My mum started Sex Bomb Promotions in 1999 when I was just 6 years old. Having been an entertainer herself, she decided she wanted to try the industry from the other side.
Her vision was pretty simple… she wanted to encourage women to feel powerful and sexy in a safe and respectful environment. She has spent the last 21 years growing a remarkable agency that prides itself on caring for all of its subcontractors at a personal level and providing a high level of professionalism and customer service to thousands of people.
Growing up around the adult industry was interesting… I often felt that mum was criticised by the other school mums for representing something that was “taboo,” “dirty”, or “shameful.” She never once let anyone skew her vision though, she would walk me into school every day with her head held high, smile at all the other mums, ask them how they were, kiss her kids goodbye and head to work. She always encouraged her kids to develop an open mind about life and the people you meet in it.
Looking back at my childhood, I understand now that what these women felt was actually jealousy and insecurity about themselves… they did not live the same invigorating, exciting life that my mum led and they probably wished that they felt sexy enough in their own skin to be able to get up on that stage and “shake their booty” like no one was watching!
For the last 10 years of my life, I have worked behind the scenes at Sex Bomb Promotions. Interestingly enough, Sex Bomb has had 15 staff come and go over its 20-year existence and I have been the one and only office gal who has never worked out in the field.
At the beginning, I felt that this gave me a huge disadvantage to doing my job properly… how was I supposed to empathise with our subcontractors when they had issues at venues or privates, and I had never been in their shoes? How would I comment on, and advise our waitresses on how to present themselves at work when I had never had to put on my lingerie and walk out in front of a room full of strangers?
The truth is, I couldn’t relate to the women that worked for Sex Bomb by swapping stories from previous jobs or sharing anecdotes in the change rooms… I had to find my own way to connect with these ladies, and that I did.
I decided that in order to do my job properly and professionally, all that mattered is that I understood the needs and responsibilities of both the clients, and the wonderful women who represented our agency. I began to immerse myself in the industry wherever I could and present myself as an unbiased party. I was not the entertainer, nor the paying client; instead I was the office girl in charge of providing a fantastic service to the customer whilst making sure each subcontractor felt safe and respected at work… easy job, right?
Maintaining a foot in the industry meant regular visits to our venues, coordinating photoshoots, attendance at Sexpo, flights to Melbourne to appear at the Adult Entertainment Awards, many nights supporting the gorgeous ladies at Concourse Bar’s “Painted Curves” and organising the numerous Sex Bomb birthday parties. Writing this now I’m just thinking… my job is pretty bloody awesome!
Sex Bomb is a bit like my baby; I have watched it grow and been lucky enough to be a part of its life from the beginning. I am also very protective of the women who represent our agency and do everything in my power to keep them feeling safe, confident and respected (as they damn well deserve)!
Even though I have always felt like the outsider, I now realise that I am probably one of the biggest insiders after all.
– written by office gal Charlotte