MEGAN Prescott drank two shots of tequila before heading to her first audition of the day.
While the former Skins actress treated it like any other job, it wasn’t at all like she was going to dance naked for the first time in a strip club.
Armed with a pair of “cheap” high-heeled shoes and a sparkly sequin dress, Meghan, then 22, walked into the first of five London establishments she planned to visit that day.
She wasn’t nervous about dancing nude as she was already performing semi-nude sex scenes in her breakout role as Katie Fitch in the hit teen drama.
She last appeared on Channel 4, known for its wild stories about parties, drugs, sexual exploration and alcohol abuse, back in 2010.
Meghan, now 30, continues to film and write, but when the pandemic wreaked havoc on the art industry and closed bars and clubs, she turned to OnlyFans for help with paying the bills.
She told Kristen Bell Tattoos, “If it weren’t for OnlyFans, I couldn’t have made it through the last two years without working seven days a week in a black job.
“I started my page in April 2020, when the pandemic broke out, as I was not fired for some time.
“I had no money and a friend of mine who worked as a stripper for many years told me that people were guaranteed to subscribe because they watched me on Skins.
“I thought I could try and everything went very well. I only do what is convenient for me, and I log into the system whenever I want, because it takes a lot of your energy.
“It’s not as emotionally draining as working in a strip club because you don’t have to be nocturnal, bargain with people on prices, and people are terribly polite.
“They are much kinder than people in real life. On Instagram I have incel (involuntary chastity) “friends” who write terrible things just to provoke a reaction.
“Ignoring them is a lot of fun because you know they desperately need attention and I used that to inform me about my writing.
“I am in a much more privileged position than some others in the sex industry, but for me it relieves the stress of paying bills and gives me the energy to be creative.”
Meghan tried her hand at a strip club after her close friend Haven, who is the co-host of the Strippers In The Attic podcast, recommended him.
She explains: “When I was doing striptease, I was already shown on national TV, imitating sex, so that broke some barriers for me.
“There were more things that made me nervous when shooting Skins than when I started working in clubs.
“Before my first audition at a strip club, I sat in a pub and drank two shots of tequila. I don’t really drink, but I felt it was necessary because I was a little nervous.
“But as soon as you dance naked, your nerves give up very quickly, and then it becomes quite fun – in society it seems shameful, but in fact it is not.
“I easily earned a lot more than working in a pub, and it gave me more energy than cleaning the bottom of a beer pump of maggots.”
“It’s okay to be naked”
Meghan spent a year working in strip clubs, including Bianca Gascoigne’s Gaslight of St. James, but was afraid she would be recognized because it would damage her acting career.
“I was afraid that something would come out, but at the time I did not have a lot of acting and did not have an agent,” she says.
“I knew I could make that money and try to make it work, or work full time in a bar and hope that one day I would be a manager — I didn’t want to settle for that.
“I didn’t say anything about doing striptease for years because of the stigmatization of sex work, especially if you’re an actress.
“It could ruin a woman’s career – even though people love Channing Tatum when he performed in neon thongs in real life.”
I love the idea of men coming home and a few days later saying, “My God, it was a girl from Skins, I saw her dancing on her knees.”
Megan was relieved that very few people understood who she was, although some recognized her face.
“I love the idea that they came home, and a few days later they were like, ‘Oh my God, it was a girl from Skins, I saw her dancing on her lap,” she says.
“I take some pleasure in thinking about it, but not many people get to know me, which I am probably very grateful for.”
However, one night a woman with a group of drunk boys came to the strip club and immediately recognized her.
Megan recalls: “When she got even more drunk, she said,” I know who you are, but I won’t say anything. ” I was relieved because these were men around the age they probably watched Skins and I couldn’t talk to them about it. “
Have sex work
Meghan says she has had to admit that by doing OnlyFans, getting naked and talking openly about sex work, she “closes some doors” to other opportunities.
She adds: “The more I think about it, the more I feel like it’s doors to rooms that I really don’t want to go into or that I don’t want to have anything to do with – no one should feel ashamed or stigmatized.
“This is funny, this is not the Middle Ages, of course, we have already passed the time when women were condemned for showing their cleavage, and being naked is normal.”
Megan dismisses claims that striptease is “complete crap”, claiming that it is “a very difficult job” for which few are created.
She adds: “It’s not easy to get up naked and talk to not very interesting men for 10 hours in a row, I take off my hat to people who are good at it.
“I was a terrible stripper and didn’t make as much money as I could, there are a lot of very smart women working in strip clubs.
“At the same time, there are many rules, loopholes and injustices that work against you — often used by management to pay you less.
“There are other problems too – if you’re not careful, you can break your ankle. One day I fell off a rotating pole and I had to try to lay it down.
“No matter what anyone says, undressing is not so easy.”
In the aftermath of Skins, Megan was disappointed in the acting industry because of the “elitism” she experienced without receiving a classical education.
She has landed roles in Silent Witness, Holby City and several short films, and has also worked on her own plays.
Acting as a guest on new series of strippers in the atticShe claimed that she was denied advertisements because she did not attend acting school.
Meghan has also competed in three bodybuilding competitions, qualified for an international championship, and worked part-time jobs to make ends meet, from security guard to nanny, before trying her hand at striptease.
She says: “The hardest job of my life was performing at princess parties. I was dressed like Cinderella, but because of my bodybuilding, I had chest and biceps so I had funny looks.
“It was exhausting and I don’t mind the children. If you do not study well, they will not politely clap you, they will shout: “I am bored” – and their parents are demanding! “