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On a typical workday, Marian makes dinner for her children and a babysitter comes over so she can head to work. "I kind of feel like I'm maximizing my time because I'm gone when they would be sleeping anyway," she says.

When she arrives at the club, 4-inch heels and hair extensions transform Marian into her dancer alter-ego, "Charlie." Then it's time to take the stage with the other dancers, sometimes giving private dances to customers.

Marion says dancing naked in front of strangers can be a bit of an emotional challenge. "Sometimes it's scary, and sometimes you feel more de-clothed than others. ... It can get unnerving. I'd be lying if I said it didn't," she says. "Sometimes I'll look around the room, and I'm like, 'How did I get here?' Then again, I just try to keep a smile on my face. Sometimes I view work as a challenge. I say, 'Okay, I want to try to make rent tonight.'"
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FROM: Living on the Edge: Lisa Ling Reports How Far Would You Go?
Published on February 27, 2008

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