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!
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.
A special thank you to Bob Layton(@BobStudio83) owner of Studio 83 for the clothing and shoes.
As of the new year my preparations for the AVN Expo 2016 began. Most of us in the adult entertainment industry fill out our applications for passes months in advance. However, the Real planning does not start till the magic email arrives allowing access to all the places people really want to be within the AVN Expo/Awards.
Most people spend January starting their new year, however in the adult entertainment industry February is when our year really starts. We are in full force career mode while the rest of the world sits back with their New Year’s resolutions and begins planing for Valentine’s Day. The last thing on our minds is romance and quality time with our loved ones. Weekends and Holidays off are not a luxury the best of the best will ever most likely experience in the adult entertainment industry, unless they already put in their time traveling the nation and the world to win awards and gain followers and fans. Success equates to traveling in the adult entertainment industry. It is a necessary evil after a while, but to be the best of the best there are always sacrifices to be made.
“Even though I was in a serious relationship at one point in my life my job ensured I was never home to celebrate it.” ~ Miss Nude Canada(@JusticeofVan)
“The only relationship that’s worked since I’ve been in the industry is the one I have with myself.” ~ Cali Rose(@CaliRosexoxo)
In January every year the best of the best of the adult film industry gather to network and socialize by design in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1984 the AVN Awards started and now over thirty years later they are an event attracting people worldwide. Often the AVN Awards are referred to as the “Oscars of porn”. Connecting with the people who will aid in setting the tone for our careers for 2016 has to happen in less than 72 hours. Can you even imagine the intense pressure and excitement?
AVNs 2015 was my first year attending as press. I went with no real expectation other than a fun trip to my home away from home and one good magazine column. Opportunities just magically presented themselves as if by design. Therefore, jumping in the deep end last year paid off greatly.
“It(the adult entertainment industry) opens doors no other industry can.” ~Dominic DiLorenzo(@WEARE321LLC & @FlyntDominic)
Enrique Arellano(@EAFLOWS), host of Adventures Of The Mayor, was an amazing find last year at the 2015 AVN Expo. Enrique and I teamed up in order to cover more ground. Nothing is more exciting and confusing at the same time as multiple large hotel conference rooms filled with colorful porn stars, webcam models, adult toys, and much more. Our two styles and platforms mixed well, allowing us to interview as many fancy people as time and space allowed.
So many bucket list experiences and firsts were a bit overwhelming, but great fun meeting new people and working at the same time. Demon Seed Radio(@demonseed69) pulled both Enrique and I out of the crowds to interview at their booth at AVN Expo live. The host had read my blog(www.StripClubJournals.com) and also heard Enrique’s radio show(www.TheMayorsClub.com). The adult entertainment industry is a small world, especially at the AVNs. Interacting with people who are so known in a taboo industry is an extremely rare opportunity.
“I did not realize how big of a deal some of these up and comers really are globally, even at an infant stage of their careers.” ~Enrique Arellano(@EAFLOWS)
This year I know what to expect from the AVNs and what to prepare for, as much as one can prepare for the madness of an adult industry event/gathering. Realizing the residual effects of less than 72 hours on anyone’s career is exponential and thus overwhelming. Imagine the stress of being an adult actor or actress, let alone a nominee for an award, to make the most of these three days. After parties and networking are not merely perks, but career necessities in order to meet like-minded individuals in such a diverse industry with so many drastically different niches.
This year the Adult Webcam Awards(@AdultCamAwards) are being added into the mix. This will be the first year for this worldwide event and it is the same week as the AVN Awards/Expo in Las Vegas. What I will find there? I have no clue, but I do see the value in attending, because the internet is a powerful tool; even the adult film industry actors and actresses utilize the internet. So this may be the adult industry of the future and/or the here and now.
“I really enjoy the convenience of camming. All the money-none of the drama. I like that idea!… Web camming is the exotic dancing of the future.” ~Paige(@AthenaEterna)
As the January winter days go by faster and faster the whirlwind becomes almost a tornado of excitement, nerves, and logistics. January is a frenzy of artists in the adult entertainment industry making the most of the logistics of their career(we are mostly our own bosses). These logistics enable us to continue creating the life we live and love. Just because someone is known worldwide for being in a taboo industry does not make them a “bad person”. There really is no demographic to group us all together other than art and passion. We all see creating something as part of our purpose in life.
Whenever you can be surrounded by the best of the best of any industry there is something to be learned.
A special thank you to Bob Layton(@bobstudio83) for the clothing for the 2016 AVNs. Check out his store online http://www.Studio83exoticclubwear.com. Everyone needs a little help being fancy at times!