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Exxxotica Denver-Strip Club Journals

 

@IamIvanxxx & @Jaydencole

Exxxotica Denver began on the last day of March(aka my birthday). So on my birthday morning, I jumped on an airplane to Denver from Las Vegas. An adult industry convention is always an adventure. The adult stars and the excitement fill the atmosphere with high energy and once in a lifetime experiences. It is a weekend to shine for many adult entertainers. A weekend to network and monetize their career with a sprinkle of instant gratification. The adult industry Exxxotica conventions happen three times yearly in different locations(Chicago and New Jersy are the other 2017 locations). They are a smaller version of the AEE and AVN week, but they allow for more interaction due to the intimate setting. Exxxotica Denver was the perfect place to actually interact with the stars.

Great town, amazing weekend and convention!!” ~Dominic DiLorenzo (@WeAre321Music)

The devoted fans had no qualms about dressing up even though the weather was not accommodating. I experienced snow for the first time this winter and it was on April first in Denver(maybe it was Spring). Some of my adult industry friends from Florida had not seen snow in years! These conventions are a great way for us who work in the adult industry to have a well-rounded career and personal life. We get to experience things outside of our everyday norms and are lucky enough to be surrounded with an adult industry community.

Society loves to hate the adult industry. Therefore we must take extra care to be kind and loving of our peers. The adult industry wars against society together in many different ways. There is a level of respect, compassion, empathy, and love that people who work in the adult industry retain. We have the ability to empathize with each other more than we can relate to a civilian(someone who has never been in the adult industry).

“I hope we return to Denver next year! Denver was so welcoming and I met so many new friends! I would love this location to be annual because I want to re-live that weekend all over again! It was one of my favorite Exxxoticas of ALL TIME!” ~Shawna Lenee (@ShawnaLeneeShow)

Meeting new people was a theme of this convention. As an adult industry journalist, I attend many adult industry functions. At Exxxotica Denver I was lucky enough to really get to interact with others who work in the adult industry. There are a lot of adult industry people who I basically stalk at these functions for a career.

My stalking award for Exxxotica Denver goes to Ivan(@IamIvanxxx) co-owner of the Puba network, director, and 2016 AVN Award winner for Best Web Director. Ivan first caught my eye on the red carpet at the AVN nomination party at the Avalon in Hollywood(Nov 2016). I had no clue he was so fancy and talented, but after connecting with him at Exxxotica Denver the research began. Not only is Ivan involved in the adult industry, but he also works in mainstream horror movies. Adult industry films allow him to utilize his creativity while mainstream movies are a tangible creation he can share with his family.

“A labor of love” is how he refers to his career. This alone speaks volumes of his character and work ethic. To be successful in the adult industry one must be liked and treat others fairly. Ivan’s career longevity is not only due to his education, talent, and work ethic, but also his ability to create symbiotic relationships within the adult industry. At the Puba network there are no contracts like at other adult industry studios where a year contract is common place. Ivan stated in a matter of fact tone,”If the girls are happy they stay. Why would we want to keep girls under contract who are not happy?”

Happiness of the actual adult industry workers is rarely openly discussed. Exxxotica Denver was a rare moment when I had the privilege to witness the joy of adult entertainers while surrounded by each other and their fans. There were no awards to foster competition or jealousy at Exxxotica Denver. Therefore, this was the most lighthearted adult convention I have been to yet.

“It was a great crowd I can’t wait till next year to go back and see all the new people who will come.” ~Mike Falk (@Way2Broad)

Everyone needs a sense of community, even adult industry member and adult stars. Exxxotica conventions throughout the year and nation bring us all together to celebrate the lives we live against the grain of society. When your career is what you do for work and not your lifestyle, anything is possible in the adult industry.

 

Xoxo

ZiFi

@ZiFiStripClub

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Jenna Haze-Exxxotica Denver

Jenna Haze Exxxotica Denver

While on the flight descending upon Denver a few days prior to the beginning of Exxxotica, I started to think about what to expect. You see, once you’ve experienced the Exxxotica Expo over a handful of times you kind of have an idea. You have your givens and the regulars. Whether it’s the talent, the vendors, the production companies, the fetish toys etc. However, I saw someone that I didn’t expect to see. Someone who had retired six years ago.

I met her for the first time about eight years back at Exxxotica Miami Beach while she was at the height of her popularity. I am talking of course about Jenna Haze. So, as I approached her booth at the Bad Dragon section of the convention center, I wasn’t quite sure if my eyes were playing tricks on me or it was another starlet that happened to resemble her. Once the sea of people cleared & I was able to catch a closer glimpse at the name on her table my suspicions were confirmed. I began to engage her in an indepth conversation that spanned through her entire career. She told me that this is her “farewell tour” as she described it. The final chance to say goodbye to her fans.

There was a certain air of wisdom to her words. She has been through a lot during her time in the industry & you can definitely tell she was more than willing to divulge her knowledge onto others. You know the “Do’s & Don’t’s”, the “pros & cons” the learning curve “ups & downs” & the insight that she wished she had then but cherishes now. On her table she had pictures & DVDs that she was prepared to sign for her loyal fans. The DVDs were most certainly dated. I could tell by the talent on the covers. Some of them were from yesteryear and were also retired. Some would say this collection of assorted DVDs will soon be considered vintage.

There was a nostalgic, slight melancholy vibe to our conversation but I welcomed it. Enthusiasts such as I of the adult industry can really appreciate moments like these. Hopefully the fans in the upcoming cities can see her one last time. I’m sure the real hardcore fans will make the pilgrimage to the venues to say a final goodbye. Thank you Jenna Haze for the memories. You have left your mark and it is a beautiful thing to behold.

Enrique Arellano

@EAFLOWS

@EAFLOWS

ZiFi After Exxxotica-Personal

@ZiFiStripClub

Here I sit in my bed at home in Las Vegas writing on my new laptop. My birthday was last Friday and over the weekend was Exxxotica Denver, so it has been busy to say the least. Plus, I recently got a new rescue dog so leaving home for a work trip was extremely more difficult than normal.

@2dogs2ears

In my daily life, I am ordinary and work from home mostly alone and love it. After years in dark bars surrounded by drunken people who are unpredictable, I enjoy being in a controlled environment. Conventions are the part of my career I push myself to go out of my comfort zone and be surrounded by people again. My nerves are apparent, but I doubt people know why I am nervous. It took me till this past weekend to realize going out of my ordinary controlled environment I have created here in Las Vegas causes me social anxiety. I love to travel and go places for fun, but mix in work and having to talk to people and I turn into a bit of a wreck.

Day 3 Exxxotica Denver
@ZiFiStripClub

After this realization I felt a bit of relief, but I cannot say I have found a solution. Today has been a day of self-care and loving myself for conquering my comfort zone. Starbucks, laser hair removal, chiropractor, quality time with the dogs, and a trip to the medical marijuana dispensary have all been apart of my day of getting back into my ordinary groove. I love my life at home and have finally created a life I do not feel like I need a vacation from.

@ZiFiStripClub

However, the travels must continue!

Xoxo

ZiFi

@ZiFiStripClub

2016 Adult Webcam Awards-Las Vegas(Unedited)

@ZiFiStripClub
@ZiFiStripClub

The Adult Webcam Industry Awards were held in January at the Alexis Park Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada(the same week as the AVN Expo). This was the first awards show and conference exclusively for web cam models. They held seminars, had a fan meet and greet day, and networking opportunities specific to the web camming industry and all the vast niches it encompasses. The spectrum of different types of women who choose to webcam is very diverse.

There was no highly common body type like I experience at the AVNs, which was refreshing and surprising at the same time. With roots in the adult industry as a stripper, it was eye-opening to see women who do not fit the stereotypical look for beauty in American society embracing their beauty/sexuality. There is freedom in accepting who we are unapologetically.

Scarlett Black(@scartlettblackes) embraces her ability to find pleasure in pleasing others. If I saw her in a grocery store the last thing I would expect is for her to be apart of the adult industry. The saying “Looks can be deceiving,” was very apparent at the Adult Webcam Awards. Scarlett Black takes part in web camming along with being a phone sex operator and having a “real” job as well. The majority of her client base is in Europe. However, she said safety is her priority especially after already experiencing a foreign stalker on her front door one morning literally. She must be incredible at what she does in order to get a man to cross an ocean and travel thousands of miles just to see her in person. Some people cannot even get a date on a Friday night just to put it all into perspective!
 
@ZiFiStripClub & @SammyBrooks69
@ZiFiStripClub & @SammyBrooks69
Sammy Brooks(SammyBrooks69) was a porn star who now does cam work from her home in California. She invited Strip Club Journals to the Adult Webcam Awards and was kind and gracious with her time even though she was coordinating the event as well. The work involved in this awards show and convention was global. The awards varied from the Best European Live Web Cam Site, Best Foot Fetish Webcam Show, Best Lesbian Webcam Show, Best Ebony Cam Model, and many more.
 
Mindi Mink(@MindiMink) is a beautiful woman who is not afraid to let people know she is 47 years old. She is dabbling in girl on girl adult films, while still web camming at the same time. Mindi Mink embodies hope for women in the adult industry to embrace and utilize getting older. Aging in the adult industry may just be something to be embraced and utilized, not something to be ashamed of.
 
Overall, the Adult Webcam Awards was amazingly informative. The adult industry is not all blondes with fake boobs who work out daily in order to maintain the idea American Society has developed as to what a sexually attractive woman looks like. There is no cookie cutter to sexy in the web cam industry.
 
Xoxo
 
Zi-Fi
@ZiFiStripClub
 
A special thank you to Bob Layton(@BobStudio83) owner of Studio 83 for the clothing and shoes.
@ZiFiStripClub & @ScarlettBlackes
@ZiFiStripClub & @ScarlettBlackes

Adventures Of The Mayor #AVNStyle

Adventures Of The Mayor
Adventures Of The Mayor

I arrived in Vegas for the AVN Expo on Wednesday night after the madness had already began. Normally I arrive in Vegas, get my rental car, and get to my home away from home only to go grocery shopping. However, this trip my roommate informed me there were others getting in for the Expo late who I would be interested in meeting. It had been months since I had been in Vegas(which is a long time), so I was ready to adventure and meet more adult industry people. Networking within the adult industry is half the amazing part of Vegas. I love people and sun and hate judgment. Vegas fits my phase of transition perfectly still, but I am unsure if it will always feel like home away from home. If the past few years say anything about the future, Vegas will be apart of my life for a while to come.

Back to my arrival to Vegas for the AVN Expo and meeting new industry people. The adult industry is like a grab bag of different kinds of people. There are those who use the adult industry as a stepping stone and there are the others who use it as a way to make quick money. The amazing thing about the AVN Expo is it weeded out most of the adult industry workers who use the industry as a way to make fast money. Conventions are for career minded individuals who wish to become more successful. Only a couple of the younger girls in the industry, who I interviewed, seemed to be unknowly used by the industry, rather than using the industry themselves.

So once again back to my point. When I am told I need to meet someone within in the adult industry I never know what to expect. I prefer to associate with people who are using the industry as a stepping stone to follow their dreams and passions, which they turn into realities. These people are the rare few, but the AVN Expo is a great place to find them. I was introduced to Enrique Arellano, a DJ at Solid Gold  Fort Lauderdale and Host of the radio show, “Adventures Of The Mayor.” Can I just say I met my new best friend, just like off the movie “Step Brothers.” After a few hours at the Expo working together, we covered what we would have each covered in a day. So obviously this was going to be an amazing opportunity to maximize exposure and material from our trip to the Expo. After realizing how much we can get done together, I also realized how I have a way of putting people at ease and he has another. This makes total sense if you really think about it. I am a former stripper and he is a fixture as a DJ at a strip club, Solid Gold Fort Lauderdale . Plus, he is based in Florida and I am based in Portland(currently).

A new endeavor which is limitless and apart of the industry I still have yet to explore, game on!

Adventure with us through the adult industry and listen to Adventures Of The Mayor.

Get updates from our journey and adventures on Twitter:
@ZiFiStripClub & @EAFLOWS

 

Xoxo

~Zi-Fi

best friends yes

Did We Just Become Best Friends?!?

 

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