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AEE 2020: Emma Hix, the slut plays the piano

by Rich Moreland, February 2020

Photos by Kevin Sayers

Emma Hix is a rising star in porn. Just twenty-two, this sweet, seductive beauty has a personality that matches every degree of her comeliness. She is endearing, cooperative with everyone and has a definitive career direction.

If adult film issued report cards on performers, Emma would be at the top of the class as witnessed by the show guides provided here. Emma travels with the elite.

I first met this native Canadian at the Foxxx Modeling booth during the 2017 show. She was a newbie, a bit nervous but with an undeniable charm. We chatted briefly and did a quick informal interview. Since then, it’s been hit or miss, mostly miss. We’d converse, hope to set something up, then schedules conflict and opportunity slipped away.

Thanks to her PR people, this year Emma and I did everything very formally in the press room. Moving up requires protocol and with Emma’s popularity soaring, that’s the only way to go!

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Depends on Her Mood

After some small talk, I noted that in Axel Braun’s Nylon 3 she’s playing the piano, or at least appears to be.

So, Emma, let’s have the backstory!

“My mom tried to put me in piano lessons when I was a kid,” Emma says, but “I hated learning from someone else, you know?”

In fact, mom bought Emma a piano as an incentive to take lessons. Didn’t work.

“A couple of years later, I was playing around on it,” she reveals. “I was like ‘Wow I actually really enjoy this.’’’ Turns out, Emma learned to play by ear along with some YouTube help.

She has her own instrument now.  “I bought a grand piano with my first paycheck from porn. It’s my baby. I love it!”

What kind of music does this self-taught virtuoso like to play? Is it different from the typical youngster who practices more formally under a teacher’s eye?

It’s a variety, Emma replies, with alternative, rock and instrumental piano her preferences. “Cinematic orchestra is one of my favorites,” she adds, but “it depends on what mood I’m in.”

Maturity

We turn the conversation to how Emma has moved forward with her career.

“I had a little bit of a rough start because being from Canada, it took a while to get my US ID,” she says.

Emma mentions having her tattoos removed. An image adjustment, I’m guessing.

“I’m starting to progress to do different kinds of scenes. At first, I was doing very vanilla scenes. I don’t want to say boring, but just more elegant. Recently, I’ve started doing more anal and DPs, which is a whole new ballgame for me. I wanted to bring on this more slutty kind of persona. I’m trying to change my look and my performance.”

“The slut plays the piano,” I joke.

Sporting a big smile, Emma is cool with that!

With two AVN noms in hand, this stunning blonde has matured since we first talked three years ago. Is this a natural progression due to getting older?

Emma claims it’s just wanting to get better at your job.

Art

I pose the “what is pornography?” question and Emma doesn’t hesitate.

“It is a work of art, shown by an individual or a group of people, whatever the scene calls for. Being very artistic, being themselves on camera. . . a sexual moment caught on video. Very beautiful.”

We talk about how porn has changed over the years and Emma references Hollywood.

“I feel like now, it’s kind of moving with the mainstream industry,” Emma says, and brings up Bree Mills’ Adult Time. “They put a lot of work into their scenes. They make it look like an actual movie. Their sex is not just sex. It’s art. It’s really well put together.”

As for mainstream film, Emma speculates that sex “must be super awkward on a mainstream set.”

Regarding that statement, Adult Time steps into our conversation again.

“It’s kind of cool seeing an actual movie and seeing all of the sex. I wish they did that in mainstream movies sometimes. I wish they normalized it and made it okay.”

Emma points out what much of the public believes. “Sex is such a shameful thing” and, of course, “it’s obscene seeing two people have sex and you know people look down on it. But I feel if mainstream normalized it,” it wouldn’t be a big deal.

I mention Maitland Ward, an actress who entered adult from mainstream film. Emma is impressed with the move, but she raises the typical criticism of Ward’s change of scenery.

“That’s amazing. Of course, people are going to say ‘Oh she downgraded.’ But no, you’re moving from one form of art to another [and] that’s pretty cool.”

A Personal Reboot

Finally, I persuade today’s Emma to go back in time and visit with the Emma who is just coming into the industry.

What advice would you give yourself?

Pondering the question for a moment she offers up two things.

First, “don’t get taken advantage of because I was in the beginning of my career and it took me a while to learn that. But I don’t regret anything because it’s made me [who] I am today, [though] I’m still not happy with [that]. I want to keep going, doing better.”

On the Red Carpet

Then the slender hottie relates what I’ve heard so often over the years in this business.

“I had a little bit of a rough start. I didn’t know who I was and that’s another thing. I was trying to be someone else. I kind of lost myself.”

This leads to her second piece of advice. “Just be yourself [and] don’t regret anything,” Emma declares. “When I was new, I didn’t really know anything about performing at all.”

But she has come to realize that her career goal is longevity. “Since I had a slow start, I was able to have a longer career instead of getting famous right off the bat and getting overwhelmed with it. I’m happy that it went gradually and slowly.”

I mention that some girls jump into everything like anal and multiple penetrations immediately when their careers begin.

Emma took the more cautious route.

“I didn’t know who I was at eighteen, nothing. But if you know where you want to go in this industry, do whatever you want off the bat. I had no idea. So, it took me a while to learn and now I know where I want to go.”

Her approach has changed, however.

“I [like to] take every scene that comes at me…because as female talent, you never know when the work is going to slow down. But I try to take Sundays off because you need those grounding days for your mental health.”

Nevertheless, work is never assured. Every performance is an audition for the next one.

“If you do a really good job [on set] and you have a good time with the crew and the director and everything, you can get rehired. But there’s only so many times that they can shoot you. So, you are unemployed until they can rehire you again.”

Longevity?

How does she cope with the uncertainty?

“You never know when it’s going to end. So, I have my Only Fans and my Snapchat that I make money off of.”

Hollywood actors often have lifetime careers, Emma muses. “I wish you could do that with porn, but it ends eventually.”

Ironically, I mention that in adult longevity mostly belongs to the men.

With resignation, Emma comments, “I know.”

As we’re about to wrap up, my photographer Kevin throws a question Emma’s way concerning being taken advantage of.

“Because you were young and naïve, did they put you in scenes you didn’t want to do?” he asks.

“Yeah,” Emma responds. “when I was newer, I was very naïve. I took every scene. Now I’m more selective. I’ve definitely had some bad experiences on set. Now, I know to stand up for myself.”

Well said, Emma Hix, and thank you for a great interview.

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AEE 2020: Hard Core at the Hard Rock, Final Curtain

by Rich Moreland, February 2020

Photos by Kevin Sayers.

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Call it the end of an era or the final curtain, but never suggest it’s a swan song. The Adult Entertainment Expo and the Hard Rock Hotel are no more, but the trade show is not going into retirement.

Here’s the story. The talk around the Hard Rock this year was what to expect in 2021. What is going to be new and different? Well, as it turns out, not a whole lot. The Hard Rock is going under a name and branding change.

“We are signed with the Virgin Hotel through 2023 already. They are thrilled to have the AVN Awards and Expo at their property,” Dan Miller, managing editor of the AVN, told me. The only real change is the name because the venue remains in place. Next year fans and industry people will meet and greet at the new Virgin Hotel on Paradise Road in Las Vegas, the same location that carried the impressive guitar logo of the Hard Rock.

Enough said on that. Let’s take a look at what this year offered.

Networking

The Expo’s opening day on the collective floors of Artist Hall, Muse Hall, and The Joint is much appreciated by media people. A modest number of fans are just getting into the swing of things. The bulk of them will arrive Thursday and Friday so movement around the three adjoining facilities is less crowded which means many of the stars are conveniently accessible. For an industry writer, corralling porn’s finest for a short interview or brief chat is hassle free.

Simply put, this is orientation time, if that’s what I may call it. Find out where the talent agencies have their girls, scope out the best times to visit the booths of the major studios, and check the layout of the novelty expo. For veterans like yours truly, the day is filled with networking and renewing old acquaintances before everyone’s schedule becomes too hectic.

My photog Kevin and I stopped by ATMLA’s (Adult Talent Managers) signing area to pass a few moments with a favorite I interviewed last year, Ember Snow, and one of the industry’s most likeable MILFs, Sarah Vandella. We first met her on a Girlfriends Films set a couple of years ago.

Sarah Vandella

Stopping by Adult Time in late afternoon, I congratulated Tommy Pistol on another productive year. I congratulated him on a superior performance in one of the year’s top comedies, Love Emergency, but didn’t stay long because a couple of fans showed up and they always come first. Then I dropped by Foxxx Modeling to set up an interview with newcomer Paris Amour.

Tommy Pistol

Taking a few seconds of conversation with AINews editor Steve Nelson at the Foxxx Modeling booth

One of the fascinating aspects of networking day is an impromptu chat with a performer I’ve never met, but am familiar with her work. Early in the day I introduced myself to Victoria Voxxx, an AVN award nominee for a shoot she did with Kink.com. Very personable and I mentally put her on my list of talent to interview if time allows.

The Press Room

Kevin and I have learned that the best way to take a break from the hyperactive pace of the trade show floor is to retreat to the press room. Everything there is calm, bottled water is available (we are in the desert, after all), and talent comes and goes in response to interview requests.

We had some informal time with Cory Chase, whom we interviewed last year, spoke with Bree Mills as she passed through and with Seth Gamble whose acting talent is unmatched in the industry. Even offered a brief “hello” to Lauren Philips as she waited for someone from the media.

Lauren Phillips

Good-natured Tim Williams and Jill Hagara are the bedrock of the room, checking people in and keeping everyone informed. If anyone needs anything, they’re the ones to ask.

Tim and Jill

During the week, Kevin and I networked in the room and, as we did last year, enjoyed our conversations with Captain Jack who knows every performer in the business (or seems to).

Later in the week, I reconnected with Jillian Janson whose porn comet is rocketing into the galaxies of stardom. She was sitting on a couch waiting for her interviews (she had a couple lined up).

Jillian’s no longer that skinny kid I remember from a few year ago. Lamenting that I did not get a scheduled interview with her for this show (it’s tough, she’s in demand), Jillian gave me a hug and we made informal arrangements for next year.

Getting back to the floor, Kevin and I spent a few moments with John Stagliano of Evil Angel early in the day and later with veteran actor Dick Chibbles who was holding down a spot at the AVN booth.

John Stagliano

Dick Chibbles

No Vixen

In summarizing our sweep through the show’s major venues, three thoughts crossed my mind. First, some kiosks were cleverly placed among the signing tables available to talent. That was particularly helpful for fans in The Joint where corridors are narrow. The facility is a really a theater with tiered seating and a stage where the AVN Awards show is held. Traffic flow was much less congested so fans could move more freely from one girl to the next for momentary conversations and signed photos.

Second, more performers were there on the first day than I remember from the past, a boon for fans eager for a selfie with their favs. And lastly, director Greg Lansky’s Vixen Media Group was absent this year. Lansky sold his business shortly before the show to pursue other interests. In the recent past, Lansky’s presence was a focal point for meeting talent.

Sex Dolls

On a final note for the day, Kevin and I invested significant time getting an overview of the novelty part of the AEE, something we had done only cursorily in the past.

This year I had an interest in an up-and-coming topic: sex dolls. My knowledge of what constitutes a sex doll was limited to TV skits and off-color jokes. As someone in the press room mentioned to me, “who would buy one of those things?”

I was determined to find out and that is where we go next!

 

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Emori Pleezer: Princess in Training, Part Two

by Rich Moreland

This is the second installment of our interview with Emori Pleezer. She is with Foxxx Modeling. Her model page can be found here.

Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers and Emori Pleezer.

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Parties and Porn

As a lifestyle couple, Emori and her Dom attend private BDSM parties, most of them at private residences. However, Emori is reluctant to play out scenes at these gatherings because she is shy, she says.

The bondage newbie offers this insight.

Compared with shooting porn, “being beat in front of people [in a BDSM setting] is way different than just fucking on a set, you know?”

Understandable. A room filled with onlookers is a time warp apart from a film set where actors, directors and crew have professional responsibilities.

Porn, after all, is a business and film shoots don’t admit the curious to gawk at the action.

As we’ve established, Emori Pleezer is relatively new to the “whips and chains” kink and is navigating her way along its learning curve.

Of her Dom, she says, “He’s actually the only top I’ve played with. I had one of my friends tie me up. But other than that, I don’t play with anyone else. He’s the only one I trust, so far. It’s like marking my body, you know? He knows how to control it.”

Emori comments that scening with other Doms at a BDSM gathering is a hassle. She’d have to become familiar with the guy so he’d understand that if she has a porn shoot coming up marks are verboden. That’s “way too much work and I’m not gonna deal with it,” she says.

Japanese Shibari is popular with the fetish community and is revered for using bondage designs that turn live models into works of art. Is her rope artist friend versed in these techniques?

Apparently. “He’s the one who roped me up. It was a lot of fun. All the Doms and sadists had a lot of fun with that,” Emori says.

She recalls a particular pattern that “has knots all the way down and there was a knot right here.” Emori points to that tender spot between her legs. When the sadists pulled on it, she had an “instant orgasm.”

“They had a bunch of fun at that party. I had a lot of fun, but I think they had more,” she laughs.

Open Up and Let Go

Things are progressing in Emori’s world of submission. She has earned her collar.

How difficult was that?

“To be honest, I had to be myself. I had to open up, I had to let go of some things. I’m stubborn and so with him I had to let go of all that and not be passive aggressive or anything. We had to get to know each other, trust each other, kind of play a little bit to see if we bonded.”

As is common in the community, the Princess and her Dom have a contract which took a few months to settle. They went through it three times before Emori granted her approval. Patience is important when documenting expectations and limits.

It so happens, by the way, there is another sub involved with Emori’s Dom.

“He has two of us and me and her are really good friends, I love her to pieces,” Emori says.

How does all this factor in with her Dom?

“Basically, me and her will just like fuck around. [We’ll] start off with just us and he’ll be like ‘Okay, you guys, that’s unfair. I want love too,’” she smiles with delight.

“It’s like a triple relationship, you know? But the contract is just strictly me and him.”

Emori indicates that everything is coming together. “Yeah, it took a lot to get to where I am with this and I’m really happy with it to be honest.”

No Sex

Is she in a polyamorous arrangement with her Dom and the other sub?

“I’m in a relationship with them,” Emori says, “but I would never be with other people [sexually] other than for porn. I take relationships seriously and if they [her Dom and the other girl] wanted to go be with other people, I’m like ‘Okay be safe about it. Care about me.’”

Incidentally, her Dom has imposed a rule on her, Emori remarks. “I’m not allowed to have sex with anybody unless it’s for porn.”

There is a caveat, however, that includes his other sub.

“Yes, me and the girl can be with as many girls as we want,” Emori says before proclaiming, “All girls come to me please, ‘cause I love girls!”

If girls are okay for sex, men are not. . . at least in Emori’s private life.

“Yeah, no sex with other men. I’m strictly his,” she announces with pride.

Porn is another matter, as you might expect. It’s Emori’s profession so there was a meeting of the minds in that regard.

“Obviously I got into this (porn) way before I met him so he cannot tell me to not have sex with industry male talent. They are a part of my work which we have established he cannot infringe upon,” the collared sweetheart says.

“He cares about what I do and knows those males are acceptable to be with. So, no sex with guys unless they are male talent and I can sleep with all the girls I want.”

Seems to be a win-win for everyone.

Teach Me a Little

How did you discover the existence of BDSM communities?

“I didn’t actually start knowing anything about [BDSM] until March of 2017 when my roommate—she’s one of my best friends now—was like ‘Oh I’m into this, you know,’” Emori begins.

“I was like, ‘Oh that’s cool Can you teach me a little?’ We started going to these coffees and that’s how I met him (her Dom),” Emori says. The gatherings also benefited her friend who found her guy there, also.

Most importantly, Emori was emotionally primed to find her passion.

“It was amazing, an eye opener. And I was like, ‘Wow, learning so much more about myself that I didn’t know.’ I thought I was just some bossy girl. Turns out I’m just a princess,” she chuckles.

Are you a lifestyler?

“Yes. At first, I was like maybe I’ll dabble in it, go to some parties and stuff. But now I’m collared. I feel like this is a lifestyle choice.”

Do you think you may drift into shooting BDSM porn along with the vanilla stuff you’re doing now?

“I feel like I will get heavy into it but I’m still gonna be that half-half girl. I’ll work out the two because I like both of them.”

Congrats, Emori Pleezer! Relish your new-found love and we hope that Kink.com, Infernal Restraints, Sexually Broken, and Hardtied will soon be picking up the phone to explore your fetish half!

 

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Emori Pleezer: Princess in Training, Part One

by Rich Moreland

AINews editor Steve Nelson is always on the look out for BDSM performers because he knows I love to talk with them. At this year’s AVN show, Steve came through with Foxxx Modeling’s Emori Pleezer.

Our AINews team corralled her for an interview in the press room. Let’s see what she has to say.

Photos are credited to Kevin Sayers. The bondage pictures are courtesy of Emori Pleezer.

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My Regular Life

Emori tells us she’s new to porn and shooting vanilla scenes right now, but she’s open to anyone who wants to capture her kinks.

“I haven’t gotten to the BDSM scenes, but I really want to,” the twenty-one-year-old exclaims.

You’re not far enough along in the industry to call yourself a fetish model, right?

“Not strictly. I mean if I could be one, I would totally be one. But, as of right now, it’s just the regular stuff because that’s all I’ve gotten booked for,” she says. To reassure everyone that kink is her sexual gold standard, Emori adds, “I do this in my regular life.”

Following that opening into her private life, I mention that she is collared (her Dom has marked his territory, so to speak)

Emori flashes a broad smile. “Yes, it’s definitely more than just he’s my Dom and I’m his sub. It goes way further than that.’

How does she address him to show her submission?

She laughs that “master” is appropriate, though “my sir, my owner, whichever one,” also works.

Is sir the same thing as master?

Emori changes gears just a bit. “I call him either ‘sir’ or ‘daddy,’ whichever one works at the moment ‘cause sometimes I get really like daddy-ish and then there’s other times I feel like just my normal self, so I call him ‘sir.’”

The buxom lass concedes that any term she uses to address him is an acknowledgement of the power she gives him. I get that. Any submissive voluntarily plays her role for her own pleasure, but Emori seems to be learning the ropes (pun intended) as she finds her way into the lifestyle.

Older Men

Daddy often references age differences, which is true here. Emori admits her Dom is forty-six, a twenty-five-year spread, and adds that he adores younger girls.

From her perspective, Emori is in tune with the age parameter. “I like older men and I don’t mean I like them five years older. I like ‘em older!” she declares with that enduring smile.

In fact, a fifty-year-old guy is fine with her. (Since we talked, Emori shot a bondage scene for New Sensations’ award-winning director, Eddie Powell. Her partner was Steve Holmes, a well-known German dominant who is fifty-six).

As for her current BDSM squeeze, “I’m still learning a lot of things about myself because he is my first owner [and] hopefully my last,” she says.

Mind Games

Emori still struggles a bit with the BDSM terminology.

“Most people are like subs or something like that. I’m a princess, apparently,” she says, explaining how her Dom’s expresses his preference for her.

As for the basics, Emori admits she is a masochist and her man is clearly a sadist, but roles are not cleanly cut for her. I fact, she drifts toward switching. “I’m also a sadist, but not towards men. I’m a sadist towards women. But I’m learning how to manage that to where it’s fun and not just mean.”

So, is your sadomasochism emotional, psychological, or physical?

“With us, it’s all three. He likes to play mind games with me. It’s physical because I do like the beatings. Pain is pleasure,” she declares in true masochistic fashion.

However, there are emotional moments in their kinks, she remarks, but they are not negative. “He’ll bring out my tears to make me just cry. [He’ll say] ‘You need to cry,’ so he’ll do that in a good way emotionally.”

Marks

Are there marks in her private life and how does that factor into scheduling her porn scenes?

She’s a brat, Emori announces humorously, and that challenges her Dom. When she pushes the envelope, he’ll ask when her next shoot is. Important, you see, because recovery is central to every masochist’s arrangement with her Dom.

“He takes my career very seriously. So, when there’s two weeks I’m not doing anything, no scenes, he can time how long the marks last. So, that gives us the fun,” Emori chuckles, and quotes her man, “You’ll have a lot of ass whoopings.”

Because, they don’t live together, their BDSM play is at his house.

“He actually has a paddle engraved with ‘Punisher’ on it and that thing is heavy, let me tell you! My ass took a good beating that day,” Emori comments, mentioning a recent playtime they enjoyed.

Some subs top from the bottom. Do you?

“I’m definitely not a top from the bottom kinda girl ‘cause I’m scared of the repercussions,” Emori declares.

She continues that power exchanges between Dom and sub “depends on your dynamic, whatever you do [when you play]. Some call it topping from the bottom, others call bratting. I would say I’m not a topper from the bottom.”

Safe words?

“Yes,” Emori exclaims, “yellow and red. Yellow means I can’t take this anymore, just go in another direction. Like kinda lead it over here [and] maybe come back to it [later].”

Like most accomplished Doms, Emori’s lover can read body language and how much his sub can take. That brings us back to red.

“With my guy, you cannot call red unless you need to go to the hospital. There’s no point in calling red ‘cause he considers that topping from the bottom. So, I like it.”

Wow, things must get pretty rough. However, I do suggest to Emori that as a sub she yields all control and enjoys herself.

“Pretty much,” the Princess exclaims with that beaming smile.

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In our next installment, Emori Pleezer talks about BDSM parties, rules about sex and porn.

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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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Scarlett Mae: Making Sex Feel Natural

by Rich Moreland, November 2018

During my recent visit to LA, I invited performer Scarlett Mae to share a veranda table with me at my hotel. She is represented by Foxxx Modeling and new to porn.

We had a great discussion.

Waiting for the arrival of winsome lass known as Scarlett!

[Photos from Foxxx Modeling and Scarlett’s twitter account are labeled accordingly. Other photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.]

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Stunning with gorgeous eyes and a glow that almost seems surreal describes Scarlett Mae.

From the outset of our conversation, this twenty-two-year-old is polite, soft-spoken, and gentle in her words and thoughts.

Scarlett got into porn around her twenty-first birthday and came equipped with a working idea of the sex industry.

A former employee of a strip club–she was a door girl, not a dancer–adult entertainment as a profession was not on her agenda. In fact, Scarlett never cammed, the vehicle that often leads a girl into porn.

So, what’s the story?

Adventure, pure and simple. Scarlett and a male friend wanted to abandon their Midwestern roots and hit the road.

“Originally we were going to go to Texas and then we stopped in Tennessee and stayed there.  We were on a campground in the mountains. We kind of made our life living like hippies,” this 5’9” beauty says with a smile that never left her during our interview.

“After a while, I decided I really wanted to see California, to go do my own thing,” she adds.

How did everything lead to porn? Did you watch porn as a child?

“When I was a teenager, yeah,” Scarlett says. She discovered an attraction to it.

“I always knew it was an option. I mean, I never saw it as something wrong. When I was younger, I grew up in a very conservative area, but I was always liberal-minded.”

So, our girl got an agent and a career was birthed out of a boring Midwest existence where factory work and waitressing were the highlights of Scarlett’s young life.

The Sex Feels Natural

Scarlett Mae falls into the gonzo girl category though she has some acting background.

“I did stage acting in high school, middle school. I did like Shakespeare plays. I’d love to do a feature. The only heavily scripted things I’ve done have been working as an extra with not a lot of heavy dialogue.”

Photo courtesy of Foxxx Modeling

Sounds like she’s the girl in the background who is ready to be the center of attention. But for now, Scarlett is forging her career and controlling the outcomes.

“I do shoot my own content, what goes on my Manyvids. I do a lot of hardcore stuff there. I get to do what I actually like to do versus what I’m getting paid by other people to do.”

Manyvids is a form of Clips for Sale. It’s an industry website available to models to market their own content, allowing them to sell their product sans agent and without relying on studios.

Photo courtesy of Foxxx Modeling

Scarlett explains her view.

“There will always be video selling. The guys are buying from Manyvids and Clips for Sale because they prefer to buy from the model herself. And a lot of that is honestly the best content. It’s very amateur, but in a good way. You get to work with who you want to work with. There’s always more comfort with that [because] it’s the most natural, for sure.

“You’re not really thinking about the sex in overly produced video because that’s an acting job. But when you do amateur work the sex feels natural. You think about pleasing him or her or whoever. It just feels like a boyfriend/ girlfriend, girlfriend/girlfriend, or boyfriend/ boyfriend making their videos.”

Scarlett knows what she wants and is confident how to accomplish her goals. Recognizing that, I want to know what makes her on-screen image unique.

“Even though it’s overly produced, I have a way of making sex feel natural, I believe. Just enjoy the sex for what it is. I just like it to be as natural as possible and please myself, please them [her co-stars].

“You know, I think everybody has more fun that way than feeling like it’s a job the whole time.”

Breaking the Mold

Out of that question, Scarlett’s maturity comes forth.

“My favorite thing about the porn industry is it’s punk. It breaks the mold of society and we’re not all just doing what we’re supposed to be doing, living a normal life. And I really like that. We’re doing something we enjoy as long as we enjoy it. We’re doing something that other people either wish they could be doing or they hate on it, whatever. But we have a blast while doing it.”

A true free spirit, this girl.

Interestingly, I bring up a conversation I had with male actor, Chad White, who can assess the authenticity of a sex scene by talking with his scene partner for a few minutes before they shoot.

Scarlett is on board with that.

“I understand. I definitely feel the same way. At least in the first five minutes of talking with my scene partner, I can tell if they’re really there that day. If it’s just a bad day or whatever for them. I can tell whether they’re really going to be into the sex or if it’s just a job to them.”

Impressed, I tell Scarlett her attitude is an admirable trait and she’ll have a productive career should she decide to give the porn business a go.

“For sure,” she says, her eyes still smiling with allure.

Scarlett Mae from @scarlettxmae

Before we wrap up, I ask Scarlett Mae about her piercings and tattoos.

She talks about the tats on her hip and mentions her piercings.

“I have my belly button here,” the auburn-haired sweetie comments, lifting her shirt to show me a fascinating jade chain before adding, “I’m thinking about getting my nose pierced.”

All good for fans of body modification on a modelesque girl who is ripe for a well-versed career in porn.

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Photo courtesy of Foxxx Modeling

Follow Scarlett Mae on twitter @scarlettxmae

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AEE 2017: Emma Hix

by Rich Moreland, February 2017

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The Adult Entertainment Expo is a rush for everyone. When I stopped by Foxxx Modeling for a quick visit, I notice a striking blonde named Emma Hix. She’s tall and slim with delicate features and something I’ve rarely seen on a porn girl: a wedding ring.

Intrigued, I asked her if she could give me a few minutes of her time.

I returned the next day and we talked briefly amongst the fans ready to take my place when Emma’s attention was free.

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Rough Sex

Emma is nineteen, from LA, and married with a “very supportive” family behind her.

“I got into porn because I love expressing my sexuality,” she says.

Her first scene was in April of last year. So far, she’s stayed on the vanilla side. “I’ve done four anal scenes, and soon I hope to do my first IR scene.”

Photo courtesy of Foxxx Modeling

Photo courtesy of Foxxx Modeling

Emma wants to turn her career up a notch and shoot for Kink.com.

“I do like rough sex,” she says, but when it comes to bondage, Emma is more into being tied up as an expression of art.

“I don’t think of the rough side so much,” she admits. “With them that’s going to happen, so I have to be prepared.”

For a youngster in this business, Emma has a grasp on reality.

“You have to know what you are comfortable with and what you’re not comfortable with. It’ll be fine, but it’s a little nerve-wracking.”

Since this sweetie hasn’t done any features, I ask about her acting experience and found out she took some drama classes in high school.

“I was better at acting back then because I felt more open with myself. But now that I’m in the adult industry I feel more pressure to be good at acting,” Emma says.

“My acting skills have gone down. I’m not going to lie. I’m going to take a course because I do want to eventually go into mainstream. It’s really hard to do that after porn, but that’s the goal.”

Be Yourself

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“Be yourself and don’t change for anyone because a lot of girls in this industry will change for other people to look good. I try to be myself, I try to be friendly to people.”

It’s worked for her, Emma says. People who knew her before porn tell her she hasn’t changed.

Finally, Emma has a warning for every eager starlet.

Watch Out

“Watch out for people who will take advantage of you. If you’re coming into the industry as a new girl, you will get taken advantage of.”

It happened to her and Emma is very open about it. Her story reflects what I’ve heard from other girls.

img_0752-2“My very first scene, the guy is only supposed to cum one time. That’s like the rule. He came four times, he came inside of me, he did off-camera two times and I thought that was the norm, it was fine.”

In fact, she took the behind the scenes episode as a compliment.

“I felt good, ‘Oh he really likes me,’” she remembers.

But then reality kicked in.

“When I went back home to my agent, he said, ‘That is totally wrong.’”

Emma explains that the industry has good guys and ones that aren’t and the bad dudes will take advantage of an unaware girl.

“As much as you love sex, doing it off camera is different.  Some directors try to get you to have sex with them just to get work. When I pick that up I don’t want to work for them. I’ll just be friendly. ‘No, I don’t want to do that.’”

“You got to watch out,” Emma declares.

Emma Hix’s fans were a little restless by now, so we closed things out. Check this girl out if you don’t her at Foxxx Modeling. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

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