Here’s The Difference Between A Porn Star And A Performer

Hint: One makes more money than the other

Consider this, adult sites like Brazzers and Pornhub garner more than 450 million unique visitors every month, according to this Huffington Post article.

To put that into perspective, that’s more than Twitter, Amazon and Netflix web traffic combined. Factor in the average duration visitors spend on adult sites and you can see that a business-savvy adult performer can turn stardom into a lucrative career as a porn star.

So what does it take to get there and what’s the difference between a porn star and a performer? Here’s a hint; it’s more than just wishful thinking and having sex on camera.

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Photo – Brazzers (The New Appli-c*nt)

Porn Stars Treat It Like a Business

If you’ve followed porn for long enough you might have heard the production horror stories about performers: a performer shows up two hours late, holding up production, or, is a no-show altogether. They might also sleep-in past their flight time, party too hard the night before and can’t perform on set, set ‘diva-high’ standards of treatment, the list goes on. This all-too-common occurrence of flaking out and blatant unprofessionalism puts a performer on the fast track to nowhere.

A porn star on the other hand, shows up on time, prepared, and ready to give her best performance. She makes commitments that she sticks to, avoids making promises she can’t keep and strives to exceed expectations. She’s respectful and polite to everyone involved in the project; you won’t catch her showing up late, unprepared, or throwing fits. A business professional mindset is one of the major distinctions between a porn star and a performer.

Phoenix Marie, Ava Addams
Photo – Brazzers

Branding is the Key

Most performers are not rolling in dough. That’s why a porn star does more than perform. She’s a savvy business woman that builds a strong brand and uses performing as a vehicle to other equally profitable platforms. You won’t catch a porn star spending her entire weekend binge-watching Orange Is The New Black (unless she’s going through a rough breakup). No, a porn star is a workaholic – just like successful people in any other industry. Whether she’s on tour feature dancing, connecting with fans via live shows, attending conventions, designing products in her likeness, or directing her own projects, you can bet, in the words of Chris Brown, she’s “getting paper.” That’s why, unlike performers, porn stars can earn well into the six figures annually.

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Photo – Brazzers (Huge C*ck For Hire)

Strong Business Relationships

It’s not enough to just give a good performance in front of the camera, because you won’t get very far if you have a terrible personality. Producers don’t want to deal with anyone who is a nightmare to work with. If a performer has a bad attitude, criticizes the production crew, is confrontational, or thinks she’s God’s gift to the adult industry, she’ll find that the bookings slowly dry up. Word gets around too, so she’ll miss out on new opportunities. You’ll notice porn stars are often complimented on how easy they are to work with. They show up and not only get the job done professionally, but are a pleasure to do business with. Building strong business relationships will get you far in the adult industry and beyond. Take note – in case you haven’t been already.

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Photo – Brazzers (Princess Lay)

Cross-Over Appeal

Porn stars are multi-faceted and have more talents than just what you get to see in performances. You can be a great performer, but if you have zero personality and can’t hold an intelligent conversation or engage in witty banter, chances are you won’t elevate your status from just a performer. Porn stars understand the necessity of cross-over appeal. Reaching a wider demographic paves the way for opportunities to branch out and expand their brand. You’ll likely see your favorite porn star in a mainstream project or two each year, whether it’s a comedy sketch with Funny or Die, or writing a column for TRENDZZ, you can bet your favorite porn stars are leveraging their popularity to appeal to wider audiences and increase their earning potential.
Who are some of your favorite porn stars that has successfully achieved cross-over fame?

Written by Nikki Benz

Life lesson provider, Pomeranian lover, and Adult Industry specialist. Don of the #BenzMafia.