ASK DOMINICK: Male Escort Advice Column #24: TAKING IT ON THE ROAD
Former kept boy and retired full-time escort“Dominick” transitioned into a successful career in commercial real estate, where the art of the sell is supreme. He’s appeared in various forums, bringing true accounts of his experiences to light. Two of his stories are included in the latest volume of Prose & Lore.
This month, he’s appearing live on stage at Joe’s Pub for the Red Umbrella Diaries Gala on November 14th. The show’s sold out, but look for news of the feature documentary Red Umbrella Diaries. (Rentboy.com’s own Jeffrey Davids is an Associate Producer— many thanks Jeff!) Dominick’s illustrated chapbook, Dominick Reading for Filth is now available on CreateSpace. There’s a launch party for the book at the Bureau of General Service—Queer Division on November 23rd.
This question is from Clark Rogers (above) in Chicago:
QUESTION: Any advice for an escort about going on tour?
I touched on some common sense travel guidelines in my earlier post Time, Money, Motion, but let’s go over some specific tips about touring. Many escorts are able to travel away from their home base and spend lucrative weekends lining up appointments in other cities. One big challenge is to make sure your travel, hotel and incidental expenses don’t eat up all your profit! Let’s look at how this can work:
1. Base a tour around a set booking
I was based in New York, the country’s single biggest marketplace, so I didn’t need to travel beyond the tri-state area all that much. My colleagues who did tour would often organize a tour around a solid, regular booking, usually an overnight. So say you book a travel overnight to another city with someone you already know. It’s a great opportunity to announce that you’ll be in that town for a few days and line up additional appointments. You might make additional stops along the way home. You may want to let your regular know that this is your intent, depending on your level of disclosure with him.
2. Buddy up
I’ve known escort buddies to travel together, sharing expenses along the way. You can keep each other company and look out for each other. Your hotel bill is often the biggest expense, and you can cut it in half, assuming you’re different enough types that you’re not chasing the same business! If you’re sharing a hotel room, you’ll have to work around each other’s schedules.
3. Plan your travel in advance
Whether travelling by plane, train or bus, you can usually count on lower costs with at least 21 days advance booking. Look into travel logistics too, like getting to and from the airport, and available public transit. Incidental travel can add up fast and often winds up being a hidden cost. Look for deals and discounts in hotels, too– or you might consider a hosting site like AirBnB, or gay-friendly MisterBnB. You can potentially save money over hotels, if you’re planning on doing outcalls only.
4. Know your destination
Washington, DC is one of the most common destinations for touring escorts. It’s fairly underserved: currently there are 45 escorts listed on rentboy.com living in DC (the rest are visiting). That’s pretty low considering 5.7 million people live in the greater metro area- compare that to 88 resident escorts in Miami, with a similar population. Weekend rates at DC hotels are fairly low; there’s usually more demand on weekdays. Keep in mind that DC virtually shuts down in August, when Congress is in recess. So it’s good to know about specific market conditions in the place you’re visiting.
5. Ask your hotel calls
Maybe you’ve got an upcoming call with an out-of-towner visiting your hometown. He’s staying in a hotel, you meet him there, and the call goes really well. Ask him if he might want to see you again in his hometown- this may be the booking you can plan a future tour around.
6. Hop on a Bike!
Who needs taxis? In many cities across the US, there are bike-sharing programs in place, and more on the way. You can sign up for a day or a week and bike to your calls. Currently there are large bike-sharing networks in New York, Washington, DC, Minneapolis, Boston, San Antonio, San Francisco, and Denver, in addition to Divvy, in your hometown. What better way to arrive to your call than with that athletic glow and worked-out glutes?
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