Pole Dancing in the Movies
I’m a pole dancer and an actress. On occasion these two pursuits of mine become intertwined with each other. And when they do, I’m always thrilled. It’s a double dose of my passions. Usually when there’s a need for a pole dancer in a film, this means that production is in need of a stripper. The pole work is kept to a minimum and the director usually just wants the dancer to grind on the pole. I’ve played a stripper in I Don’t Know How She Does It and that was pretty much the drill as Seth Myers proceeded to catcall at me.
This week, I had the opportunity to be a part of the film Lucky N#mber starring Method Man and directed by Brendan Gabriel Murphy. My experience during filming was unlike any other. The scene was at the end of the movie and about 8 pages in length, which made it about 8 minutes long. The pole dancing required for the scene was pretty involved. Brendan wanted me to go for the big tricks. He wanted me to dance while the principal actors were exchanging dialogue, with no restraints.
When coming onto any set for the first time, you never have any idea what to expect. You don’t know who you will be working with. You don’t know exactly what you will be doing. You don’t know how long you will be there. These elements of mystery are part of what make it so exciting though!
When it was time to shoot my scene, I wasn’t given specifics so I just had to wing it. I freestyled for the most part. Since it was a movie we did take after take of the same scene. I had to remember what I did each time for continuity purposes. The crew was wonderful. They adjusted my compromising wardrobe as needed. They always had a bottle of water waiting for me in between takes. I even taught them about the importance of wiping the pole down in between dances!
There were some funny moments. Apparently I unknowingly almost kicked one of the co-stars in the face. Method Man fist bumped me a few times, complimenting my pole skills. The best part undoubtedly was introducing a room full of influential people to the art of pole dancing. Many had never seen it in that form before and were awestruck. I encouraged them to YouTube some of the pros to see just how insane it can get. At the end of shooting (over 8 hours) the director asked the crew to film a bit of me solo on the pole. The whole room fell silent. All you could hear was my breathing and skin squeaking up against the pole. It was then that I was reminded…. yeah it is pretty freakin’ cool what we do…