Bulgarian psychology-grad runs ZM studios in Los Angeles – Agency lures exotic dancers with top pay to St. Maarten

POSTED: 03/19/13 1:52 AM

St. Maarten– Adult entertainment club The Platinum Room in Maho uses an American company to lure exotic dancers to the island. ZM Studios Agency, a Los Angeles based company owned by Bulgarian-born Julian Andreev promises dancers a monthly income of between $9,000 and $12,000 during the high season.

On its website, ZM Studios Agency promotes St. Maarten as a charming island, “the smallest landmass in the world to be shared by two different nations.”

Andreev studied law and psychology at the Sofia University in his home country before he moved out – first to the UK and later to the United States. In Los Angeles he established ZM Studios Agency in 1989.

The dancers in the Platinum Room work six days a week, from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m., according to Andreev’s web site. “Dancers perform topless pole dance. Clients usually tip well and the girls keep all the money.”

ZM Studios positions the Platinum Room as “a very upscale club” that “provides dancers with the potential to earn big money.”

Andreev claims that the dancers earn an average net income of between $9,000 and $12,000 per month, though the site then adds that “there is no fixed salary.”

Dancers keep customers company and sell them lap dances. “A topless lap dance is $20 per song, paid to the dancer; no touching,” the site notes. For a nude lap dance the price goes up to $30 per song whereby “light touching” has to be endured. The dancers also get 10 percent of each bottle of champagne their clients buy and 20 percent of all other drinks.

While Andreev first states that “dancers keep all the money” later on his site adds that “there is no house fee.” However: “Dancers pay the club $5 from each topless dance and $8 from each nude dance. They keep all the tips.”

ZM Studios Agency says that the Platinum Room offers its dancers free accommodation whereby two girls share one bedroom. The club also offers transportation to and from the club free of charge. Dancers have to buy their own round-trip ticket to get to St. Maarten. After working three full months, the Platinum Room refunds 50 percent of the airfare.

The site furthermore states that the Platinum Room pays for work permits, without adding that the dancers probably will have to pay back these expenses from their income.

The application form candidate-dancers have to submit is pretty much standard, apart from one detail. Applicants have to indicate their skills – beginning with pole dancing on stage, strip tease and table dance. The last skill is a remarkable one: alcohol consumption. Apparently a professional lap dancer must be able to sustain a sturdy alcohol intake.

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