Sandra LaMorgese, PhD, professional dominatrix
All over NYC
How she got the job: “I lost my wellness practice in 2011 during the wake of the Great Recession. I was 55 with no prospects, no financial savings, no family members who would help, and friends who seemed to vanish into thin air. Then one day, out of the blue, came the idea to become a professional dominatrix. At first the idea was nothing more than an offhand joke between me and a friend. Slowly, though, the idea took root in my mind.
"At the time, I was working to earn my PhD in metaphysical science, studying female sexual empowerment and researching the transmutation of sexual energy. As a student of empowerment and sexuality, I knew that becoming a dominatrix would truly teach me to ‘walk the walk’ of authentic, non-judgmental sexuality, but no matter how hard I tried to talk myself into it there was nothing in my reality telling me it was possible. At the same time, I suspected that the experience could empower me as a woman. After weeks of using my most impressive powers of persuasion, I finally convinced a NYC BDSM dungeon to grant me an in-person interview. I started my training three days later.”