Posted at 15:00 on 3 Feb 2021
by Pandora / Blake
I've been working in porn for 15 years now, and in that time the industry has evolved massively. All of my first shoots were with established sites who hired performers for their films. This was the norm, with independent performer-producers in the minority. I really enjoyed filming with other companies and still do, but it occurred to me a while ago that more DIY porn would be good in so many ways - to improve industry working conditions, increase diversity of representation, and empower more people to see and express themselves as the sexy creatures they are.
I first wrote about this back in 2014 to encourage more people to make their own DIY porn. I followed this post up with a workshop in London in 2016 with The School of Erotic Mysteries, hoping to help build the confidence and knowledge of attendees so they would be inspired to go home and start shooting. I ran related workshops two more times over the next couple of years.
Four years on, the industry has been turned on its head. The rise of platforms offering subscription-based services such as OnlyFans and AVN Stars have made it more accessible than ever to start a porn business, and since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out we have seen the DIY porn market explode.
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