What It’s Like To Be a Dominatrix

People sometimes say that “sex work is easy”, of which, by nature of it being an erotic job, a Dominatrix falls under.

How hard can it be to be a Dominatrix, you say? You put on a catsuit, boots, whip someone while telling them what a loser they are…while raking in a lot of cash, right? Anyone can do that!

If only it was that easy!

First, you gotta get set up: come up with a name, develop a brand, decide on a location, create a website, establish your email, set up a phone number, are you going to own your own studio (how much money do you have to invest?) or are you going to rent (assuming there’s someone to rent from in your area), what activities are you offering, when are you offering it (part-time, full-time, early mornings to late nights), knowing about risk, law, managing business expenses, and taxes. (Contrary to what people say, we have to pay taxes, too.) Tired yet? But you haven’t even gotten started!

Now, you need to get yourself noticed. Expect to create a steady stream of content, which takes hours to prep for, write/shoot, edit, post, and distribute. Are you going to pay a professional photographer or do it yourself? Do you have the right photography equipment? Do you have editing software? Do you know how to use it? Don’t forget to watermark! Pirates will be out there ready to steal your pics, videos, and likeness so they can try to scam someone with your hard work. So either you’re either going to learn how to track it down and get sites to remove it (hint: it usually involves paperwork and sometimes proof that the content is yours), hire an attorney or piracy service, or ignore it and hope it doesn’t tarnish your reputation. (Pirated video will cut into your revenue.)

You’ll also need a decent wardrobe. Like latex or leather? It can run in the hundreds (or more) for 1 piece. Latex is popular with clients but it can rip easily so be prepared for that session where you ruin your $500 catsuit. Shoes? Depends. Usually, 100 & up per pair. Want some of those fancy red-bottomed Louboutins everyone is horny over? Around 1000 per pair.

Running your own studio, like I am? Be prepared to spend thousands of dollars on furniture, gear, consumables, cleaning supplies, utility bills, etc. I’ve spent over 10k on equipment alone. And don’t forget maintenance. You will need to repair or replace things periodically.

OK, now you need clients. How do you get them? Gotta know how to market in a competitive field. I don’t use OF or sell videos, so I have a narrower opportunity for exposure. How do I get people to find me? Website (you’ve got to pay someone or make your own). Directories and forums. Social media, where you need to be constantly active to be seen, while simultaneously facing constant censorship and the possibility of your account being deleted without warning.

Do you know how you’re going to get paid? Especially when there are ZERO payment processors that allow you to use their system to accept payments for adult-themed sessions? That’s right: no PayPal, no Venmo, no Stripe, no Google Pay, no Apple Pay, no…you name it. If you do it and they find out they could confiscate your money and ban you. (No joke. It’s happened to several people.) You could have people send it through the more adult-friendly channels like NiteFlirt, SpankPay, Erotifix, etc. but that’s a risk, too, because even they don’t want you to use them as a payment vehicle for face-to-face sessions. (If you do use them for any reason, be prepared for their cut to be 20-35% versus a standard business payment processor’s ~3%.) And how are you going to manage the clients who say they can’t have a “paper trail”? They often ask to pay with a gift card. Are you going to accept gifts cards from all these people? How will you pay rent or your utilities?

Skills? You better have them. Or you won’t get repeat business. Hoping someone awesome will mentor you for free? Very unlikely. Most of us don’t have the time or interest because many Domme hopefuls underestimate the work and will either not take it seriously or disappear. Who wants invest any of their (limited) time into what is very likely to be a net loss for us? Be prepared to find and pay someone who will teach you. Acquire books and videos, attend classes, workshops, and conventions. More expenses.

Going to offer a specialized activity? Like medical or heavy rubber? Expect to invest a big chunk of money into it — and a big chunk of time with the specialized cleaning that kind of gear requires. (Ever cleaned a 7 by 4 foot heavy rubber sack by hand, inside and out? That’s the reality of vac bed maintenance.) Maybe you’re going to do something less intense like foot worship? Foot fetishists usually want pedicured feet. That will be an additional, regular investment to keep your feet soft and looking pretty.

Do you know how to do things safely? Do you know the risks of the various health conditions of the clients you will get? What about medications? Do you know which ones affect the kinds of activities you can do safely, within whatever limits they provide? Do you know how to handle a medical emergency? Fainting? Panic attack? Cardiac arrest?

Got someone interested in you? Fantastic. How do you know who to accept for a session? How do you screen them? Do you know warning signs? Do you know what questions to ask to be able to do this work safely and effectively?

They showed up? Congrats — this one wasn’t a no-show! Now what kind of security do you have? You do know we have a higher risk for harassment, stalking, assault, rape, and murder, right? You might want to learn some self-defense.

Now it’s time to run the session. Know what to do? The person booked 4 hours. Do you know how to entertain someone for 4 hours straight? How do you make them want to come back? You need people to come back or you won’t be able to do this full time.

Done! Not so fast. Time for cleaning. You will spend hours doing this. And you can’t just wipe things down with butt wipes, you have to disinfect and sterilize so your clients don’t end up with infections and disease. (Don’t expect clients to be honest about what they may have.) Oops — ran out of chux, gloves, lube, disinfectant, bleach, etc? Time to order more supplies (a constant expense).

Uh-oh, got a problem client? What if they keep touching you in the session when you asked them not to? What if they keep showing up at your studio, unannounced? What if they start making threats? How are you going handle this?

Got through that all? Great. Now, time to do it all over again. And again. And again. And don’t expect success right away. While I did pretty well in my first year (had a plan), it wasn’t until around year 5 that I really felt established in my field. (YMMV.) Expect that once the sense of glamor wears off that aspects of this will feel more and more like a job. Expect to go through phases when you really don’t like those aspects. You will need to learn how to manage this or it will lead to burnout.

SO! While each type of SW has its own requirements, none are “easy”. Being a Dominatrix is the most expensive form of SW & requires a specialized skill set, including understanding how to do very risky activities that could severely injure or kill someone. It involves a lot of time, cash, and dedication.

So, do you still think it’s “easy”?

The More You Know 🌈

Testimonial from slave 70

I welcomed slave 70 to Temenos recently. Here is what he wrote to me afterward:

I greatly appreciate you inviting me into Your world and into Temenos for the afternoon. I appreciate all the time, effort and energy You clearly must have devoted to making today such a success. It was all I had hoped for, and so much more.

…You looked absolutely stunning. In my opinion You look even better in person than in Your photos. I hear people use this phrase a lot, but I genuinely mean it.

…Your Dominant commanding presence and probing eyes overwhelmed me. But I also loved seeing you betray a beautiful smile here and there, like when You were setting up or adjusting the ropes or torturing me with various things. I appreciate how You kept me on my toes the whole time, challenging me, pushing me and questioning me. I also really got into You training me to respond to Your commands appropriately; actually I loved that!

As I drove home, I was thinking about how the world feels very different, in a sense fresh and new. I feel a bit like Neo from the Matrix “waking up” and seeing the world with a completely new perspective. … And I’m already hearing Your voice echo in my head, helping to guide me as I make choices, good choices that is. Thank You for that.

Today was an incredible day; so many things were perfect for me. It was quite easy for me to fall under Your spell, as You truly are a naturally Dominant person. I do hope You will permit me to see You again soon; I would be a very lucky slave to have that honor.

Thank you, slave 70! I’m elated I was able to help you achieve this in only our first session. Looking forward to what may come!

(And, yes, of course you’re welcome to visit again.)

Mistress Tissa’s FemDom Tuck-In (Updated)

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  • I removed “littles”, “bigs”, “boys” and “girls” because NiteFlirt would not publish my listing as they said it could infer age play and that is prohibited in their terms of service.
  • If you would like to do age play, you will have to contact me through my website to set something up outside of their interface.

Mistress Tissa: Authentic FemDom

FemDom is an often distorted concept.

Much of mainstream BDSM’s depiction is actually MaleDom fetishism disguised as the woman in control. This is especially true in porn. It’s so pervasive that some people out there honestly don’t seem to know the difference.

Maybe you’re one of those who knows this. You can tell when you play with someone who isn’t actually Dominant. It all seems unbelievable. Contrived. And you’re left feeling a little let down. Like you want to feel truly dominated. Real control.

This requires an understanding and mastery of power.

Does this describe me?

Ask some of my subs:

The level of control you exerted over me was great! … I feel like a broke through to a new level of submission/power exchange.  It was incredible!!!

Thank You for letting me experience one of the few true power-exchange scenes i’ve had ever

in one session she got me so “high” on her power over me I actually did faint for about 10 seconds.Talk about POWER!! … If you’ve been looking for a REAL session and want to submit you’ve found the right Mistress

Mistress Tissa is absolutely incredible, exemplifying the title of Professional Domme. … Our session was so fluid, natural, and powerful that I’m still shuddering from the crescendo.

When I am with Her, I know I am with a genuinely dominant, deliciously kinky and stunningly beautiful woman who totally controls my mind and body during the time we spend together

The way You control mind body and spirit is uncanny. You truly are a Sorceress. i thoroughly enjoyed everything we did, but being under the power of Your gaze would have been worth the trip by itself.

I have had sessions with many different Dommes, but none as beautiful, powerful, and controlling as Mistress Tissa.

You are an amazing Mistress. … You are the most powerful woman i have ever met.

If you want authentic domination and you are submissive RUN to her Temenos and have your brain rewired.When I am with her I can feel her power being transferred onto me

Your grace, power, and presence captivated me …. I can’t wait to see you again.

Come, give yourself to me and feel my power.

Training

Interested in receiving training from an authentic Mistress and professional Dominatrix?

I offer personalized training for individuals and couples in a wide variety of activities for submissives, slaves, bottoms, and/or fetishists. I typically do not train Dominants except in the case of a couple where the Dominant would like coaching from another Dominant about training their submissive. In these cases, the training must occur with both parties present. (The couple can be of any sex, gender, or sexual orientation.)

Knowing what kind of training is appropriate for you requires knowing what you are trying to accomplish. To put it simply:

If you want to learn how to be submissive, then you want submissive training.

If you want to learn how to be of service, then you want slave training.

If you want to learn how to experience an activity but do not want power exchange, then you want bottom training.

If it’s really about your specific fetishes around “training” rather than the actuality of what it looks like, you want fetishized or fantasy training.

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Here, my submissive is receiving punishment with his training.

Also important is understanding the “mood” you would like for your training. The mood can dramatically change the feeling. I can create training sessions which are fun and laid back all the way to strict and sadistic. Please note: I may not necessarily offer any combination of type of training and mood you are looking for.

I’m a natural educator and am adept in many activities, but I’m especially well suited for those wishing to be trained in:

MistressTissa_SubmissionAuthentic Submission. This involves the incorporation of my formal studies in psychology and philosophy (and spirituality, when mutually desired) to teach you what genuine submission is and how to find, express, and/or hone it within yourself. This can be sexy, challenging, fun, educational, and powerful. (Psst…it’s not really about just being on your knees.)

MistressTissa_SlaveBakesAuthentic Slavery. Like submissive training, I use my knowledge and skills in psychology and philosophy (and, again, any mutual interests in spirituality) to teach you what genuine slavery is and how to provide it. Long-term slaves will be trained in understanding the Path of Service, including self-awareness and self-improvement. slaves may also work toward self-actualization.

Femme Training. “Femme” is a distinct concept from “female”. I do not approach femme training assuming that you are or want to be female. You can identify as male, female, or something else and be trained to be femme. Training can include only dress, including how to best dress for your  version of femme, to the inclusion of makeup, mannerisms, and speaking. The most serious femmes can also train in the psychology of femme, femme integration, and femme as a tool for healing “toxic masculinity”.  Note: I do not offer femme training as a form of humiliation.

MistressTissa_SlutTrainingSlut Training. In my world, sluts are good things, and my approach to training reflects that. How, specifically, your training occurs depends on whether you’re a sub, slave, or fetishist; but regardless, you will learn to express your glorious inner slut. You do not have to assume a female persona to engage in this type of training. Men are and can be sluts, too!

 

 

If you would like to explore training with me, whether for one session, a handful of sessions, or over a long period of time, please complete the request form on my contact page. Be sure to include details about the type of training you wish to receive. If you omit the details and just ask for “training”, I will assume that you are coming to me as a slave, have no ego needs, and you would like me to 100% choose how I train you.

If you are interested in training but are not sure which is appropriate for you and your interests, I can help pinpoint what is likely the best fit for you. I can do this is two ways:

1. If you’re not certain you want to schedule a session, request a coaching session only.

2. If you know you’re interested in scheduling a session with me, then I recommend an extended session consultation. Please complete my session request form and indicate that you would like an extended consultation.

Temenos

Did you know that I have my own private dungeon, Temenos?

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It is easily accessible and located in a safe neighborhood in the city of Philadelphia.

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It is intimate, sensual, and well equipped.

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Included are:

St Andrew’s Cross
Padded Seven-Foot Bondage Table and Cage
Padded Corporal Bench
Padded Adjustable Bondage Chair
Latex Vacbed
Full-Sized Velvet Couch
Mirrors
Antique Throne
Blindfolds
Hoods
Gags
Restraints
Rope
Pinwheels
Clips & Clamps
Genitorture Devices
Estim
Crops
Belts
Paddles
Canes
Beaters
Floggers
Whips
Suction Devices
Vibrators
Femme Wardrobe (limited) & Makeup

For more detail, please go to Temenos.

What’s that you say? You haven’t yet experienced a scene with me in my Temenos? Then you really should come for a visit…

Finding a Professional Domme

Last Update: March 30, 2020

Since FOSTA/SESTA was signed into law in April of 2018, pro Domme directories have disappeared. With that, people have been expressing dismay about where they can find Us. I have included some information below which may be useful to you in your search.

Please note:

  • Some information on the sites included in this list is not accurate. Those listed may have moved to another city, retired, or died. Inversely, some Dommes that are active and accepting clients may not be listed on any of them.
  • Because a Domme is listed on a site does not say anything about Her skill, Her professionalism, or Her ethics. Once you find someone you’re interested in, it’s wise to do further research. Ask other people if they know anything about a Domme if you’re not sure.
  • More sites which include US Dommes may be removed or disappear altogether as time goes on. This guide will be updated as needed.

In alphabetical order (site with US Dommes are in bold):

ALL STAR FEMDOMS: This is a curated list of FemDoms courtesy of scene veteran Ms. Irene Boss. Not all professional Dommes are listed here. According to Her mission statement: “the Ladies featured in this Directory are committed to practicing their craft at the highest level.”
Summary: Though Dommes are not organized in any way, it’s worth a look.

BACKPAGE: The site was used by a variety of Dommes to advertise — especially when traveling, it seemed. It was taken down by the US government in April of 2018.
Summary: Since the owners were arrested and charged, it’s unlikely to be resurrected.

COLLARSPACE: Originally called “CollarMe”, this site features an antiquated interface that resembles more of a dating site than a professional directory. Still, some professionals have pages here.
Summary: This may be more useful for people looking for a relationship with a kinky person or for some lifestyle play (though I hear that there are quite a lot of fakes and scammers on the site, so beware).

CRAIGSLIST: A much-used “all purpose” goods and services site. It included an adult personals section that was similar to Backpage. However, around the time FOSTA/SESTA was passed, the site decided to remove the entire personals section, obviously to avoid the same fate as Backpage. Some people have tried to go around this by using other sections, or post in other countries.
Summary: No longer a reliable source. If you do use it, beware of women who claim to be pro Dommes but are difficult or impossible to verify. Some may be law enforcement trying to entrap.

DICKIE VIRGIN: A well-known site for BDSM providers and events around the world run by “Dickie” and “Dixie”, who have a genuine and longtime dedication to pro Dommes. In early 2017, they began a free classifieds section for professionals. The Dommes who utilize it often post their travels.
Summary: A great source. Listings need to be approved, which is helpful to cut down on scammers. Since I don’t know how much they vet those who post ads, a possible fake could be listed. Make sure to cross reference.

DOMINA.MS: Includes a directory and a bulletin-board-style, moderated forum called “The Buzz”.
Summary: Though traffic isn’t high, a potential source.

DOMINA GUIDE: A global directory of professional Dommes since 2005. As of now, US Dommes are still included.
Summary: No word on if the site owner plans on removing US listings, but good for now.

EROS: A long-standing and popular site, due to its attractive interface and excellent customer service, that requires payment to be listed and will accept an ID to mark a Domme as “Eros Verified”. Unfortunately, it’s become increasingly difficult to use. The most recent issue is they no longer allow providers to include their websites in their ads. Several users around the country have reported that that they cannot get a listing published, their ads are being censored or flat-out removed, are unable to get their payments to successfully process (resulting in ads expiring and disappearing), and cannot get anyone to answer the phone or reply to emails. Some have expressed concern that since Eros’s call center was raided in November of 2017 that they may have been compromised by the US government and is tracking users. Some have also said they believe that law enforcement as creating fake listing to entrap users. It’s difficult to verify this, but it might be wise to exercise caution with this site.
Summary: Due to widespread difficulties with listings and service, and suspicions that it may not be run by or in cahoots with “authorities” some Dommes have stopped using it and therefore it’s no longer as reliable of a source at it once was. Still worth a look, but know that some pro Dommes that were once on the site may no longer be listed.

FEMME FATALE DIRECTORY: Updated and it is now “Femme Fatale Films”. Presumably a list of Dommes who identify as Femme Fatales. Some US Dommes are included. It appears that to be listed you must have a clip, which appears exclusive to the site. Membership is required to view them. Listings tend to include the Domme’s personal website. While it has some nice features, it’s overall not terribly developed and thus not easy to use. (This may be why there’s not a lot of Dommes listed here.) When I was exploring it, the map and search functions would not work.
Summary: The site still provides a selection of Dommes but now includes clips of those Dommes which can be viewed with a membership. See if it works for you. You might find the Femme Fatale you’re looking for.

FETLIFE: Fetlife describes itself as “Like Facebook, but run by kinksters”. Launched in 2008, it’s free to join and allows users to create personal profiles and participate in forums about a wide range of topics. Though you can use the site’s search function to look for people, it is intentionally not set up to make this easy. This is to discourage a “meat market” feel. Instead, you can use keywords, such as “pro domme”, to search for groups and look for Dommes that way.
Summary: Not a quick way to find Dommes, but may be useful for those who would like to find a more “lifestyle”, community feel in their search, and possibly some interaction with Dommes in forums before booking. Note: Though pro Dommes are allowed on the site, any discussion of what FetLife defines as “sex acts” (one being strap-on) in exchange for payment or goods can get you banned.

HOGSPY: An international directory and news source for professional Dommes. Payment is required to be included on the site. (Providing images without a watermark is also a requirement, which is a deal-breaker for some.) As of now, US Dommes are still included.
Summary: Limited selection, but worth a look. They do announce tours for the Dommes listed on their site.

MAX FISCH: A well-known Domme directory that has been around since the late 90s, I believe. Unfortunately, it’s been abandoned by its owner and hasn’t been updated since March of 2015. The bulletin-board-style forum “The Hang” is still used by some people, though it is unmoderated. You can still register an account if you’d like to ask questions about a Domme of interest. Reviews are posted.
Summary: Don’t rely on the directory to be accurate, but you can check the forum for info.

MISTRESS ELITE: A UK-centered site that includes a small selection of US Dommes. I found this site difficult to use. Very glitchy and went down while I was searching.
Summary: Give it a go, if you’d like, but you can probably find what you’re looking for elsewhere.

MISTRESS GUIDE: This is an international guide has been around since 2009. I believe it is based in Germany. US Dommes are still listed here. Fairly easy to navigate, but the presentation relies heavily on animated banners to advertise Dommes.
Summary: Covers many countries. Worth a look.

MISTRESS REVIEW: An international index which has been recently updated. Very nice interface. Unlike other directories, it allows users to leave reviews for Dommes directly on their pages.
Summary: Worth a look.

THE MISTRESS WEB: A site with a more modern interface and various “bells and whistles”. It allows you to search for a Domme based on location (including clicking on a map), physical characteristics, and interests. You can also register an account and keep a “Mistress Black Book”. Seems to have some useful functions, but I’m not sure how widely used the site is. Dommes are required to pay to be listed beyond a brief trial period. Includes a small selection of US Dommes.
Summary: Worth a look to see if it’s features are useful to you.

OPEN ADULT DIRECTORY: A long-time, global source for professional Dominas. Unfortunately, they no longer list anyone in the US. Useful but a very dated, 1990s-era interface of text-based links.
Summary: No longer can find US-based Dommes, but still useful for other countries.

PANDEMOS: An international directory “dedicated to the superior female since 2002”. US Dommes are still included.
Summary: Recently updated with a new and improved interface.

PRO DOMME: Light on the listings. According to its Twitter account, the site is going bye-bye.
Summary: Skip. No longer active.

SERIOUS MISTRESSES: An international directory of Mistresses. US Dommes are still listed here, but some of the listings are outdated. Interface is mostly text-based links.
Summary: Worth a look, but make sure you check to see if the listing is accurate.

SWITTER: A newer social media platform specifically for sex workers, which was set up off-shore specifically to circumvent potential legal issues. Though still in it’s early stages, it functions similarly to Twitter. You can search for Dommes in their listings section or by hashtag, e.g. #losangelesdominatrix. Their interface seems to keep improving. Very nice.
Summary: In a worst-case scenario where FOSTA/SESTA is strictly enforced and all these sites remove US listings or are taken down, this could become a good — and necessary — place to find Dommes.

TWITTER: A massive social media platform which has been criticized for censoring people in the adult industry with “shadowbanning” and account suspensions. Still, it’s used by most professionals. You can search for Dommes by name or by hashtag, e.g. #disciplinarian or #bondagemistress. (If someone is shadowbanned, you will not see them in your searches. Try finding Dommes through promotional accounts such as Oostwalum and terry.)
Summary: Since there’s quite a lot of pros who regularly use this site, it’s worth a look.

UNDER HER HEEL: While there are quite a lot of Dommes listed here, I found many who had long retired or who passed away.
Summary: Skip. There are more up-to-date directories. No longer active.

YOUR DOMINATRIX: A very sparse site. No longer lists US Dommes.
Summary: Not terribly useful. Skip this one. No longer active.

So, you’ve looked at all these directories and you still haven’t found what you’re looking for? Try using a search engine!

Use keywords like “Dominatrix” or “Mistress” and the city you’re looking for, e.g. “Tampa Mistress“. If you get too many hits, narrow it down further with a variety of keywords that pertain to your interests, e.g. “Tampa Disciplinarian” or “Tampa Mommy ABDL“. No one coming up for your interest(s) in your preferred city? Are you willing to travel? Trying searching a city that you’re willing to go to, such as: “Sarasota Disciplinarian” or “Orlando Mommy ABDL” or even “Florida Mistress“, as some people may enjoy the activities you are looking for but they may not be easily searchable or listed on their site.

Whatever you come up with, check to see if that Domme has a website, a social media presence, and reviews or testimonials. If she has none of those things, be very careful when booking a session with Her.

Good luck!

(Disclaimer: This list is provided for information purposes only and should not be seen as “promotion” or “facilitation” of “prostitution” or “trafficking” any more than the phone book is promoting its content.)

Testimonial from Luke

“First of all, let me say I was so happy to be back in Your presence!  You are as delightful, elegant, and gracious a hostess as ever.

And devious.  This session was absolutely unique and fantastic!  Everything was unexpected, … You played with some fetishes I didn’t even know I had … You played with my sense of reality were otherworldly.  

The good news for me is, You ALWAYS know where to go next.  Every time I think You’ve plunged me as low as I can go, You find some new way to wring out the last vestiges of pride and self-respect that might be hiding in the corners of my mind.  This was complete debasement.  It was terribly humiliating.  By which I mean greatly humiliating.  By which I mean awesomely humiliating.  And after all of that, my…having the privilege of kissing Your perfect, fetish-inducing feet was the final irony.  

(I will take this opportunity to lodge a formal protest regarding the beauty of Your feet. I will repeat to my death that I am NOT a foot fetishist!!!! …but [sigh] I think I’m…uhh… starting to understand. Dammit!)

In summary, I just want to thank You again for the magical, sublime (yet very REAL) experiences that you provide.  My senses are left tingling, and I’m left shaking my head in awe of what has just happened.  Sessioning with You is a privilege unlike any other.”

Thank you, Luke! You are an absolute delight to session with. I can’t wait for our next adventure!

And thank you for your generous gift!