Hello Holly, for those who might not know you please let us know you are and please describe yourself?

I’m an erotic photographer and director, with 19 years experience working in the adult industry.

What prompted you to join the adult industry?

My mother, Suze Randall, of course! I started working for her when I was 20, and then in 2008 I started my own business.

You recently started recording and uploading a podcast called Unfiltered. What lead you to the decision to start doing these podcasts?

It had been suggested to me a few times by friends and fans… I’m always trying new things, getting my “side hustle” on as I like to call it. I know how quickly this industry changes, and I see how some of the markets I am working for are shrinking, so I’m always thinking of other ways to expand and grow my brand. I enjoy talking to people, getting to know them, and I thought it might be a good thing to try. The response has been overwhelming and I’m surprised at how quickly it’s been growing!

Now while you and your guests do talk about sex and the industry, you also delve into some deeper subjects. This is something that most other industry podcasts don’t get into so what do you suppose is different about you that allows your guests to open up in this way?

Well I usually book people that I know, people I have a rapport with and who I’ve had a more personal relationship with than just a “8 hours on set” kind of thing. I try to have guests on who have an interesting story, or have great personalities— people who are fun to talk to, that I think my audience would be interested in. I always ask before the show what they are and aren’t comfortable talking about, and I give them the option to have me edit out anything they say after the fact, if they decide they don’t want it to go public. I think this gives them a level of trust where they feel they can open up to me a bit more— I’m not out to twist your words or sensationalize the show. I try to relate to them on a personal level, and share the story of struggle with them, because God knows I have my own as well, and I’m not afraid to be open about them. My interviews are more of a conversation than a straight up Q&A.

Now you haven’t done a ton of podcasts as of yet but who are some of the people you are hoping to get on the show that you haven’t had a chance to yet?

I’ve already spoken to Kayden Kross, Jaclyn Taylor, and Jessy Jones about coming on. I’d love to have on Kendra Lust, Kissa and Johnny Sins, Madison Ivy, Brett Rossi, Mia Malkova & Danny Mountain, Asa Akira, Stormy Daniels, Jessica Drake, and Mark Speigler. There are so many, to list them would be endless.

You have also touched on the issue of people paying for porn. For those that don’t know and haven’t listened to your podcasts, what has the rise of piracy done over the last 5 to 10 years?

Ha well you can’t interview Mike Quasar without that coming up. And to be fair, it affects every single one of us, obviously— it’s made production so much more difficult, because budgets keep shrinking as there’s less and less money to be made from the product we create. I now have to shoot two scenes a day instead of one, and I have less time to spend on the content. It’s more about quantity than quality these days. This makes the quality of my work suffer, but what can you do? I do the best I can with what I’ve got. But I could be doing so much more.

Earlier this year you were also involved in the controversial Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On series from Netflix. Your episode has been pretty much universally liked by everyone who has watched it so what do you think happened with the other parts that caused such issues?

Well obviously there was some sloppy production work in some of the other episodes, where people’s personal information was unintentionally leaked. I’m a bit torn on this issue because on one hand, I totally understand the dangers performers face from crazy fans who have serious issues with sex (it’s such a volatile subject), and I think it’s difficult for those who work in mainstream to understand what it’s like to have a career in which you’re marginalized by society, and where people who are consuming your product are also shaming you for producing it. And some of these crazy “fans” get downright ANGRY at you for producing it, because it reflects some deep-seated fear about their own sexuality. But as a producer myself, I also understand the immense pressure the HGW producers were under to deliver a series in a short amount of time, and I can totally see where some things would slip through the cracks. And, as a producer I also understand how loyalty to your client, and potential legal ramifications, prevent you from openly discussing what actually is happening behind the scenes. Sometimes you just have to take the high road and keep your mouth shut, and bear the wrath of social media. Also I know some people were disappointed in how the industry was portrayed, but I think that both sides of the adult industry (the good and the bad) were shown, but as an audience we tend to focus on the negative, and let’s be honest, usually that’s what sells a story. Documentaries are generally not “feel good” pieces that you walk away from feeling happy about what you saw. Think about almost every documentary on television— they usually focus on uncovering the less than positive aspects of a subject, they aren’t meant to be gentle fluff pieces. I think my episode portrayed the industry in a fairly good light, but you can’t expect that of the entire series.

What would be your advice be for someone who is thinking about getting into the adult industry?

Be absolutely sure this is what you want to do, because with the internet, it’s permanent. If you’re going to do one scene, you may as well do a thousand. Don’t let anyone pressure you into doing something you may regret. Take your time, sleep on it, weigh your options. The internet has allowed models more freedom to create their own brand and monetize their image in a more independent manner, take advantage of that. And always remember that it’s your body, don’t let anyone let you feel that you don’t own it. You can always say no.

What would you say is your favorite scene so far?

That’s a really difficult question to answer, there’s been so many. Pretty much anything with Dani Daniels in it!

If money wasn’t an issue, what would be your dream scene or movie to make?

I’d love to do a high-end super fetishy fashion movie. Think American Horror Story, Lady Gaga style. That would be amazing (and insanely expensive).

Who would you say are the people you really want to work with but haven’t had the chance to as of yet?

Hmm I’ve shot pretty much almost everyone… there are definitely people who I’ve only worked with once that I’d really like to work with again…

If you could have a conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?

Oh boy, this is a question that I get way too excited about. Without doubt, Queen Elizabeth (the first). She’s my favorite historical figure— in a time where women were only seen as the property of men, she was the leader of the most powerful country in the world. But when she was crowned, England was going through one of it’s most volatile periods in history. The aristocracy had been flip-flopping between warring powers for centuries— often one was in power one day and losing their head on the chopping block the next (her own father beheaded her mother). Religious dissidence was killing people left and right, and as queen it was her royal duty to get married and produce an heir— nothing more. In those days, she was simply supposed to act as a vessel to bring another man back onto the throne of England. Not only did she never marry nor produce an heir, but she restored a bankrupt country that was in utter chaos to a golden age of prosperity and peace. Against all odds, she established herself as the greatest ruler that country has ever seen. She was an extraordinary woman and I’m fascinated by her strength and perseverance.

What sort of things do you like to do when you aren’t working? Any hobbies?

I love boxing, that’s become a passion of mine these last 4 years or so. I also enjoy hiking, scuba diving, traveling, and reading. I’ve convinced my boyfriend to start taking swing dance and salsa lessons with me, we’ll see if he follows through on that!

Are there any projects or special events coming up that you would like to promote, if so please do so?

My next photography workshop is coming up the weekend of October 7th and 8th. There are still some lecture-only tickets available for Saturday the 7th, but otherwise it’s completely sold out. You can find out more information at HollyRandallWorkshops.com. Otherwise I do have some other things up my sleeve, but I don’t want to reveal them until I’ve fleshed them out a bit more. You’ll just have to wait!