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For Adult Film Workers

**The purpose of these tips is to lower our risk in our workplace. As with any job, no workplace is risk-free. We know that no matter how many steps we take to protect ourselves, some people will not respect our boundaries and our bodies. THAT IS NOT OUR FAULT. We have the right to take steps to make our work environment safe.**

*The following information can be found in the St. James Infirmary Occupational Health and Safety Guide

  • Know yourself! Why are you in the industry and what do you want to get out of your experience
  • Consider that your work will be “out there” forever – you will have no control over who see your work and don’t kid yourself that you’ll be able to keep it a secret.
  • It is not like regular sex in that crew members are standing by and you may need to stop and start with numerous takes – it is about how it looks on camera not about whether it feels good for you and the other actors
  • You  are your own best advocate, and the person you should count on to look after your interests and wellbeing is YOU
  • Be aware of what kind of validation you get from your work in porn. Success in porn may bring an overwhelming level of attention and affirmation. However, the fame and adoration of porn success can be very fleeting. Stay grounded and mindful of those who know and value you for who you are apart from your porn persona.
  • Decide what you will and won’t do before you arrive on the set. It’s always okay to say no—no matter what. And it’s much easier to say “no” when you’ve figured out your limits ahead of time.
  • Try watching many different types of porn to get a feel for what happens in different genres and styles of porn. This may provide a sense of what you’d be comfortable doing in a scene.
  • Discuss the scene with the director or casting director before the shoot to clarify important issues like “who, what, when and where.” The more details, the better, as this information will help you make informed decisions.
  • Tell the director your boundaries and limits, but be aware that not all studios will be okay with your boundaries.
  • Most studios have forms for new models to indicate their interest and experience in a range of sexual skills. Don’t check off that you are experienced in everything and willing to perform those acts on camera, if this is not really the case. Be up front about what you can do, and show up for the shoot proficient in those skills.
  • Before performing a new skill on a shoot, try practicing it safely in private with a friend. It may sound hot to try out some new sex practice on camera with a scene partner, but doing something for the first time on camera can yield bad results.
  • If you have an agent, make sure he gets you all the details (who you will be paired up with including pictures, and the details of what will take place) and that they inform the director/casting director regarding your experience and limits.
  • If you will be engaging in any “advanced” sexual practices in the shoot (fisting, sounding, other kinds of BDSM sexuality), it is fair and advisable to ask about the training and experience of your scene partners. Some performers have reported being injured after being paired with a fisting partner who didn’t know what he was doing.
  • Make as many connections as possible with other performers and crew members (photographers, lighting techs, set design, etc). Fellow performers and others in the industry can be a great resource for professional support/advice—and sometimes even leads for more work.
  •  Review your contract, and confirm your rate of pay in writing BEFORE the shoot.

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