"Behind the Pole" was an idea for a book I had several years back. Unfortunately, I was bogged down by a number of other projects, and it was put on hold.
Originally, this was going to be a short story anthology based on interviews that I’ve collected over the years from pole dancers of all backgrounds around the world; these were people I met on the road while I traveled. I had stories of pole dancing police detectives, love and cancer-survivor stories, drug recovery and I even had a person tell me about being sold into sex slavery and escaping. There are pole dancers in this world who are professors and doctors who teach their students and patients. There are Japanese business men who are pole dancers who use pole as a way to close business deals. There are pole dancers who are fighting for the right to live in certain countries, and there are pole dancers who are teaching in Arab countries where, if they are caught, they could be executed.
Each of these stories is incredible in its own right, and often, while they were pole dancers—it isn't about pole as much as the HUMAN behind the pole.
As I did these interviews, I realized that a single format would be difficult for this book as these were conducted over written interviews, told as verbal stories, interviewed impromptu without a recording device, formally interviewed with prepared questions, or they were simply based on my personal experiences.
I realized that I needed a unique structure to tie them all together, and the only common thread was me.I met them all, and I got to hear their stories. So, I decided to write from my point of view and take people through my journey as I met these incredible people on the road.
Unfortunately, once again, the project was put on hold a second time. I’ve finally decided that I do need to get some of these stories out there, because they deserve to be heard, and instead of formally publishing it—I’d like to post them on this blog.
"Behind the Pole" will, of course, contain more than just stories.I’ll be adding discussions on just about anything I want, from health and technique, to community discussions and product reviews.I’ll talk photography if I feel like it, and I’ll almost certainly tell some random stories of my travels.
I hope you can enjoy the content.