Getting Spanked by the EconomyJul 6th, 2012 | By Invisible Domina | Category: Columns, Contributors, Invisible Domina
What started out as a way of life, an interest, a passion, has become my job. While I love it as much as when I started, I am finding that I am beginning to get a little disillusioned. I am now shocked when I come face to face with a genuine fetishist, and no longer dismayed by the fantasists expecting a stereotypical ‘Domme’ offering what is almost a scripted service.
At the start of a work day, I now find myself worrying about whether I will get my quota of kinksters in, or if it will be quiet. Like any industry, the uncertainties and nerves surrounding the world economy are taking their toll. Clients no longer have the funds to spare for those long and luxurious sessions. We all seem to be having to tighten our belts, and a once prosperous industry is beginning to slow.
The abundance of free BDSM clips online mean that clients are reducing the number of sessions yet still getting their kicks, yet not craving or missing my services as they once did. I get told by some that they simply can no longer afford their little luxury, and sometimes, they even try to haggle.
So what can I do? Do I expand my services, and begin to cater to the more vanilla crowd or do I hang on, hoping for a reprieve?
Fetish Clips vs Sessions
A recent trend has been clients requesting custom clips instead of sessions. For them it is a more financially viable option. They get to pay out once for a personal service that they can replay again and again. For me? Not so much. Sure, they will eventually tire of the same scenario being played out over and over, but depending on how detailed their dream scenario is, that could be weeks, months, or even years.
From my perspective, I enjoy one to one sessions far more than being a content producer. I love to see the reactions of my clients as I extract both pain and pleasure. Seeing the look of delight once they are transformed from Plain Joe to Pretty Jane. Unfortunately, until the economy settles and my client base start to feel more financially secure, that may not be an option. Time will tell…