Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time. - Thomas A. Edison
Im very interested in the future of television because it is so closely tied to the future of porn.
I am an avid reader of industry trade rags like Videomaker and Streaming Media Magazines. I also stay abreast of the technology. Several years ago I spoke at an Xbiz Conference in Miami on emerging technologies, I told them about the future of video on the internet and a standard called MPEG DASH. Back in the 90s the guys doing porn were tech guys and they would have been all over this even before I presented it but in 2013 you could have counted the people who understood it or even the impact it would have on one hand. Despite the fact that everyone doing large scale streaming right now, like NetFlix, is using it. One co-presenter was tooting his own horn about how Their browser pop-unders were a technological breakthrough, the company was LiveJasmine, I simply couldn’t help myself and said thats not a technological breakthrough, thats fucking annoying..I got a round of applause, but I also didnt get invited to speak again, he did.
But this post is only loosely about the technology, it’s a lot more about content delivery in the near future.
Now you have probably all heard about “set top boxes” and if not you certainly have heard of brand names of set top boxes like FireTV, Roku and Apple TV. Basically they stream content to your TV. Some TVs are “smart” and can do it themselves. Its a way to watch Netflix or Hulu or others on your nice big HDTV without having to go through your computer.
We all know what tubesites are as well, but theres an emerging convergence that makes tubesites look archaic.
Its called an HTPC, home theater personal computer. Sounds expensive doesn’t it? It isn’t. I recently bought one called a QBox for less than 100 dollars. its an 8 core android PC with advanced hardware graphics, 2 USB 3 ports, an SDHC card slot, Bluetooth, an IR Remote, built in AC Band WiFi, 2 Gigabytes internal memory and 16 Gigabytes of storage memory. Its the size of a small alarm clock. Pretty net little box…you can hook an external drive to it and play 4K video (or even higher) with no problems. But the real interesting thing is it is Android, so it runs android apps, like Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime…so it has all the good stuff that Roku 3 has plus Candy Crush.
Pretty neat right?
Thats just the beginning it comes bundled with something called Kodi. Kodi was formerly known as XBMC. It was a way to really cut the cable from subscription TV. XBMC was an Android app that would pull files off of torrent sites and play them real time. so if it was on a torrent site (or usenet or a tubesite) you could play it on demand on your HDTV. Problem was there was a lot of latency, buffering and what not so it was generally only for very technically inclined people. It was also difficult to set up and not very reliable.
Not so much anymore when I tried it i was amazed…full DVD and HD quality video on demand, and it was very very reliable and easy to set up. As a content provider I understand the need to pay for content and I have a subscription to Netflix so I decided to compare “House of Cards” and one of the TV shows I normally watch an NBC show called “Allegiance”
As I stated before Netflix uses MPEG DASH for delivery, its a dynamic adaptive delivery method meaning that it delivers the video in very short pieces a couple of seconds at a time, if it senses that your connection is slowing down it will downshift the quality of the next piece of video, conversely if your connection speeds up it will get a higher quality piece. This has some advantages…one is that you will always get the highest quality that your connection can support with little or no buffering and for content producers it facilitates protecting your content, because it isnt sending you the entire video file at once, its sending you pieces that vary in quality.
Kodi is using plain old streaming, its sending you the whole file and playing it as it is sent so if your connection slows down your video may freeze while it buffers
Neither Netflix nor Kodi suffered from buffering issues playing the latest season of House of Cards. the biggest difference and it was a very small difference was in quality. the netflix quality was better but the difference was barely noticeable ( I have a 35 Mbit/sec connection) and my wireless router is an AC router so I have a fast wireless connection to my QBox You should note that both the Netflix app and the Kodi app were both running on the qbox so the only difference is in the apps themselves and in the delivery from the internet.
I expected the biggest difference to be in “Allegiance” I expected to have to wait a day or two after it aired to be able to watch the latest episode. I was wrong, it was available less than an hour after it aired. The quality on Kodi was not as good as the over the air NBC broadcast but it was very close.
Now I hate the Cable TV monopolies but I’m not advocating piracy and thats what Kodi is, no question about it, but the fact that this is being done and technically its working flawlessly should be a wake up call to cable content providers….Indeed HBO has taken notice as has CBS both have recently started offering streaming versions WITHOUT having to have a cable or satellite TV subscription. Thats a huge step and its one that I expect other content providers to follow.
I can also see college students all over the world paying for a high speed internet connection but NOT paying for Cable TV, instead using Kodi or one of the similar apps like popcorntime or videomix to get their TV shows. (It should be noted that pretty much everything that has ever been on TV in any country is available using Kodi, I was pretty impressed with that…..)
I should also point out that while popcortime and videomix are apps Kodi is more of a platform, its more than an app and sort of replaces Android with this audio and video entertainment operating system.
As for the QBox I highly recommend it over Roku, AppleTV and FireTv. It will do the same things plus it has better playback of your own video files on your LAN or hard drive. plus the ability to run Pandora, Iheartradio, or even Skype (if you add a usb camera)
Is there a door here for an enterprising porn company to make money? You bet your ass there is. The potential for long term revenue is FAR greater than you would have with a Roku channel and MPEG DASH is ready and waiting to be used. You will see MPEG DASH getting very big very soon, JWPlayer has announced that the next version of the cross platform player due out early 2015 will support Mpeg DASH. What that means to non technical people…you can encode your video ONE time and play it on ANY device from a cell phone to a tablet to a phablet to a PC to a 4K smart TV to an HTPC.
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Normally I dont run press release about new movies but this one is important LOL
Of course this is satire, The scumbags at The Free Speech Coalition would never have anything to do with something as honorable as making porn, Screwing you out of your money is what they do.
The post yesterday about HIV testing in porn got me a LOT of private responses, many from people I never expected would write to me except maybe using a pseudonym. One was the owner of a very large, very prosperous company who Thanked me for “stepping up and being honest” and noting that I am running the stories that AVN and XBiz and even Hustler should be running, that is if they had anyone with any talent and foresight working there.
It always pleases me to work hard on a story like that, write it and get it out even though I know that it is mostly going to fall on deaf ears, there are a lot of ignorant and just plain dumb performers in the biz but they are eclipsed by the apathetic ones so even just a couple of attaboys from unexpected people makes me happy…Thank you!
I love this biz, as I have stated many times, and I love the people in it, we are all misfits, square pegs that society tries to force into a round hole. It troubles me most when people see that and use it to take advantage of us, like the FSC does, Like APAC does. But in a way we do bring it on ourselves by not taking these people to task for it. I try to do my part but admittedly I am 2500 miles away from the epicenter of porn, My opinions and my expressing them dont have the same effect that they would if I lived in Woodland Hills, CA. though I doubt that I would tone down my beliefs even if I did live there.
One reader, a long time industry vet pointed out that until someone very high profile in porn got HIV that nothing would change. It would take an A List performer or two….a Jessica Drake or a Jame Deen and even then it wouldn’t be a change that would have any real effect. This person further pointed out that if I could obtain information on how many times James Deen, Manuel Ferrara, and a few other top performers had been diagnosed with and treated for Chlamydia and Gonnorrhea in the past three years THAT would get a LOT of attention, but of course that can’t happen unless they volunteer the info themselves and even if they did theres no way to fact check it, you simply have to take their word for it…
I don’t like seeing my friends putting their health in danger because they wont get work if they ask for a condom, thats a very fucked up problem that if we cared about performers even a little we simply wouldnt have [that problem]
On a final note I have made a move to make the forums here a bit less combative. I dont mind a civil disagreement, thats a good thing but threats and things like that are counter productive so two of the most problematic have been removed from posting. I had a confab with a very well known director for one of the largest companies in porn and he told me the one time he posted here he got berated and harassed and when I looked back at it he was right, in the end I would like this to be a place where you dont have to have skin as thick as mine is to feel comfy posting here. I am very lucky to have insiders like insider, jilted, Sabrina Deep, Sabrina Maree and many others posting here as well as smart and intelligent people who aren’t in porn and I am not going to let one or two obnoxious people make them feel uncomfortable.
Thank you all again, and if you are in the industry and choose to post here I am going to make it a point to see that people who respond to you do so civilly you have every right to your opinion. people can disagree and that is encouraged but it can be done without name calling and shouting and screaming……
I wrote extensively about this years ago back when porn moved to the PCR DNA test, but a lot changes in 10 + years specially in medicine and infectious diseases so its time to take another look.
Porners are very vocal about their use of the Aptima HIV-1 RNA Qualitative Assay so I went to get the numbers that are of interest.
Here’s what we have :
As you can see each test has strengths and weaknesses The FDA has accepted The ELISA with the Western Blot Combination as the “Gold Standard” Test for HIV. meaning that is what they consider the most accurate and if you look at the numbers they bear that out.
“Sensitivity” measures the proportion of actual positives which are correctly identified as such. Sometimes called the true positive rate
“Specificity” measures the proportion of negatives which are correctly identified as such. Sometimes called the true negative rate
You should note that both the Aptima and the ELISA tests require the Western Blot test to be run to confirm the infection and that the Western Blot CAN have a much longer window period.
That is something you should always be aware of…the word “can” In early versions of the Elisa test it was said the window period “CAN” be as long as 6 months, that has been shortened and current versions of both the Elisa Test AND the Aptima test are considered to be more than 97 % accurate after 3 weeks. The Aptima test is at 97% after 2 weeks. Both tests “CAN” there’s that word again be accurate in as little as 3-5 days. if you substitute the words “might be” for “can be” it makes it clearer what is being said.
Is it possible for an HIV infected person to pass the Aptima test. In a word Yes, the Aptima test measures the amount of virus in your system, it does so using a nobel prize winning technique called Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR). What happens is that the test causes the virus to replicate itself over and over so that an otherwise undetectable viral load can become detectable. The Aptima test and all PCR DNA or RNA tests use this method and they all have a minimum viral load level under which the test is simply not reliable.
If you are diagnosed with HIV the doctors use viral load testing to monitor the progress and effectiveness of your treatment and the doctors will tell you that the goal is to get your HIV levels low enough that the test doesn’t detect any HIV in your system. So put in simple terms, If a person who is HIV positive came into CET and got tested they certainly can pass and be approved to work.
Can this happen with the Elisa test? No it can’t because the Elisa test tests for antibodies your body produces to fight off the HIV infection. Much like other viruses if you have ever had the virus, even if you are cured you still test positive.
Does this mean that HIV is curable? Currently the answer is no. Many people believe that they may be cured because they have had no detectable viral load for many years but doctors do not think you are cured only that your HIV treatment is effective. Going off the treatment would likely mean the return of HIV and if it returns it may be much harder or even impossible to be brought back under control.
Does such a low viral load mean that you are not contagious or not AS contagious. The answer to that is debatable, technically it only takes a single virus to infect you. While it may make it much more difficult for that single virus to get through and cause an infection are you willing to take that chance? No doctor in his right mind would tell you that is an acceptable risk.
Another thing we havent mentioned yet is HIV-2 The Aptima test is NOT approved to detect it, The Elisa tests almost all of them are approved to detect it, When I look up the local test labs all of them listed that the Elisa tests for both HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV 2 is rare in the United States, but so was the HIV strain that Derren Roberts got infected with…if not for the Elisa test and some sharp people at the lab Darren would have gone undiagnosed for at least another month, by then the problem could have been huge…we really did dodge a bullet on that particular instance.
While much is being made of the “window period” in porn circles it really is no longer the issue that it once was, it is certainly less of an issue than the prospect of someone slipping through the system who is infected but is on the antiviral drugs making him/her undetectable.
Oral HIV tests (Elisa) can be purchased in bulk for less than ten dollars and I highly recommend that people use them as a back up to the standard testing, I do, the added cost isn’t that much and it provides an extra line of defense against a very real potential problem.
Bottom line y’all is that this is YOUR health and you should be concerned about it. You all know the history of Diane Duke and The FSC you all know how many times you have been lied to and mislead and even swindled by them so don’t let them make the calls when it comes to your health, they DO NOT care about your health, they care about money and their money comes mostly from Manwin. Do you really think that the same people who sold out every single honest producer of porn wouldn’t sell you out?
How many of you would be surprised if you read here in a week or in a month that Diane Duke was behind bars for taking money that wasnt hers or for perjury? if you wouldn’t be surprised why would you trust her with your most precious thing, that being your health.
Think about it. It’s past time we made some changes in the testing protocols and I dont mean changes that put more money in The FSCs pockets at your expense. Performers shouldn’t pay a dime for testing or for treatment of anything they get on set. Why isn’t APAC telling you these things? Could it be that The FSC OWNS APAC and therefor APAC parrots the party line…
Manwin/MindGeek Tells Diane Duke and The FSC what must be done, Diane tells APAC and APAC tells you…are you really OK with that?
OK there ya have it, what you choose to do with this info is up to you. I honestly hope it helps.
It must have been a really slow weekend in mainstream…instead of headlines about another HIV in porn everyone in mainstream was all over Taylor Swift and her purchase of Taylorswift.porn and Taylorswift.adult, to hear them tell it they somehow thought that would lead to Taylor Swift posting risque or even porn to the sites, instead of what should be obvious to anyone…it was a defensive registration to prevent some piece of shit like Stuart Lawley or Diane Duke from purchasing it and using it to make or extort money…of course Stuart Lawley already extorted her his company has the .porn TLD and just like .xxx the only real money they will make is from defensive registrations.
Moving on it seems that porners were about as interested in the last HIV as mainstream was, other than bitching about companies halting work (some did some didnt) it wasnt even much of a topic on twitter. I did get a few emails wondering how I knew it was a false positive before The FSC did…truth is they likely knew before I did only by minutes…in their hurry to plan the release and make a big deal of announcing it like they are the end all and know all I got it out 2 hrs before they intended to release the info so I forced their hand. My inside source(s) say that Diane was to say the least FURIOUS. A word to Diane…when you lie and manipulate people you don’t build an organization that trusts you or respects you and as such there are lots of people who just cant wait to undermine you. As someone told me long ago Diane Duke would sooner you die a slow and horrible death, than admit the truth about how and where you got killed, she has no soul, ask her kid.
I actually skimmed the new AVN (March 2015) today if it werent for toy manufacturers advertising this magazine would be toast, its all ready at a record low number of pages and a record low number of advertising pages and a record low circulation the amount of the magazine devoted to anything porn related is way less than half. Im not sure how much longer it can last it has to be operating in the red. The one worthwhile thing that i had was a short sentence in an otherwise unrelated story about how Vivid has diversified to the point that it has little to do with adult video sales anymore.
Im hearing that a major news outlet is doing a story on manwin/MindGeek and it wont make them or porners in general look good at all, the gist of the story is that The company Manwin/MindGeek is using porn as a front for funneling money to terrorist organizations. Dont shrug it off because that is exactly what they plead guilty to in the past when the company was called Mansef.
Thats it for now If anyone has anything I might be interested in please get it to me…Thanks Y’all!
Just got word from a trusted source that the latest HIV is another “false positive”….all these false positives lately…kinda makes ya wonder dont it
Every performer reading this please take note. Instead of this insanely stupid power play that the FSC always does in these situations I want you all to make a promise to your fellow performers right now. If you test positive for HIV, just step up and say so. Just say hey guys I just wanted everyone to know that I tested positive for HIV today, hopefully it is a false positive but I want you all to hear it from me because that is where you should hear it. You all have my word that I will get the word out immediately as I find out anything.
Just once is all it would take, then everyone would handle it that way and this stupid cat and mouse game that the FSC plays with you would be over and this situation would be handled as it should be.
We are adults here and most are responsible and smart enough to know that this would go a very long way to making you look grown up and responsible to the rest of the world.
The false positives arent going to harm you and it isnt fair to your fellow performers to have The FSC release one of these letters and have all the other performers lose sleep wondering if they have been exposed. If you were in their shoes I expect you would feel the same way.
Lets show the FSC and AHF and all the rest of the people who assign no value to your life other than information that they can manipulate to achieve their agendas that you have the control and that you will do the right thing on your own terms.
You all have my word that if it is me, ever, in that situation that is how I will do it. I am not a coward, you will hear it from me should that ever be the case…God forbid.
I pretty much know who it is, I am holding off until tomorrow when the third test results (second draw) are back.
meantime y’all think about this, you all know thats the right way to handle it. And if you put it out through me or anyone else I will back you 100% for doing the right thing.
I will release more as I get it.
Here we go again, another HIV positive test?
March 20, 2015, 3:25 PSTThe Free Speech Coalition is calling for a precautionary production hold after a possible positive test for HIV by an adult performer using the PASS (Performer Availability Screening Service) system. The test has not yet been confirmed, and we will know if it is a true positive or false positive in the next day. If it is a false positive, we will lift the hold within the next few days. Nevertheless, out of an abundance of precaution, we will be retesting anyone who might have had contact with the performer within the testing window, and asking that producers stop filming until we know more.
The adult industry periodically calls for production holds when any possible positive tests surface.
Chief Executive Officer
Free Speech Coalition
Despite AVN’s claim to the contrary…quoting company “owner” David Loso.
I talked to porno Dan and we got a good laugh out of it…..
Thank you to the reader that tipped me….
CNBC asked a handful of porn people (I didnt say stars on purpose, only Ron Jeremy is a star) anyway they asked how they would “invest” 10,000 dollars
Weeding out the one that didn’t know the difference between investing and donating (animal rescue isn’t an investment). Most picked things you would expect, ie names they recognized like Apple or Tesla, one mentioned biotech and a few mentioned real estate.
What was clear to me was that they don’t invest, and probably wont. While real estate is traditionally a good investment and Apple and Tesla are fairly safe the truth is they shouldn’t be doing any of those things until they have maxed out a Roth IRA.
I dunno, I dont wanna seem elitist or anything but maybe porn people should get some financial advice from someplace….That career dont last forever. Porn is one of the few jobs where you start at the top and work your way down, generally speaking.
It pleases me to see so many participating here and so many people writing their thoughts here. I have always said I don’t have a lock on good ideas and agree with mine or others opinions or not there is always value in hearing and understanding them. Thank You to those who have contributed and as always thank you for reading here.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot going on in porn but there is, a shift is happening and in all honesty over the last few years porners have been dropping like flies to some of these scum stains like Mark W Handel aka Khan Tusion I say good riddance…
Speaking of scum stains, one I have long been eying is Manwin/MindGeek, two things recently have caught my eye:
Three guesses who Manwin/MindGeek uses as one of their primary banks….if you guessed Commerzbank go to the head of the class. is this significant? Does it have anything at all to do with Manwin/MindGeek? Time will tell.
ok its 76 degrees outside, low humidity and my bike wants to be ridden…
State of the Adult Industry and what needs to change
I have been in this business now for about 3 years as a distributor/retailer of DVD’s. This is not my full time job or only source of income but its something that I enjoy and I’m able to have a backup plan if necessary.
Since the day I started I have noticed many troubling things that I believe are contributing more to the downfall of the industry than all the piracy, OSHA/AHF issues, and filming moratoriums combined. It can all be summed up by the attitude/ego of many (not all) in the industry and this train of thought manifests itself in many destructive ways in which I will outline.
Typically when a business or an industry is in decline, it’s time to hunker down and have some humility. Realize things aren’t going your way, try to cut back, make changes, whatever it takes to survive. So why do people in this industry insist on fooling themselves by adding more glitzy award shows and other events instead of spending that capital on things that matter. I will be the first to say nobody gives a flying crap about porn awards other than people in the industry. “The Oscars of Porn” is not something the general public takes seriously, it’s more of a punch line in someone’s joke. Yet instead of putting off ludicrous events like this or not attending, studios will pay big money to be a part of it, but what is the ROI? Also, if we are holding part of this event for fans (customers) I would like to know what the average yearly spend is of the fans in attendance. If they are simply watching movies on tube sites and not paying, yes they might be fans but they are not customers as no money is being transacted.
Why do we have to get a 10 mile long red carpet to go through the Hard Rock casino to prop up the self-esteem of these actors/actresses of which 95% will be leaving that night in a ’95 Honda Civic (or a leased Rolls Royce). Again, it all comes down to attitudes and perceptions. Are we going with the “let’s go out with a bang” theory of business management here or something?
I know this might sound bitter but just walking around the convention and seeing all the “too cool for school” attitudes flaunting all this fake status just gets disgusting after a while. Only to someone on the outside does it look daft to walk around like you are rolling in it when in fact you might not be able to last another year. For all the “mainstream” stars out there, booking two episodes on HBO playing a stripper does not make you mainstream. I’m really sorry but no porn actor or actress will ever achieve the mainstream status they dream of when getting into this industry. How many roles has Sasha Grey booked in big time studio movies lately? In fact name one star that has ever been in a leading role or even supporting role of a major Hollywood production.
This ego driven obsession with trying to be part of the mainstream entertainment industry is at best a distraction and at worst extremely destructive. The Adult Industry will never be accepted by the mainstream no matter how many ridiculous college lectures performers give or how many 50 Shades of Grey movies and books come out. You need to face facts that this is a prude Judeo/Christian based Country that will never openly admit to liking porn. Maybe instead of going after the unattainable the focus should go back to the fan base that is not paying for product right now.
I’m not saying that we all have to walk around with frowns on our faces but maybe, just maybe, if the industry would come together and actually do something more meaningful at these conventions then the innovation that put this business sector at the forefront of technology might once again flourish.
For my other business I travel all over the world and deal with hundreds of companies every month both foreign and domestic. When the textile plants in Southern China were falling on hard times a few years ago, the realization was that the number of companies needed to shrink if they were to survive at all. They certainly didn’t run around throwing parties for each other and handing out awards saying how great everyone was doing at having mediocre revenue streams and losing money each month.
I want to keep this relatively short but I hope Mike will let me write more on this subject in the future. I also hope that some companies and individuals will read this and maybe think about their attitudes and make the necessary adjustment. I’m not overly optimistic this will happen as the same people with attitudes that persist today will read this and say “fuck this guy, he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.” You are entitled to your opinions of course, but many businesses and industries pay me a lot of money for mine, what about you?
5 Reasons Why I Am in the Adult Industry
The incongruency of growing up in the southeastern region of the US and working in the adult entertainment industry for the past 9 years has obviously cooked up a heaping serving of negative judgement and just plain confusion amongst my family, friends, the families of friends and everyone who ever knew me when I was a sweet little girl and “what happened?”. I’m not going to pretend that I’m some kind of unique case; TONS of people who work in the adult industry come from the south and small towns. I come from the rather large city of Atlanta, which is kind of the liberal island in the middle of the south, so this isn’t the story you think it is. Rather, I’m seeking to clear up some confusion, because I do believe that MUCH of the negativity stems from a massive amount of ignorance on so many levels (and please understand that the word “ignorance” has taken on a negative connotation for some reason, but really it just means “a lack of knowledge”). So here it is, Cracked-style, 5 reasons I am in the adult industry.
1. Working for myself.
Yes, I perhaps could have opened up my own flower service. Or become a professional panhandler. Either way, for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to work for myself. I NEVER considered that this would mean becoming a model or a pornstar or a video producer, but I was always interested in acting and videography and people always told me that I was pretty, so when I was floating through college with no major and delivering pizzas and a very intelligent friend put the idea in my head about a sector of the adult industry that he thought would be a good fit for me, after much consideration, I made the decision to go for it. It sounded like fun and maybe I could make enough money to stop punching in hours for another company and earn it as a direct result of something I created. If someone had suggested the flower thing to me and I had felt that it would be lucrative, I might have gone with that.
2. Relatively low barriers to entry. But not in the way you think.
A common misconception is that it’s EASY to be successful in the adult entertainment industry. If you’re a hot girl and willing, you’ll have no problem becoming a millionaire. Maybe in 1965. In 2015, the adult industry is much how I imagine the mainstream entertainment industry USED to be. There are THOUSANDS of beautiful, willing models and HUNDREDS of legit video production companies. On top of that, most consumers of the material have never even CONSIDERED actually paying for it because it’s free all over the internet. So producers try shooting niches. However, now the niches have subniches that the general population wouldn’t even recognize as pornographic material. These random videos of girls freaking out aloud about a magical spell turning them into a cow or getting their feet stuck in a pool of melted jellybeans aren’t available for free and therefore still sell among a targeted audience.
The point I’m trying to make is that it’s hard out here for a pimp. BUT if you are pretty AND have a brain, you’re not going to be letting an actual pimp run your shit and take all your money and steer you in terrible directions. SO the barriers to entry into the adult industry are actually NOT as difficult as alot of other industries IF you know what you’re doing. I learned and am still learning along the way.
3. Freedom from the 9-5.
As with most self-employed persons, I don’t have to be at a certain location at a certain time 5 days a week. I do so many different things, so I can be working on my computer at 3am or shooting at 9pm. For the most part, I make my OWN schedule. This allows me the freedom to live wherever I want, travel whenever I want or even travel 24/7 and live in a van, which is what I’ve been doing since last year. That being said, living in places where most porn is being shot like Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Florida is a GOOD idea, but certainly not a necessity. I visit these places often (whether I like it or not :P) do some work and then drive off to wherever the fuck I want. And I can still do more work on my laptop if I want. I’ll explain all the different kinds of work I do in the next paragraph…
4. Variety of work.
I’m not just fucking people for money. Here is a list of ALL the different things I do and what many models HAVE to do these days in order to make enough money to live off of and not have to get a side job at Dennys. Personally, it’s nice to not do the same thing all the time.
-Shooting videos for my own company. This consists of hiring models (or modeling myself), having good equipment and knowing how to use it, finding locations, knowing what to shoot and how to shoot it.
-Editing and posting my videos online. Post-production, which can be done anywhere (except next to an old lady at Starbucks).
-Shooting custom videos. Customers/fans will order a SPECIFIC video they want produced (the model, the scenario, the fetishes performed) and pay a pretty penny for them. Sometimes they are easy, sometimes they are 50 pages long and detailed and English is not their first language.
– Shooting videos for OTHER companies. This may involve that sex part that got you all hot and bothered but it may also involve non-sex, softcore fetish work.
– Phone Sex. I am signed up under 3 different companies so that I may receive calls on a per minute basis from fans who want to talk about their fetishes or their favorite color or anything else in between.
– Cam Shows. I never got HUGE into this sector, but I do accept private video shows from fans who ask and prepay via my own payment processor.
-Sessions. I do in-person NON-NUDE sessions that involve fetish or wrestling acts; usually it consists of me tying someone down and tickling them or them licking my feet for an hour.
-Social Networking. It is essential to spend time on Twitter/Facebook/Instagram in order to connect with fans and market yourself. Obviously no one is getting paid for these efforts, it’s just something you do.
-DVDs. Lately I have been turning all my clips into actual full-length DVD movies, so I’ve had to have covers made and have been re-rendering and encoding my files for DVD.
-Uploading videos. I feel like this is what I spend most of my time doing. And since I am on the road, it isn’t as easy as someone who lives in a house with a constant internet connection.
Am I boring you yet? Good. Maybe now you understand that the having sex with strangers part of my job is just that, a PART. And in my case, it wasn’t even a part of my job until a few years ago. Which brings me to the final reason I am in the adult industry
5.The Sex Part.
I think everyone can agree that sex is fun. For me, sex is USUALLY something that I only want to share with the person I am with. Which is why I’m lucky that my boyfriend is also a porn performer and I’ve been able to shoot with him for a large number of my scenes. But yes, it’s fun to perform with other people sometimes, as well. That being said, I am actually NOT an exhibitionist; I don’t crave attention, but I have always enjoyed performing. Sex (at least good sex) feels artistic to me and I strive to let that come across on film. What it doesn’t feel like is REAL sex, whether it’s with my boyfriend or not. And that’s because it’s NOT! PORN is usually male-centric, brightly lit sex at 9 in the morning where you have to wear HUGE fake eyelashes and hold your butt cheeks up and out of the way. There is very little, if any, kissing and oral on the girl is often not even a part of it. And then they pour white creamy face wash on your face and take pictures. Ta da! It’s a JOB and not a bad one; $1000 for a few hours of work. And in case you didn’t know, we get STD tested for EVERYTHING every TWO weeks now for a whopping $150-200/pop and yes, we have to pay for it ourselves.
So there you have it. Like any job, there are positives and negatives. And as with any job of self-employment, you have to think of your future because nobody is putting anything into a 401K for you or providing you with health insurance, so those things ARE your own responsibility. However, my roles in the adult industry suit the lifestyle I want to live and I am grateful to have discovered this unique world.
When Derek and Shy pulled out of LATATA I knew there was gonna be fallout but I didn’t know it would be as quick as it apparently is.
One LATATA Agency (Im not gonna name em just yet…this is what you call a shot across your bow) is WAY behind on paying performers what they are owed. The owner is saying that the production companies havent paid yet but the production companies are saying they paid over 30 days ago….Models are NOT happy….I’d suggest they make this right real quick
In other Agency News ATMLA has lost their model house. I am not clear on why but I do know that the live in Manager of the house Kevin ONeal packed his bags and left in the middle of the night returning to North Carolina Im told. The house itself was left with furniture and knick knacks and clothes and all inside….Not sure whats going on there but something is amiss.
With Shy Love and particularly Derek Hay gone it seems that LATATA members no longer feel the need to uphold the standards they set for themselves. Like agents or not LATATA was a good move and in many ways it benefited talent, it set time limits for them getting paid and it tried to get re-imbursement for testing, basic rates and other things….of course these are the things that lead to the breakup.
It seems that there has also been a bunch of new “agencies” popping up and LOTS of new scams….of course the agency scams are never ending…
I used to say dont sign with an agency that is not a part of LATATA, I don’t say that now but one thing is for sure DO NOT EVER EVER EVER sign with an agency that is not licensed and bonded.
Right now…be EXTRA careful, it appears that even some licensed and bonded agents are in trouble right now.
When I first heard the story about the Hillary Clinton email thing I kinda brushed it off as no big deal….Just something for the Republicans to whine about. then I got an email from a reader who suggested that I maybe should look into it a bit on my own…I did and oh boy was I surprised.
Ok lets start with the situation…Hillary set up a website called clintonemail.com where she had email addresses for the family. No big deal right? WRONG! Here’s the problem, for one Hillary was at the time, Secretary of State and I don’t think anyone would argue that there could very likely be communications there that probably shouldn’t be known to anyone but Hillary and the sender.. Ok so far I haven’t told you anything you can’t get from an imbecilic Sean Hannity right….here’s where it gets sticky.
The company that hosts Clintonemail.com is Confluence Networks and the site is on a shared hosting account….from the DNS Records:
Doesn’t it seem odd to you that The Secretary of State of the United States of America would have even her private email on a shared server with over one million other domains?…But wait Thats not all some of those domains are adult…OK we are in porn no harm no foul right…well maybe not read on…
Look where Confluence Networks is based:
OrgName: Confluence Networks Inc
Thats Tortola in The British Virgin Islands.
So lets cover this so far She chose shared hosting on a server run by a foreign company based in The British Virgin Islands, Now one might argue that any one of those 1 million plus other people on that server could theoretically gain access to her emails but one Can NOT Argue that the network administrators at the foreign company ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY have access to her emails, and those of Bill and others on that site…starting to sound a bit more problematic now? Keep reading it gets better.
When i tried to locate the owner of Confluence networks it came up a blank, doesn’t even appear on corporationwiki or anyplace else I could find but digging around turned up this:
Letitbit.com …. What is that you say? Letitbit was a file locker and they got shut down for child porn…and wanna take a stab at who owned letitbit.com? That would be our old pals Vasilis Kailis and Constantin Luchian, (Heres a link to refresh your memory) Remember Vasilis? he owned part of AVN til it got out and his name suddenly disappeared from everything AVN But here’s the biggie…That was a fairly successful file locker and Constantin Luchian owned quite a few as did Kailis and they ALWAYS hosted them at companies that they owned or had control of. HMMMM. Does that mean that Constantin and or kailis own Confluence networks…I don’t know but that is certainly an interesting bit of evidence dont ya think?
Lets take another look at these guys from the link above:
Armitech huh…google THAT one….and tell me this isn’t a potential disaster that makes Edward Snowden look like he was just leaking recipes….
Or does it?
Here’s the flip side
“Mr Putin, we have a mountain of emails to and from The US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.”
Putin: “Where did these come from?”
“A public server in the British Virgin islands that is owned by someone who was willing to sell us access”
Putin: ” ????? !” (Thats Russian for IDIOT!) … Do you REALLY think they would be dumb enough to do this? This is clearly bogus intel that was meant to be leaked!”
We will see what happens next this could get interesting…wonder why nobody else is even mentioning Confluence Networks?
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