I was headhunted into this industry. The owners of Mynt were looking for someone to manage things across their 11 establishments, and it sounded like an enthralling opportunity. At the time, I was a manager of a modeling agency; things were starting to get a tad mundane. I wasn't looking to go elsewhere, but this opportunity arose, and since I took up the job, I've never thought of leaving.
My first day was hectic. There were two company owners in the office trying to show me everything I had to do, and the amount of procedures was staggering, from databases to booking forms, and meeting the ladies. A lot of it was common sense, but to someone less adventurous, the sheer amount of collateral could have been rather scary.
You could say that this position involves a fair amount of concierge-based services. I'd either be answering emails and queries about booking out my ladies, or arranging another flight for one of the ladies who missed hers on the way to meet a client. Sometimes, there's office drama to be managed, or I'd have to liaise with the international offices. There are even days just spent speaking to regular clients just to catch up.
I manage about 50 to 80 ladies. Given that some of them may be in school, having exams, shooting on location, or are flight attendants on the go, whenever a clients comes to me and requests for girls with particular traits or features whether it's a girl that's thin, voluptuous, tan, fair, and beyond, it's all about managing expectations, location and availability.
I try to connect a little more with our callers and carefully match him to someone with whom he can find far more than just a pretty face. A mental connection and emotional pleasure is very important. Anyone can sit and have dinner or a chat with someone. However finding someone to truly understand one, and empathise with one is less common.
The company has a private island in Australia, and I manage the bookings there. Members would be entitled to stays there, depending on their membership tier, which costs anywhere between USD250,000 to USD1 million a year. Nestled within the island is a bungalow resort where members can have a quick getaway. It's extremely popular with celebrities, and our influential clients with a public image. They just need to be somewhere isolated, where they can really relax, be pampered, and enjoy being around a lovely companion. There are no privacy interruptions at all, and the paparazzi have no access.
Being in this industry so long, there's nothing that strikes me as particularly glamorous anymore, but we do have a number of very high-level clients. The first, most eye-opening experience would be meeting a celebrity for the first time. While I was exposed to that when I worked in modeling, it was quite interesting to interact with them as a client. It was a moment of "wow, I'm actually speaking to this person?". But these occurrences have become normal now. There are red carpet attendances, state dinners, award ceremonies. Cannes is another massive event, where we grapple with a large number of bookings. It's also when I have to prepare newer ladies, as Cannes can get quite daunting. Some ladies would even have to call an actor by a particular name, for whatever reason, if he's staying in character during filming.
Many would think my job exposes me to absurd client requests, but it's very rare. In my company, we don't accept every caller. I don't tolerate inappropriate conduct, and my adherence to old-fashioned, well-bred values attracts a different level of clientele and ladies. This ensures I bring only quality people together, ideally for a mutually beneficial experience.
I genuinely care about my callers, and do as much as possible to bring five-star quality to the company. We have a great relationship, but that's not always easy. It takes far more time and effort, but I was always taught that if you don't want to put in a 100 percent effort, you shouldn't bother at all. I deeply dislike putting my reputation on anything less than excellence.
I earn as much as any CEO, with a base salary, and commission. I would say I'm compensated well for my time, earning up to USD250,000 a year. Certainly not as much as the ladies do, which could very well be double, even triple the amount, but I am compensated well for my time.
Lately though, I've been considering what my future might be. It's all up in the air, I'm not sure whether I should continue doing this until they get rid of me, or I start forgetting things. It would truly sadden me to even think about bidding goodbye.