Man fulfils boyhood dream to be a stripper
WHEN Andrew Bristow's teachers asked him what he wanted to do after school, the answer was not a conventional one.
The now 19-year-old didn't want to be a carpenter or electrician like his mates; he wanted to be a stripper.
"I was laughed at but I was motivated by some of my teachers who knew I was serious about it," he said.
"I've always wanted to be an entertainer and I saw strippers when I was younger.
"I thought that I wanted to take my clothes off with people screaming."
So, Andrew worked his way towards gaining a position with the Sydney Hotshots.
He used his sales representative role at a gym and improved his body, doing topless waitering on the side.
He was introduced to Sydney Hotshots owner Paul Reynolds and the rest is history.
"He gave me an opportunity and threw me in the deep end and now I'm loving it," he said.
"I've done more than 60 shows in the last five or six months."
Andrew chatted to The Observer ahead of the group's show on June 27 at the Grand Hotel.
Although stripping off to screaming women may seem like the best part of his job, Andrew said he was fascinated by the different vibe he felt in each town.
"I've seen a lot of different societies and it's amazing to see so many different people in different suburbs that really appreciate what they've got around them," he said.
"Some towns are less fortunate and have small stages or not a stage at all.
"I think, 'How am I going to do this in my routine?'
"It makes it more exciting and we do something different each night."
The women at the shows always throw in a surprise or two.
Andrew, a Sydney man, said he'd had items of clothing torn before.
"I don't understand this but some girls have a lot of grip strength in their hands," he laughed.
"We walk around selling raffle tickets but I don't see why it's a big deal.
"They grab your pants and pull you back and let you know they aren't done with you.
"My pants have ripped twice now."
Andrew, a cowboy in the My Love Tour, is the youngest member. It's good and bad, he says.
"I'm the youngest by far," he laughed. "The oldest guy on this tour is 29.
"I've had people say that I look like some of the guy's sons."
The entertainer's ultimate goal is to spread his name across the world's stages.
"I would love to go overseas because you get the privilege of travelling," he said.
"When you get the opportunity to travel Australia and dance it's really good."
The My Love Tour will feature dance tributes to Michael Jackson and Justin Timberlake plus Fifty Shades of Grey and Magic Mike.
The Sydney Hotshots:
- Grand Hotel, Gladstone
- Saturday, June 27 at 8.30pm
- Tickets $28
- Call 4972 2422 to book