Being career minded is a key factor which separates individuals who succeed in the adult industry from the individuals who allow themselves to be used by the industry. The AVN Expo 2015, in Vegas, was a perfect example of this key factor. It was an extremely pleasant way to network and weed out individuals who use the industry as a way to get by. Rather than as a stepping stone to something greater. Being surrounded by so much active talent within the adult industry was a high I had never before experienced. The creativity and wisdom flowed through the convention unapologetically. If one is brave enough in their career to go against the grain, they are more likely to be open and understanding of others. Nothing like being judged for what you do, rather than who you are, to bring us all together.
The talent was not limited to the adult actors and models. It was shocking how much creative talent goes into the adult industry. Meeting radio, television, photography, and other media talent involved in covering the AVN Expo for the rest of the world to enjoy, made me realize the extreme fascination mainstream society has with the adult industry. Therefore, the work everyone in the adult industry puts forth is for the entertainment and enjoyment of others. This is another commonality that brings Everyone in the adult industry together. We all aim to please!
My AVN Expo adventure started on Wednesday night. The Expo had started Wednesday morning, but I had no real agenda other than to have fun and get writing material. Well, I never expected and could not have planed for a better all around experience. Within an hour of arriving Kevin Wilsonville Murphy(DJ at Treasures Las Vegas) informed me there was another DJ arriving late from Florida who I needed to meet, because he is the host of his own radio show, Adventures of the Mayor(www.TheMayorsclub.com). This is how networking in the adult industry works, it is not really something to be planned, it just happens when you place yourself in the right places and with the right people.
When I met Enrique Arellano(DJ at Solid Gold Fort Lauderdale and host of the radio show Adventures Of The Mayor), I had found my new best industry friend. He lives on the east coast. I live on the west coast. He does a radio show. I write a magazine column and blog. We differ enough in our media and location, yet still have the adult industry as our common focus. Teaming up to cover the AVN Expo only made sense because we were able to get into more places, talk to more people, and therefore get more material. In laughter we joked that we were tag teaming people.
I smiled and laughed more than I had in a long time at the AVN Expo. Everyone was just happy to be there and be apart of the adult industry. The fans there were quite invested to say the least! After trying to interview a couple of fans, I had to give up. My second fan interview was a man from Panama who barely spoke English. Do not be fooled the adult industry is the most popular taboo industry out there!
Interacting with so many different people was amazingly overwhelming in the best way possible. I have never felt so blessed to be apart of something most people will never understand, because I was surrounded by people who did understand and get it. What a priceless feeling! Is this what “normal” people feel like everyday?
After interviewing countless porn stars, fetish models, cam girls, and adult toy creators/inventors, I have so many people to thank. However, let me just leave you with a few moments that made my experience top-notch.
Cali Carter(@CaliCarterXXX) was the largest surprise. She is young, but an ambitious and intelligent woman. Everyday I was at the Expo, I saw her running from booth to booth to greet more people. Plus, she looked amazing doing it!
Sara Jay(@SaraJayXXX) is a veteran in the adult industry and still was a kind business minded woman. She has a vibe about her that is just comforting. Sara Jay reminded me of the supportive veteran strippers from when I first started stripping. Check out her website http://www.SaraJay.com
Kayla Jane Danger(@KJDangerDoll) was my most natural interview. She has a way of making others feel at ease with laughter, but mixes in wisdom. I leave you with a quote from her that exudes her amazingly adamant personality disguised by her beautiful petite body.
“Our sex is safer than your sex, over 80% of the time. So, stop trying to tell us what to do and how to have sex. We are protected, we are careful, and we do a better job of it than you do.” ~Kayla Jane Danger
The AVN Expo was a great reminder of all the positive opportunities within the adult industry.