Your mum will disapprove, your boyfriend won’t like it, your friends will think you’ve lost it – in some cases they may be right. The actual adult industry isn’t as seedy as people may think – it’s full of people who are just making a living selling sex. And sex sells, even in this economy.
Lets clear this up – I am not talking about modeling for GWCs. I am not talking about people who ‘practice’ their photography shooting pussies and assholes (great practice…I really love the way you lit the labia…). Make sure you look at who you’re shooting with – do they have connections? Have they worked for sites/magazines before? Have they actually said that they’re shooting for content sites and the like, or did they say ‘MetArt STYLE’ and ‘FemJoy STYLE’. Those usually mean they’ll light you poorly while trying to fight with their sweat and growing erection. Make sure you’re actually shooting for the adult industry, and not one guy’s spank bank – if you’re going to open your legs, do it for the right person (your mum was right on that one!).
There’s a lot of fairly softcore, well-shot content out there. Sites like MetArt, FemJoy, APD Nudes, Twistys, Breathtakers and the like are well shot by great photographers. The pay is good, and the standards are high – generally under size 12 (mainly very slim), natural breasts, beautiful faces, no tattoos, no piercings (ears and bellybuttons ok), no fake tans and lovely smooth skin. If you have the right look, you can make very good money with these sites and those similar. One well-known and respected photographer for these sites and magazines such as Mayfair is Iain Thomson – you’ll find great advice and information on his site. A lot of models make exceptions to their levels for him due to his reputation and skills – and they’re lining up around the block.
Know the language and what you’re agreeing to:
GG: You’re interacting with a female model – this could be just being in the shot with them, through to various sexual acts. Be specific and find out exactly what’s expected of you.
BG: You’re interacting with a male model – again, this could be just in the same shot, or you could be expected to have sex. Make sure you know what’s happening!
Playboy nude: Full frontal nudity, but you don’t see pink.
Seeing pink: seeing the labia and pinkier bits of your vagina (not just the front)
Penthouse nude: Open legs, seeing pink
Hustler nude: Penetration
UK Magazine: same as Penthouse nude – seeing pink
US Magazine: Seeing pink and holding yourself open
Continental: Same as Hustler nude – penetration with fingers or toy
Gonzo/POV: You will be performing sexual acts on the photographer. These requests are explicitly forbidden on online communities such as PS and MM, but still take place.
If you did not feel comfortable reading or discussing it, it’s not for you. If you plan to go into a career involving children, politics or being in the public eye at all, it’s not for you. If you have a problem being seen as a porn star, it’s definitely not for you.
Safety: if you are going into the harder side of this (i.e. having sex with models), make sure that you get STD check ups regularly and that people you are working with provide the necessary paperwork to prove that they’re clean. No job is worth getting cervial cancer, becoming infertile or even dying for. It just isn’t. Frankly, even if you’re not in the adult industry – go get checked!
Age: a lot of models go into the adult market at 18, which is great if you know exactly what you want and you’re confident. Model Bitch is by no means a conservative or an old woman, but I know that my mindset at 18 was very different from my mindset now. Think it through. I’m not saying wait or don’t do it – just think. It’s a big decision – don’t make it for the wrong reasons.
You have to understand: these things will be on the internet. Forever. You can’t get rid of them or make them go away.
Pseudonyms: a very very good idea. Use one – for all your modeling, not just adult. It’s good to keep parts of your life separate.
There are a few photographers out there offering the world’s most complicated, and worst deal to models, and they’re shooting for a few content sites (apparently): you work for 4 hours and get paid for 2, you only get paid part of your fees and then you get paid more if it sells, if it sells for more than a certain amount and you also get ‘prizes’. It’s utter bullshit – trying to make rates so confusing that you don’t realised you’re getting fucked.
Then ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars, and then ask your brother if he’d sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars. Come back and tell me what you learn from that.”
So the boy went to his mother and asked, “Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?”
The boy then went to his sister and asked, “Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?”
The girl replied, “Oh my Gawd! I LOVE Brad Pitt I would sleep with him in a heartbeat, are you nuts?”
The boy then went to his brother and asked, “Would you sleep with Brad Pitt for a million dollars?”
His father asked him, “Did you find out the difference between ‘potentially’ and ‘realistically’?”
The boy replied, “Yes, ‘Potentially’, you and I are sitting on three million dollars … But ‘realistically’, we’re living with two hookers and a homo.
Well, with the deal above, potentially you get about £400 for 4 hours work, but realistically you’re getting paid less than half of what you should.
Do you work in the adult industry? Is there anything you wish you’d know when you started? Comment here and let people know!