by Rich Moreland, February 2017
This the second post in a series of interviews with Star Factory clients recorded during the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas.
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An unexpected delight at this year’s AEE was Briana Banks. Her forthright perspective on the industry highlighted one of the most informative interviews I have done lately.
Before we get into her thoughts, an observation about this year’s show is helpful.
Cam girls are the new porn babes and they are meeting their fans on a personal level right out of their apartments or homes through member-driven online relationships.
What does this mean?
Today’s trade show is changing the way porn does business. Cam fans are physically meeting girls they chat with online rather than seeking out their favorite stars for the first time as often happens when a traditional porn girl shoots for established companies and maintains a website that encourages fan contact via social media.
Of course, there is a shortcoming for the cam girl. Whatever creativity she has is her own adventure, director and crew backed by studio money is nowhere to be found.
Caught in this transition, Briana is working hard to adjust to a new reality while maintaining her traditional porn image.
The first issue we discussed centered on technology.
A More Personal Level
Briana took a five-year hiatus and returning to porn has become a confrontation with change, especially with new delivery platforms continually being developed.
“Technology-wise I feel like I’m starting at the bottom again.” She mentions having to learn about twitter, for example.
“I’m learning the ropes again,” she says with a smile.
The focal point of Briana’s comeback is her website, brianabanks.xxx (for link, see below). She’s posted a host of recently shot scenes and all new content she knows her fans will appreciate.
Next on her agenda is the webcam. Briana’s already done some camming for other companies, but now she’s on her own and she’s a bit nervous about it.
“I’ve been scared to death because this is new to me. On my site I will be promoting [the times] when I will be doing live webcam so for everyone who’s been asking me, it’s happening.”
“Doing it out of my own house myself is really going to be entertaining for everyone except me.” She laughs.
But like every Chaturbate or myfreecams girl, Briana recognizes the value of the new platform.
“That’s how my fans are going to get on a more personal level [with me],” this curvaceous beauty says.
Another change Briana has to accommodate is how she is marketed. She laments the loss of “glam porn” that features “pretty girls having sex with attractive men.”
Heavily driven by the internet, the industry is in flux, however, and today everything is in subgenres. The “glam” element has receded.
A few years ago, categories were minimal and MILF was sparingly used. But no more and by virtue of her age, MILF is Briana’s subgenre now, though she is not overly thrilled with it.
“I feel as though once you hit twenty-five, it’s MILF. I want to do scenes where there is just sex, I don’t want to be someone’s mom all the time, or doing my husband’s nephew and so on.”
Of course, MILF is part of a totality of subgenres like fetish, IR, girl/girl, gangbangs, blowbangs, bondage, and the like.
To win an award, girls are cast into categories.
Does Briana feel that porn has too many subgenres?
“I do. I think it’s ridiculous that I can’t ever win Performer of the Year, it has to be MILF Performer of the Year.”
What she wants is open opportunity for all female performers without an age restriction, or anything else for that matter.
In other words, every girl should be eligible for that prestigious honor.
“I’m not trying to put anyone down, but some of the best performers are the MILFs, because we’ve been doing that for so long and we know what we are doing and we don’t get the opportunity to win those awards,” Briana explains.
In measuring the success of her comeback, Briana Banks is redefining herself and her brand, finding an exciting new niche in a business that can crush new girls while rewarding the talented performer with a solid fan base.
Experience counts and Briana Banks is among the elite, a rare porn commodity these days when the business is flooded with internet honeys who are often clueless about shooting a good scene.
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