Empower Yourself Through DIY Porn

Posted at 15:51 on 19 Feb 2016 by Pandora / Blake

Tags: DIY porn, events, fairtrade porn, porn, School of Erotic Mysteries, teaching, workshop

Empower yourself through DIY porn - workshop flyer

A couple of years ago I wrote an article about why I think we need more DIY porn - to improve industry working conditions, increase diversity of representation, and empower more people to see and express themselves as the sexy creatures they are. Well, if you thought making porn might be something you might want to try but you don't know where to start, I'm now developing my DIY porn thoughts into a full day hands-on workshop, in collaboration with the School of Erotic Mysteries.

This event will take place in central London on Sunday 6th March - just two weeks away! It will run from approximately 10am-5pm with a break for lunch, and we’ll focus on building your confidence and capacity to the point where you have the skills and inspiration you need to go home and start shooting.

If you've ever watched porn and thought "that looks like fun" - or "I could do better than that!" - this workshop is for you. Perhaps you already know you're a bit of an exhibitionist, and you love the thought of getting sexy on camera. Perhaps you have dirty stories to tell, or kinky fantasies you want to bring to life. Or perhaps haven't found much porn that reflects your values, and you want to make the porn you want to watch.

Porn gets a lot of criticism, but a lot of the problems with it would be solved if more of us made our own. For too long, the porn industry has been tailored to the presumed desires of straight cisgender men, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You don't have to be skinny, athletic, cisgender, white or able-bodied to be in porn - and the more body diversity we have in our erotic media, the healthier our culture will be. Porn can be queer, woman-positive, trans-positive, fat-positive, age-positive and ethnically diverse. But for porn like this to exist, someone has to make it. Perhaps that someone is you?

On the day we will discuss our motivations for making porn, any anxieties or obstacles that might need to be considered, and why it can be an empowering choice. You’ll learn how to take sexy selfies, and what you’ll need to get started shooting your own clips to sell online (hint: it doesn’t have to include expensive kit!). We'll talk lighting tips, ideas for things to do on camera other than the obvious, an introduction to video editing software, and how to distribute your work. To put your new knowledge into practice, we'll also have fun creating a collaborative video on the day – and as well as ownership of the raw footage of your performance, you’ll receive a copy and shared commercial content rights to a final cut of our DIY porn film, edited by yours truly!

Come alone or with a partner, and be prepared to strut your stuff. You will get the most out of this class if you are eager to have a go in front of the camera - so if you'd rather not be filmed, I advise coming with a partner who wants to perform, so you can work together. Partnered interactions won't be encouraged unless you come as a pair, so don't worry about being expected to do anything sexy with anyone new. Mostly we will focus on solo performance, both individually, and in a collaborative group shoot where we will take it in turns to show the camera what we've got.

You will need: curiousity, plenty of enthusiasm, and a photo/video camera (your phone will be fine, just make sure it's charged)! Do your hair and makeup before you get to the workshop, if you're doing it, and feel free to bring any clothes and props that get you in the mood. All genders, body types and sexual orientations are welcome.

This is my first time teaching a workshop, so it's a brand-new, totally unique opportunity that has never been available before. I'm bringing ten years of experience as a porn performer and five years as a self-taught director and producer, and I'm excited to share my knowledge with you! Please do come along - it promises to be lots of fun, a great confidence boost, and if you intend to start selling porn online it'll be a good investment too!

When: Sunday 6th March
Where: Central London
How much: £75

To secure your place at this wonderful and unique event, please email the School of Erotic Mysteries at eroticmysteries@gmail.com. Hopefully I'll see you there!

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