03 January 2018 Posted By : Administrator

I once worked as a phone-sex operator’ - Gabourey Sidibe


Gabourey Sidibe confessed in her memoir, ‘This Is Just My Face’, that she once worked as a phone sex operator just to make ends meet.

According to an excerpt by Glamour magazine, the 33-year-old actress spoke on her experience as a phone sex operator before landing her breakthrough role in Precious—describing the job as ‘degrading’. “I was 21, couldn't afford to go to school, and couldn't get a job,” she wrote.

The Empire actress revealed that her therapist, during a discussion, suggested she look into telemarketing as a job, but Sidibe writes, “As soon as my therapist suggested ‘telemarketing,’ I heard ‘phone sex.'” She then got an interview at a phone sex company, which she described as quite 'normal-looking'. Though she didn't have a lot of professional experience under her belt, the gig didn't require any, so she was in. The job role included “base pay and the potential to make $15 per hour.”

“If a caller liked you enough to request you by name, you made $2 before you said hello,” the actress recalled.

“We learned that phone sex isn't about getting the caller off; it’s about stalling so you can make money,” she revealed.

“A good talker makes the caller forget he’s paying to talk to you. She makes her answers as long as possible to keep the money rolling in.”

Sidibe also admitted in the book that her first day on the job didn't go quite smoothly, as phone sex wasn't as she thought.

“I had no idea what to say! I was 21 years old!” she writes, adding that she was given the pseudonym 'Becky'.

“I wasn't a virgin, but I certainly wasn't some hot and horny temptress who knew what to do with that hard c*ck. I didn't know what to do with it in person, and I didn't know what to do with it in a white-male fantasy. I mean, damn!”

However, she said quitting simply wasn't an option for her, despite the fact that she didn't take pleasure in the job.

“I told myself I wasn't degrading myself for some faceless caller. He was the one paying to get sticky and gross while listening to me. I was in a cubicle in an office making a decent amount of money,” she revealed. “Sure, there were a lot of calls that were degrading. But what was I supposed to do? Quit? I couldn't afford that.”

Sidibe said after a month-and-the-half on the job, a supervisor picked interest in her, leading to her promotion to a receptionist.

“Technically speaking, I had the potential to make more money as a talker, but as a receptionist I didn't have to pretend to blow anyone, so it was a better job,” she wrote.

The actress revealed that she worked at the company for about three years, before she finally got the lead role in the 2009 movie, Precious.

Sidibe acknowledged that her experience as a phone sex operator helped her prepare emotionally for the rigours of being an actor, admitting that she's had worse jobs in acting.

“I’ve had acting roles that I felt demeaned me as much if not more than the phone sex calls,” she said. “I took those roles because it was my job to take them and because the relationships and experience I’ve gained will eventually allow me to create and play my own characters.”

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