This morning I woke to find an email from an old customer which contained a link to an article from yesterday’s HUFFINGTON POST. In the piece, the author reports that a new study conducted by three renowned academics reveals that thanks to CRAIGSLIST, murders of females in the US was down 17% during the years that site’s adult section was in existence.
This might be an astonishing revelation to bookworms and people not associated with the escort business. But to insiders it’s mostly a big “duh!” Like who doesn’t know that fewer ho’s get offed when they can advertise on the web and vett their prospective clients before meeting them? Do we really need a study to reveal the obvious?
How’s this? Maybe the same professors who initiated that study would be better served researching why legislators still think prostitution (of the sexual kind) should be illegal in this enlightened day and age. Is it morality? Is it fear by men that women will know “too much?” Do they think that the business creates an environment rich in STD’s? What the fuck is it? In a country where prominent DA’s can accept campaign contributions and then adjourn slam/dunk cases against the contributors as thanks, why can’t a ho sell some ass?
To be honest, there was something in that email I found particularly informative. But it wasn’t in the article. The author who’d emailed the link to my old customer had similarly sent the correspondence to many media outlets and journalists presumably to inform her colleagues and/or generate some freelance work. And she didn’t hide the list!
So guess what! I now have a wonderful data base full of influential people to whom I can forward links and opinions about the escort business. Will anybody read what I send? Not likely. But it’s really not that difficult to do bulk emailings. So why not?
Back when I was in the business, owners would occasionally ask me if I knew anybody who wanted to buy their data base of customers, as that list was worth at least in their opinion, several thousand dollars. Check it out! I just got mine free!
Now here’s the ironic thing: The woman who wrote the article for the Huffington Post is the same woman who scored a ghostwriting gig I turned down a few years ago. Without me in the world, she’d have never met my old customer. And now, without her in the world, I’d have never scored that exhaustive list.
Anyway, I’m wasting my time here. It’s time to write a cover letter to everybody and include a few links from the past. Years ago when I joined forces with dad to take the music business by storm, I observed out loud that being in the biz was really about harboring a fantasy of the week. One in which some project or other would come to fruition and we’d have a hit. This is my current fantasy of the week. Will it pass like most (or all) of the others? Who cares? I now have something to live for. That’s what matters.