Porn Stars: Just Failed Mainstream Entertainment Industry Wannabes?

What percentage of the adult film industry do you think is made up of people who failed to be successful in the mainstream entertainment industry as actors/directors/writers?

Allison, 27, CA

Allison,

I would venture to say, not many. Most of the adult performers entering the industry are very young (18-22). That’s hardly an age at which one would consider themselves a failure at anything. Also, what exactly do you define as ‘failure’?

As a writer and director in adult, I don’t consider my time in mainstream a failure by any sense of the word (even though I do joke about it from time to time). For me, the path to adult was more out of necessity for a creative outlet. There’s a lot of red tape in mainstream. I grew frustrated quickly and was looking to find other avenues to express myself creatively. I did some work and I got paid extremely well when I did work, but it was not steady and the opportunities weren’t flying at me. I’m not exactly the most patient person in the world. I have actor friends that struggled for 10-20 years and are just now hitting their stride.

Within my first year in adult, I worked as a feature film writer, director, production manager, script supervisor, PA, acting coach, editor, wardrobe consultant, etc. In mainstream, the path to becoming a director on any MAJOR production seldom EVER happens so quickly (if ever). I’d like to think that the experience I’ve gained in just two years in adult will open more doors for me in the future both inside and outside the industry.

Mainstream entertainment is an extremely rough road to travel on and most people don’t fail at it, they simply give up. There’s a difference.

There is a wealth of talent among people working in adult, and whether they failed in mainstream or were born and raised in adult, they are successes to me. Some of those people worth noting are: Eli Cross, Eddie Powell, Raven Touchstone, Steven St. Croix, Axel Braun, Bobbi Starr, Erika Lust, Chauntelle Tibbals, Tristan Taormino, Remy LaCroix, India Summer, Jules Jordan, John Stagliano, Mason, Graham Travis, Jessica Drake, Stormy Daniels, Belladonna and Joanna Angel (to name a few).

I’m glad you asked this question.

Jacky

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About The Author

Jacky St. James hails from the East Coast, graduating with a BA in Drama and Anthropology and is a multiple award winning adult writer and director for New Sensations.

She is known for a wide-range of films from romantic comedies to edgier all-sex releases with her most acclaimed titles being: Torn, The Friend Zone, Power and Control, Love is a Dangerous Game, The Submission of Emma Marx, and Dear Abby. Torn, her most successful film to date, went on to receive Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Couples’ Release, and Best Screenplay award wins during the 2012 award season.

During her career in adult, Jacky has been an advocate of couple’s-oriented pornography and has been a guest speaker at UC – Santa Barbara, UCLA, AEE, XBIZ 360 and has been featured in several popular mainstream publications including Jezebel, Slate, and the Examiner.

Jacky shares pictures, clips, and stories about her successes and debacles as a woman working within the adult industry on her website: missjackystjames.com

From? An east coast, white-bred, conservative town

Age? 36

Fav. Food? Sushi or Pizza! Although I will eat just about anything.

Fav. Alcoholic Drink? I am not a drinker, but when I do drink, it’s usually Chocolate wine!

Fav. Book? Bright Shiny Morning by James Frey. I also am a fan of We Need to Talk about Kevin, The Count of Monte Cristo, and the Complete Works of Shakespeare

Fav. Movie? It’s a toss up between Miracle (about the 1980 US Hockey team defeating the Soviets) or Shawshank Redemption (which was cinematic perfection).

One Fun Fact? I have a severe allergy to cooking. I’m working through it.

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