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AEE 2019: Ember Snow

by Rich Moreland, March 2019

This is the fourth installment of our series on Star Factory clients.

Born in Saudi Arabia, Ember Snow is a Filipina who came to the United States as a child. She is a trained actress with mainstream credentials.

Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.

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Perky and sexy are the best words to describe Ember Snow. And, oh, that smile. It’s a charmer!

To get us started, I bring up Ember’s childhood.  She was raised in a strict household, apparently. With sparkles of sneaky merriment in her eyes, she replies, “Oh, you know how Asian culture can be.”

I do and that makes her switch to porn in February 2017 even more fascinating.

We chat about the AVN awards (Ember has one for a group scene in Wicked Pictures’ Carnal) and she asks porn fans to look for her at next year’s awards.

“Remember this smile. This is my trademark,” she says.

Intimate Experience

Did she begin her adult career as a cammer?

“I started in porn, actually. But even before I got into porn, I was already researching about the adult industry and that includes camming,” she says.

Ember notes that she originally considered a cam girl career because she was “kind of wishy-washy about the whole adult industry.”

“I did more research about the porn industry [and] it turned out that bookings aren’t actually as consistent as I would like [them] to be,” she says. That meant shopping around to find other outlets to make money.

“I thought of camming and that’s how I got into cam modeling. My goal is to give a more intimate experience with the guys because it’s usually one-on-one. It’s kind of different from porn because you’re trying to connect with one person as opposed to porn scenes [where] you’re actually acting.”

Actresses and Shows

Does Ember believe there is a difference between cam girls and porn girls?

“I believe so,” she replies. “Porn girls are more like actresses except they’re doing hardcore sex, but cam girls do shows. There are certain cam girls who do really unique shows that involve something basic, like cooking in the kitchen, that doesn’t involve having to act.

“I think that there’s a little bit of a difference between the two.”

Ember brings up an important cam girl ally: VR. The adult industry is invested in VR, she indicates, and that’s a boon for cammers.

“If you’re a cam girl, you’re going to be better in VR because you’re talking strictly to the camera. Not all guys are going to turn on their cameras and show themselves and half the time, when I see the guys, I just see them from like down here.”

She motions to the lower half of her body. “Yes, like down here.”

In other words, no faces, just the tools?

“That’s how some guys think of it,” Ember says. “I don’t mind, I like it. I love watching.”

Shifting into her cam girl persona, she adds, “So, I encourage you guys, it’s okay. So as long as you show it to me live, I’m fine with that.”

But if it’s just a picture, “who cares,” Ember shrugs amusingly. That could belong to anybody!

Different Desires

As for other distinctions between porn and cam girls, Ember doesn’t see much.

“I have a lot of respect for all the women out there because whether you’re a cam girl or a porn star, we don’t just perform in front of the camera. We also have to produce and direct because cam girls do videos, too. They have to sell those videos even if it’s just a solo, or if it’s with another girl. They have an idea on how to work the camera.”

Ember talks for a moment about improvisation and reinforces that both types of performers need to know how to do that. Cam girls, especially, because “different guys require different desires and fetishes.”

The dark-haired beauty wraps up her thoughts with, “Maybe because I’m also a cam girl and I do porn I kind of see both sides. But then again, I started acting before getting into the industry.”

Reflecting on my comment that camming is a portal into porn, she laughs, “Yeah, it’s kind of like a prerequisite.”

Here are My Prices

My final question is about advice Ember would give to a new girl who wants to enter porn. Should she start as a cammer?

“It depends on the girl because some girls may just be ready for porn,” she replies. “But it is a good idea to try out camming first, if they’re kind of awkward or a little too shy.”

Either way, she says, the model is going to have plenty of viewers. So, be prepared.

Ember references her personal experience and mentions the difference in filming venues.

“For camming, you just have a screen in front of you. Granted there may be more than one guy watching you. You don’t always see them,” she says.

“But it is so much different than being on a porn set. You have people there watching you, too, and sometimes you need to listen to how they’re directing you. In cam you don’t have to worry about any of that ‘cause you’re basically directing [your own show].”

She adds a final piece to the conversation. Some cam shows are group events, though most are one-on-one experiences. For those occasions, some girls are fine with being directed by the fan who is paying for the show.

However, for Ember, there is a difference.

“There are cam girls like me who are like ‘Okay this is what I can do, do you want this and this and this, here are my prices, what do you want?’ . . . because it is a business as well.”

Good point, especially in the competitive world of adult entertainment.

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For Ember’s fans, here she is on the red carpet Awards Night!

 

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AEE 2019: Cindy Starfall

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

Through Star Factory PR, I had the privilege of  interviewing Cindy Starfall a couple of years ago. Since that time, the Saigon native has received several adult entertainment award nominations and continues to wow her fans with her feature dancing.

Let’s see what’s on her mind this year.

Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.

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I remember we talked about your feature dancing a couple of years ago. Are you still on the road?

“I do it more and I really loved it because I can really put on a show, on stage and actually get to meet my fans because they come [from] all over . . . different cities . . . for meet and greets.”

Cindy says feature dancing is her thing.

“I love it because it pulls a creative side out of me. I get to be my own boss and put on these big shows on stage every month [in] a different city.”

Cindy comments on her schedule and explains that she’s shooting as much as dancing.

“I dance Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Come back [home on] Sunday then shoot Monday Tuesday. I pack Wednesday and I go again.”

Wow, that’s a lot of traveling, but she seems to love it.

Still Swinging

She tells me that her hectic schedule has put a crimp in her free-flowing lifestyle. Cindy is one of the few porn girls I know who is an active swinger.

“I still have my swinger couples that I’m doing,” Cindy says. In fact, she’s headed over to Japan in April with some of her swinger friends.

We talk about how she handles these out-of-the-ordinary sexual encounters. Among her requirements is spouses have to be present.

“I prefer that because it’s just less drama that way. I’m not there to look for relationships. I just want to be in there and have fun.”

The couples are friendly and, for the most part, older than Cindy. But that is not to discount younger couples who are into the lifestyle. “They always give off this sexual, friendly vibe,” she says.

When she reflects back on her early days in swinging, Cindy recalls it helped her adjust to porn.

“I love sex and swinger [parties have] helped me [to be] more comfortable in front of the camera. Because I have people watching and I have people shooting photos. In a way it [has] shaped who I am.  It is a big part of my life.”

That Connection

We move on to camming. Cindy exclaims that “it’s taking over the [adult] business!”

Camming is a version of amateur porn, she asserts, because “you’re filming yourself at home.”

Cindy has discovered that many of her fans “enjoy that amateur side versus the professional looking, perfect lighting side . . . because it’s more like a private one-on-one, like a personal interaction with me.”

The petite performer indicates that her camming popularity comes from guys who are “lonely” and “looking for that relationship, looking for that connection that they will have with the girls.”

When she describes what she does, Cindy reflects the formula that many cammers use.

“When you cam with me, I will talk to you. I know you by name, I know what you like. You can actually direct your own porn with me. You get to pick what I’m wearing for a session.”

She sees that as powerful for both her and her fans.

Room for Everybody

Some cam girls are comfortable at home and don’t have a desire to become a porn star, Cindy says. “All they do is get online.”

“With porn, you actually got to show up on set, it’s a production. A typical porn set could be between six to eight hours or more if it’s a feature. So, it’s a totally different thing [from camming].

“I started off as a webcam girl. But it wasn’t for me because I got bored. I needed that interaction with that co-star. I love doing porn because I love being in different characters,” she explains.

Unlike other girls I’ve interviewed on this subject, Cindy is blunt with her assessment of what it means to be a porn girl who is committed to studio shooting.

“If you want to be a porn star, can you get naked in front of at least four, five [people and] three different cameras shooting you? Can you do that?”

On the other hand, she says, “With webcam, you’re in your own home comfortable, one camera, you and your boyfriend. Somebody you’re comfortable with.”

Sounds easy, but it’s not because porn girls don’t always want that live feel. “When they know that camera is live and there’s people watching them, they start freaking out. So, it’s totally different,” she asserts.

But Cindy insists that there is room for everybody. “In a way, I do feel like it’s fine to be divided [between camming and porn] because it’s two different audiences.” There enough fans with different tastes to go around.

Trends

On the question of cammers setting their own market trends, Cindy believes they follow rather than lead.

In the adult business, it’s all about the fans. This is the driving force for cammers.

“The audience [is] there and tipping and watching, [buying] tokens. I feel like they [cammers] are following the trend because that’s what the audience wants to see.”

On the other hand, “when it comes to fandoms or fan worship, these guys are following what the girl’s doing.” In that respect, she might be setting her own trend.

But the bottom line will always be the cammers will respond to what the fans want.

“The cam girl’s all about the audience. The audience is giving them their paychecks,” Cindy says.

As for a major production company like John Stagliano’s Evil Angel, Cindy understands he’s doing what he loves because he already has “such a big studio” and consequently sets his own trends.

Once again, we revert back to the power of being online when it comes to camming.

Cindy Starfall says, “In this day with social media, the people that are watching. They want to know you, the actress behind the camera, and that’s what the webcam gives them. They get to talk to me, personally.”

 

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AEE 2019: Christiana Cinn, Part Two

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

We continue our conversation with Star Factory client Christiana Cinn.

Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.

 

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Marketing

Turning to the business of camming, I’m interested to know if Christiana thinks the online models establish their own market trends. In other words, do they create a demand for their product?

She responds, “The beauty with cam girls is that they’re a niche market. They don’t have to adhere to what society says is a beauty rule. If a girl wants to have purple hair with blue pubic hair, go for it because that’s going to appeal to somebody out there who’s already on their computer looking for someone like her.”

“They (cam models) remind me of characters and dolls, things out of comic books and stories, like fairytales,” Christiana continues. “They can look any way they like and play a character, do a cos-play.”

It’s complete freedom.

“Regular beauty standards do not apply to them, they set the trend of what they want and as long as they have fun doing it, I think it’s great,” she says.

In a way, Christiana is referencing the new generation of porn fans who are young and tech savvy. Cam girls fit the bill for them.

“Think about people who do video games, are online, and spend a lot of their time on the computer. They want an outlet” that camming fulfills, she comments.

For the cam girl and her customer there’s another advantage.

“When you’re camming, you don’t have to face rejection” in an anything goes environment.  She offers an example. If a girl looks like an Avatar, painted blue or whatever, she says, that obviously appeals to some people.

“The possibilities for cam girls are endless and there’s something out there for everyone. There’s a fetish, there’s a taboo. And it’s safe because it’s all from the comfort of her own space. She’s not doing it for free. She’s doing it for business choices and for money because this is making her happy.”

The New Amateur?

If the studios shoot the professional porn girl while the cammer produces her own content, do we think of her as the new amateur porn star?

Christiana is not so sure, or should we say she has a more egalitarian view.

“That’s not a very fair assumption. I don’t feel there should be a divide in the industry because we’re all sex workers. We’re all selling an ideal. Maybe people who are close-minded and even unkind would say there’s two different tiers or three different tiers and we’re not part of the same family.

“But my opinion, we are absolutely a part of the same special group of women. This is what we do.”

At this point, Christiana concedes there is a little difference, however.

“Maybe to be considered an amateur means they haven’t been shot by a professional studio per se. But it doesn’t mean that she can’t do it on her own or do whatever she wants. The amateur style would be like setting up your own camera, your video, your camera phone.”

Can we say a cam girl can create an amateur feel in her shows?

“Yes, because that’s huge right now!”

Before exploring the amateur product, Christiana reminds us of what pays her bills.

“I do porn. People watch me when they want to get off. They want to watch the big production, the role playing, the different costumes.”

On the other hand, what pleases her viewer tastes is different.

“When I watch porn, I literally look at real couples, real people [who] don’t have to look like what society says is beautiful. As long as they’re real people having real orgasms with real intimacy, that’s what I want to see.

“I like watching ‘cause that’s reality, they’re not doing it for anyone but themselves,”  Christiana says.

Safety

Finally, we turn to some specific issues facing porn today.

Christiana is concerned about sex worker safety particularly with the changes in the online advertising sites. “Taking down Backpage and the sex part from Craigslist” is a problem, she says, because it cost sex workers “a lot of their independence.” The result has put them in a “more risky and dangerous place.”

Having said that, Christiana understands the reasoning of the online services. “What they’re trying to do is prevent sex trafficking, but now anything advertising something exploitative is taken off. So, now there’s nothing.

“They really should have focused more on the actual trafficking aspect and where that’s happening” rather “than taking away from everybody. Now what are the girls supposed to do?” she asks.

Butt Pads

Next, I bring up the AVN show’s Code of Conduct. It’s relatively new, but is it necessary?

“It’s good to hold people accountable, make them aware,” Christiana says and relates a personal story.

“For the first AVN I did years ago, I had to wear fake butt pads under my dress because people would pinch and squeeze your ass so much that it turns black and blue. Then what are you gonna do when you shoot tomorrow? Have bruises?

“But this year, people have been really respectful, really sweet. They’re just there to see you, take a picture, thanks for your time. They’re not mauling all over you. They’re not thinking it’s ok because they’ve seen you have sex.”

There’s a bit of humorous irony with the butt pad, though.

“I learned that trick from a girl who worked at Disneyland. She was a Disney princess. So, it’s not just happening here,” Christiana says with a wink and a nod.

Lastly, I mention the #MeToo movement. Has it caused people to be more respectful at the show this year?

“Well, it’s definitely made some changes. It’s brought attention to people who might feel entitled to your body or to touch you because they’re a fan and they paid to get in. Or, they’re with this company so ‘let me touch this’ or ‘do that’ because I’m gonna help you out.

“If that was their evil intention, it’s made them think twice because now we’re looking out for that,” Christiana Cinn says.

“It’s not just a free-for-all. Personally, I don’t mind touching, hugging, kissing or anything like that. But I don’t like being mauled by somebody and I’m struggling to get away. That’s never fun,” she concludes with a laugh.

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AEE 2019: Christiana Cinn, Part One

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

Christiana Cinn is the second installment in a series on Star Factory clients I interviewed at this year’s AVN trade show in Las Vegas.

The Northern California native is bright and straight forward with her opinions . . . an absolute delight!

Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.

 

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A Playboy Start

A small-town girl, Christiana Cinn grew up in a rural American culture. After high school, she became a hair stylist. But she was not entirely satisfied and opted to use her sexuality to earn some extra money.

“I started go-go dancing, kind of stripping, [but] I hated coming home smelling like cigarettes,” she says with a chuckle.

There was a further downside to being on stage. “I was afraid to be who I was because I did see people from high school walk in [the club].”

To conceal her real self, Christiana says, she performed in wigs. Using the stage name, Jade Jackson, she played safe.

“Nobody recognized me. I had like a different identity,” she explains.

When Playboy called unexpectedly, Christiana thanked her lucky “stylist” stars. But for the publication, her makeup skills were not the order of the day. They wanted her as a model. Never short of an adventurous spirit, she posed and “started web-camming to make more money” to supplement her dancing.

That was the beginning of a new career.

“Playboy Live had a studio in Culver City. I work[ed] out of that studio and it opened a lot of opportunities for me to do music videos and model with well-known photographers.”

A visit to the Playboy Mansion followed by a shoot for Hustler, and Christiana was on her way.

“Posing for Playboy and camming really opened the doors for all of that,” she says. But there are expectations for a career in adult. “Being comfortable naked and photographed and video-taped kind of sets the bar, sets the tone of how it’s going to be.”

Filling up the Space

In her view, what makes a successful cam girl?

Christiana believes there are two important characteristics–personality and consistency–every cammer possesses. To illustrate her point, she asks how interesting can you be talking to yourself because that’s essentially what a cam girl does in front of her computer.

This California girl discovered she had the right set of skills for that.

“I’m an only child, so my best friend sometimes growing up was the mirror and my reflection. I would make funny faces and pose from a really young age. That made me comfortable with my body.”

The success formula is pretty straight forward.

“Being comfortable looking at yourself–and being yourself–is what makes a successful cam girl [while] filling up the space with something a little entertaining, or sexy, or silly, or fun,” Christiana believes.

On the other hand, profiting from camming is not as simple as it seems and this leads us to Christiana’s second characteristic.

“Consistency is really key to being a successful cam girl,” she insists, and reinforces the mantra, “same time, same place.” Unfortunately for her, feature dancing and personal appearances means she is frequently on the road. That is costly for camming.

“Adhering to a specific [online] schedule, especially when I’m in different time zones,” is problematic, Christiana adds.

The Table

I decide to drop my “three-legged stool” question into our conversation because Christiana can provide insights from a dancing perspective.

Is camming a fourth leg to add to shoots, escorting, and dancing?

It is, she proclaims, and reminds us we live in an online age.

“Camming or social media, such as selling your videos online, doing custom videos, doing Snapchat, Only Fans, Money Bits, I Want Clips” are part of the mix.

“Those platforms are designed to put the performer back in power so she’s not relying on a company who has shot her a hundred times.”

Referencing her own professional history, Christiana underlines her point.

“I’ve been on the cover of Penthouse four times, I’ve been all over the world for them. But I can’t count on them to employ me every time I want.”

She is grateful for her career and believes it’s a mistake to minimize porn.

“I care about the industry, I care about the people in it and I care about where it’s going,” Christiana says. That’s important because she believes “the sex industry sets the trend for the rest of the world and the media.”

Wow, that’s a bold proclamation! Christiana explains.

“First of all, when there’s different trends in women and in body image, what’s desirable, what’s new, what’s next. It all starts with pornography, because in porn . . . or the sex industry . . .  [we’re] showing all of our selves, exposing our bodies. The trend of no pubic hair started here with sex workers, people in a sexual image, and the rest of America took suit.”

Christiana believes that when people develop self-images that are attractive and sexual, the porn industry is influential in their decisions.

“They’re looking to us, because every single part of our bodies is there on display. That’s where people gain their inspiration from.”

Christiana demonstrates a kind of basic sexual intuitiveness that very well may have come from her dancing background.

“Our basic human instinct is driven to sex. That’s what it all comes down to. When they say, sex sells, the media and advertising agencies gather that from what we are selling . . . and that’s sex.”

When we return to the three-legged stool and camming, Christiana is blunt.

Camming “is cool, it’s interesting.” But it is also “a physically taxing and demanding job. Just like a lot of jobs in the sex industry.”

But after a moment, she concludes, “You’re right. The stool has four legs now, it’s a table.”

Can we say a porn career has gone from three legs to four?

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In Part Two of our talk with Christiana Cinn, we’ll discuss some of her concerns about the adult industry.

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AEE 2019: Alexis Fawx, Part Two

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

This is the second installment of our interview with MILF porn superstar Alexis Fawx.

Once again we thank Star Factory for Alexis’ time.

All photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.

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Variety

How does Alexis feel about cam talent? Is camming a prep for shooting scenes for studio paychecks?

She starts us off with a little personal history. She cammed early on in her career and wanted to get back into it.

“I was working with Bang Bros, so I took a break from shooting all the time and went into camming full-time.” That gave Alexis the opportunity to go to massage school to supplement her education.

She’s never regretted the move.

“Camming’s great, honestly. If you have the extra time [and] want to make some extra money, you can hop online and start making that money from home. It’s so simple.”

Is the cam girl going to become the new porn girl?

“I think what you’re gonna find is the cam girl is gonna dip into shooting because it is gonna help make her name more [recognizable].” Alexis asserts. “I think it’s a good way to get your name out there.”

The popular MILF model talks about her personal situation.

My “private Snapchats and Only Fans,” Alexis says, represent “the wide range of my hustle as a performer, I could make money in so many directions I don’t even have to step my foot on set anymore [and] I love being on set, so don’t get me wrong.”

She brings up what most cam girls will tell you, it’s all about content.

“We’re producing our own content. We’re producing our own Only Fans, our Snapchats, ManyVids and stuff like that.” Alexis reminds us that “all the different cam sites” are available to every girl.

“It’s all related. If you are a performer or a cam girl or anything like that, you should definitely be cross-referencing everything. Having that variety is great.”

Producer and Performer

On the other hand, Alexis warns against putting all those proverbial eggs into one basket, particularly when it comes to social media, a cammer’s life blood. Citing Instagram as an example, Alexis points out that they can block you “and poof it’s gone, you lost your business. You’re off the face of the earth.”

Like any good money manager, Alexis insists on diversification when it comes to online offerings.

Incidentally, making it all work is to a girl’s advantage.

“Doing camming is teaching you how to be a producer [and] that makes you an even better performer.”

Of course, cam girls are communicating with the fans directly and in Alexis’s view, this has benefits for the studios.

“I always tell the producers and directors, look for the cam models, because they’re used to dirty talking and looking into the camera and pretending they’re getting a response back. They’re used to improvisation by themselves.”

The Amateur Stuff

I mention that camming and homemade porn seem to be inseparable. Alexis believes this is a good thing.

“Homemade porn is on the comeback now with private Snapchats and Only Fans. I sit at my house and do content all day. I get online and ask my fans what do you guys wanna see?”

For the most part, she works alone.

That is empowering, actually, and not difficult.

“You just do a bunch of those little videos, you throw it up there. You’re making money left and right.”

In the end, it comes down to the basics. “When you think of it, we’re all shooting our own content,” she says.

If that is true, then is the cam girl an updated version of amateur porn.

Alexis lights up with certainty at the question.

“Yeah! Way more because people are doing boy-girls and girl-girls. What amateur porn does is it gives the average person [the fan] a connection. And so, if people can connect, you can have a sale.”

Finally, I ask about the three-legged-stool of porn and is camming the fourth leg?

Alexis thinks so . . .

“You have shoots, escorting, feature dancing, [and] camming.”

Then she expands the possibilities by including “our private sites and our producing” into the income mix.

And don’t forget to think about convenience . . .

“I mean even some cam sites now are mobile, or can stream from your phone. If you can be mobile, you’re gonna be in everyone’s hand.”

“So, I think you probably have about five legs [on that stool].”

She’s nailed it, I think, and concludes with a positive note that defines the personality of Alexis Fawx.

“Rather than just looking at myself as a pornographer, I look at myself as a brand, a business. I mean turn your passions into businesses [that work] for you.”

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AEE 2019: Alexis Fawx, Part One

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

This is the first in a series of interviews from the 2019 Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.

My thanks to Tanya Tate’s Star Factory PR for scheduling their clients with us. All photos are by Kevin Sayers.

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Before every interview I do, there is small talk. While videographer Davyana San Migel and photographer Kevin Sayers were setting up in the press room for our interview with Alexis Fawx, I mentioned flying in from the Washington DC area for the show.

Unexpectedly, Alexis and I discovered we were practically neighbors because Alexis grew up near my home on the Maryland side of the District. She reminisced about playing on the hillsides as a kid and enjoying the laid back life of her rural roots.

It was a great start for a terrific interview.

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First, let’s begin with an overused phrase, but one that is most appropriate. Alexis Fawx is a woman who knows what she wants and has a blast accomplishing it in every phase of her life.

The over-thirty superstar comes equipped with a dynamic personality and a world view that is inviting and invigorating. Armed with an intelligence that empowers her career, Alexis’s confidence and electric energy have served her well in her five years in adult entertainment.

Working Together

Raised in “a small middle-class family,” Alexis didn’t have a long-term plan of what she wanted to do. Nevertheless, she did get a formal education highlighted by a degree in psychology. Anatomy was her specialty.

“I love how the mind and body work together,” she says, because “that is about life.”

Later when Alexis moved to Florida, that mind-body thing stayed with her. She became “a licensed massage therapist,” she states, with a reminder that “massage is all about that mind and body connection.”

No doubt it has benefited her in porn. When working with her “co-stars” Alexis is “able to be in tune with” bodies and reactions when shooting. It “all transcends together,” she states.

Her professional career has not always been rewarding, however. Alexis worked as a paralegal but found it wanting.

“It was so structured, it was really making me unhappy. I think some people need that structure and they thrive really well. I’m not one of those people. I’m really creative. So, I need that space to do it.”

The popular MILF performer goes on to say that her adult career is a perfect fit for her.

“It has empowered me as a woman” Alexis adds with a smile. “I love what I do. I’m just taking my passions and really enjoying life.”

Five Years in Adult

Nommed for ANV’s MILF Performer of the Year, Alexis elaborates on where she is in her career.

“I have a comedy show that I produce and host. I’m coming out with my own coffee beans. I’m able to take my passions and things that I really truly love and turn them into a money making machine.”

Of course, add to that shooting scenes and camming. This is a busy woman!

Yet Alexis uses her self-awareness–nurtured by spending time alone–to energize her life.

“If you’re always working on your inner self, the things around you become better. If you’re healing the inside of you . . .  then you’re healing people because you’re approaching things in a totally different way.”

Alexis goes on to talk about the destructiveness of anxiety and how best to tackle it to strengthen “your state of mind.” For her the key is to recognize if the situation causing anxiety is even “real.”

“We sometimes just worry about shit that doesn’t even exist. If it’s not real then stop worrying about it because it doesn’t matter.”

Boy, if it were only that easy.

A Career Start

After she served in the military, Alexis lived in South Florida, as we mentioned, where she worked “around the clock [for] somebody else’s dream.”

After quitting a job she considered to be a dead end, Alexis checked out Craigslist for a way to supplement her income and the rest is history, as they say.

She explains.

“They had an ad to be an extra for Dancing Bear. It happened to be the same studio as Bang Bros.”

When she showed  up, she says, “they gave me a laundry list of things to make more money if you wanted to do it. Got to blowjob [and] I raised my hand without even thinking.”

They offered her the scene and she decided to go after it.

“I was like ‘I guess I’m gonna give a blowjob on camera. Okay I better do my best!’” she laughs.

There is an Alexis Fawx lesson here. We’ll let her nail it for you.

“If you start just saying ‘yes’ to opportunities, it really opens up a lot of doors. If I never said ‘yes’ to that opportunity right there, I wouldn’t be sitting here today.”

The Red-Headed Stepchild

Bearing in mind that Alexis remains a girl-girl contract star with Mile High Media (she has her first girl-girl showcase with them coming soon), I’m interested to know her feelings about crossing over into mainstream film. Is it possible for porn people to make it in Hollywood?

“I think there’s a lot of stigma that we’re still gonna have to get through,” she begins. But times are changing. “More people talk about it, people are more open about it,” but “I think there’s still a lot to work to do.”

For Alexis, the stigma, though unfortunately relevant, is insulting.

“Until we’re not the red-headed stepchild anymore and really taken seriously,” progress is going to be slow, she implies. But her upbeat attitude never gives up. Alexis looks forward to the day when people look past the denigrating porn trope of “just spread your legs, how do you dare have a brain?’”

To make matters more annoying, the prejudice goes beyond the studios. “Right now, not even mainstream actors take us seriously,” she says.

“We have some phenomenal actors in the industry because there are people with talent that get overshadowed because this (porn) is their life. [It’s] how they make their money so their singing or dancing, or whatever the fuck it may be, gets overshadowed.”

Sometimes all that is needed is someone to take notice. Alexis references her comedy show when she says,

“Maybe they (porn performers) don’t have the avenue, maybe they can’t get on stage.”  But she’ll offer them the opportunity.

“Hey, come, reach out to me, I’ll put you on stage,” she says, all smiles.

Best of all, her show is in Hollywood.

“You never know who’s sitting in the audience,” Alexis Fawx comments, “you never know who’s gonna be walking around that day and decide to come to my show and be sitting in there and be like ‘Oh wow, this person has a great voice, I wanna connect with them.’”

It’s all about faith and opportunity, just like the mind-body connection insists.

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In Part Two of our conversation with Alexis Fawx, we’ll take a look at her views on camming.

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AEE 2019: AINews Reports from the Show, Part 1

by Rich Moreland, February 2019

This is the first of two installments highlighting the 2019 Adult Entertainment Expo (aka the AVN Show) in Las Vegas. Our team circulated on the floors of the hosting venue, the Hard Rock Hotel, networked where we could, and conducted interviews to get an in-depth look at the porn industry today.

So far, we’ve reported on Evil Angel’s thirtieth anniversary and Nina Hartley’s thirty-fifth. We’ve also taken a look at how the show reflected the changes in our culture.

A pair of talented visual artists, still photographer Kevin Sayers and videographer/filmmaker Davyana San Miguel, provided the visual energy that graces these articles.

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Is there love between AVN and the cam world?

 If the last few years at the Adult Entertainment Expo is any indication, the porn world is experiencing an internal evolution.

That’s right, things are changing because the new kid on the block—the cam girl (and boy)—is altering the landscape of what defines porn, at least the commercialized version.

First, a little in-house geography. For those of you who have never visited the Hard Rock Hotel, the “floor” is divided among four major venues, three devoted to the on-screen industry and one to novelties.

A walk around the environs reveals that cammers are more evident than ever before. Not only do they have their own booths and tables inside the show rooms, they dominate the hallways that connect them.

That raises interesting questions. Are cam girls the newest version of porn girls?

Do cammers believe they are creating pornographic content when they perform for their fans and sell their shoots online? If that seems obvious to you, it isn’t to everyone and “therein lies the rub.” (my apologies for the well-worn misquote of Shakespeare)

Are cammers open to shooting for studios in a scripted environment?  It’s certainly outside their comfort zone where they interact with fans unencumbered by directors, cinematographers, and their crews.

And, how do the established porn stars—the studio moneymakers—regard cammers? Do the stars also cam as a way to build their brand?

In the interviews we did for Adult Industry News, I posed these questions. Answers varied, as you might expect, and we will look at some of them in later posts.

For now, here’s what we encountered during our meanderings about the premises.

Something for Everyone

The cammers greet fans in the hallways . . .

. . . And in the rooms! They seem to be everywhere armed with their connection to the fan world: their computer.

Cammers are not restricted by agents, you see. As a result, they are on their own to mix and mingle.

As a contrast, let’s take a few snapshots of porn’s traditional studios and the well-known stables that supply the talent.

The Agency Booths

We stop at the booths of a couple of modeling agencies I’ve dealt with in the past. At Foxxx Modeling, a brief chat with some girls we’ve already interviewed kicks off the afternoon.

The sexy Scarlett Mae.

The sultry Emma Hix.

And the perky BDSMer Emori Pleezer.

Nearby over at John Stevens’ Matrix Models, we find one of my favs in the biz, Vanna Bardot. Kevin and I met her recently on a Girlfriends Films shoot.

Porn’s Commercial Tradition

Then it’s on to the studios, the heavy hitters of porn. First is Adult Time, Bree Mills’ venue where . . .

. . . I renew old acquaintances with three of porn superstars, all of whom are up for AVN awards. We set up interviews to explore new topics we’ve not talked about before.

Tommy Pistol, one of adult’s finest male actors.

The popular Derrick Pierce whose on-screen personality is in high demand.

Then we have the talented Casey Calvert, a longtime friend. (It’s generational with our schedule making, as you can see. She’s electronic, I’m old school with my pen as we discuss arrangements!)

And a new contact, the luscious and award-winning Kenna James who later gives our team a terrific interview!

And, of course, Bree is there. We had interviewed her earlier in the day.

Other stops include Evil Angel where Katrina Jade is signing for fans.

And Jules Jordan where we pause a few moments with model Emily Willis.

Moving on to Greg Lansky Media, a rip-roaring booth pulsing with club music that engulfed the hall, we pick up a couple of conversations there.

We didn’t forget to take a quick look at the AVN booth (it’s their show, after all!) where a variety of girls were signing each day.

After some searching, we finally locate Sofie Marie, a girl (or MILF, depending on your point of view) who shoots for studios AND maintains her cam site. Later she gives us a terrific interview.

Before wrapping up our mini-tour of the rooms, we visit The Lair.

It’s sponsored by Kink.com, the leading BDSM porn producer in the business. Since the fan has to go upstairs to see the The Lair, there is the undeniable connection to Kink’s popular website, The Upper Floor.

And, as is the habit at AEE, an after-hours party for fans who want to pay for the privilege is offered.

Mostly, The Lair is a quiet respite from the clamor of the show floors. It’s vendors mostly with a demonstration here and there. For BDSM enthusiasts, it’s somewhat of a letdown unless the fan wants to shop .

Veterans

For anyone who writes in the porn biz, there is the “go-to” interviewer (and this is not to diminish any writer presently working). By “go-to” I mean the guy who sets the table for the basics about a performer. In other words, bio facts, personal preferences, shooting history, and the like. Everything that helps a girl build her fan base and gets the rest of us thinking about what we want to ask her.

He is “Captain Jack” and I have the privilege of meeting him after all these years.

Speaking of those in the industry who’ve been around the block a few times, our team briefly greets Evan Stone and has a short talk with Katie Morgan. No interviews this time around due to time and the hectic pace of the show. Maybe next year.

Then there is a new face and an old friend. For the first time, I make the acquaintance of Prinzzess Felicity Jade, a Girlfriends Films superstar, and update personal news with now retired performer, Daisy Layne.

Blended or Separated?

So, where does our brief tour leave us? For sure, the line between camming and shooting scenes is blurred. Take shooting, for example.

Today, the trend is make your own. Everyone, porn vets and cammers, can produce and manage their own content. After all, that’s what the fan wants . . . easy access just a click away.

There’s an old standby, Clips4Sale . . .

. . . And a newbie in the mix, Iwantclips.

At a convention that for decades touted video tapes and performer meet-and-greets, today cammers and studios play side-by-side. With Greg Lansky’s Vixen, Tushy, and Blacked responding to fans on the left of the picture below while the cammers’ ManyVids draws a crowd on the right, what does that tell us about 2019?

Well, maybe a solid “spank” in between to get our attention about a changing industry!

Peaceful Co-Existence?

In our next post, we’ll move to the novelties part of AEE 2019.

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