So You Want To Be A Doorman?

Many people would like to see themselves as Doormen, especially, it would appear, Martial Artists. For some strange reason many of the ‘trained’ combatants feel that they are fully qualified for the job. The position of a Doorman, and the lifestyle that accompanies it is not what many people would aspire to if they knew the full story. For those of you who have read any of Geoff Thompson’s books concerning ‘the door’ may understand what I’m getting at. For those of you who’ve been there and done it, then you know what I’m talking about. The Door is no place for ‘paper tigers’.

I have been an active Doorman for the past nine years in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. I was introduced to the profession through my younger brother, Martin, during a time of financial difficulty. As with many Doormen before me, it was meant to be a short-term arrangement. And, as those who have preceded me, once I was in, I was consumed by it and have been held by it since. My first weeks work was a harrowing time, my nerves and conscience being tested and stressed to extremes, which at the time, I didn’t think were possible to overcome.

During the early part of my ‘term of office’ I worked in a combination of establishments, pubs and clubs of varying class. I quickly learnt the trade, most of this can be contributed to me working with some top quality men. In a relatively short space of time I was beginning to establish myself as a decent Doorman, being head-doorman of a combined pub and nightclub after just eight months of working. During those months I had formed a working relationship with a man who was to spend the next six and a half years by my side, Carlos. On more occasions than I care to remember, we have had to put 100% faith in each other’s ability and commitment. We’ve seen, and been involved in, some sights that would make many shudder and crumble. In hindsight I even question my own resilience in the face of such adversity. However, I’m here today to ‘tell the tale’. I feel confident in saying that I have benefited from my experiences. The lifestyle that ‘the door’ has led me is largely responsible for moulding me into the person that I am today. But, and this is a big but, the journey hasn’t been an easy one by any means. There have been numerous times where I have struggled to maintain my well being, my liberty (on more than one occasion) and sanity. Through my own endeavours, I shall attempt to highlight some of the considerations that need to be deliberated upon. I hope that by giving an insight into this perilous profession, that people will consider its worth. This ranges from people considering taking up a position, to those questioning their viability in the job at the moment, to those who are prepared to look at it from the ‘other side of the fence’. First and foremost, we need to take a look at why people might want to do it.

My own personal motive for entering this trade was of a purely financial nature. It was the burden of a mortgage and the desire not to loose my home that spurred me, after much deliberation, to begin originally. Many people, when nothing else is available, can be tempted to work the door.