Join date: Feb 16, 2022

Every week, we share stories from sex workers from all over the world to help others better understand the industry, learn how to help and get to know some of our favorite workers on Devozki. This week, we chat to Birmingham escort Gia Venetia about mental health, dating and what it's like to be a face out sex worker. Tell us your story, how did you get into the industry and what has your journey looked like thus far A  few years ago, I entered this industry through an app that focused on. I did that for a few months, but wasn’t satisfied with the quality of people I came into contact with. I then reached out to an old friend of mine who was a companion, and asked her a few questions about entering the escort industry. I started creating ads and made a website shortly after, and the rest is history. It has been quite a journey figuring out how I want to market myself. When I first started I didn’t feel confident about being me, and felt more pressure to emulate others I looked up to, even if they looked nothing like me or had different tastes. It wasn’t until I became more comfortable in my own skin that I was able to authentically shine by incorporating my interests and personality into advertising and communication with clients. What are some of your hobbies and interests outside of work Most recently I started volunteering at two mental health organizations to help others who need support, leading group meetings, and assisting on the administrative side of things. I’ve applied to grad school to become a therapist and feel passionate about real life experience helping me become a better student and counselor. It also just feels good to be an empathetic listener others can count on. In terms of hobbies, I have been longboarding (the skateboard kind) for nine years. That activity has been the most consistent pastime of mine. I enjoy physical activities that build my confidence like yoga, kayaking, rock climbing and I recently started surfing which is one of the most freeing experiences I’ve encountered! I also love writing, reading books from the psychology section, watching films, going to new restaurants, and singing my heart out with the most recent addition of playing acoustic guitar. I saw that on Twitter that you sing and play guitar! How long have you been performing Thank you so much for noticing that! I took lessons in middle school (and had the biggest crush on my teacher which sparked an even greater interest in learning the instrument). I stopped playing after my teacher moved away, and it was only recently that I started playing again. I’m so glad I did, because the muscle memory was still there, and I’ve always loved singing in the shower. I would love to try making my own music, not just covers in the future. As sex workers and escort directories we face a number of challenges because of our line of work. What is one issue you care about and how do you think your clients can help sex workers One issue I deeply care about is mental health. This profession can be isolating and competitive by nature, and anyone, even if they weren’t before, can become prone to developing anxiety and depression due to the nature of this job. The fact that sex work is stigmatized and illegal in many countries contributes to feelings of isolation and loneliness. I believe clients can help sex workers by being kind, thoughtful, and sensitive during sessions, as well as being considerate of the companion’s feelings and preferences. The experience should be mutually enjoyable and have a balance of getting to know each other and enjoying physical closeness. Dating as a sex worker is often difficult. What are your experiences with this This is a great question. Dating has never been easy for me even before sex work, and I have only dated one person while in the industry. I would be open to dating someone again, but it’s important to me that I would be fully accepted by my partner, without judgment, which I’ve found to be very difficult when I work in an industry that is not fully embraced by most of society yet. I would rather be alone than date someone who doesn’t accept all aspects of who I am, and I do enjoy my independence as a single woman. There is something empowering about knowing I can take care of myself, travel on a whim, eat when I want to, and take up the entire bed when I feel like it. Is there a book, tv show or movie that has had a major impact on your life What was it and what did it teach you I really love the show Broad City. It centers around two hilarious, adventurous, empowered women who are best friends. I love that the show is one of the very few I’ve seen that focuses on body positivity, living non-traditional lifestyles, and forming complex bonds with friends. Why do you think it is important for sex work to be decriminalised and how do you think it will change the way you work Decriminalization would send the message that what sex workers do isn’t inherently wrong, nor is it harming anybody. I view clients as people in need of love and healing, and approach my dates with a holistic vision. If sex work were to be decriminalized I would feel less anxious when traveling through airports, going on cross country roadtrips, and walking past police officers. I would also feel more comfortable seeing clients who work in law enforcement. Currently, I am hesitant to schedule with someone in that field. If you could instantly become an expert in something, what would it be and why I would love to be an instantaneous expert on the stock market and financial industry. If I could master knowing how to predict which companies would be best to invest in, I think that would provide a lot of financial security and freedom for the future. Are you out as a sex worker and if so what was that process like Yes, I am totally out as a sex worker. Most people in my family and inner circle know. It’s kind of a funny story how it happened though- I was cyberstalked for years by someone who very publicly doxxed me, and after that happened, I just decided to own it. I wasn’t going to let a bitter, manipulative individual control how I lived my life, nor was I going to let them scare me into disappearing from the industry and re-emerging faceless and renamed (not that there’s anything wrong with this, but I would never do it because someone threatened me). After the threat of “ruining my life” was no longer something that could control me, I no longer felt intimidated by my stalker. Being out as a sex worker has been empowering and at times frightening, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I have always had a desire to be who I am authentically. I get the biggest thrill out of Meeting new clients who share their life experiences with me. It’s a rush when I first open the door and greet a new friend If you were going to buy me a drink, you should buy me a Cocktail with a tasty mix of ingredients or champagne.

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