Pornography is a multibillion-dollar industry that can make the producers and the performers enough money to live comfortably for life. Of course, there are downsides and drawbacks. This means it makes sense to carefully consider how this choice might impact on these areas of your life before you decide to take the plunge. The fact is that although they are a lot more accepted than they used to be, sex work and pornography still carry a significant stigma, especially in some of the more traditional areas of working life. You are probably already aware of all of these things, but this cautionary introduction is to make sure you are fully aware of these things before you decide to go ahead.
Since Pornhub, Youporn and the seemingly endless host of other tube sites emerged online, the landscape of the adult industry has changed considerably. People can now upload content using the bare minimum of equipment and many performers make a living from recording and uploading their own bespoke content without using a professional porn production company. Wait a second, though. Before you run off to film yourself engaged in all manner of sex acts, it’s essential that you do some research into the industry, it’s seemingly endless niches and of course, the other performers you may be competing against. The importance of thorough, well-planned research can never be underestimated. You will need to ask yourself a few questions before you can make a start on your new career or side business. Here are some of the most frequently asked queries.
What kind of porn should I do?
This is entirely up to you. It makes sense to try and do things that you genuinely enjoy as is this means you will enjoy yourself a whole lot more and consequently, so will your customers. There are literally thousands of niches, from straight to lesbian, BDSM to softcore, the list of potential areas is practically limitless. Many of the most successful porn actors perform in productions across the board, however, some performers can make a sizable income by exploiting one very specific category or niche within the industry. The key is to be honest with yourself. The reality of performing for hours at a time can be very different to the way you have pictured this in your head. Sex work is real work, just like any other job, so make sure that you have realistic expectations of yourself and the demands of doing this kind of work as a living.
Camgirl, Mainstream porn or Amateur?
The most successful pornstars generally work in mainstream porn and pick up regular work courtesy of the numerous production companies that exist around the world. By far, the most lucrative market is the big budget, professionally produced mainstream porn created by giants of the industry such as Brazzers, Vivid and Bang Bros. These companies hire new talent regularly, but almost all of their operations are based in major cities in the USA, so if you have aspirations of becoming the next Sasha Grey or Skin Diamond, you will need to be prepared to travel.
Amateur porn is also extremely popular but in general, pays less than the mainstream variety. Do some research into the production companies who specialise in this kind of porn as there are now several who operate from the UK. With this type of material, you don’t necessarily need to look like the most popular girls from the mainstream side of the industry. Sometimes girls who are slightly overweight or perhaps not considered attractive in the conventional sense can do extremely well within amateur productions as the consumers prefer the realistic nature of this material.
Webcamming is probably the quickest and easiest way for performers to make money from porn. All you need is a decent quality webcam, a laptop or PC that can handle high-quality streaming video and good internet connectivity. Most models work from home and use sites such as Chaturbate to interact with their clients. Customers “tip” the performers using pre-purchased tokens, which are usually sold in bundles of $10, $20 and $30 dollars and so on. Unlike recorded video productions or photographs, this kind of porn happens live in front of the user’s eyes, which makes it extremely popular with men and woman who struggle with real-life relationships. The most successful cam girls can also be given gifts from their specially created “wish lists.” Many clients will happily pay for things like new shoes, clothes or sex toys that can be used in webcam shows. Some dedicated fans will also buy gifts ranging from household appliances to jewellery.
What about money and tax?
Will you be working for yourself, a production company or a combination of the two? Most performers are self-employed so you will need to look into the boring but very necessary business of registering with HM revenue and customs to ensure you stay within the law. In the UK this is actually a very simple process and can be done online in a matter of minutes. The rate you will be paid by mainstream porn studios varies considerably, depending on what you are prepared to do. A standard boy/girl scene featuring vaginal penetration can pay around $1000 which translates to around 800 pounds. The rate for same-sex scenes is often less at around 500 pounds. As a general rule, female performers in mainstream porn earn a great deal more than their male counterparts. In some cases, certain sex acts will mean you can earn more money. Webcam girls are paid for the things they agree to do while on camera. Sometimes popular webcam girls only need to work for an hour or two per day if they have enough fans or followers. Conversely, if you are new to camming and do not yet have many followers, you could end up making only a small amount of money for a long session online.
The team at Adult Creative have been working with Porn Studios and Webcammers for years to grow their businesses. Call our team today on 0330 113 1888 to find out how you can become a professional and successful pornstar in just a few weeks.