Sunday, November 23, 2014

Porn in Decline + Moving to Vegas

Things are shutting down in the valley. Porn is moving production to Vegas. Vegas has been involved with porn in the past but it is growing. It is not solely due to the new laws in California. It is not even that the industry is full of idiots and back-stabbing shitheads. The widespread internet availability is killing it. The move to Vegas is as simple as money. The money is gone from the industry. There were two Golden Eras: '70s film Golden Era and '90s Wider Acceptance + Young Internet Golden Era. It is not just filming technology that enabled the barbarism, but the over the counter sales of lubricants after 1980 and widespread use of Viagra after 2000. Tube sites are generating a good chunk of total Internet demand. Those guys then collect tons of advertising revenue from the online prostitution sites and porn distributor sites with even lower overhead. They do not even have to film, and users upload videos themselves. Those few sites can print money. The oft quoted number of an $11 billion industry does not make sense if the Tube sites are destroying sales, so what is keeping the industry alive? Sex, but not on film.

The industry is about money and sex. Always has been always will be. Yes, these ladies perform because many are broken inside, but they are doing it for the money. Newest trend is come into the industry for a quick swing through the higher profile internet companies, and then headline strip clubs with the boost of being a porn star. An interesting story I saw was on a young woman who did maybe four scenes but now she reviews video games (link). I do not know her official stance on Gamergate, but it might be interesting. The interesting thing that has happened to the "studios" in this decline phase is that you have the mega-studios that bought whatever assets smaller studios had as they folded, and then the other survivors are the small niche filming units. Everyone can produce generic action and for far cheaper in a foreign country, but if your studio has a kink (feet, midgets, interracial, etc.), you have a market for steady customers. It's not like there is much overhead, but really, who is buying in the era of tube sites and Chromecast on your big screen plasma? The $11 billion number from 2006 must be revised way down now.


Susannah Breslin constantly says that you cannot figure out a porn producer's income or earnings because it is so fluid, but hint hint, it is a promotion outlet for a web of prostitution in America. Steve Sailer had wondered years back what those Russian guys were doing with the pretty Russian girlfriend for work in the Valley. Well LA Direct Models was paying guys who could speak an Eastern Euro language decent money to be "proxy husbands". Those guys were driving them to and from client appointments on time and to and from filming locations on time. Many of those women were only in town for as long as their first visa lasted, then skipped out when they could not climb (or descend) the ladder. It really is not hard to find the sites, but gee willikers, for high rates per hour, "you too can sleep with a porn star" (NSFW obviously, and I could've linked to many more sites). Pornographic film is just filmed escorting, and private escorting can earn the performers even higher amounts. When they sign on for a scene, they have to show up for hours to collect their scene fee. For one simple hour with a fan that clears security check of the escort agency, they get paid the same or a higher rate. The agency takes their cut of that as well.

In the constant push for porn glamorization and mainstreaming, an ABC 20/20 episode had a segment with a retired porn performer explaining what it is like to be engaged to a male porn performer. A little back story helps reveal the buffoonery of this media nugget. The female, Kayden Kross, was also used in the GQ article on James Deen as the smart girl who read David Foster Wallace and was business savvy. Mainstream media is very careful about who they use to discuss porn. She is pretty savvy to get impregnated by a male porn performer who was looking for more permanent residency in the US. The anchor baby came first, then the engagement. This is laughable considering another of the well paid and big name female performers, Tori Black, did an interview (NSFW) that even if one tenth of it is true, reveals what a broken human being she is and the industry is to prey on these people. A good outcome for a female performer is to marry out quickly or to get a big enough name that you can strip, tour nationwide, and arrange for escorting dates as you tour and stop shooting porn. Tori Black's interview will not get press promotion, but maybe it is because the owners of porn are cousins with our big media owners.

That is part of the reason for the move to Vegas. Yes, there are no silly condom laws like California. Vegas is also a mecca for *wink wink shoulder shrug* prostitution. Vegas pulls in a huge southern California weekend crowd. As multiple books alluded to or explicitly stated written during Vegas' rise in the '00s, the Mob never left Vegas, it just changed its revenue focus. Those little Mexican guys stand on the corner, snapping cards for lower end girls. That fee advertised is just for her to show up. The rest is up to your negotiating skills. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas except STDs. The higher profile performers do not need to advertise. They have ready and willing clients through the online escorting racket. Those women can headline a strip club, and at the end of the night, some wealthy joker is going to pay good money and be far gentler than her last coworker on the set of God knows what deviancy she filmed last week. The media does not talk about this. It would spoil the fake narrative they have of porn "stars", female empowerment and super awesome, Olympic style sex. The stink of a network of prostitution using dirty videos to generate client demand would be a tougher sell. Better to stick to it as a feminist choice of sex positivism that is tied to our freedom of speech.

6 comments:

Steve Johnson said...

I wonder how much the move to Vegas will result in more women doing one lifetime scene as an "adventure" when they're on vacation.

Son of Brock Landers said...

Interesting idea, but they'd have to go thru std testing to be filmed. Might be something they could set up in advance. They could play it like the old Girls Gone Wild set up.

27 said...

"In the constant push for porn glamorization and mainstreaming"

Respectfully, kinda spot-on -- but you sidestep the gapey-large picture. Pron is not being glamorized or mainstreamed, as such; the quotidian has simply become a matter of prurient fascination. Explicitly: the collision of the Low and the High -- that meeting, that mitigation -- is the entire thrust of Post-Modernism Art, Transhuman Culture, Critical Theory, etc. Celebrating the animal as an angel is the new black, quippily.

Steve Johnson said...

Girls Gone Wild is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote the comment.

Some kind of quick turn around STD testing where you can draw blood and have it analyzed in an hour would push for it.

You could pump out a scene for like $2,000.

Even if most of the industry is a commercial for escort services it's hard to see how they couldn't turn a profit on $2k scenes.

Since the girls are more normal it will have the added "benefit" of being that much more culturally corrosive too.

Anonymous said...

There is also the fact that political correctness doesn't extend into our virtual bedrooms.

Why would anyone pay for over the top American productions where black dudes are boning weird tatted up white chicks, when there is none of that in European movies, no bad boob jobs, no tats & most important no blacks.

White Hungarian starlets look like supermodels compared to your average American porn-star!

Hell, even the Japanese are running away from American porn, and they are into some weird things and are the worlds biggest consumer of that commodity.

At this point i wish streaming sites had "no interracial" options.

Because when i see a black guy walk in, i just close the site.

That would make for a nice media controversy and would bring a lot traffic, if a really big streaming site placed such button prominently on it's front-page.

nikcrit said...

sobl,
i wrote a fairly long comment this morning during my break but it somehow got eaten and vanished when i tried to submit it.

But fwiw, I've seen upfront a lot of what you describe through the vantage point of entertainment and music press access to the l.a. underworld, but primarily in a early-to-late 90s timeframe.

My nutshell opinion of your insights: right-on but lacking one crucial vantage point that you neglected: the role dope plays in the fiscal and just purely licentious personal transactions between figurative 'hos and johns.