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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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Share the Love

by Rich Moreland, April 2013

I want everybody to be happy and I can do this through porn. It’s beautiful.”

Chloe Foster is signing at the Matrix Models booth and I’ve whisked her aside for a few minutes of conversation. This pixie is vivacious and as enthusiastic as I’ve ever seen in my years of interviewing adult film models.

Chloe’s twenty, but could pass for a schoolgirl, just the image that will turn her film work into money. Any “barely legal” website is going to be hunting for her. In fact, a quick review of her most recent shoots points to a performer who is on the move.

What is captivating about this angelic looking girl is her attitude. The 5’2” dynamo emits an energy that is clearly infectious. She controls her presence during our talk and knows what she wants to achieve.

“I love this is industry, it’s so perfect,” she says. Her whole body is smiling.

Chloe Foster Photo Courtesy of 3hattergrindhouse.com

Chloe Foster
Photo Courtesy of 3hattergrindhouse.com

If I were a cinema photographer I’d hire this girl on the spot. Chloe’s eagerness is that overwhelming. But my skepticism, call it jadedness, pops up and knocks on my head with a caution that says, “Nobody is this agog about shooting sex.” Porn is rough and tumble and the career carcasses of bright-eyed and naïve girls litter the adult film landscape.

“I love being able to share the love,” she goes on. The sparkle in her eyes is endearing; she’s cuddles a million times over. Maybe she is for real.

 

A Planned Day

Growing up in a “normal middle class family,” Chloe is Italian and resides in Florida. She’s brand new to porn, only been around for a few months, and I’m guessing this is her first trip west. The east coast business is good for starters, but the real deal is in L.A.

A common characteristic of adult film models is a strong proclivity for baring it all and loving it. When asked if she is an exhibitionist, Chloe practically shouts, “Yeah!”

She began by doing cam work, a typical portal into the film industry. Dabbling in solo performances helped her get accustomed to being in front of a camera sans clothes. But Chloe values regular, scheduled work, so change was in the works.

“I realized that I actually liked to go to shoots and have a planned day. That’s when I switched over to the porn industry,” Chloe explains.

The photographer who originally shot her suggested that Chloe send her resume to a professional outfit. As a result, opportunity availed itself for a girl whose career  was treading water with some waitressing and jewelry making to keep busy.

A fair number of models who enter adult film have little education; in fact, high school is an accomplishment for many. Chloe is beyond that crowd. She spent a bit of time in college and could have continued, but nothing caught her attention except a course in theatrical make-up. Creating artistic images appealed to her.

She’s saving her money, another benchmark of future success and hopes to be around the business long enough to achieve MILF status.

That just may be possible because she’s being mentored properly. Chloe has responsibility, and likes the sense of family that porn offers those who seek it. The right modeling agency and friendships with other girls can provide the support needed in a business that profits from intimacy.

The Right Instincts

I’m curious to know how she feels about a some issues performers face.

First, Chloe is upfront about escorting. “I don’t do it. I haven’t done it. And I will not do it.” She is emphatic on that question, at least for now. But there is a reality here. After shooting a couple of hundred scenes to market name recognition, some models turn to additional revenue enhancers. Thus, escorting and exotic dancing step into the picture as alluring alternatives to long days on the set.

Like most performers, Chloe understands the importance of protected sex, admitting that “obviously a condom is safer.” But she’s okay going bareback on the set. Models have a sense of security. They are a closed and tested community which keeps a firewall in place to deflect STDs. And, there is the comfort issue. Getting enough footage for thirty to forty minutes of film means hours of penetration and latex can be abrasive.

But each performer has an obligation to maintain the trust of the community. It’s part of being a good citizen in porn. I ask Chloe if the prospect of working with someone who may have had unprotected sex in escorting or at swing parties bothers her.

“It’s crossed my mind that somebody would go out and have sex the night before and not use a condom,” Chloe says. She can only hope for the best under those circumstances because “it’s their responsibility to keep everybody else safe,” she insists.

Chloe seems un-phased by the vagaries of the industry, so I bring up a situation that’s going to challenge her one of these days, if it hasn’t already. How would she handle a situation in which the director wanted to change a scene or add something that had not been agreed upon beforehand?

“I would say, ‘no,’” Chloe responds. Then she’d call her agent. Handling the problem is his responsibility, “that’s not my job,” she adds.

Good answer, she’s well-schooled. Chloe Foster has gumption and the right instincts.

Still, I keep thinking of her as a babe in the woods, so fragile, so sweet. As mentioned above, stats on internet traffic indicate Chloe’s popularity is soaring, perhaps for that very reason. The fresh face in adult film always gets a friendly start, but maintaining momentum requires variety.

The road ahead is going to be more demanding. To make it today requires the hard-edged atmosphere of a gonzo shoot, a willingness to do interracial, blow bangs, gang bangs with DPs, and bondage, the hottest thing out there now thanks to Fifty Shades. Fortunately, Chloe has anal out of the way, though she clearly looks uncomfortable in the promos for that shoot.

Nevertheless, the future is bright for Chloe Foster. Surely she will get a website eventually, buy her domain name, and expand her portfolio with shoots from the major studios like Evil Angel, Wicked, Vivid, Kink.com, and others. That accomplished, this diminutive Floridian will be a star in the making.

 

 

 

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