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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Scenes from the Porn Convention Red Carpet

While AVN Red Carpetsocial media has had a dramatic impact on all forms of entertainment, the effect on the porn industry has been especially notable.

Perhaps because of the nature of their business – and what they do for a living – porn stars have always been a larger-than-life fantasy figures to fans. Historically, they were inaccessible except for annual trade shows. And the common wisdom was that mystique helped build their star status.

Today, though, stars jostle for the most Twitter followers – regularly communicating with them and promoting their upcoming appearances and films. It’s a new era for porn – so, as they walked the Red Carpet at this year’s AVN Awards (adult entertainment’s equivalent of the Oscars), we asked some of its biggest stars about their thoughts on the impact of social media on their careers – and the industry.

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The Dirty Dozen 2012: Porn’s Most Popular Stars

True superstardom in the adult entertainment industry is a tough thing to achieve. And this year’s Dirty Dozen certainly underscores that.

Just five of the actresses we listed among the industry’s most popular last year make return appearances in 2012, as new faces have come along — and some veteran performers made a comeback.

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