Do you remember your first client ? Tell us something about that first day when you decided to be a Masseur!
Technically, my 1st bodywork client was when I was 19, but my 1st client from South Florida was at age 23 & it was around Feb or March of 1994 (summer birthday).
I can't recall his name, just that when I was a male dancer at a bar in FTL called the 825 Malebox (shout out to anyone who remembers!), he used to come in and watch me strip. He'd tip me fairly well.
Then one night he approached me and asked if I'd come to his place across from Sawgrass Mills Mall to give him (what at the time was referred to as) a "rub down" (I don't do those any more).
Suffice to say, it was awesome.
I pursued other things, doing it sporadically. I Djed for many years in Fort Lauderdale, running a successful Dj service, but after burn-out, decided that this was my route.
I fist advertised on massagem4m in June 2008.
My 1st out of state trip was Aug 5th, 2008 to Dallas (VERY memorable), and I've been going strong since then.
Some people say that being a Masseur is addictive. Would you miss your Masseur days ?
I did for a bit... got into a rut in 2006, before I discovered the joy of traveling the US with my table. Actually have done well internationally, too (Paris/Amsterdam/Sitges/Rome).
Do you consider yourself a successful Masseur?
I do now. I ask clients all the time why they called me. I get varying answers.
Since I'm personable on the phone (highly prefer over texting, which gives you no indication of my character), almost everyone I work on compliments my voice. Maybe, I should've done radio!
I'm a mixed man of color with a hairy chest (a rarity, with so many guys shaving), so that's a contributor.
I have strong hands that do slow, purposeful, non rushed glides.
And the fact that on websites like massagem4m & *************, I've garnered many favorable reviews certainly has helped propel me.
But keep in mind, there's a distinct difference between "successful" & "busy."
Anyway, I make my guys happy, which makes me happy, so in that regard, YEAH!
Tell us a little about yourself, if you were to pick something what would you like your clients to absolutely know about you?
I stopped shaving my chest on June 28, 1998, the day I quit being a stripper (3rd best day of my life).
I quit smoking cigarettes cold turkey December 31st, 1999 at 11:59 PM (2nd best day of my life).
Being born (THE BEST DAY OF MY LIFE).
How would you like someone that contacts you for a massage to feel when they leave?
That they're going to come back (over & over).
Why did you become a Masseur?
Honestly, I have great hands.
But, it's also good money if you market yourself well.
What are your hobbies, what do you like to do in your spare time?
Theme parks. Roller coasters. Euro travel (½ French here).
Drinking bottled water at Ramrod (spare time).
What advice would you give to someone who wants to be a Masseur?
Don't try to undercut me and steal my clients!
Really, though...do a good job. Don't do this just to earn a quick buck. You'd be taking away from guys who actually value their work (i.e., ME).
What distinguishes you from all the other Masseurs?
My bundle of services. The fact that I'll wake up at 12, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 AM, noon, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 1,0, 11 PM to do a massage (Oh that's right, I work TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN!)
That I'll cancel other plans to do my job. That I will pick up a client who doesn't have a car.
At least I THINK that's what makes me different, but who knows...
How long have you been a Masseur and how long do think you'd like to continue?
As explained earlier, since I was 23. And I'll do it until my hands get tired or guys get tired of my hands.
But I'm aging well, so there's a lot left in these old bones!
How often do you travel? Do you prefer to travel or are you more of a homebody?
With my table, generally 1 week a month, but sometimes I get a bug in my @ss and will do anywhere from two weeks back to back in 2 cities, or I'll do 5 over the course of five weeks (as is the trip from Jan 13-Feb 18.
I do spend a lot of time at home though (in my house).
Is extensive training necessary for a Masseur in order to be successful?
I think experience is, but it depends on how you gain it. Not everyone who goes to massage school is good at doing this, while not everyone who doesn't go to school **** at doing this. It's a win-win, lose-lose.
Just be good at your work, you'll gain the experience to be successful.
How do you like clients to feel about the experience when they leave?
That they love it SO much, they'll continue to come back for more & take the time to write a review to let others know how much they enjoyed their time with me!
As I was told once years ago, "HandyAndy has got the candy to make all his clients feel randy."