The Next Chapter
Because of that history “strictly fetish” models often had a bit of an attitude about vanilla porn. Some sex workers like to build this mental hierarchy of whore-iness based on how much fluid you exchange with someone else, and fetish porn was like this limbo where you could sell sex for money without getting penetrated by a penis. This stereotype managed to permeate even my proud pervert bubble, although less in a shame way and more in a “ew gross” kind of way. I will pause here, so those of you who know me can have a good laugh!
For about 3 years I was largely (yes there were a few exceptions) strange-penis-penetration free. It was actually deciding to do The Training of O, which required full sex, that motivated me to reconsider. Once I made the decision I didn’t even wait for TTOO to happen. My first full sex scenes were with Derrick Pierce (Fucked and Bound) and Mark Davis (Sex and Submission)…both of which were entirely pleasant experiences. So pleasant I was forced to examine my preconceived notions on why a self-proclaimed cockwhore had avoided the situation for so long.
Frankly I was a dumb ass, because due to my uninformed bias I missed the last bubble of gold in vanilla porn. The good old days back when people were less educated about the internet and pirating movies still required effort and a risk of computer viruses. Before HD digital cameras were so accessible anyone could make a porno and the talent pool grew exponentially. The stigma for doing porn is still significant, but when you grow up watching Girls Gone Wild infomercials it doesn’t seem so foreign.
Porn, particularly mainstream, is like a dying beast. Almost every movie can be illegally downloaded within days of release. 8 years of Republican politics stirred up even more stringent 2257 record keeping regulations and rabid obscenity cases that pushed a lot of smaller productions out of business. The crisis has now been downgraded from nuclear meltdown to just a general pain in the ass thanks to a Democrat in office and years of (continuing) legal battles which have fine tuned the rules, making them a bit more manageable.
Unfortunately nothing can solve the strangle hold credit card companies like Visa have on the nuts of all producers. They decide (seemingly on a daily whim) what types of content they will process payments for, and if you don’t like it you can just not use them. Which let’s face it, isn’t really an option. I have serious respect for small independent producers (like Maggie and Ned at Meet the Mayhems) who are choosing to face the discrimination to make porn they love, even though “low volume” accounts will probably always get the short end of the stick.
Now the city is scrambling to figrure out a practical way to enforce the law. Especially since it is techinically tied in to obtaining a film permit, which the majority of companies don’t even apply for. Oh and it currently only applies within the city of Los Angeles while a majority of movies are shot in the San Fernando Valley, part of the greater LA area. A conservative agenda and deep pockets get you far in America, especially in a battle against an already maligned group, so I expect this issue to haunt the industry for quite a while. I personally have mixed feelings on the issue, but I can promise you AHF should have nothing to do with it.
All of this means making money producing smut is not the sure bet it once was. As a performer, less jobs overall and an endless talent supply have made it more important than ever to hustle hard. After a year of vanilla porn I’m already frustrated at the lack of control over my own appearance, chafing at the LA porn stereotype I will never quite fit into.
The main goal for 2012 is less traveling for shoots, more private professional BDSM. Starting to think every time I get comfortable with my work routine I get bored and rebellious! I’m not retiring from porn in the slightest, but after 7 years of earning all my money romancing producers and members, I’m excited to incorporate a little off-camera time that’s on my own terms. I think I might be developing control issues! Should be interesting…