VENUS RISING: Is Porn Your Path?

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Hello, Lovers!
There are many things I wish people had prepped me for before I decided to broaden my horizons and leap headfirst blindly into porn. Sadly, I had no fairy godmother to give me some cautionary advice. Luckily, my dear readers and potential porn stars of tomorrow, you have me!

It’s just as important to know what you don’t want as much as what you do want. Know your boundaries and set your goals. Ask yourself what you want out of porn. Is it a career or just a hobby? Are you in it for sex, fame, money or all of the above? Most importantly, how will this affect your future? For example, if you want to be a grade school teacher, maybe adult film is not your path. The worldwide web has insured that porn is permanent, you can’t erase it. Take all this into consideration before you even begin.

Porn is a business just like any other. First and foremost, it’s about making money. So, bottom line you are a brand and you have competition. You must be ready to market yourself and leave an excellent performance reputation behind. This is just as hard an Industry to gain cred and advance in as mainstream Hollywood, so you need to be a pro and bring it from day one.

Everyone has an agenda and a goal so if you’re looking for love on set, you’ve definitely come to the wrong place. I’m not saying it’s never happened, but this can be a superficial world. Know that you are making a business decision, albeit one that can fulfill some physical desires, and everyone else is, too. Now, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be your lovable self. Make friends, cast and crew collectively. Leave your bad day at the door.  Attitude and bitchiness don’t help get the job done and insure you won’t be asked back to perform. Also, everyone loves to have fun and needs to cut loose once in awhile but reckless behavior, intoxication, and shooting do not make a good formula for a long career.

Most importantly, be realistic and logical. Don’t set yourself up for disappointment and study how the business works. Barring divine intervention, you are not going to come out of the gate with 100 shoots scheduled. Many try but few are overnight sensations. Create a set of attainable goals as you would for any other career. I can’t draw you up an individual game plan in a column, but you should do just that for yourself.

In my case, I am incredibly pleased with my path and feel very satisfied with what I do. I may not have had all the answers at the starting gun but I am definitely in control of my destiny. Whatever you decide on, whether it be a career in porn or as a tax accountant, I hope you feel as fulfilled as I do.

XOX,
V.