Whitney Lawson is a 30-year-old independent escort from Atlanta in the United States. Whitney has had an interesting career path being a former ballerina and completing a science degree before becoming an escort. We touch on a bunch of great topics, including:
Amelia: Hi Whitney! Thanks so much for agreeing to chat with me today. Could you start by introducing yourself so that the readers can get to know you a little?
Whitney: Sure. I’ve been in the industry since 2019. I started out under a different moniker and became Whitney around February 2020. I started out as a sugar baby off and on in 2015, when Seeking Arrangement was still alive. I met some great gents along the way. I’m a firm believer in the saying “everything happens for a reason”. I took a break for a little while, then decided to transition into companionship in 2019, and I haven’t looked back since. I feel as though it’s only up from here! I’ve been in the industry for the last two years, and I feel like I’m just getting my bearings. This isn’t a one-size-fits-all industry. I’ve always learned by doing. Two years in, and I’m still learning and growing, but they say if you’re not growing, you’re dying.
Amelia: Yeah, the industry definitely isn’t one-size-fits-all. There are so many different paths you can take. When I was looking at your website, I noticed on your wish list that you had a gift card for stocks. This is quite possibly the best thing I’ve ever seen. Tell me how you came up with this?!
Whitney: I actually came across the idea from another provider. I’ve had an interest in the market for a while now. I started investing in 2012 after I graduated college. I’m a medium- to long-hold investor, so it made so much sense for me to offer (fractional) shares as gifts or deposits.
Amelia: Ah, I see. It’s such a great idea rather than a Sephora gift card or whatever the usual is. On your website, you describe yourself as a “former ballerina” AND you have a science degree. That’s quite the array of professions. What has your career path been like? How did you end up choosing to escort?
Whitney: I have a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Although that’s the other side of the brain, I’ve always loved math and science, as well as my love of the arts. I went to a performing arts high school in New York. My school had general studies from 9am to 1pm, then our core talent classes from 1.30pm to 4.30pm. I had great teachers that made math and science fun! Growing up, I was always in accelerated classes and took college courses in high school. New York’s standardised tests are called Regents exams. To graduate high school, I was only required to take one science exam… I ended up taking chemistry, earth science, physics, and forensics for fun.
I was actually introduced to the idea of sex work and becoming a sex worker after watching an episode of True Life: I’m A Sugar Baby on MTV. I made the transition to companionship years after I became a sugar baby. I love and appreciate the work-life balance that companionship brings. I enjoy meeting and talking to new people despite people always saying New Yorkers aren’t friendly. There’s nothing like that floating on air feeling after meeting great clients. I can’t really explain it. It’s a sort of spring in my step that I wouldn’t experience in any other industry.
Amelia: I definitely understand that. It gives me a sort of “high” that I’ve never experienced from anything else. You also have some absolutely beautiful photos on your website. What role do professional photos play in your marketing strategy as an escort?
Whitney: Thank you so much! I think professional photos (as well as candids) are very important to my branding. I try to have fun with my photoshoots. Anything that gives me the opportunity to be creative and show my personality, I’m a fan of.
Amelia: I also noticed that you seem to travel a lot. Is touring a big part of your job as an escort?
Whitney: Touring is a huge part of my job. I love Atlanta, but I love the flexibility this industry provides. I love travelling! It’s a big world out there, and I have to see it! It’s the best of both worlds. I can travel to some of the best cities in the country (big and small) and make long-lasting relationships and friendships with clients and other companions. I probably wouldn’t have had the opportunity to do that if I wasn’t in this industry.
Amelia: How has COVID impacted your ability to tour and travel? I can’t imagine it’s been easy in the past year or so if that’s a big part of your job.
Whitney: COVID definitely shook things up. A good amount of my business came from clients that came to Atlanta on business. I’m a huge planner –self-diagnosed OCD. I planned my entire 2020 tour through October at the top of the year, and once COVID came, those plans came to a screeching halt. I decided to tour cities close to Atlanta, and if I could go back, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I met some great gentlemen along the way, and I got to explore and experience some awesome new cities. This industry is all about adapting and making changes that work for you.
Amelia: I couldn’t agree more. You have to be able to pivot and adapt so quickly in sex work – there’s always something that pops up, whether that’s a global pandemic or a website shutting down or a great client disappearing out of the blue. Last question for fun: How did you choose your escorting name?
Whitney: I wish I had a better story, but honestly, I googled top girl first names and top last names lists and kept making random combinations until one really resonated with me, and I finally had that “ah-ha!” moment with Whitney Lawson. Like, “that’s the one!”
Amelia: You sound like me! So many escorts I’ve spoken to have such interesting origin stories for their escort names, whereas I’ve always been a bit more of a “point and pick” type of person when it’s come to the names I’ve selected. Anyway, thank you so much for taking the time to share a little bit about yourself and your perspectives in the industry today. I really appreciate it, and I’m sure the readers will too.
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