They are in the news a lot right now but I want to address a lot of things that have surfaced or changed lately first thing I want to address is whether or not agents are needed. Plain and simple for a few girls maybe not but for the vast majority…absofuckinglutely!
Im gonna give credit where it is due here and that is to Derek Hay. He saw a need and he addressed it and in the very best example of capitalism at work he completely changed the game for producers, directors and talent.
I remember the days when Jim South was about the only game in town, most girls didn’t use an agent. the result was if you were a director you could book a girl who would get a better offer or jus decide to sleep in and no call no show on you. It happened all the time. So directors would wait an hour or two or more and finally realize she isnt coming at all and scramble to replace her, all the while paying everyone to sit around and twiddle their thumbs.
If and when she did show up she often would be too fucked up to work or covered in bruises because her Uncle Peg boyfriend beat her down with a pair of flip flops the night before, or she didn’t bring the proper wardrobe or she was coming off an all nighter and looked like death warmed over.
Or she didnt bring her ID or her ID was fake…..
It also seemed the more popular the girl the more flakey she was….
If you were pretty lucky maybe one girl in 5 would show up clean, prepared, with the right wardrobe and a on time
But It was not just the producers and directors that had problems….New companies were popping up like mushrooms after a spring rain, it was hard to keep up with who was real, who was internet, and who was scamming you and there were lots of scammers….pretend agents that insisted on “compliance videos” making the girl have sex with him before he would book her. Then there were legit guys (or seemingly so like Rob Black) that wouldn’t even bother to pay you and if he did the odds were your check would bounce…good luck getting him to make good on it.
Talent was routinely abused and had no recourse but to chalk it up to a learning experience.
Say what you want about Derek Hay but he totally changed things…straight up….when you booked a girl or guy through L.A. Direct you had a guarantee that she would show up sober, on time, prepared, with the proper wardrobe. LA Direct didn’t screw around with directors either, they made sure that shooters were legit, that they weren’t low balling the girls and that the talent got paid. Additionally there was no bullshit about what was contracted for and what was paid. Guys couldn’t bait and switch…..the days of a director saying I will pay you 500 for a sex scene….the girl agrees and they shoot the first hour then the director says ok time for the anal…the girl says…wha…..I have never done anal…the guys says this is anal assholes 16 it has to have anal…leaving the girl in the position of having to walk away and scrap the scene or to tough it out and do something she never wanted to do…Lots of so called directors used that scam….LA Direct nipped that scam in the bud.
Derek also raised rates for talent, more than doubling the price for boy girls scenes on average.
Im not saying Derek was a saint but what I am saying is that most girls do need an agent and I used Derek as the example because he is the guy that is mainly responsible for agents business practices today. So give the guy credit where it’s due.
I think porn history will remember Derek as the guy who changed things, mostly for the better.
And for the record, There seems to have been some changes at L.A. Direct, at one time they lead the pack in complaints I got from talent that worked for them, it has now been over two years since an L.A. Direct model wrote me complaining. Ive never had a complaint about Shy Love, not once. I have a stack of complaints about Mark Schechter and a pile of complaints about any number of unlicensed agents with Tee Reel Ideal Image Management leading the pack by a wide margin.