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The Porn Industry Is Having a Major Meltdown

• https://www.thedailybeast.com, Aurora Snow

Adult performers are entering a new era of awareness—and their empowerment may shape the future of porn. When COVID-19 shut down the adult entertainment industry, performers fell back on many of the things they were already doing, creating and selling content directly to their fans. Realizing professional porn isn't necessary for a lucrative career, many performers are now making even more money in a safe environment they control. For as many options as porn performers have, the directors of porn (who are not also talent themselves) have far less. Where directors and companies fit in a post-COVID-19 world may very well be dictated by adult performers.

"It's particularly brutal for directors that are not performers. We rely on production to survive whereas performers can make their own productions at home; they can shoot videos and pictures for their fan base," explains Jacky St. James, one of adult entertainment's leading feminist directors. Like many of her colleagues, St. James has put her creativity to the test, turning to some of the same platforms adult performers are cashing in on, but on a smaller pay scale reflective of the non-nude content.

"It's been tough for me particularly. I've had to be innovative and creative. I started an OnlyFans account but the appeal of following me is that I'm just providing knowledge about the industry. I'm not showing any nudity or any adult films on my site so I don't have a big following, but fortunately it helps me pay the bills," says St. James.


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