The economics of being an independent porn star

Until Indie porn starfairly recently, the business model for adult entertainment performers was simple: Agents handled their business arrangements, and that was that.

But as the industry consolidates and develops new outlets, a different kind of star is appearing—one in charge of her own destiny. Though independent players are still somewhat rare (agents continue to represent most performers), a few big names are starting to branch out on their own.

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Selling sex in a plain vanilla world

While trojan vibratorsthe sex toy industry has seen much more acceptance in the past two years, it still has a way to go before it’s considered an everyday part of mainstream culture.

Securing shelf space in retail stores isn’t the herculean challenge it once was, but the makers of these adult novelties have to walk a fine line to ensure their products are identifiable, but not something that will cause a backlash among conservative shoppers.

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Adult toymakers lust for ‘Fifty Shades’ movie

The fuzzy handcuffsimpact of “Fifty Shades of Grey” on the porn world is hard to overstate.

The explicit best seller sparked an interest in areas that were largely considered taboo at the time—resulting in a sizable interest in both DVDs that dealt with the subject of bondage and the multiple adult novelty accessories that are part of the culture.

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Is the porn industry overcoming its bitcoin shyness?

There’s Bitcoina saying in the technology world: If you want to know the next big thing, keep your eye on the porn industry.

Though retailers have begun to warm to bitcoin, however, adult entertainment companies have resisted accepting the virtual currency—even as revenues at many studios have plunged in recent years.

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Building the iTunes of porn

Porn, SkweezMegoes the legend, is a technological bellwether. It was a chief reason the consumer world adopted VHS tapes instead of Beta, and it embraced putting content online long before the movie or music industries.

But when it comes to monetizing that digital content, the adult industry has fallen behind. While Apple, Netflix and other services were able to persuade customers to pay for songs and programming that were once regularly stolen, porn companies have seen their industry spiral, devastated by piracy.

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