Porn 101 & 102, part 2 – a review

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Continued from Porn 101 & 102, part 1

Life After Porn

The moment you start to feel like you don’t want to be a performer anymore and want to get out of the industry altogether, start making a plan of exit. Sharon “Mitch” Mitchell assures anyone watching that if they feel stuck, they [could have gone] to AIM to speak to a counselor. [Yet another sad moment of past tense usage.]

Personal Hygiene 

This part goes over waxing and how long to wait after waxing before being recorded naked. The mouth is very sensitive, so don’t floss just before a scene, or eat sharp potato chips, or hot food that can burn your mouth; use a soft toothbrush. Guys, don’t do steroids [of course!]. Again, common sense stuff but practical information for people who just don’t know, or don’t understand the side effects. I’ve met plenty of guys who do steroids outside of porn and can say that they do tend to have bad skin and a testy disposition. (Though that might actually depend on how much you do and how often? I am in no way a steroids expert, but I do know you can get a prescription from a doctor.) Doctor prescription aside, the best advice is: Don’t do steroids! Mitch and Nina Hartley talk about the proper way to douche (non-chemical) and clean up before an anal scene (also non-chemical). Always maintain a good diet. Similar to other types of models and athletes, of course, listen to your body.

Just to add my two cents: Don’t tan on the day you’re going to shoot; tan the day before. Your skin has some adjusting after it’s zapped by the sun or tanning bulbs. It tends to be blotchy for hours after, so never tan day-of. Also, never shave just before your scene. Same problem. The skin will be irritated and blotchy. Shave first thing in the morning and allow a number of hours to pass so your skin can adjust in color. If hard soap irritates your skin, experiment with different types of body wash. They are typically much gentler than bar soaps.

Finances, Representation & Incorporation

This segment introduces performer (and then-AIM staffer) Brooke Hunter to speak alongside Nina Hartley about the business end of your career.

They ask the pertinent questions: How are you going to take care of your money? Are you going to deposit your check under your real name? Are you going to start a corporation, an LLC, or a DBA? Both women implore the performer to get an accountant–plenty of industry-friendly accountants can be suggested by your peers–to counsel you on how you want to put your money away; save it; prepare for health insurance, etc. Basically, have a plan! And put away money for a rainy day. The business can be seasonal, with down periods around awards shows, and there’s always the prospect of retirement. Keep these things in mind; prepare for the future.

They get even deeper into the money situation by mentioning that, in their experience, it’s best to stay away from relationships where the other person doesn’t have their own things and means of taking care of themselves.

This is really important because it is often the case that strong men and women who are go-getters and know how to make money and market themselves are attracted to partners who lean on them for their strong traits. Men run into the exact same issues. You are capable and generous and you lavish financial kindness upon someone you care about because you have the means. Nina and Brooke warn the would-be performer to look out for themselves and make sure they do their best to find partners that are also self-sufficient. The idea being that if you are a complete person on your own, you’ll attract someone who is also a complete person on their own, and make what will surely be a strong, mature relationship.

Do not have sex to get the job. I ran into this once at the beginning of my career, and the guy was one of those drop-in, fly-by-night “managers”. I refused, of course, because the job itself is sex, but there are casting couch guys all over L.A.–yes, not just in the mainstream world–so don’t fall for that. Some will ask you to take a polaroid–the industry’s version of a headshot, so they can note if you have tattoos, etc.–which is standard, but do not do anything more than that for free. Money you pay your agent is tax deductible, as well as a number of other things, so make notes of those expenditures and save your receipts. Remember that agents work for you, not the other way around. Don’t let someone offer you less money after you arrive to set, and never let them change the scene on you. I did allow it once because the director experienced a cancelation and needed that scene shot first, but I negotiated more money than I would have normally made because I was doing him a favor. It worked out to my benefit, but I’ve also been in situations where they’ve tried to change it and I always calmly, politely declined. It’s unprofessional for someone to switch up the details after they’ve been arranged. Never refrain from forfeiting the job so they can find someone else.

Brooke & Anastasia Pierce

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Brooke is accompanied by performer Anastasia Pierce, who shows us how to put on a condom. Anastasia talks about the different types of condoms. She counsels the performer not to open the package with his/her teeth (you might tear the condom). I’d just like to add as a side note, that there are different sized condoms that fit different sized appendages, so really do your research about the best kinds and ask others what kind are their favorite. You may work mainly with performers who don’t like to use them, but some do, so you should definitely be prepared to work with them. Furthermore, you should give plenty of thought to whether or not you, yourself, prefer to work with condoms and mold your work to fit your particular needs.

Brooke and Anastasia spend a lot of time here talking about self-image–covered earlier–and how you should really try different poses in a mirror to get familiar with how you look and what angles you prefer. Maybe one side shows a line you don’t like. Work to memorize positions that hide the little things that might cause you insecurities and highlight your best features.

“If you know you look good, you’re gonna be so much more relaxed, you’re gonna have so much more fun… Good body image means being clean all over, having clean fingernails… If you dye your hair, do your roots. … Self-esteem is what is going to beam [through you].” – Anastasia Pierce (in her adorable, sexy Swiss accent!)

This is the end of the first video, and I would just like to note that so much of this applies to life in general. It’s amazing to see a video that could just as easily be a general career counseling video. How much rests upon cleanliness? Presentation? Preparedness? Good money management and strong self-esteem advice is good for anybody from any walk of life. This is a review, so I’d just like to say, so far (in case it isn’t already obvious), this video is amazing. It goes above and beyond to extend practical advice to getting into the industry, and puts a human face on women that really did/do care.

To be continued…


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2 Comments

  1. Ma’am can you tell me where (or if) one can rent these videos? I think it would be interesting to watch them. Thanks!

  2. They are not available online, but if I can get permission to share them here at some point I will. They are really good. I still need to finish my review of the second DVD. :o

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