Hello Odette, for those who might not know you please let us know you are and please describe yourself?
I always knew that I was an exhibitionist. While still in high school, I spent hours posing in front of my little digital camera, taking erotic photos to share online. As a child and a teen, I grew up in a rural New England town. After graduating high school in Maine, I moved to California for college after receiving a large scholarship opportunity from a private West Coast college. I started modeling while pursuing my English degree in order to offset some of my living expenses. Once I moved out West, I discovered the world of nude modeling, giving me the outlet that I always craved. Once I graduated summa cum laude from my college, I began to model full-time, working for some of the largest adult companies as an erotic model. I live in Los Angeles with my pet ball python, Azuka. My hobbies include writing poetry, drawing, painting, and traveling.
What prompted you to join the adult industry?
Honestly, I had always been making my own brand of amateur pornography. I joined Model Mayhem to expand my nude modeling after I turned 20, and it was there that I got some of my first solo erotic offers. I was always fascinated by the work of Ken Marcus, so I worked to secure a shoot with him as soon as I felt I was ready to shoot more explicit work. For almost a year, I did not charge anyone for any of my erotic modeling–it was my much-needed hobby.
Many people may not know this but you were attending Catholic college on scholarship while still while working as a nude model. How were you able to balance those two things?
This was tricky, because I began to shoot two or three times a week while I was in college. Having an alias helps, but the power of Google almost makes one’s alias a joke. I decided that the best way to both shoot high-quality content and also keep my scholarship would be to work exclusively as a fetish model. When I started shooting, there seemed to be an endless amount of what I call mom-and-pop fetish websites; I could get kinky every weekend, but still not achieve any fame which could jeopardize my scholarship. There was one scary moment, however. I was in a Hustler article because I was a 4.0 GPA student as well as an adult model while I was a senior in college. The article stated the name of my school, so I was worried about what could happen. Luckily, none of the hardcore Catholics at the college mentioned anything–either they don’t read Hustler, or they do not want to give away the fact that they read it!
While you were there you pursued a degree in journalism. How has that degree or your college education in general, helped you out in your current career?
It helps me every day! College teaches you how to be eloquent, professional, and punctual. I know how to self-promote myself without sounding silly, and I can easily adapt to the needs of my audience. Journalism is all about writing for mass consumption, with certain demographics in mind; adult modeling is all about performing with an aim to please the target audience. The two jobs are not so different, after all.
As of right now, you do not have a member’s site. Any thoughts on starting one in the near future and if you do, what kind of content can people expect to see?
Thanks to the internet, there are so many profitable opportunities for adult models. Having a pay site is one of the more obvious methods of creating a supplementary or complimentary income for a model, but it never seemed like the right fit for me. I love to travel and immerse myself in collaborative projects, so I do not always have time to make upload content. As we all know, if a membership-based site doesn’t have enough content, the subscribers feel short-changed and cancel their memberships. Plus, I would have to make “general sexy content” that would attempt to appeal to a large crowd. It just isn’t personal. Instead, I have always been fascinated with the individual fantasies that my fans have. Therefore, I began to shoot custom videos for fans on a script-by-script basis. To me, this is much more rewarding–I’m making their fantasy come to life! Also, if I get very busy, I can always explain this to my fans and tell them to contact me at a later date. The constant pressure to upload mediocre, cookie-cutter content is never there for me. Instead, every script is like a puzzle, and I built strong working relationships with many of my repeat patrons.
You do sell custom videos on your site ModelOdette.com though. Can you share any unusual requests you’ve had for custom videos and if you can, what can you tell us?
My custom video website is www.sexycustomvideos.com and, really, I have a lot of unusual requests. These little gems are definitely my favorite! For instance, I did a small video series involving a hollowed-out latex sex doll replica of myself. I would climb inside of “myself” and then masturbate through the sex doll’s holes. It really looked insane–but in the best of ways.
Another thing you have talked about is your fondness of working with BBW (big beautiful women) models. Is that something that you started doing once you got into the industry or have you always had a fondness for bigger girls?
I discovered the BBW modeling scene through a custom video request. A fan wanted a video of me being dominated by a BBW model over 300 pounds. At first, being sat on by such a large model sounded almost impossible, but I accepted the challenge and started casting aggressively. I found a model named Nicole online and we set up a shoot date. She was so intelligent, amicable, and professional that I began doing content trade shoots with her regularly. Nicole introduced me to other BBW models and I began to attract a niche following. As of right now, I have had only amazing sessions with these models and I really respect what they are doing for the industry in general. They are great!
Seeing that it’s the big story right now in the industry, what are your thoughts on the issue of condoms in porn?
Well, I knew that Measure B would pass the moment I saw how the proposition was worded on the ballot. It basically asked, “should adult performers use condoms?” To the typical civilian, this sounds like a great, safe alternative to bareback sex. However, the measure does not state that there is a testing system currently in place that does a really great job of keeping performers safe. No method of STD protection can be perfect, as any performer can potentially have a wild gang bang the night before a shoot and pose a risk to other performers. However, the STD infection rate is remarkably low amongst active performers. Now that I have said the nice things, I will add in the one issue I have with bareback sex in porn: we may be tested and rather safe, but the average civilian does NOT test every 15-30 days. Young adults across the globe see performers having sex without noticeable protection, and that definitely sets a bad example. It’s a real shame, but I don’t think there is a good remedy. Factories may make great products, but they can also cause pollution. Porn keeps men and women everywhere happy in their pants, but does support some bad sexual habits. Life isn’t always fair.
What would you say is the biggest misconception people have of people who work in the adult industry?
A lot of people believe that adult actors turn to porn because they can’t “make it” in any other field. They see it as the human gutter, where all the human runoff converges in this big, loser orgy. Unfortunately, Twitter can both support this “theory” and negate it. Some actors really show their fans that they are quality people who just happen to work in an alternative industry. Other actors really bring out the negative stereotypes and uphold them all too well. Personally, I try my best to challenge preconceived notions of adult talent. I have noticed that there are a lot of other witty actors who do the same! Even though I had been shooting for almost two years prior to my college graduation, I got a couple lucrative job offers in my field. My choice to be in porn was not a financial one–I truly love expressing my sexuality and using my body as a vehicle to create something that will make people happy. In this industry, I can be my own boss; I feel empowered every day.
What advice would you give someone that is thinking about joining the adult industry?
I really do not think this is a good job for everyone. Actually, I do not think this is a good job for the majority of people. If it is only about the money, do not do it. If a model cannot handle his or her grandmother seeing their work, do not do it. If he or she is not willing to take care of the body and the mind while working in this business, it is not a good fit.
I couldn’t find anything on this but have you thought of feature dancing, on top of performing?
I grew up in Maine. There was nowhere to dance. I still do not know how to dance properly and I have no interest in learning.
Who are some of the people you want to work with as a performer but haven’t had the opportunity as of yet?
Zoe Voss, are you out there? Few performers look like they came right off of a Milan runway. Bless her soul. Also, the BBW model April Flores is on my hot list, too!
What sort of things do you like to do when you aren’t working on your site? Any hobbies?
I love to paint and to travel! When I lived in Maine, I had a small art business making reproductions of famous paintings for clients. I used to live in Cairo, Egypt, and I have traveled to many countries for both work and enjoyment. I have been dying to return to Egypt, but the revolution has really made travel to the country difficult. Some of my most treasured friends live there, and it has been hard on me to be away from them for so long.
Are there any projects or special events coming up that you would like to promote, if so please do so?
Some of my custom videos are now available for sale to the general public. They are fun, slightly wacky, and all unique: http://clips4sale.com/47000