Performer Rights

There has been a lot of talk lately in the industry about performer rights. As a porn star you have the right to say yes or no to anything you want (as long as it is legal).

  • If you don’t like someone, don’t have sex with them.
  • If you want to have sex with a condom on, let your agent know.
  • If you only want to do boy/girl scenes with your boyfriend, say so.
  • If you don’t want to work on Sunday’s – then don’t.
  • If you don’t want to do anal, then don’t.
  • If you don’t want to do interracial, then don’t.
  • If you don’t want to do bondage, then don’t.

That’s not to say that your rules won’t cost you some jobs – it might – or it might not. But the point is, in the end the decision is always up to you.

Never be afraid to say no!

One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to keep a “no list” on file with your agent. Sometimes you’ll find that there are just some people you aren’t compatible with. For example a guy in the industry may escort bareback in his spare time and that puts him at a high risk for contracting STD’s or worse, HIV. For that reason, you want to avoid working with him – put him on your no list. You don’t have to say why, and nobody will really probably ever ask.

Some girls won’t work with guys who have a cock that is to big because when you have to do long scenes it can hurt the next day – so as a result they put certain guys on their no list.

And it’s not just males that girls put on their no list.

There was one well known porn star, one of the most popular a few years ago who was really infamous party girl. She would go out to bars, get drunk, pick up guys and fuck them right at the club (without a condom). She was always coming home with some STD. It was crazy how many times that girl got gonorrhea.

A whole bunch of girls in the industry knew this about her and as a result put her on their no list – refusing to do g/g scenes with her or threeways.

 

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions About Being in Porn

So you want to be a porn star? That’s great! But before you jump into it, you’ll want to do your research and that is what this website is about. This page in particular covers the most frequently asked questions about being in porn.

What kind of hours will I work?

That is really up to you. Most porn stars set a number of days in a month they will work – for example August 1st – 10th. Then they have their agents book all of their scenes in those set days for the month. Some girls however will only work on Monday’s and some girls will work every day of the week Monday through Friday but won’t work weekends. When you want to work is totally up to you. You set your own days with your agent in advance and you can change them at any time just by picking up the phone and calling your agent.

How do I get an agent?

If you are over 18 you can fill out our online application and after reviewing it, if we think you have real potential we will set you up with an agent. We work with several agents in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Florida, one in New York and one in Virginia. You can pick which specific region of the country you wish to work in.

Do you have to live in Los Angeles to be a porn star?

No. While it is true most scenes are shot in LA, not all of them are. There are active producers in Las Vegas, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, New York, San Francisco, some parts of Virginia and Arizona and a few different places in Canada.

Not every porn star live in LA. I would say about half of them do, but the other half travel. Porn isn’t a full time job. People typically work 10 days a month, at which time they fly out to LA to work, then after go back home. So if you don’t want to live in LA, don’t worry – you don’t have to. You can come out and stay in a model house during your time in LA, Las Vegas or Florida (depending on where you are working) and then fly back to your real home and live a normal life the rest of the month.

How big does your cock have to be, to be in porn?

There are no rules for this however 6 to 9 inches is typical. Some people think bigger is better, but ask any female porn star who has to have sex with some guy with a huge cock and she’ll tell you she prefers the smaller guys because it hurts less the next day.

Do you need professional head shots to get an agent?

No. Anyone who tells you that is probably trying to sell you some or has a friend who does them and wants to help his buddy make some money. You do not need professional head shots to get into porn. You will need some photos, but you can just take them of yourself (selfies) or have others take them of you – like a friend.

Can you help me get my girlfriend in porn?

No. Only the person who wants to perform can get themselves into porn. You can’t do it for them. It has to be something they do on their own, of their own free will and by putting forth the effort on their own.

Do I need fake tits (or big breasts) to be in porn?

Oh heavens no. While it is true a lot of porn stars have big fake boobs, not all of them do. There are fans that like all kinds. If you happen to have big, natural boobs then you will probably find yourself book a lot of work. There is a big call for girls who have large real tits.

Do you have to have sex with everyone? What if you don’t like a guy?

You don’t _HAVE_ to do anything and that most especially includes who you work with. There are things called a “no” list which a performer can specify who she won’t work with. She doesn’t even have to give a reason. All a porn star has to do is add a name to her list, give it to her agent and her agent will know not to ever book her in a scene with anyone on her list.

Do you have to be an exotic dancer?

No. A lot of porn stars don’t go on the road and tour strip clubs. Don’t get me wrong, it’s extremely profitable if you do, but dancing isn’t for everyone.

Do you have to be an escort to be a porn star?

Hell no! In fact it’s illegal to do it in most cases so it’s best if you don’t get involved in such risky activity. No doubt you will be asked, MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY times during the span of your career, but you don’t ever have to do anything you don’t want to. And quite honestly, I would advise against it. Being an escort not only opens up a whole can of legal worms, but it also puts you at much higher risk for contracting STDs.

Do porn companies offer health insurance?

No. You are not their employee, you are a contractor paid a daily or per scene rate to do one job. At the end of that day your relationship with the porn company in question is over. As a self-employed contractor, you’ll be responsible for paying your own taxes and getting your own health coverage.

How are you paid? Weekly? Monthly?

Porn stars are not employees of a given company. They are paid to do a single job and then given that pay at the end of the day – or in some cases the money is paid directly to their agent and their agent will gather all the money the porn star makes while they are in town and then pay them on the day they leave. Typically porn stars work out that arrangement with their agent in advance.

The only exception to this is if you are awarded with a “contract” with a company. While rare, certain studios do still offer performance contracts and in some cases the salary is given out as if you were a typical employee – such as a weekly paycheck. Those type of things your agent can help you work out when it comes time to signing your contract.

What is a “Go See”?

A go see simply means you are sent to “go see” a producer or director so they may see if you are right for the movie or movies they are currently casting for.  If you are going to work in LA you can expect to go on many go see’s. The reason for this is because so many people send fake or edited pictures, yet when they show up and don’t look anything like this photos, it costs the entire production as they have to send you home and cast someone else.

So as a result most production companies in LA just make it a policy that a person must do a go see before being hired to be in a scene.

So what exactly happens on a go see? You simply show up, and verify you do in fact look like your photos but this often requires you to get naked in front of one or more people from the production company in question.

This does not mean you have sex or perform any sexual act. If you have sex, you get paid. This is a real business, not some fake casting couch bullshit.

You basically show up, smile, remove your clothes, turn around showing them your front, back and side and then put your clothes back on and leave.

It takes all of 5 minutes. You are in and out. They will call your agent later on and confirm or not if they will book you for 1 or more scenes. Remember to smile and be nice and look good! This short meeting can mean the difference between getting work and not getting it.

There are a few exceptions to the typical go see process. Sometimes you might have to read for a part, if you are being considered for an acting part. Basically they will hand you a script and ask you to read a few lines.

When they were casting for the movie Deeper Throat  – a modern day remake of the infamous Deep Throat (including the documentary ‘The Making of Deeper Throat’ which  appeared on Showtime), the go see process was simple … a girl would be given a time to show up. She would come in, and get her photo taken (just of her face). Next she would remove her clothes and they would take a full body shot.

Next the girl would get dressed and she had to read a few lines from the script for about 5 people. If they thought the girl had potential she had to prove she could deep throat (as that was the theme of the movie), so the girl would have to deep throat a dildo to prove how far she could deep throat.

In the end the part was eventually awarded to Sasha Grey but many girls tried out. I heard hundreds tried out. I’m not sure the total count though.

Those other girls might not have gotten the part as the lead in the movie but as a result of doing well for that go see they were hired for other scenes for Vivid.

So remember when you do a go see, put your best foot forward. Show up looking fabulous and have a big smile and a great attitude. It really really really matters.

 

Should I sign a contract with an agent? I heard a lot of different stories about this.

That’s a great question. Being new in the industry it’s nearly impossible to get work without having an agent. But how do you know what agent is right for you? While the obvious thing to look for is if they are licensed and bonded, that doesn’t make them good or right for you.

Some agents specialize in MILFs, and if you aren’t a MILF, will they really do well for you? Part of my job is to find you the agent that will work best for you but it’s not an exact science.

While my 19 years of experience in the business does help, I’m not perfect. There has been a time or two (albeit rare) that I placed a girl with an agent that just flat out couldn’t get them work. In that case now what is the girl going to do?

Well the law basically says that if you sign with an agent, any agent and they can’t get you work in 3 to 4 months time, then they have to let you out of their contract.

But what about before then? Well most agents (not all but most) are willing to be cool about it as long as they haven’t spent any money on you yet. If they haven’t been able to get you any work, simply ask them to release you from your contact so you can try and book work on your own. As soon as they do that, then you can go to another agent.

Most legitimate agents are businessmen (and women) and they don’t want to be dicks. They want to see everyone succeed and they don’t want to make enemies or have you shit talk their agency so it’s typically just easier to let you out of your contact if they couldn’t book you work than to go through that. So long story short, in the extremely rare case that does happen, just ask.

But in the end it is rare because these agents know what they are doing and typically only sign people in the first place that they know they can book work for.

I live outside the United States, can I come to the US and be a porn star?

I’m going to be honest with you. If your intention is to come to the United States and work in porn, that just isn’t possible at this time. You must have a valid work visa to work in the United States of America and they won’t approve you to come to the US to do porn. It’s just not going to happen. Some people try and come over on a tourist visa thinking they can get away with that, but the industry has tightened regulations. You must have a valid work visa or they can’t film you. In doing so they risk never being able to distribute the scene they filmed of you through proper channels. So I’m sorry to say but you must find your own way to the United States and get a valid work visa. If you can do that on your own, then we can talk but until then, I’m sorry but there is nothing I can do for you.

The Down Side of Being in Porn

Before you become a porn star I want you to think long and hard about your decision. There is a down side to being in porn. It’s not all glitz and glamour and good times.

Being a porn star is often times a great way to make money but it has long standing consequences that so many people don’t think of at the time.

For the rest of your life you will always be judged by the time you did porn. The more famous you are, the worse it will be. Girls like The Love Twins (identical twin porn stars) were only in the business for a few years, but they quickly rose to fame because of the unique nature of … well, they were identical twin sisters. How can you not love that? The were in magazines and even became Vivid Girls. It was all great for them at the time. They made great money doing what they did.

The Love Twins

They spent their porn money to go to school and do some kind of nursing thing. In the end though, even with their degrees in hand they still find co-workers would discriminate against them because of their past.

After trying something like 5 different jobs in their field, they finally just gave up and decided to do medical transcription work from home. The sad part is, they worked hard for their degrees and were proud of what they accomplished, without any student loans.

But people are the way they are. They know you did porn and they will sometimes be down right nasty to you about it. It’s sad but it’s a fact of life.

Some people just don’t care. They are confident enough with their life decisions to know that what other people think don’t matter.

And for those people, porn is probably not going to be a problem for you.

But if you ever want to leave porn and be a school teacher, or a politician. Well, it’s probably just not going to happen.

And that is what I want you to keep in mind before you decide if doing porn is right for you. Because once you film a scene it’s out there forever. There is not taking it back. There is no getting it removed.

I’m not trying to say, do not do porn. I’m just saying THINK ABOUT IT FIRST. If you’ve considered all the options – what your your family will think, what your friends will think, what your future co-workers will think. Then move forward, knowing you actually thought long and hard about it first.

Here is a great video featuring several major stars talking about some of their grossest experiences on set.

 

 

How to Pick a Porn Star Name

How to Pick a Porn Star Name? Well it isn’t an easy decision, but with these helpful tips and guidelines you’ll absolutely be on the right track to picking the best name possible.

Your name is more than just your identity. As a porn star it will become your brand and your brand is what will make you money. Your brand is everything. Your name – your face – your body – your smile – it’s your brand and again it all starts with your name.

That’s why it is so important you don’t make a critical misstep and give yourself the wrong name.

A common mistake people make is to name themselves after celebrities, celebrity kids or even well known brand names like cars. ie: Lexus, or Mercedes.

With celebs you want to avoid kids names like Blue Ivy or Jaden James (Brittney Spear’s kid). And don’t use similar names either like Mariah Carey – Mary Carey. That will get you sued too!

This is a huge mistake that so many people make and some people won’t even book you for work as a result out of fear of getting sued for trademark infringement.

Beyond losing out on jobs, you could get sued yourself.  It’s not uncommon for celebrities and established companies to sue the hell out of porn stars who try and infringe on their trademark. It’s happened many times in the past and will continue to happen as long as people keep doing it.

Long story short – don’t name yourself after someone or something.

Plus, the whole point is to build up YOUR brand. You want YOUR brand to be unique and identifiable only with you. The bigger your brand, the more money you will make. If your brand is to much like someone else’s it could cause confusion and in the end, cost you money or fame.

The lesson here is, you want your name to be uniquely yours.

I’m sure by now you have a name in mind. If you do, that’s great. Let’s Google it. What comes up? Anyone famous? If not then that’s good. Again you don’t want to name yourself after anyone famous or their kids.

Now Google your selected name with the words Porn Star in front of it. For example if your picked name is Kelli Roberts then Google Porn Star Kelli Roberts. Does anything come up? If so then you don’t want to pick that name. If there isn’t anyone in the adult industry with that name then so far so good!

Now obviously since my name is Kelli Roberts you don’t want to pick that one. But you get the point. 🙂

Next go to the website www.IAFD.com and search your selected name. Anything come up there? If not then you are pretty good. That website has a database of pretty much every porn star for the last 30 years.

Now what if you just flat out can’t come up with anything? I like the site Character Name Generator. It basically is a massive database of all kinds of names. Maybe if you visit that site you’ll get some ideas.

Now when you find a name I want you to remember the rules of marketing – KEEP IT SIMPLE, STUPID! (KISS)

What that means is, you don’t want to go out of your way to confuse people, now do you?

So when it comes to your name, you want to pick something easy and use the common spelling. For example, if you like the name Amy, then use the most common spelling – AMY. Don’t spell it Ami, or Aimee. That will only confuse the hell out of people and that’s a bad thing. You want your fans to find you when they Google you, don’t you?

You’d be surprised how something as simple as the way you spell your name can really hurt your brand.

Even worse, if your name is complicated, you can bet that studios will spell it wrong on the box covers of movies you are in. Trust me, that happens more than you know. Just ask someone like Mckenzee Miles. Her name is mis-spelled all the time.

The Rules of Picking a Porn Star Name

  • #1 Don’t name yourself after anyone famous or their kids (exact match or similar)
  • #2 Don’t name yourself after an established brand like Lexus or Coke or Pepsi or Mercedez. They will sue the hell out of you.
  • #3 Don’t pick the same name as another porn star
  • #4 Don’t spell your name in a confusing way. Simple is always better.