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GreatGatsby
10-09-2013, 12:26 PM
Hey everyone, I don't know if the pornography industry is discussed here but I was referred here so I figured I would give it a shot. Is it normal for agencies to request nude photos before booking you? I'm talking to someone who claims to be from an agency through email and he wants to get nude photos of me in order to send to porn production companies. I'm hesitant to send the photos because I don't want them posting them online without my permission. I have no issues with my photos being posted online IF I receive compensation. I wouldn't want my nudes on the internet if I'm not even getting paid for it though.

Secondly, has anyone ever heard of bono media before? Here is their website:

Jasmine.Doll
10-09-2013, 01:15 PM
Never heard of it. Then again, I'm not a dude... How did you get in contact with this guy? Hard to say if its legit based on a website, but I can say that the rates seem really, unusually high. A grand for an anmature, dude, solo scene? really? Legit or not, the fact that you care about nudes being posted online without compensation makes me think you are seriously not ready for porn.... The agency just wants to see what you look like, right? They aren't asking you to have sex with a donkey, pro bono. Yes. Porno companies wanna see ur dick b4 they book it.

GreatGatsby
10-09-2013, 01:38 PM
Legit or not, the fact that you care about nudes being posted online without compensation makes me think you are seriously not ready for porn.... The agency just wants to see what you look like, right? They aren't asking you to have sex with a donkey, pro bono. Yes. Porno companies wanna see ur dick b4 they book it.Good point. I shouldn't care at all seeing as how there will be nudes of me on the internet sooner or later anyway. Don't know why I'm making a big deal out of it.Met him through craigslist.

Jasmine.Doll
10-09-2013, 02:12 PM
It's not legit.

GreatGatsby
10-09-2013, 02:58 PM
Are you saying that because I met him through craigslist?

Jasmine.Doll
10-09-2013, 03:02 PM
Because its a crappy website. Because you found it on Craigslist. And because the rates that it claims to compensate amature performers with are BEYOND ridiculous. Check out some reputable agencies to see what a normal rate is for a solo scene for someone WITH experience. You will be sad and disappointed.

Jasmine.Doll
10-09-2013, 03:08 PM
No one gets $5000 for a scene anymore, unless you are seriously someone. I have friends who got AVN awards, last year and are still doing scenes for well under one grand. And they are chicks! There is a reason this agency specifies that it only wants inexperienced performers who don't know the business.

Jasmine.Doll
10-09-2013, 03:34 PM
This is a BDSM site. I know a number of people who have worked for them. They actually pay their models, especially their male models quite a bit more than most places do. Most guys in porn aren't just performers, they are also producing content. That's where the $ is, or can be. Not a lot of cash in porn for most dudes.... I don't know what your limits are, but as you will see from the link below, people expect quite a lot from male talent for a couple hundred bucks.

http://www.kink.com/k/model_call.jsp?c=1

GreatGatsby
10-09-2013, 07:51 PM
Damn, alright. Is avoiding craigslist good general advice when it comes to getting in the business? Will I ever find a legit gig looking there? And do you know of any reputable agencies in New York?

Jasmine.Doll
10-09-2013, 08:20 PM
Avoid Craigslist. Real agencies have more male talent than they'll ever use. They do not post stuff on Craigslist. I don't know of too many agencies that take guys. I know a few... What are ur limits? b/g? b/b/g? b/b? Bondage? Anal? S&M? Depending on what you want to do, you'll want to address specific agencies. If you get booked, most companies will fly you out to them, so you wouldn't have to limit yourself to NYC. But honestly, why do you wanna do this? Are you looking for a career in the adult industry or do you just want to get paid to play? I'm think I can help you if you tell me what your deal is.

GreatGatsby
10-09-2013, 08:38 PM
Avoid Craigslist. Real agencies have more male talent than they'll ever use. They do not post stuff on Craigslist.
Gotcha.


But honestly, why do you wanna do this? Are you looking for a career in the adult industry or do you just want to get paid to play? I'm think I can help you if you tell me what your deal is.
Nah, not looking for a career. I have higher job prospects. I'm doing this cuz I need some extra cash, I have a good body, I look good so why not make some easy fast cash. If I can do one scene a month and fill my pockets with a grand every once in a while then that would be nice. Just something I've been thinking of doing for a while that I'm curious to learn more about.

GreatGatsby
10-09-2013, 08:40 PM
Oh yea, and as for my limits. No gay is the only one.

BustyVixen
10-11-2013, 09:21 AM
Yes, this definitely not legit! I'm an adult actress and have been in the biz for years and most guys make a couple or few hundred bucks per scene. It's A LOT more than having a good body, having sex on camera for a dude is very difficult..have to stay hard and cum on command. Don't waste your time on Craigslist! Yes, it is normal for agents to request nude photos..that part is ok. Most guys who attempt porn fail at it. If you live in LA, contact a legit agency out there such as OC Modeling or ATMLA. They can tell you the next steps. If you don't live in California or Miami, it's very hard to get work. You have to travel out there on your own dime, agencies and production companies don't pay for that.

Also, did you know the biz was recently shut down for weeks due to some performers testing positive for HIV? There was also someone working with Hep C and while nobody caught that, things are not in a good place in porn right now. I personally have taken a step back for awhile. I would never recommend to anyone new to join the business. It's SO not what it used to be years ago and rates keep dropping lower and lower. if you just want some extra money, go bar tend somewhere. You'll make more.

BustyVixen
10-11-2013, 09:21 AM
Yes, this definitely not legit! I'm an adult actress and have been in the biz for years and most guys make a couple or few hundred bucks per scene. It's A LOT more than having a good body, having sex on camera for a dude is very difficult..have to stay hard and cum on command. Don't waste your time on Craigslist! Yes, it is normal for agents to request nude photos..that part is ok. Most guys who attempt porn fail at it. If you live in LA, contact a legit agency out there such as OC Modeling or ATMLA. They can tell you the next steps. If you don't live in California or Miami, it's very hard to get work. You have to travel out there on your own dime, agencies and production companies don't pay for that.

Also, did you know the biz was recently shut down for weeks due to some performers testing positive for HIV? There was also someone working with Hep C and while nobody caught that, things are not in a good place in porn right now. I personally have taken a step back for awhile. I would never recommend to anyone new to join the business. It's SO not what it used to be years ago and rates keep dropping lower and lower. if you just want some extra money, go bar tend somewhere. You'll make more.

GreatGatsby
10-11-2013, 11:36 AM
thanks for the advice

Aurora14
10-11-2013, 02:02 PM
If you're just looking for extra cash, have you looked into clip making or camming? I know camming isn't as lucrative for men as it is for women, but if you "have a good body" you may have a chance.

Just so you know, the adult industries aren't fast and easy cash like you're thinking. It takes a lot of effort and advertising (depending on which profession) to stay revelant in the industry and make money. Also, if you have "higher job prospects" you need to be careful doing adult work. We've had models on this site who lost jobs when their adult work was discovered.

EvelynHeartsYou
10-11-2013, 02:28 PM
When you enter the adult industry and agree to be filmed and photographed (such as camming or clip making, professional pornography, erotic photography, etc), you're in it for the long haul. Rarely is it something that is considered quick and easy, and your photos and videos are out there forever and so are your paper trails because you can't evade those pesky taxes.

Go poke around on this thread (and the threads linked within the thread (Isobel posted a million of them)) and ask yourself if you're really okay with this, and whether or not this could destroy those higher job prospects if found out. It's geared more to camming, but can still apply to other areas of the adult industry: https://www.stripperweb.com/forum/showthread.php?185633-Background-Check

GreatGatsby
10-11-2013, 07:22 PM
I'm a pro mma fighter but it doesn't pay much so I was looking for some easy work on the side while I build up my name. Getting my work discovered isn't an issue for me because in the fight business no one really cares. I could do camming but promoting myself is honestly more work than I care to put forth. I always thought that getting into adult films was a way to make a quick grand with no work being put in but I guess that was an ignorant way of looking at it. If anyone knows of any agencies in NY (I'd rather not travel) then that would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise I'll just stick with a "real job" (and no disrespect meant by that. I have mad love for the work you girls do).

Jasmine.Doll
10-11-2013, 08:17 PM
I don't know of any agencies in NYC that book male talent... Well, I know of one, but they don't take newbies. The scenario you are looking for does not exists. You are not the first guy to think that shooting an occasionally porno would be cool... It really only ever works out when you are producing content in addition to performing. And even then it usually doesn't. That often becomes a weird, creepy and elaborate way for guys to get tail and use "work" as an excuse.

In my eyes, porn is an all or nothing kinda biz. If you are going to do it, you gotta go balls deep. It's dumb to just dabble for a few hundred bucks here and there. You will be exposed to HPV and HSV. You might be exposed to more. I know you are happy with your MMA stuff, now. But, should you ever get sick of it or become injured your porno career may haunt you.

I've known quite a few porn stars... Some amatures, some major league. It's worth it for the girls (or at least some of them--the ones capable of long term planning) who just go for it, take tons of jobs, fuck 900 dudes and make some decent cash. The ones who just do a few shoots end up stigmatizing themselves for life, contracting diseases and feeling dumb for cashing in for mere a couple grand. I have nothing bad to say about porn stars. Like I said, I have many friends in the industry. Some if them love it. I'm in the industry, too, but only as a hair/make-up artist. But there really isn't anything casual or glamorous about porn. I just think that if your going to do it, make sure it's worth it. Go all in or don't bother at all. My advice.

BustyVixen
10-12-2013, 07:25 AM
Jasmine Doll is right on the money with this one! And for the men, it's extremely difficult..honestly a good majority of them now shoot their penis with caverject which makes it stay hard b/c the circumstances are so difficult for them. Not a good way to make a quick buck, as a guy you'll never make a grand for a scene, unless you become one of the elite few like Manuel Ferrera, etc. I've heard of new guys getting paid $100 or $150 for a scene now. IMO, not at all worth the health risk you'll be exposed to.

AmyLynne
11-01-2013, 02:00 PM
The only porn performers who make bank also feature dance or have their own websites and control everything! Very few and far between!

Violet_Z
11-01-2013, 02:52 PM
You might be able to find more interesting things to do on sexyjobs.com. Honestly male talent gets paid very little.