Former NHS carer quit £14,000 job to become stripper and now travels the world
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A former carer, who quit working for the NHS and turned to stripping on OnlyFans, has revealed how it transformed their life.
25-year-old James Cowe had spent six years working as an assistant in dementia care before making the major choice to quit and become a stripper.
In the two years since quitting the NHS and the £14,000 a year carer's job he had with it, James says he's made about £160,000 on OnlyFans.
Able to make in a couple of months on OnlyFans what used to take him a year to earn as a carer, James admitted making the career leap was 'scary' but it turned out to change his life.
He's spent the money on the deposit for a house, a trip to Barbados, a holiday for his family and bought a Mercedes convertible he takes on journeys around Europe.
James explained that he was getting 'completely burnt out' after working in healthcare for six years where he was taking home £1,100 in pay after tax.
Faced with the choice of either continuing with his career and going on to become a nurse or getting on OnlyFans and becoming a stripper, he picked the second option.
He said: "The thought of stripping for money was scary but it's changed my life dramatically.
"Working in health care is demanding and exhausting for very little pay. It can be very rewarding but it's financially unviable. I felt I had no choice but to leave because the pay was so bad."
He quit the NHS in 2021 after the government offered staff a one percent pay rise, calling it a 'kick in the teeth' and warned that other former colleagues were quitting to move into different careers where they felt more appreciated.
Since leaving his job as a carer his financial situation has improved significantly and James was astonished at how he was able to make so much money as a stripper.
He explained: "It's amazing! I was shocked at how much money I made so quickly. Without it I wouldn't have all the independence and opportunities I do now.
"It's taken me out of a situation I felt was so dead-end. Now I've paid off over £30,000 of accumulated debt I thought I'd never get rid of.
"My healthcare wages were spent within hours on bills or rent. I used to run out of petrol money on the way to or from work and I had no hope of buying a flat before."
James recently joined the picket lines alongside former colleagues during strike action, saying the government 'still haven't done enough to make healthcare a financially viable career' and describing the current conditions NHS staff are working under as 'shocking'.