Cali Carter was a woman on a mission at the AVN Expo 2015. She was actively there everyday and working the Expo like a true professional should, in any industry. Obviously Cali has figured out: the more she turns on her shine and powers through the long hours at events/conventions like this, the more success she will encounter in her career in the adult industry. Thus, leading her to other opportunities that will allow her dreams to come true. Cali Carter is the kind of woman who will achieve success in whatever form she deems it(whether adult industry related or not).
Luck is preparation meeting opportunity and Cali Carter is definitely preparing for success and longevity in the industry.
People seem to assume being a female writer in the adult industry must be one of the most glamorous jobs, besides being an adult actress. Glamour comes at a price, just as anything else. No one sees the hours I spend in front of a computer, laptop, and/or phone in pajamas. Yes, networking in person is a large part of the equation in the adult industry, in any niche. However, the people we meet are not located nearby where we have the ability to interact in person often. The most valuable people found networking are from different parts of the nation/world and are from different forms of media. We all create differently.
Recently, I have noticed a disconnect with the people I know local to Oregon. Anyone who wants to get anywhere, let alone the world, escapes small town rural Oregon (transplants maybe a different situation). I rarely make time for Oregonians in my schedule, especially if it is work related. There are a few people I hold close to my heart in the adult industry here in Oregon, but few is the key word. There are always those people who touch your heart no matter where you meet them. Well,this applies to strip clubs and the adult industry as well. Good hearted people exist everywhere, the hard part is finding them.
I may have felt like a blend of Hunter S. Thompson and Marilyn Monroe today, but they both also worked hard to play hard.
Check out my new friends over in Florida!
‘Luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance on it.” ~Hunter S. Thompson
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!