Former male exotic dancer from Okanagan writes book about mental health

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An Okanagan man is going public about his 25 year long career as an exotic dancer. The 50-year old man has written a book about how it all started and its impact on his mental health. As Sydney Morton reports, it's all in an effort to help other men experiencing similar struggles. – May 23, 2022

Okanagan resident Corey Laine Hilton danced his way to the top of the male exotic dancing circuit during his 25-year-long career. Now, he is sharing the journey in his book titled Take It Off.

He started working at a bar in the lower mainland as a shirtless waiter on ladies’ nights when he was 17-years-old.

“That exposure into that environment actually connected me with some of the best dancers in the industry and I was actually mentored by one of the best in the industry,” said Hilton.

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He eventually made his way to Florida and fell into the party scene, drugs and the playboy lifestyle, which turned into what he calls a downward spiral.

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“You’re in the party scene, you’re being paid to party,” said Hilton.

“It was when I was working at night doing a show (and also) after the show, it was right there, readily available. So I would be partying all night with everybody and I was the life of the party.”

Hilton hung up his g-string when he was 43-years-old and eventually made his way to the Okanagan in 2008 where he started a new life and begin healing, all while wanting to help other men do the same.

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“I just don’t want other men like myself to fall into the same pitfalls because I really struggled with a lot of these things for far too long,” said Hilton.

“I, just like so many other men out there struggled, with (basic unworthiness). I struggled with emotional disconnection, that was my biggest one, and so that was a big component of writing the book.”

Next on his agenda is sharing his story with as many people as he can. He will be going on a book tour in the Okanagan in June. He will be at the Kelowna Chapters Indigo June 18 and in Penticton Coles June 19.

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