THE REAL Top Ten for Adult Entertainment performers

Recently I did a post about a top ten list my previous publication did about mistakes models make in the porn industry.

It was basically a nit picking list made by the skeevy site owner about things he didn’t like seeing models do and some rather manipulative jive talk about pay and contracting in the industry.
I’d like to remedy this with some actual helpful information for any models out there considering a career in adult entertainment.

Top Ten things to know when getting into adult entertainment

#10 Know your limits and your rights
Just like with any job you have to know your expectations and limitations before going into it.
*It is the right of any model to simply say ‘NO’ to a photographer, company, website or perspective production if they ask you to do something you are not comfortable doing.
*If it is not in your contract, if you are not being paid for it and if you have not agreed to it, it is your right not to be compelled or forced to do it.
* No website or producer out there has the right to demand you do something or expect you to do something outside of what you are comfortable doing and NO ONE can tell you to not check with a third party or legal council if you are not sure.
*No website, company or producer has the right to tell you not to check your contracting with a lawyer or third party.
*A majority of the talent and models today in adult entertainment are constantly being drawn into VERY unfair contracts and pay agreements for their work.
*DO NOT become a statistic.
*No one has the right to take photos or video of you without a clear agreement for pay.
*Do not accept contracts that require you to only work for one website or company without you getting regular work and an appropriate amount of regular pay to do so.
*Do not accept ANY agreement that forces you to not work for any other website or company for any amount of time after you have completed the work in your contract or are not being given regular work (Suicide Girls does this and it is total bullshit).
*If a company is going to continue to make money from your work long after you have done a shoot or scene for them then YOU HAVE THE RIGHT to be paid a portion of that profit as well.
*Just because most models in porn accept bad contracts and pay doesn’t mean you have to as well. *Everyone can be flexible and the industry can and should evolve just like any other.
*Stand out, stand your ground and YOU WILL make a better name for yourself as well as the money you have every right to for your work.
*If you have already stepped into a contract that you feel is unfair or a violation of your rights IT IS possible to be let out of it simply by challenging it.  A good example would be the contracts that SuicideGirls.com or Myfreecams.com use. Neither of the modeling contracts these companies use would ever stand up in a court of law if challenged.

*Always have an emergency contact.  Someone who knows where you are, what you are doing and you can get a hold of during shoots and productions that can be there for you if something goes wrong or you are not sure about what is going on.  Bringing a friend or manager with you to shoots is also something you have every right too.*


#9 Avoid the Drama
A lot of websites, production companies, photographers and other models get involved in in-fighting and smack talking in the industry.
*This is how many websites get away with bad contracting and pay standards and stay in business by trashing their competitors.
*If a site owner or another model tells you a story or passes off some rumor, do not accept it as the truth. *Listen to people closely and think for yourself. It is hard to navigate but if you are careful and thoughtful it is easy to avoid the drama.
*Never convey rumors or any information that may conflict with what you or the company you work with is doing.
*Never communicate with friends, lovers or other talent about things that may conflict with interest to a company you work with or work that you yourself are doing.
*Always keep work and personal life as apart as possible.
*Different social network accounts for personal life and your performing life are essential.
#8 When considering body modifications and plastic surgery DO YOUR HOMEWORK
It is your body and in adult entertainment it is your way of making a living.
* Tattoos and plastic surgery are serious steps that require careful thinking, planning and judgment. *Remember, THIS IS PERMENANT and plastic surgery can get very disproportionate if done wrong as time goes on.
*For breast enhancement the main thing to avoid is cheap surgery that can produce complications or permanent effects that you do not want.
*The cheapest type of breast enhancement involves what is called Inframammary which involves making large incisions under each breast to manipulate the tissue and insert the enhancements. While it is easier and cheaper to enhance the breasts in this way, it leaves very large visible scars under each breast and can lead to disfiguring developments with the implants and the breasts themselves later. This also makes production more difficult as photographers will have to photoshop out the scar tissue and putting makeup on the scars is not always very effective for video shoots which will require production to work around that as well.
*With the method of Periareolarenhancements (going in through the areola) there is less scarring then other methods and it is more effective if adjustments are needed later if there are any complications with the proportions of the implants. It is more expensive but like with anything you may purchase of this magnitude, you get what you pay for.
There are also different options with how the implants are applied and positioned under the tissue which you must consider closely.
*Talk to MORE THAN ONE doctor when considering breast implants and do some research.*
*With tattoos, piercings, other forms of implants and scarification it is important to do what YOU want. Not what you want because you saw it on another model.
*When considering something like a back waist tattoo (AKA “tramp stamp”) take into account that every trailer trash moron from here to Alabama has one and they are all the same.
*With piercings there are a lot of things that can be beautiful and a lot of things that can be just plain stupid. It is your skin.
#7 Keep work and relationships separate
If you have a tumblr, twitter or facebook account specific to your work in adult entertainment be sure to keep your personal life out of it as much as possible.
*Too much information can lead to people harassing you or becoming uninterested in your work.
*Stalkers will also take advantage of getting to you through people you may know or communicate with regularly on social networks.
*Be mindful of how you portray yourself and be careful when talking about work, other models and websites.
*You can have a rich personal life you share with people online with a more restricted facebook account or tumblr account under a different name and use fan pages and facebook groups to share things with your fans or other models.
#6 Do not make money or wishlist requests to fans
This is something I somewhat agree with from the other top ten list that inspired me to make this one. Asking fans to send you money or buy you things from a wishlist or some item you saw on amazon or ebay is very unprofessional and will ruin your image.
*Every adult model that you see doing it online is typically someone who works for a very bad company, has no idea what they are doing and isn’t making any real headway in the industry.
*Which is why they end up making twitter and facebook posts asking for hand outs from fans.
*When you are doing well and have a lot of exposure there will be plenty of fans asking if they can buy you gifts anyway.
*It is also dangerous because when a person purchases something for you, they will eventually have access to the shipping address and more information about you.  Even if you use a PO box or alternate shipping address, there are ways of finding you direct information through these channels.
#5 Be mindful of the content you upload and share
Another thing I agree with from the other list is that when you are working for a company producing adult entertainment be mindful of any content you upload to the internet or produce yourself.
*Make sure you are not sharing something that someone may use or market without your consent.
*Make sure to post notices with anything you intend to remain only on the web pages you post it on.
*If you are sending pictures to a fan or friend be mindful of where it could end up after.
#4 The porn industry was never what you may have thought it was
Not a lot of people make enough money from working in adult entertainment on video or with pictures to make a living wage.
*This has been a constant since the dawn of porn on film.
*Like any other media market the demand is high but the production and amount needed to supply the demand is very little.
*A lot of porn scenes and photo sets are shot day to day but there are very few porn stars you see regularly. *For every one porn star you see doing a lot of scenes each year, there are hundreds who do very little work inside a few months, make virtually nothing from it and then never work in porn again.
*Keep in mind that when you begin working in adult entertainment you can not fully rely on it for money until you reach a point where you are doing regular shoots and getting more offers for work.
*Just because you may get a few shoots a month for a good amount of money at first does not mean the rest of the year will be the same.
*Keep your options open and have other sources of work and income available.
*When you absolutely know you can work and save money through out the year, at a rate that will satisfy the cost of living, THEN you can call it a “career”.

*Working on adult entertainment takes a LOT of work.  You do not just take photos or video and money comes pouring in like magic.  There are a lot of other models out there doing the same thing and the amount of pay and work will slim down depending on the market and demand.  It takes navigation and insight to stay working.*

#3 Stripping and Cam work
These are quick sources of money and they can provide income when things are slow in other realms of adult entertainment but they can also over complicate and even damage things if you aren’t careful.
*Sometimes there are conflicts of interest with some strip clubs and doing work in porn unless you are already a widely known porn star doing strip club tours.
*The work is also very different and may to to complicated or uncomfortable.
*Most cam sites are also very corrupt in their contracting and pay standards.
*Honestly I can not recommend a single cam site I’ve ever come across to any model. However if you are willing to spend a little money (about $600 to start and $50 a month) you can independently cam online from your own website which can make you a lot more money than working for a cam site.  Not to mention you retain the full rights to what ever is recorded and 100% of the money when you cam independently.
#2 When you get offers, check out who is offering before saying yes
A lot of companies and websites will approach you when you are getting noticed and start doing more work. *There will also be some pretty spectacular looking offers from some of them.
*Keep in mind that a great offer can be too good to be true and a lot of companies will make some pretty great sounding offers just to get a chance to have you shoot for them before a competitor.
*Everyone has some kind of history that can be checked out online or through other sources.
*Get a second, third and fourth opinion from ANYONE making you an offer no matter how big they are and make sure to check their offers with other sources as well.
#1 KNOW what it is worth
I am going to go out on a limb here and tell you something not many in the industry will share with you. Here is a simple set of rates that I’ve collected by talking to a lot of producers and talent from the upper ranks of the mainstream industry to the altporn industry.
*Note, that from my interview with Michael Vegas the rates he laid out were higher than what I am specifying here. What I am factoring here is an average between what mainstream companies and sites will or SHOULD pay and what altporn and smaller companies and websites SHOULD at the very least pay. I am also averaging between the sexes. That is to say I am just making a general base rate for boys or girls in scenes. Commonly female models do get paid more than male.
*The minimum you should be getting paid for a shoot with just nude pictures is $100 an hour.
*The minimum you should be getting paid for a shoot of video or just pictures of you solo masturbating is $200 an hour.
*The minimum you should be getting paid for a shoot (video or pictures) involving standard sex scenes (nothing super kinky or brutal) is no less than $350.00 per shoot for a shoot lasting no longer than an hour.
*Travel, lodging, photographer, equipment, set-up, tear-down, make-up and production costs ARE NOT the responsibility of the model and should NEVER deduct form what you are being paid to work. Any company that tells you otherwise is not worth working for. These expenses simply do not factor on the part of the talent and are the responsibility of the production company or website to cover. If you work another job and have to take time from that job to provide the shoot, it is also the responsibility of the company or website to cover the cost of lost time and wages from your other job while you shoot for them.
*When working with more mainstream companies and websites these rates should of course be higher.
*When you have been doing paid shoots longer these rates should of course be higher.

*Full payment should always be direct upon completion of the shoot or with a portion (no less than 25%) paid up front and the rest paid no later than 14 days.
*The only factor that would lower these rates or change the payment method or time of payment would be if you are given a ‘residual deal’. This is essentially a continued payment of money from earnings that the company will continue to make from the content that you have provided during the shoot. If they continue to make money you should be entitled to this income anyway. It is not common place in the porn industry but eventually it will be as it is now common place in every other form of media production.  A residual deal remains in effect until the website or company is no longer marketing or displaying your content on their products or website.

#0 Zero because this one is the Alpha and Omega of all advice on this listBE HEALTHY! 
If you are doing porn shoots involving sex scenes and you also have an active sex life outside of pron, make sure you know you are healthy and that your partners are healthy.
*Use condoms as much as possible.  More so if you are doing ‘bareback’ (without condom) sex scenes. *Avoid sexual contact with anyone you may have the slightest doubts about and DO NOT be afraid to ask any one of your partners (personal or on film) for them to get checked out and have confirmation of their health status on hand.
*There are always free STD screens available in virtually every community across the US and if there aren’t it is typically no more than $40 to get one from a local clinic. That is not much to ask or expect if you want to make sure you are clean and not potentially ruining another person’s sex life or career.  Not to mention YOUR OWN.
*Any legitimate company that produces porn will make sure their talent has been tested for STDs, is regularly screened and is STD free when they arrive on set even if they are doing bareback (without condom) work.
*If you have been asked to do bareback work and you do not want to do bareback work, you can not be required to or forced to do it.

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