It was difficult because within the lifestyle, you’re pretty much always on call, so I couldn’t make commitments. There were some that I couldn’t because we didn’t have that element of friendship where we had unconditional love and nonjudgment. There were some of them with whom I could share the details of my life. It does let you know the people who are really true people.
What is the life of a high-priced call girl really like? Here's a transcript of the interview: Natalie Mc Lennan, a native of Montreal, was a 24-year-old aspiring actress in 2004 when she started working for NY Confidential, a top-end escort service in New York City. 1 escort,” she was featured on the cover of New York magazine in 2005, and her revelations in the accompanying article led prosecutors to arrest her for prostitution and money laundering, for which she spent 26 days in Rikers Island jail (“Three more days than Paris Hilton! She is writing a memoir with a working title of “The Price” about her experiences during the year that she worked for the agency. Because I had so much anxiety and panic attacks because I felt something might happen. I was right because the month after I left, the agency was shut down by the police. About half of them were single, about half of them were married.
To get the answers to these and other questions, TODAY sat down with a woman who was once one of the highest-paid escorts in New York. A: I was struggling, a starving actress, living in Manhattan, trying to succeed. It was, so I continued until it wasn’t right for me anymore. A: I got out because of people I was surrounded with at the agency didn’t have my best interests at heart. A: I don’t know if people are wanting to find sympathy in the client, but what was surprising to me was that most clients, most men, were really looking for companionship They were looking to connect with somebody and were looking for more than just a one-hour engagement. A: The average client that I met in New York City was 25-45, well-dressed, well-groomed, very well-mannered, well-educated — a lot of times from New York; mostly Wall Street, lawyers, CEOs, businessmen, hedge fund managers. Are they to dictate what’s right and what’s wrong, or what is safe and what is not safe? I do know that I didn’t feel like what I was doing was evil or malicious in any way.
I decided to try it once to see if it was something I could handle. A: I’m not comfortable answering that, partly because my mom’s going to read this. Q: What would readers be surprised to learn about the business? I couldn’t make long-term plans because I might be called by the agency to meet with a client at any time.
And also, my lifestyle wasn’t as healthy as it could have been. A: An escort makes as much money as she can possibly make for herself. A: The booker — whoever organizes the appointments, which is either over the telephone or the Internet — makes 10 percent off the top, then it’s split 50-50 between the girl and the agency. A: I used to have this recurring nightmare where I’d be walking into this gorgeous hotel like the St. New York is a shopper’s dream, and I had unlimited funds for a long period of time. The single guys were guys who were super-ambitious, tons of testosterone, very alpha-male types who work really, really hard and don’t necessarily have the free time to go out on dates.
Q: Is it hard for a call girl to have a social life? As a result, I definitely developed feelings for them. It lasted for one year of my life, although it had more long-lasting repercussions. Some people go through their lives and never know who loves me for what I am. I don’t want to candy-coat it, because there certainly is a dark side to the escort/call-girl industry that exists and destroys people’s lives. If she’s booking for $200 an hour, she’s taking home less than $100. A: I wish I‘d have had the wisdom that I have now when I was making the choices I was making then.
We’re getting there, and she and I have a very close relationship and a very healthy relationship. She was there for me when I went to jail, and she was there for me after I got out of jail and helped me through a lot. I feel so much compassion and empathy for girls who don’t have the support structures that I did. I didn’t hold back from finding things about my clients that were really attractive and really endearing to me. A: That’s something I’ve had to deal with and come to terms with in my life. A: I don’t want to make it seem more glamorous than it is. When you’re dealing with the lower end of the price spectrum, at that point, I think it is the norm, and I think it is good manners to tip a girl.
“Pretty Woman” is almost a little bit scary, because I remember watching that movie when I was a child. Everybody wants to be swept off their feet by Richard Gere or someone like him and rescued from Wilshire Boulevard or wherever she was. They have a house in London, a house in Paris and a house in New York, and they’re getting married. Q: Are people judgmental about what you did for a living? Q: What’s the biggest misconception about the business? When you get to that price, it’s kind of ridiculous to ask for more.
The average escort in New York City, I would estimate makes between 0 and ,200 an hour. Regis, and all of a sudden I would slip and fall in my four-inch Manolos, go tumbling across the carpet, and with me would go the contents of my purse, which were as follows: 0 bills, condoms, lube, and then makeup, cell phone and all the other girl things. I always lived in Manhattan, and Manhattan is one of the safest places in the world to be. A lot of the married guys, one of the things I used to believe at the time was that I was actually doing a service for these guys, because rather than having an affair with their secretary and potentially ruining their lives, they would come see me, satisfy their needs physically and some of the companionship they wanted — going on a date, having fun, relaxing — and being able to sustain their marriage.
It can be a great living for a certain amount of time. It was that moment of mortification of my life being exposed for the world to see, because a girl’s life is in her purse. There are so many people around, you couldn’t feel safer.