This is a personal post but JUB is the right place for this question, I hope.
I've been considering for the past couple of years dabbling in the adult industry... probably not trying out for a big studio like Colt or anything (I don't have "the look" they want anyway I 'm sure) but maybe on the part time amateur side of the business. Possibly starting a blog or XTube channel part time... idk. I'm still playing with the idea of it.
But I've thought about why exactly I want to get into the adult industry as well. I'm unfulfilled by my non starter career and my current position seems to be coming to an end, I'm thinking about taking a bit of a career break or changing directions completely, moving somewhere outside NYC due to that (the Big Apple is a very expensive city to live in and rough starting out here aside from certain high paying industries). I'd like to do some traveling for a while, and honestly I'm really really kinky. So much in fact it's made me wonder if I'll be able to find a sexually compatible BF. My ex couldn't keep up but he tried.
Might be a good way of, if not meeting other like minded guys, serving as a calling card of sorts. IDK, I feel I should be "doing" something with it other than just hoping to "somehow" meet like minded guys into the same things I am by chance and it might be a good way of getting my foot in the door with the fetish community.
I have some very conflicting feelings about it though and a ton of questions swirling around in my head. For one my biggest worry is, whether it be a simple blog or especially becoming a model for an amateur site, it getting dug up if I had to apply for a job. Or even family- that would be embarrassing. That kind of stuff can follow you for a long time.
Part of this fear I believe though comes from a puritanical Western beliefs about sex, shaming those in the industry and other knee jerk judgements surrounding anyone associated with the business. There was another post on here I was read through where someone listed real estate agents, architects, a mechanical engineer and even a NASA scientist as former porn stars.
I'm up for relocating but the industry, at least in the US is based in LA and San Franc mostly, other high COL metro areas. In Europe, based on what I've read, at least Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe interestingly.
Though, even relocating to a low cost of living area I've heard people in the business don't make very much, especially on the amateur side. Starting a blog I'm sure I'd be barely scraping by. I've dipped my toe in that as an off and on hobby but didn't really give it consideration like I am now. Getting involved with a large studio you can make more but that's all dependent on your ability to preform. And what about healthcare and such? That essential for anyone performing.
Finally there's the issue of turning something fun and pleasurable into "work". Whether it's working out the kinks of a server going down or having to do a re-shoot for a scene. Maybe even a bored desensitization about it sometimes. It's one thing to be a viewer but probably totally different once you're on the other side.