WATCH: Porn Vets Teach ‘Porn 101′ to Aspiring Stars

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Wanna be a porn star? Sure, we all do. The adult industry can be rewarding, but behind the six figure salaries, four-poster beds and double anal lurk less glamorous subjects (taxes, STIs, agents, bad breath).

So the Adult Performer Advocacy Committee (APAC) — an advocacy group made up of porn stars including Nina Hartley, Chanel Preston, James Deen and Stoya — have put together Porn 101, a video primer on what every aspiring star should know (*but were afraid to anal). You might remember that in October we asked Hartley, who had over 30 years experience in the business and was then working to form the group, to give us her top bits of advice for new performers.

 

 

The advice in the 15 minute video covers a wide range of topics and offers up some sage bits of advice, including:

  • Bring your own brand of lube or condoms to set, if you have preferences
  • Don’t brush teeth before scenes, as it can cause mini-abrasions. (Use mints or mouthwash instead.)
  • Don’t come to set with a cold, even if it’s not an STI.
  • Your mom is going to recognize you in the photos, even if you use a clever name like James Deen.

Our favorite bit of advice? That your butthole qualifies as genitals. You wouldn’t think this needs saying, but then again you might also think someone would know to stay home from the orgy when they have the flu.

The Adult Performer Advocacy Committee advocates to maintain and improve safety and working conditions in the adult film industry by giving adult performers organized representation in matters that affect our health, safety, and community.

The APAC comes as political battles over required condoms have begun pushing the industry out of California. Most performers prefer not to use condoms, but until recently, the political discourse was limited to the Free Speech Coalition (the adult industry trade group) and opponents of the industry. The APAC will assumedly help close that gap by giving performers their own voice.

“After Measure B was passed it became clear that the performers needed their own voice,” Hartley told Kinky in an exclusive interview. “And James Deen and Stoya were instrumental in getting it off the ground.” [Michael Blue and Annika, who hosted some of the early meetings, were also instrumental in the founding of APAC.]

“We needed a group of, by and for performers,” says Hartley. “Many such organizations have been attempted in the past, only to die due to lack of organization or outright strangulation by the producers. Now, the big producers are fewer, the Internet and social media allow direct communication between performers and between performers and the viewing public. The business is changing greatly and performers are poised to take a greater interest and power in their own care. Adult entertainers are more likely to make a career of it than ever before, and APAC grows out of that.”

The group, Hartley says, is open to any working performer, and will work to address broader issues of performer rights and pride, as well as specific issues like condoms, health insurance, financial counseling and mental health resources for adult stars.

No word on where the group stands on the great pubic hair debate.

Comments

  1. SethLord says

    It’s about time. Too many people get involved in this industry and don’t know a thing about operating in the real world. It’s not that they’re dumb, it’s that they’re young and maybe no one’s told them about w-2s and STIs. Good for APAC for doing this.

  2. bearmon2010 says

    Porn is not safe.. Its dirty and increase of chance to get an infection.. not hiv but other new diseases. Stupid Porn 101!

    • CyPh1 says

      Porn is not safe?

      Being a Jesus lover in Baghdad is not safe – having squeaky clean genitals in Sochi is not safe – being a rap star is not safe!

      Step outside your front door and you better know the road rules or you’ll get hit by a truck. Life is exciting – especially when you get past 101 – level 454 is positively Alidocius!

    • tangelo says

      So I guess it’d be best if we just put our heads in the sand and didn’t talk about it? They address STDs and how to protect yourself, but it seems like you’re so hung up on thinking porn is dirty that you don’t care how it’s done. Now who stupid!

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