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1 year ago

by: Andy

 

You’re gonna notice some big changes to your model and/or pornstar pages today.

Here’s what you need to know:

 

Tip Button

 

We put a big, huge tip button in a very prominent place on your profile.

The goal here, of course, is to make it easier for your fans to give you money.

Make sure to let your fans know to tip you, early and often.

NOTE: You won't see a tip button on your own profile. If you wanna tip yourself, just take a bill out of your right pocket and put it in the left. ;)

Ok, that one was easy. Up next:

 

URL Changes

 

Your Pornhub URL used to be www.pornhub.com/users/USERNAME.

Now it’s gonna be www.pornhub.com/models/STAGENAME.

For Pro models, your new URL will be www.pornhub.com/pornstars/STAGENAME.

If you don’t have a stage name, the URL will just contain your username. You can set a stage name in your model preferences at any time.

We forwarded all the old links, so if you have your original URL in blog posts or watermarks on your pictures, or linked from your website – no worries. The old links will still work.

This change was made so that you’ll have a short, easy-to-remember link, so your fans can find you easily from anywhere.

 

Combined Model and Pornstar pages

 

If you had both a Model account and Pornstar page, those two have been combined.

If you had both a Professional Model account and Pornstar page, those two have been combined.

If you had an Amateur Model account and Pornstar page, your account has been changed to professional and the two pages have been combined.

That means all of the features you’re used to will be in one place, including:

- Add friend button

- Subscribe button

- The aforementioned Tip button

- Bio with social media links

- Attributes, turn-ons, and other personal info

- Your uploaded videos, with a focus on your paid-to-download content

- Pornstar ranking, video views and subscriber count

NOTE: To see exact subscriber or view count, just hover your mouse over the number. It’ll show you the exact number.

Private Photos

 

You may have noticed that your private photos are missing. They will be re-added very soon.

13+ years of industry experience and as much energy, passion and beauty as ever, Mandy Mitchell is truly someone to be admired. 

I was lucky enough to catch up with her last week to talk about representation within the industry and in the mainstream, marketing for models, and how to secure your bag as a trans model (or otherwise). Read on for her insights on the porn industry and the world at large:


 

Let’s start with your story. How did you get involved in the industry?

Back in 2005, a photographer working for Shemale Yum [ed. note: now GroobyGirls] saw an advertisement of mine on Craigslist’s now-defunct Erotic Services and asked me if I had any interest in porn. I gave it a shot. At the time, I was completely unfamiliar with trans porn or trans online culture really at all. My initial photo sets and videos were evidently pretty popular. Soon after, I worked for Shemale Strokers and Vicki Richter, released my first scenes on DVD, started my own website (the now-defunct Mandytgirl.com) and by 2007 or 2008 I shot my first scenes for Kink and Devils films. I think it was 2008 or 2009 that I launched Mandy-mitchell.com, with what became the TGirl Network, and started regularly producing hardcore Trans Lesbian and Fetish content. I won Solo site of the year at the TEA awards in 2011 & 2012, and then went on hiatus from July 2012- May 2015 . In 2015 I married porn performer Bianca Stone and we started producing content as a team, making fetish and Trans lesbian content together. 

 

If you weren’t making adult content, what would you be doing with your life?

Honestly, I have no idea. Getting into trouble somehow. 

 

Do you have any plans to transition into a mainstream career?

I don’t think Hollywood wants me, but I am always willing to get paid and try new things. I did a bunch of “mainstream” trans porn, if you can ever call trans porn mainstream. 

 

Would you ever work with a professional studio? Why or why not?

I have. I probably will again. Usually money and sex are good motivators. I dip in and out. When I have a good connection with a director, I will often times bust out a bunch of movies working for them. 

 

What are some things about being a trans model that the average person wouldn’t realize?

There’s a level of hate that gets directed at trans people by this world on a day-in, day-out basis; attacks on our rights to public spaces, healthcare, education and so on. It takes a lot of courage to be an adult performer of any kind, but to be a trans performer, and to be open and out about our bodies and sex is a whole other level of bravery.  

What are your interests outside of work? Do you have other creative endeavors?

I like playing piano though I haven’t had one this last year. I spend a lot of time with my wife and business partner Bianca Stone doing life together. We work a lot, but we also travel and go out with friends and stuff - normal queer couple stuff. 

 

How do you promote your content? What does marketing look like for models like you?

Marketing is an ever-changing endeavor in porn. It used to be web forums and affiliates were the way to market content. Then social media happened, and the older model was kind of surpassed by the newer model of porn consumption and porn marketing. I think social media is definitely useful, but with the Twitter shadowbans and increasing crackdowns on various other platforms, I think social media as a primary avenue of marketing porn has probably seen its heyday.

I think having one’s own website can be useful, but also may ultimately be a relic of the past as the primary way by which porn creators reach their target audience. Don’t get me wrong, there is definitely money to be made having a membership site - I still have mine, and for performers with larger audiences than mine the money can be considerable. But I think the primary way people find porn worldwide is changing and shifting more and more into venues like Pornhub, Modelhub, and other clipsites. And it is perfectly possible to make a lot of money in the current climate without a membership site. 

 

How has your production process changed over the years?

Production has been a learning process for me. I used to pay shooters to shoot everything in the first part of my porn career. It wasn’t really until the second chapter of my adult career when I started to learn how to use a camera, which I am still learning to do. I started out with a Canon 70D. I shot with a 35mm Sigma Lens for a bit, and more recently have switched to using a 4k Sony camcorder. Shooting on the DSLR was pretty, but also cumbersome, and I was ready for something a little easier to use for POV content with Bianca. 

 

Do you have any advice for models who are considering working with professional studios?

It’s been a solid year since I have shot for anyone but myself, and in this fast changing and rapidly growing market of trans porn I feel a little bit out of touch. It used to be like five or six companies, and they pretty much had standard rates. A few girls could ask for higher rates, but other than that it was a take it or leave it kind of thing. I never really fit into the mold of what people saw trans performers looking like, or behaving like, and sometimes that meant I got paid less or worked less. Other times that meant I got paid more, especially when my career really took off.

Ultimately I think focusing on one’s own productions and really working to be taken care of through them allows a performer much more leeway to take gigs that feel good, and to pass on ones that aren’t right. It’s difficult to be entirely self-sustaining through porn, so it’s good to have other revenue streams be they camming, phone sex, other forms of sex work.

In trans porn only a handful of people can sustain a quality of life solely off of studio porn checks, so for the rest it’s super important to get money from as many sources as is safe and accessible to do so.  

What needs to change in the adult industry in terms of the way trans models are talked about/portrayed?

I don’t know if my concerns primarily lie with how trans models are portrayed, as much as how we are treated, how much money we make, how safe we are coming to and from work and what kind of opportunities we have for stable happy lives. 

Porn is and always has been a beautiful grotesque carnival of humanity’s desires and thoughts - the best and worst of culture in general. So I think it’s difficult to enter into the realm of how trans people are being portrayed, because, well, it’s porn. 

My more pressing concerns; I want trans performers to be paid well, have opportunities for growth and advancement in the larger industry, feel safe using the bathroom at industry events, not to be treated like second class people. 

 

What can your fans and followers do to support you, and other models?

Spend money. Send money. No strings attached. Because being trans is so expensive. Every part of it. 

Stand up for trans people. Be allies in public. 

[ed. note: the best way to send cash is through a Modelhub tip - select the "Send a Tip" option from the sidebar]

If you could change one thing about society, what would it be?

I mean, I was gonna say decriminalize sex work, but if I have the power to change anything, maybe it would be something bigger than just changing one law. But for now, I’ll say that.

What’s your favorite song right now?

I am going through a weird dry spell with music right now. Probably because I haven’t had a piano this year, and when I am not playing music it almost hurts to listen to other peoples music.

 

Are there any Pornhub models you’d like to work with?

Tons, but I’m shy and I am not going to say publicly. But if I have been nice to you, or follow you or whatever, I probably would make porn with you.

 


 

Thanks and gratitude to Mandy for taking the time to speak with me, and to share her insights. Make sure to catch up with her at her website, on Twitter, Pornhub, and Modelhub.

You know that lookThat smoldering glance exchanged between lovers, the one that makes you think, "Damn, they really love each other"? 

When I caught up with Daisy and Jordan, known collectively as HereOnNeptune, we only spoke over the phone. But I could feel those glances being exchanged in their voices.

A love like that is powerful. And if I could hear it over the phone, you'll be able to read it in our interview, and you'll definitely be able to see it on-screen.

Read on for unique perspectives on orientation, romance and language as they relate to trans and non-binary identities in porn, and the world over:


 

Andy: Let’s start with your story, how the two of you met and how you got involved in the industry.
 
Daisy: It's a pretty common story, but we met on OkCupid. And right from the first day, right from there, we clicked. He's a weirdo and I'm a weirdo. So it was a really fast connection that we made.

But honestly, we were kind of in a rough spot and we were kind of looking for different ways to make something out of ourselves. I had heard about the model program with Pornhub. We had looked into it and we made a little video and tested out from there. But from our first video, there were many people who really, really liked our stuff and it just became its own monster from there.


 
What do you like to do outside of work?
 
Jordan: I like to play music. We produce music and play guitar. That's kind of been my thing since high school. So I've just been doing that on and off whenever I get the chance to be creative.
 
Daisy: I often just listen and sit and play with Jordan. But the majority of what we do is not so much filming and editing, it’s sitting and talking to people on our Patreon, talking to people from Pornhub - it's kind of become our own full time thing now.


 
You recently hit a million views on Pornhub! Congratulations for that. What factors do you think have contributed to your success there?
 
Daisy: Well, I think in all honesty that I am a unique person. I'm a very specific type of person - especially with my body, me being trans. I think that opened up a whole new market for us. But also, not the typical kind of porn. It’s not people who just met, who just decided to have sex – there’s real love and passion between us. That is something that has really carried us through is how our love for each other shows in our work. It's not just hot, heavy sex, it's also intimate and special.


 
How important is social media to you for marketing your content?
 
Daisy: Social media is a lot to handle. But it seems fun. Honestly, so many people are so kind, and so many people reach out just to say nice things, you know, "Hope you guys are doing well. We love your content." Social media opens up a whole new world of friends that you get to talk to at any given time. And so it's really helped us to propel into a completely different world. If we had started what we're doing at a different time in the world, say, 10, 20 years ago, we'd probably be in a completely different place.


 
It helps foster that personal connection that you talked about before, not only with each other, but with your fans as well.
 
Daisy: Yeah, 100%.


 
What changes do you think we're gonna see in the industry this year?
 
Jordan: That's a tough question. I honestly, I do see a lot of more homemade stuff coming out this year. And I think maybe even less heteronormative porn will be considered more mainstream. I don't think the heteronormative porn is gonna go anywhere any time soon, but I think that people looking to expand their horizons are definitely gonna look at porn as the very first avenue for something that's not heteronormative, that's more in the LGBT world.
 
Daisy: More experimental.
 
Jordan: More experimental stuff. I think that's coming this year, I'm not sure. We'll see.


 
Like an extension of the “porn as self-discovery” concept, which has happened since porn has existed. But you think it'll open up - maybe people will be able to explore their own orientation and sexuality a little bit more in that way?
 
Daisy: Yeah.
 
Jordan: Definitely.

"People are surprised that we’re not as promiscuous as they think."


 
And what changes should we see this year?
 
Daisy: That's a good question. We're trying to be the change that we wanna see. And so I think we'll see porn that is more caring, and more content that is special. And that doesn't necessarily mean that people need to be in a relationship to be making porn together, and for it to be special. But we’re just hoping for more intimate connections.
 
But I also think just very basically, I would love to see women of color and men of color who are pornstars, because I feel like especially black men and women are used almost as fetishes, just as trans people are. I mean, when you see a black girl having sex with a guy in porn, it's typically almost always a white guy. And the same thing with black men, you typically only see them have, you know, a huge black dude with a tiny little white girl. So I think opening up and seeing everyone as a star, as opposed to just a tool for pleasure.


 
So moving away from marginalized identities as a fetish, and towards just being people. I agree with you so much.
 
Daisy: Exactly.


 
What are some things people don't realize about being a trans model?
 
Daisy: Our number one misconception is that people don't realize that this is my husband and I doing this. I think people, when they think porn, they think of like the typical, you know, going on set, meeting the person that day, having sex with them. And so that's our number one misconception and we’re trying to change that.
 
People are surprised that we’re not as promiscuous as they think.


 
What are some of the problems with the ways that people perceive and interact with trans models?
 
Daisy: I'll be 100% honest with you, I have only had a few problems. But I think it's the same thing with any marginalized people. I think there are people who view our stuff and genuinely enjoy our content and the connection that we have. That being said, there are also people who do watch our content, because it is kind of a kinky little secret to them. And so I think that's kind of the hardest thing is not necessarily dealing with those people, but trying to show those people that it doesn't just have to be a kinky little secret.
 
Jordan: Yeah, I think the biggest challenge is the whole thing about it being a secret, something that you should be ashamed of. You should embrace and feel proud of who you are, no matter what body parts you have. And if you're with somebody that has something that's not exactly the same as everybody else, there's nothing shameful about it and I don't think that should be kept a secret. That’s something problematic, and I would like to see it change, but I think that we're heading the right direction.


 
Similar question, but not just about models; what about the ways that people perceive and interact with trans people in general, outside of the industry?
 
Daisy: You know in a sitcom, there will be a token black character who's always making jokes? I sometimes feel that way for people. I feel as though being associated with me or being friends with me sometimes people kind of wear that as a badge of openmindedness. Like, "Well, my trans friend said…" you know.

I have friends who look at me, and it's no different and I'm just another girl to them. But there are other friends who kind of use me to advance their social status. Some people use it for their gain and a lot of people only see [being trans] as freaky and weird. And because we don't have enough representation of trans people in the media, I think people have a very skewed idea of who we are as people.


 
What can your fans do to treat you with more respect and understanding?
 
Daisy: Stop sending me dick pics.


 
I wish they'd stop sending them to me too.
 
Daisy: Yeah, it's ridiculous. But, honestly, we haven't had many issues. A lot of the people who reach out to us are like, genuinely sweet people. And it’s not always just, "Oh, you have nice tits."
 
Jordan: I don't know if that's because of the platform that we typically like choose for interacting. When we started off marketing our stuff, it was on Reddit. And I don't know if that was because of Reddit specifically, as the type of people that go on to Reddit that are more open and more friendly than you would find on say, Twitter. But we haven't had any much disrespect, more just love and support.
 
Daisy: It's been really cool.  

"A lot of tube sites used to have trans women under the gay category, and that's not necessarily correct."

I have heard from some trans models in the past, a bit of a divide about the politics of trans being a category. So at Pornhub, we recently changed the uploader, so that transgender is now listed as an orientation rather than a category. Some folks that I have spoken to have said that they actually felt safer when their content was nested within a trans-specific category, because it was only people that were really seeking it out that would come across them. What do you think about that?
 
Daisy: I have noticed that transgender is listed as an orientation. And I personally think that that is really cool. I mean, I would love for some day for it to be fully integrated, for everyone to just see the porn that they want. But I know that people are into certain things and only wanna see certain things. So I think it's helpful, honestly, to even have it considered in its own orientation besides just straight and just gay. Because a lot of tube sites used to have trans women specifically under the gay category, and that's not necessarily correct.

I think it opens up for a lot more people to be able to just see new stuff. Being able to use my trans identity as a positive thing has been really, really cool. It’s only helping us propel us forward.
 
Jordan: And in the long term, just framing it as its own sexual orientation is helpful because it helps people kind of realize that there's other options beyond just even being straight or being gay.


 
Is it problematic at all for it to be considered an orientation when it's really more of an identity? Or does it still cover the same bases?
 
Jordan: In terms of porn, I think it's fine as an orientation, because you go to Pornhub to look for your own orientation of what you like. So if you're oriented towards transgender women or men, then that's a perfectly acceptable porn preference.
 
Daisy: I agree. Completely disregarding porn, like the whole world, there is not really an orientation that is specific for trans people. You can be transamorous, but “Trans” isn’t an orientation so to speak.
 
But I think it is really cool that people can search for things that they're curious about, and for it to not be something that's a secret. I think now that it's something that's so out in the open, it's cool that it's not just some subcategory hidden all the way at the bottom of the page. So I think it's really cool.


 
What's something you wish you had known when you started modeling?
 
Daisy: Whoa. I wish that I had just taken a class on how to market myself, or gotten some tips from somebody. The number one battle when you start out is figuring out what you wanna make and what your angle. The way you wanna present yourself to the world is its own whole journey that you go through as you make content and as you talk to more people and as you learn. So knowing exactly what I wanted to do would have helped me so much more. We’ve had to switch gears and learn from so many mistakes to get to where we are now.


 
If you weren't creating adult content, what would you be doing with your life today?
 
Daisy: Being miserable. But seriously, we look forward to doing this eventually in the future, but I think we would be making content about us together as a couple, about our own personal lives. We're both quite creative people. And we're both, as I said, weirdos. We have very unique minds. We've gotten so many comments from people on Pornhub who wanna see stuff that is not just adult content. They wanna see more about our relationship and more about our personal lives. And so I think if we weren't doing that, we'd still be making content some kind of way.

"The words that we use to identify or label people can be particularly harmful."


 
The discourse and language around trans people in general is changing - what are some words or phrases or language that people use, that they don't realize is harmful?
 
Daisy: Well, I think the number one word probably is tranny. Words like that, tranny, the F word which I choose not to say, all of those are words that people aren't necessarily educated on. For example, I have a very, very supportive family and I'm very lucky and blessed to have the family and the support system that I do. But my grandma thought that tranny was just a cute nickname.

I was telling her how people think that that's a terrible word. She's like, "Oh, I thought it was just a cute little nickname," Stuff as innocent as that can really turn into something else. Especially words that are used negatively like tranny, or she-male. I hate that word. The words that we use to identify or label people can be particularly harmful. Labels are very divisive.
 
I think that they separate people a lot, and there is often confusion on both sides of the spectrum about what labels are ok to use and which ones aren’t. So people don't even really know what's good and what's not.

There was a study that showed that 85% of Americans do not personally know a transgender person. And so it all goes back to representation. And that all goes back to what we have in the media, because what we have in the media is all that most people know. And so I think it's about tackling that and opening up our stories as more normal as opposed to these anomalies.


 
If there's anybody reading who is interested in educating themselves on this type of language, this type of discourse, do you have any resources to recommend to them?
 
Jordan: There's a great YouTube channel by the name of ContraPoints. She's a trans woman and she's very political as well. There's a specific video about dysphoria that she has. There's another one that's just about pronouns. But there's a whole catalog of things that are trans-specific. I don't really get too much into politics but I'd say that's probably a good place to start.
 
Daisy: There are also the token trans people who are famous in media. Look more into Laverne Cox who is so eloquent. She's so intelligent. Same thing with Janet Mock. She has an amazing book called "Redefining Realness," which is just heart wrenching, and so real, and so honest. And even opening yourself up to different kinds of media. There's a new show called "Pose" on FX, which is the largest cast of transgender people. There's new things open especially for trans people every single day. And so there's ways you can get educated in all places, on YouTube, on TV, in books. There's all different things, you just have to look for it.


 
If you had the whole world's attention for 60 seconds, what would you tell them?
 
Daisy: I’d say, even if it sounds stupid or cheesy, that love is the most important thing. Love is the most important human emotion, and our ability to love and our ability to be compassionate and empathetic towards people can change so many things. You know, some people wanna just go to Mars, to escape the next world war and escape all the hate and division in the world. But the way that we can truly escape our issues and overcome inequality, and all these things, is to truly love and be compassionate with other people and to not be so divisive. It’s not about labels, we truly all are just human beings. We all have the same flesh and blood.
 
Jordan: The one thing that I wanted to add is just to try to get people to stop focusing on their differences, and see what little similarities there are. Because there's a lot more small similarities than the big differences that we all choose to focus on a day-to-day basis. And I think that once people get into the mindset of, “this is just another human being that I might disagree with based on some political views, or based on whatever I don't like about them,” that's the first step to understanding each other.

"Trans models also shouldn’t sell themselves short."


 
Do you have any advice for up and coming trans models who are just starting out?
 
Daisy: To make an impact in the adult content world, or in anything, you need to genuinely know who you are and what you wanna do. Trans models also shouldn’t sell themselves short. I've gotten very, very lucky to have a loving, wonderful husband, who supports me through everything, and who doesn't treat me any different than any other woman or person. But I think that if I hadn't had him, it would have been easier for me to just take whatever I can get. And I think that as trans people, we kind of take the support that we can get, and we take whatever we can get, as long as people aren't trying to hurt us or as long as people aren't saying mean things to us. We kind of just take whatever comes our way.
 
Jordan: We need to be more selective.
 
Daisy: Demanding respect is more of what trans models can learn to do. Because I think that we aren't offered that enough, and so I think it's our job to start asking for it.


 
It shouldn't be your job, but it might be for now.
 
Daisy: Exactly.


 
Do you have any heroes in the adult industry?
 
Daisy: [To Jordan] Don't look at me like that! [Laughs] There are trans models who I really, really enjoy to watch their content and I think that they make so much more than just porn. I think, for example, Domino Presley - she makes really great videos, but she also makes funny content and you can see her personality in her work. Same thing with like Chanel Santini. She is very funny and very popular. And she kind of uses that to empower. And I think that that is a really cool way to go about things.


 
Are there any upcoming projects you wanna tell us about?
 
Daisy: We’re working on our own non-adult channel, where we're gonna be posting more personal stuff about our relationship and our tasks, our lives, our everything. And we're also kind of looking into doing our own little talk show that I think is gonna be really cool. Not even just for trans content, but just for anything and everything, for politics, music. We have some really big things coming up. And I'm really excited to see how we can tackle the world.


 
Anything else that you wanted to touch on before we wrap it up?


Daisy: I just wanna say thank you, especially to you and to Modelhub. I think it's really cool that literally the most famous tube site in all of the internet is using its platform to help the people who are making content. And I think that that's amazing that Modelhub is really looking to help content creators get the revenue and the money and the services that they deserve for working as hard as we do. And so I'm just really thankful for that.



Follow Daisy and Jordan on Pornhub, Modelhub, Twitter and Instagram

If you're interested in learning more about trans identities, discourage and language, check out ContraPoints on YouTube, and also considering reading this progressive style guide for more on how to discuss and write about various types of people, things, sexualities and identities.

TL;DR: Try before you buy. There’s lots of options out there, and most offer a free trial.

So you’ve perfected your lighting. You’ve got a camera, and some sound equipment. You’ve even learned how to market your content once it’s live.

But in between shooting and posting, you gotta edit your content.

Sometimes that means subtle zooming and cropping, or adding transitions, or even color grading and image stabilization.

No matter what you plan to do, you’ll need some kind of video editing software.

But you don’t necessarily have to spend a ton.

Most of these softwares offer a free trial, so definitely try before you buy – some of ‘em are expensive, so you should make sure it’s what you’re looking for before you plunk down your credit card.

Let’s take a look at the best video editing software for models:


 

Free Software

 

You don’t have to spend a lot to get good-quality videos.

In fact, depending what you’re trying to do, you don’t need to spend anything at all.

Lightworks

 

Described as “The professional editor for everyone,” Lightworks is a surprisingly full-featured video editing software that is, as the tagline implies, free to use. Their credits include a couple of movies you might have heard of, like The Wolf of Wall Street and Pulp Fiction. If it’s good enough for those blockbusters, surely you can get some use out of it too.

It runs well on lots of different systems, so you don’t need a super-fancy computer. It’s high-powered, but relatively easy to get the hang of. And if you really need more features, there’s a Pro version clocking in at $24.99/month.

OpenShot

 

Super light, super easy, super free. OpenShot will run on almost any computer, and it’s really truly free. It’s perfect for trimming clips, adding transitions, and any relatively light editing work you need to do. If you’re a little more advanced, or want something more robust, this one might not be for you. But if you just want something free and easy to use for basic edits, this is a perfect option.

DaVinci Resolve

 

DaVinci Resolve is the free version of an enterprise/production-level software, but it’s still packed with useful features.

Opt for this one if you plan to do color correction and audio editing along with simple cuts and trims. They’ve also got great and easy-to-use effects and motion graphics if you wanna get fancy with it. This Emmy-award-winning software has everything you need to get your shots looking professional and slick. And, honestly, the full version is pretty affordable given everything you get with it.

 

Paid Software

 

Adobe Premiere Pro

 

The gold standard. The best of the best. Everything from Avatar and Deadpool to tons of your favorite porn was edited on Premiere Pro. The main disadvantage that people talk about with Premiere is that it’s moved to a subscription model instead of a flat-fee. That means you gotta pay $240/year (or $30 month-to-month) to keep access.

But in terms of features, this thing is a powerhouse. It’s got everything you need and many claim that it’s got the best user interface in the business. Edits, cuts, transitions, effects, color grading, you name it.

 

 

Final Cut Pro X

 

Premiere Pro’s #1 rival, Final Cut Pro X, is considered by many to be the best software out there. Honestly, whether you choose Final Cut over Premiere Pro is probably gonna come down to personal preference. It’s got all of the same major features. The main differences between Premiere and Final Cut are the user interface, which comes down to personal preference, and the pricing model.

When it comes to pricing, Final Cut Pro X is a flat-fee. No subscription. That means that it’ll take about 18 months before Premiere Pro becomes more expensive than Final Cut. If you’re ok with paying monthly instead of up front, then that might not bother you. But consider which option makes sense long-term.

It's also worth noting that Final Cut only works on Apple computers.


 

Please note that this is far from an exhaustive list - for this article, I'm just looking at the most popular options out there. There are dozens and dozens of other options available to you. Do some research of your own, try a whole bunch of 'em, and see which one you like best.

Do you use something else? Let us know what works for you in the comments.

Marketing for Models

1 year ago

by: Andy

Sure, modeling is tons of fun.

But first and foremost, it’s a business. And the sooner you start treating it like one, the better your results will be. And by results, I mean payouts.

I’ve worked in marketing for years and have sold many different kinds of products - from clothes, to music, to A.I. technology, to porn. They’re very different markets, with very different customers, but there are fundamental principles that apply to selling any product or service.

Not sure where to start? Then you’re in the right place. Let’s go over some basic marketing principles that are proven to work for the biggest businesses on earth - and they’ll work for you too.

 

Your own domain

 

Any and all independent professionals, mainstream or otherwise, should have a personal website.

It’s the perfect place for interacting with fans, writing on your blog, and sharing contact details.

But you don’t even need to build a whole website if you don’t want or need to – you can just link a custom domain to your Pornhub or Modelhub profile. “Friendly” URLs can be posted in more places (looking at you, Facebook) and often convert traffic better than Pornhub links.

For example, Bryci and Jenny Blighe both have custom redirect URLs.

 

Social Media

 

While only certain social media platforms allow adult content, you can leverage all the mainstream platforms to get more attention.

For sharing NSFW pics and videos, your options are a bit more limited - Twitter, Tumblr and Reddit all allow NSFW content, but Instagram and Facebook don’t.

That said, you should still have accounts on all major platforms; just tailor your content appropriately.

For Twitter and Tumblr, try posting NSFW teaser pics, GIFs, and videos, with links to your Modelhub profile. Tell your fans if they like what they see, they can tip you or buy the full video on Modelhub.

On Facebook and Instagram, you can do something similar, but with SFW content. Take cues from all the bikini models on Instagram to learn how to build a huge following without nudity. Linking out from SFW social networks is a little more complicated, because sometimes Pornhub.com or Modelhub.com links will not be allowed. Try linking to your Twitter, which then links to your Modelhub profile. Consider mentioning in your bio that there is more NSFW content available on your Twitter account.

Or, consider linking to your “Friendly” domain/redirect URL that you made back in step 1. ;)

YouTube content takes a bit more work to set up, but a good SFW teaser video can drive massive traffic back to your Modelhub account. Try experimenting with SFW cuts of your videos, with links to Modelhub in the description.

Reddit is also an amazing resource for drumming up business. There’s a NSFW subreddit (sub-forum/community) for pretty much every possible taste, fetish or body type. /r/SexSells, the main subreddit for buying and selling adult content, has close to 80,000 subscribers, and can bring you lots of traffic.

There's also /r/GoneWild, which is a subreddit for posting nude photos and GIFs. Posts there get millions of views, but they are stricter about self-promotion. If posting there, make sure you have posted elsewhere with your Modelhub/Pornhub link, in case readers go through your comment history. You might also consider creating your own subreddit that contains links to all your content.

 

SEO

 

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) usually refers to structuring your website and content in such a way that it appears higher on the Google results page. This is absolutely, 100% necessary for anybody doing business online today.

However; Google’s search algorithm isn’t the only one you should be paying attention to.

Any website with a search bar (like, oh, I don’t know… Pornhub) uses an algorithm to categorize and deliver results. The aim, of course, is to give the searcher a list of results ranked from most to least relevant.

But each website uses slightly different tactics to deliver those results.

At the core, what you’re looking for is twofold:

- What content are people searching for?

- What words do they use to search for it?

Let’s use Pornhub as an example.

For point 1), it’s easy enough – sorting videos by Most Viewed or Top Rated gives you a good idea of what people are actually watching. Visit a category you’re interested in uploading to, sort by most-viewed, and look for patterns – what do the top-viewed videos have in common? Are there certain phrases or details that you see repeated? Take note of those common threads and work ‘em into your videos.

Now on to point 2): you’ve identified what’s popular. How are people looking for it? A good indicator is the titles and tags of those top videos; if you see a particular word repeated in the titles of top videos, chances are you’ll wanna include them in your titles, as well (Just make sure that your videos actually contain what’s being described, or your ratings will plummet – clickbait hurts us all). Another great way to see how people search for things is to use the autocomplete feature in the search bar. Start typing in a keyword, and see what the most popular search is related to that word.

For example, if you type in “Blowjob,” the top search results are:

This gives you an idea not only of what people want, but how they describe it.

Work these concepts into your videos, and especially your video titles, and your views are gonna skyrocket.

We also regularly publish data and trends on our Insights Blog. Make sure to read it at least once a week to find out what's trending.

Email

 

Bet you thought email was dead.

Far from it.

In fact, email has been the top generator of return on investment for the past three years.

The reason for that, many speculate, is because of the personal connection we still associate with email. You may still think of email as a relatively intimate way to have a one-on-one conversation, even though your inbox is probably 90%+ promotional messages.

That means brands and entrepreneurs can leverage that intimate connection to have dialogue with their customers. And by “have dialogue,” of course I mean “drive sales.”

So how can you make it work for you?

First off, you need a way to send those emails. If your list is small enough, you can do it manually through a secure email client like ProtonMail or Tutanota. You can even do it through Gmail if privacy and security are less of a concern for you.

But once your list grows a bit, you’ll want a mailing list management tool. This will let you efficiently send emails to your whole list at once, or even break down your list by different criteria to tailor your messaging (people who have bought something, vs. those who haven’t, for example).

Big mainstream businesses use services like MailChimp, but their terms and conditions may prevent you from using them. It’s not fair, but it’s the reality – pornography/sexually explicit content is not allowed to be sent through most mainstream email providers.

However, you still have options available to you. SecureSender and Newsletter2Go, for example, both offer secure sending solutions without content restrictions.

So: you’ve chosen how you’re gonna send your emails. Next up is building your mailing list.

Your customers gotta want to hear from you. So you need to make it worth their while.

What’s the advantage of joining your mailing list? Is it exclusive pics or videos? Is it a discount that’s only available to subscribers? Maybe it’s an advance schedule of your upcoming vids, thanks to our scheduling tool.

Whatever it is, you gotta entice folks to join. Plug it on your website, your social media, and your profiles.

Then, once they’re in the door, you can start sending out offers.

Here’s a few tactics you can try to drive sales from your email list:

- Early access. Let them purchase videos before you announce them publicly on social media.

- Give your email subscribers a coupon code for purchases.

- Let your subscribers know as soon as a new video or photo set is available, so they can be the first to check ‘em out.

- Exclusive vids. Give out links to your unlisted videos and make them feel special.

Try all different kinds of angles to drive sales and you’re sure to see an increase in numbers.

HOWEVER: it’s important to keep people engaged. If all you do is sell, sell, sell, your readers will start to unsubscribe.

You gotta give ‘em something good now and again to keep ‘em interested.

That might be a free photo gallery or video, or even a personal story, but it should be something they can’t get anywhere else. Anything that keeps your readers subscribed is worth doing.

This might seem like a lot of work. But that’s why they call it “working.” The more you put in, the more you’ll get out – in business, and in everything in life.

Keep these tactics in mind as you’re building up your brand. Apply principles that build billion-dollar enterprises to your own work. Don’t get mad at big business – BE big business.

Because, like Jay-Z said:

I’m not a businessman. I’m a business, man.

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