . just tryin' to make sure i do my homework well , so I'm ready .

 

thanks again

 

HP

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Do you know whether you would actually LIKE doing escort work? It's not the same thing as enjoying sex. This is work, which means you put aside the normal quest to please yourself. You may be accustomed to being stroked emotionally in the act, so being used as a mere sex toy could be unnerving; being told what to do rather than going with your own inclination or at least working out a mutually satisfying act, creates a very different dynamic. Meeting the sometimes very demanding emotional needs of someone you don't really care about is not easy. If you have never tried having sex with people you are not particularly attracted to or even find repulsive, you probably need to try it before making a career commitment. I would recommend working for an agency at least for a short time to find out whether this is something you are comfortable doing before investing all the money and energy necessary for an efficient independent business (as opposed to street or bar hustling).

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Guest HornyPony

you are right on point - that's why i posted this question in the first place .

being a good actor I believe i can adapt.I have also been in situations like the ones u described and managed to get thru - of course as someone said here , it's different so iguess I'll never know unless i try .

All the points u made in your post are things that i keep in mind and take into account.

 

HP

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