The Black Gay Porn Industry Is NOT Dead….But Definitely On Life Support!

My buddy and I was talking about a certain adult model’s recent meltdown on twitter. Of course this is the latest of several “meltdowns” on social media from various models over the last couple of months.

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This model, who’ve been in this business for over 10 years decided to get on his social media and blast the entire industry because he was in his feelings over the fact that he was not considered  for a Pride event. He recently announced that he was dating a fellow popular adult model, who is controversial in his own right. He may have committed porn “career” suicide considering that he is not well known outside of thug urban gay porn.  Not too many companies are going to want to associate with that kind of drama especially coming from a seasoned veteran…

In the midst of the conversation my friend asked me do I think the black gay porn industry is dead.

Personally I don’t think the niche is dead but I do think we are on life support and there are several reasons as to why that may be.

As I have said many times before on this blog and my previous blog The Luckey Star, the porn industry as a whole is not what it used to be in the golden ages (70s-90s). With today’s technology paired with more competition, piracy and social media, it’s takes a lot more to be successful (and financially stable) in this business. A lot of people forget that this industry although may not be a career for many, it’s still a BUSINESS. For many, you may need a day job.

Models work for studios and are generally paid per scenes. These days the pay is not much compared to a decade ago and varies depending on the studio or niche. Women are, of course, the main attraction in mainstream porn — and, as you might expect, the amounts paid to actresses span a wide range. A superstar performer or a ‘porn star’, is one who has name recognition that extends beyond adult entertainment — earns considerably more than a newcomer or someone who is well-known only among porn enthusiasts.

Male talents are paid less. Gay models are paid more than straight male talents. Their pay depends on their longevity and the company.
The average male model’s relevance in porn is about 3-6 months. Over the course of that time a model would build his social media following and is cast in several porn productions from various companies. In some cases, models will work with one company and build his name with that particular site -An exclusive contract basically means you are legally not able to work other companies under assumed “name”.

Or they will work with various companies. Either way they don’t get paid residuals or revenue. Most models are considered at-will employees. Most models make additional money escorting, exotic dancing and club appearances. Some models even dab into sex cam work. Some are kept and sponsored by wealthy men (politics/entertainment industry).

giphy (1)Porn veterans do get paid slightly more money but it’s not always guaranteed. Very of them stick around these days because the money is just not there anymore. If I started out making 1500 per condom scenes and the average studio of today doesn’t even pay over 500 per bareback scene, why would one stick around for that?

There is no health benefits in porn. Most studios don’t even bother to have their models tested. The risk is much higher and for some vets, it’s just simply not worth it in the long run. This is why the talent pool is much smaller and producer don’t have a lot of talents to work with. This is why you see some of the same models getting cast in scenes.

A smart model with good business sense will get the most of his money during those 3-6 period and have an exit date. Whether he is building a brand off his name or he is just making a quick buck, this is the time he should be making his money and SAVING it if possible. He would never rely on porn work for steady income. Porn is a hustle, not a career.

I don’t care how many followers you have on social media, you will NOT be popular forever and your fans will eventually get bored of you. Models need to understand that and accept it before they get into this industry. That phone will eventually stop ringing.

Another factor to consider..

You are only as good as your last scene. I don’t care who you are. You are the company you associate with and the company that you keep. What you manifest in this business is what you receive. Nobody owes you a thing in this business. You are responsible for yourself.

 

REPUTATION is EVERYTHING in this business. Your name gets around in the business and producers do talk among themselves. If you have bad relationship with one producer and you aren’t marketable, you will have a hard time finding work. If your attitude and work is shitty, people will not spend their energy or money on you.

Some producers engage in unprofessional relationships with models that often turn sour and is never a good look overall. Models date other models which can complicate things.

So often models goes on rants and tirades on social media about producers taking advantage of them but what they don’t tell you is these same models will ask producers for “advances” and even shoot scenes for free. Some of them get into these inappropriate relationships and spread nasty rumors about each other on social media.  I have witness and heard of models who steal and have even robbed producers on set.

Keep in mind most black gay porn producers are not relying on respectable modeling agencies for talent. They are hiring model right off the streets. Some come from dire situations. Some are barely out of high school.  Some come straight out prison.

I used to say that porn producers take advantage of models in this business and sometimes they do but a lot of the times models either aren’t educated on the business or just stuck on stupid. In most cases they play themselves.

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Some of them let the popularity delusion go to their heads and they think they will be the “hot piece of ass” forever. They don’t bother to go to school or work a day job as they see that as beneath them. They work the industry for a while only to wake up one day and realize that they’re best years have passed them by. They worked 5-10 years in the business only to realize they have absolutely NOTHING to show for it other than a few DVD covers and fake porn awards nobody remembers or care about.

Now I am sure you are reading this and probably think I am coming from a shady place.

If anything I am trying to paint a realistic picture of what the porn industry is all about in a nutshell.

I try not to judge people’s situations because it is hard out here in these streets but this industry is what you make it. It does have it’s pitfalls and traps but it can be avoided. Quality over quantity. Producers doesn’t control your name and brand. YOU DO.

Porn is not for everyone.

There is plenty of money and opportunities in this business but you gotta educate yourself and put in the work.  I am really considering teaching you some of those methods that works for me and my peoples. It won’t be free but it will be affordable. To make money, you gotta invest…

In closing, You get what you manifest in this business. Sometimes you just gotta know when to bow out gracefully.  Don’t be the late queen who still shooting porn for blunts and quarter bags and hops on social media when she doesn’t get her way..

 

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