Cave Canem: Beware of the Dog (Exploitative Agencies)
One of the reasons I blog is to help others avoid irrevocable choices. I cannot say it enough: You do not go into the video component of adult entertainment without THOROUGH consideration. You must take care of yourself. You must research the companies you are going to shoot for. You must get to know your agent (or already have a solid understanding of all components of the industry before you represent yourself).
BEFORE YOU DO PORN YOU SHOULD CONSIDER WHAT I HAVE WRITTEN IN “KNOW BEFORE YOU GO, PART 3 OF 3”
I was recently contacted by someone who wanted to know if his experience was acceptable/professional/normal. He had supposedly been aggressively approached by a pushy, 21-year-old recruiter for a particular modeling agency. This potential model was allegedly contacted by the recruiter on a social networking site (something I specifically warn you to be wary of), he claims he was heavily flattered (perhaps overly much, given the model’s current fitness statistics), and asserts he was told by the recruiter that he could shoot a scene within a couple days. When the potential model showed doubt and expressed the need to consider it all more, the recruiter then allegedly shredded the potential model to pieces, told him he was fat and unattractive, and then stopped talking to him as quickly as he had started. Whether or not this is standard procedure for this (or any) agency, or its recruiters, it definitely shouldn’t be.
There are many observations that could be made about the content on this company’s site, and it should be instructive when you are looking at ANY agency. I have never worked with this company, so I can only ask questions. Consider carefully the company you keep. This company makes the following claims:
- They claim to be the largest agency for adult models
- They claim to cultivate fresh talent
- They claim to get their models work nearly immediately (within three-five days)
There are many other observations I could discuss, but I am going to stick with these “simple” three. As I said, I haven’t worked for this agency, and I am addressing only the information they have published themselves on their own site. Any other agency who has similar content would fall under similar scrutiny.
- Even if there is some form of hard evidence or empirical proof to show that a particular agency is the “biggest,” the “best,” or the “most successful,” this is a non-issue. What matters is HOW THEY WILL TREAT YOU AS A PERSON. I see hundreds upon hundreds of models listed on this company’s site, and I would ask some questions: How is it possible to have a personal relationship with each individual model when there are so many of them? How is it possible to understand the needs and concerns of each individual model? How can the staff for an agency (which tends to have only a few employed members) maintain the ever-changing files for each of these models? A simple statement of fact: I have spoken with or done scenes with some of the male porn models listed at this site, and I know that one (if not all) of those whom I have met are no longer with this agency. When a model is listed as “unavailable,” how long has that been so? At what point will the “active list” be updated, so that it isn’t bloated full of people who aren’t currently working for them? Would this agency still be the “largest” after this update?
- Cultivating fresh talent sounds heroic. But why not work with established models who have a reputation and an audience? Why not work with people who understand what they are doing already? Wouldn’t that be easier? Why would an agency want to be burdened with the responsibility of honing so many new, inexperienced, and starry-eyed amateurs? And again: How could this be done for so many hundreds and hundreds of models? Manicuring one person is an arduous undertaking. How is it done for such a huge group of disparate individuals who are spread all over the continent?
- Okay, so an agency can get you work immediately. Without giving you time to think carefully about what they’ve found. And then they pressure you, or they harangue you when you hesitate. This is not acceptable. EVER. If you can get me work within three-five days I would ask the following questions: For whom will I be working? What kind of airline and hotel will you be able to reserve at a cost-effective price with less than 10 days’ notice? Why are you so adamant that I take this particular gig? If you found this one so quickly, why can’t you just find me another one when I feel more ready? Another simple statement of fact: I observe that many of the male porn models on the site’s roster have done work for ChaosMen, a site known SPECIFICALLY for doing bareback porn.
Given these few observations, and the concerns they elicit immediately, I ask the following question: Does the agency you are considering bloat its roster by approaching inexperienced people and then by neglecting to update their lists; funnel the models into projects with only a few days’ notice; and then look for new faces, once they have gotten some bareback work out many of the men whose careers they have already “cultivated?”
(Edit, 08/14/2011: I can no longer advocate on behalf of Fabscout. Disregard that which has been crossed out.)
I am biased, but I would tell you to contact Fabscout. See if there is a possibility of working with them. I make no money by making this referral. I make it, on the chance that it will be beneficial you. For more information about what to expect from a reputable client, I again suggest you read “Know Before You Go, part 3 of 3: The advantages of an agent.”