Get Rich or Get Off Trying
So you wanna be a Queer Pornstar...
By Yana Tallon-Hicks
Not only have queer adult performers like Jiz Lee and female XXX-directors like Tristan Taormino (PuckerUp.com), Courtney Trouble (IndiePornRevolution.com) and Shine Louise Houston (PinkWhiteBiz.com) done some major paving of the rainbow road to acceptance of non-hetero bodies on the sexy screen, but they’ve also opened an entirely new closet door, letting out and inspiring the queer and pornographically intrigued everywhere.
Thanks to our aforementioned trailblazers, many are already familiar with queer, feminist porn which is, in short, all about authenticity - featuring real people with real bodies showing us their real, chemistry-packed sex complete with real orgasms in the hopes that it’ll really get us off. For real. Now that we have such a thing, some of the more exhibitionist among us find ourselves wondering, “Why waste all of these contortionist positions, screaming orgasms and impressive tricks we’ve got up our..sleeves...when we could share it with the world (and for pay!)?”. For many, dipping their toes in the porno-pool isn’t only titillating and adventurous, but can also be radically empowering and challenging. Besides, how could Jiz Lee's steamy January cover story about their thriving, positive XXX career NOT compel you to make some of your very own?
First, stop mentally preparing yourself to go into some creepster's basement. The audition process for these queer-friendly porn sites is safe, consensual, tailored to your preferences and, well, freakishly normal.
On the site, you'll find a model application requesting your basic information and some (usually nude) snapshots. The better sites will also ask about your performance preferences – how do you identify your sexuality? What kind of sex do you want to model? Do you want to use sex toys? Would you like to perform with your real-life partner, a known star or solo?
Can you female ejaculate? Tie a rope like a sailor? Fist your girlfriend? Now's the time to brag about it!
Don't check every application box. Queer-friendly porn thrives off of diversity in both casting and sex acts so be honest about what you're comfortable doing on camera. These directors are open to it all – lesbian, bi, straight, queer and trans performers doing it all from a vanilla masturbation scene to a kinkster's paradise of whips and orgies. And let’s be real, your on-screen comfort level isn't just about you – nobody wants to watch awkward porn so answer truthfully.
Sample each directors' work to determine which one's moaning your name. Pink & White Productions (of Crash Pad Series fame) and IndiePornRevolution.com generally require travel to San Francisco but sign up for their newsletter to be kept in the loop about both modelling and filmmaking opportunities.
If you'd rather see a close-up of your dirty bits on the big screen for one night only, you can make your debaucherous dreams come true by entering an awesome, amateur porn festival.
The Petra Joy Awards gives cash prizes to female directors of erotic films (joyawards.com). HUMP! lets strangers judge your 5-minute raunchy reels by screening a special selection in hip lesbolicious cities like Seattle, Portland and Olympia before destroying them completely (slog.thestranger.com).
Lastly, though getting a shot at starring in feminist, queer porn isn’t as hard as you thought it was, you probably won't get rich or famous doing it. But hey, with its promotion of performer sexual safety and authentic pleasure you'll probably get off trying.