The Scheme for a New Job

So: the Job.

People against sex work often nag discourage childe “remind” us that we “can’t do this forever!  Eventually nobody will want to buy what you’re selling!”  I’ve heard this a few times–always from therapists, never from clients or other women in the biz, because we know better.  A person can, in fact, do various forms of sex work through middle age and presumably beyond.  I used to be insecure about getting older in this industry, thinking that it would be harder for me to find work, but I needn’t have worried: my money hasn’t been affected at all.  Even when I was working out of a commercial dungeon with women in their early 20s, I did just fine. A lot of guys like very young women and will not deviate from that, which is fine, but they are by no means representative of the entire client base. I know women in their late 40s and 50s who are very successful, moreso than I have ever been, and these women are not serve a niche market.  Especially in prodomming, there is a lot to be said for experience and looking like a convincing authority figure.

As long as I maintain my face and figure, I could do sex work for a very long time.

The reason I want a new career is that I need a job conducive to starting a family eventually.  For me, sex work ain’t that. I also need a job where it will be easier to maintain my sobriety.  All alone in an anonymous hotel room/rented dungeon space for days at a stretch on tour, cut off from the world except for sex worker Twitter and email, is not a great place for me to be.

If I want to raise a child, I need stability and a reliable, steady source of income.  Kids cost a fucking fortune, so the job has to pay well.  The Collector has a fortune, but without him, I will need to provide everything.  I never had much material ambition, but there is a certain standard I want to achieve and be able to maintain before I even consider having a child.

I’ve settled on a new career: court reporter.  It’s an AA degree, which means I could be done in two and a half years and start work right away after I get my license. I am done with the big leagues–I don’t want another grad degree.  An associate’s, though, I could do.  The pay is good (well, I think it’s good–court reporters in NYC make $80,000/year), the job is in high demand, and I can do it as long as my hearing hold out.  I wouldn’t even have to work in the courts, because there’s other work for freelance stenographers. Best of all, court reporters are essentially self-employed (and I love being self-employed!), so I can work as little or as much as I want to.  This would be important when the child is young.

I’ve found the college I want to attend.  I want to start in the Fall.  It’s accredited and NCRA-approved.  The program is online (they have a brick-and-mortar campus, but it’s in another state) and while I’d much prefer to learn in a physical classroom, I see no reason why I can’t do this online.  I’m a bit intimidated because this is unlike any education I’ve had before–this is a technical degree that requires me to master a stenograph machine and its attendant software programs. It also requires some native talent for the machine, which I may or may not possess: if I can’t perform with the necessary speed and accuracy (and some people can’t, try as they might), I can’t get my license..

This is what I want to do.  It is not my dream job, but it is a good job performing a necessary social function in an environment that I would not hate to be in. It is something that I could be proud to be.

This is Plan A.  My backup plan is paralegal, another degree I could knock out at my local junior college in three semesters after I transfer credits.

Now I have another problem to address: paying for school.  Court reporting college is expensive, and I am very reluctant to go into debt for $40,000.  Almost all of my college was paid for through scholarships and fellowships.  I can’t do that here.  Without the Collector’s money to fall back on, I have to do this myself.

Which brings me to the next part of my plan!  I’ve been scheming!  Scheming about how I’m going to pay for this!  And it’s sex work, natch.  A new kind of sex work!

Is it a hair-brained scheme?  Is it spectacularly ill-advised?  Or is it feasible?  Indeed, I ask you, WHAT COULD GO WRONG?

You tell me!  I’m writing about it in the next installment.

13 thoughts on “The Scheme for a New Job”

  1. If you thought of it, given all your experience, insight, intelligence and education, odds are it is going to work spectacularly well. i doubt anything could go wrong:) — depending of course on what “it” is.

  2. A decent stenographer can also freelance contract to transcribe the minutes of municipal government meetings. It is good supplemental income. My aunt did this for years and became in demand throughout her regional area.

    1. Yeah, one thing I noticed when I was researching the job is that there is always work for stenographers. Thank you for the input, and thanks for reading.

  3. This seems like a great job and probably one with enough variety that you won’t get too bored.

  4. Hi Miss Margo!
    Great to see you back and doing so well.
    Being a court reporter/stenographer is a great job. Years ago I knew a woman who did this and she always had a job. Always. There are not many jobs you can say that about.

    Of course, you’re right about being able to continue to do sex work into your forties and fifties, or even longer. Maybe being in New York gives me a biased view, but I’ve seen quite a few successful dommes in that age range.

  5. There is no doubt in my mind that you can master whatever you put your mind to. That steno machine will sit up and beg for you!

    Good luck and please stay the course.

    I wonder what the new line of sex work will be? Camming? Sugaring? Stripping? (no not the last one…too much booze around).

  6. I’m so glad to have checked back in and found lots of posts from you! This sounds like a great step for you, though I admit my selfish ass thought “But will you keep blogging??”.

    As always, seeing your life go on in your blog makes me feel warm and fuzzy.
    I’ve been reading along for years since I was in my late teens, and your writing has been formative or just plain ol important to me in a lot of little ways: politically, intellectually, in matters related to being a lady perv.
    (I was going to say perversely, but I wanted to make the distinction between fondling oneself and finding oneself.)

  7. Hey Margo! It’s advochasty. Blast from the past! Good luck with school. I mostly love court reporters. It’s a very good gig. I’m back with Bill W after a horrendous five and a half year research project! I’m good. Email me please. Would love to catch up!
    Wow! What could ever go wrong for a sex worker? Still, an excellent vocation.

  8. Hey, this is so awesome! I wish you the best in your new plans and career. Its funny how much I think we have in common. Namely addiction, age and dominatrix work and now transitioning to something new. It’s very exciting. I’m becoming a librarian. I’m glad to hear you’re ok. 😊

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