I started in the adult industry in 2008 when I was freshly eighteen. I had lived next to a strip club for some time and finally took the plunge trying to cocktail, and as we all know they convinced me to strip. They avoid hiring girls for wait staff as best they can. I was nervous, uncoordinated and completely out of my element. I was the stripper that would stand against the wall and wait for a customer to come talk to her, hardly did I ever strike up a conversation. It took me a few years and some life lessons to loosen up and enjoy the job. The stage is frightening to us girls and how hilarious is it to know now that the new girls get tipped considerably more on stage than the veterans; there was nothing to be terrified of. Around three years into it I noticed a huge change in the economy and started traveling to make up for the slack in my state. I found myself taking the stages in California, Nevada, Texas and Alaska. Once state after another I fearlessly approached, 8-inch heels in hand and glitter spray ready to go.
Out of all the states, I loved Alaska the most. The Bush Company was extremely welcoming and they actually treated this like a job and you as a performer, not as a money sign. You had a schedule, had to call out on your sick days and got an actual paycheck. I stayed there on and off for two years and made my way back to AZ after I finally caught a snow season in Anchorage. I returned home and continued to stick it out through the changes and turmoil until two years ago.
I had been modeling and stripping for years and never once considered to webcam. One random day my photographer introduced me to my now great friend SmartyKat314 who had been camming for a considerable amount of time. We met and everything clicked instantly. I saw how quickly the market for companionship was changing but I didn't know what I wanted to do. It wasn't until I met Kat that I got a spark of interest again into the adult industry. She showed me all the steps into that world. From which webcam to purchase, to how to configure the websites and what to do in hard situations. I couldn't have asked for a better mentor. Soon as I felt comfortable with it Kat and I did a 24-hour camathon and lasted 22 out of the 24! To be honest I had NO IDEA what I was in for but we had a BLAST!
With all this new found motivation and excitement I put myself and my work out there and joined ManyVids. I began filming clips with my photographer who runs RawrGirls Studios here. I got the confidence to put together my own videos and edit them. I was doing things I had never realized I was comfortable and good at until I had made that big step to take a break from the club. It was frightening to pursue this digital job full-time. Because of that leap, I now am soon to be opening my own clips store as a co-producer with Nikki Sequoia and focus heavily on fetishes and taboo. This industry has helped me grow into the confident and self-assured woman I am now. Pre-dancing I was uncomfortable with anything pornographic, had very low self-esteem, and didn't have many friends. Although I never imagined growing and evolving into what I have now, I honestly wouldn't change this experience for the world because it has allowed me to live the lifestyle I want. Not the one that society or a 9-to-5 job tried to box you into.
Change is inevitable, but the pathway there is not always comfortable and smooth. I can only thank ManyVids for providing me the insight and inspiration to find my true calling. My next adventure will put me on the road to a director position, make sure you keep your eyes peeled! I have so much in store for you!
What about you? Do you have any stories about adapting to change? Leave it in the comments below!