TOP 10: Getting Ready for Porno

My horoscope was right and I am having an incredible week! Syd had three shoots! Two wrestling fetish and one ‘soft’ lesbian scene, diametrically opposed almost. Versatility is a great asset as an ‘actor.’ To be able to do a soft, sensuous and slow girl-girl scene one day then two hardcore Domination/Submission scenes the next is a wonderful way to celebrate the week. I am not sure what is harder, making out for 30 minutes straight or wrestling for 45 minutes. Regardless my quads are sore.

How does one get ready for such rigorous activities you might ask? Here are my top ten things one should know about getting ready for porno:

1) stretch… it’s important to most physical activities. Whether you’re water skiing, hiking, or sitting at your desk, it’s always important to take a little break and stretch those well needed muscles. My personal favorite are the shoulders and hip flexors.

2) hydrate… nothing worse than getting a cramp in the middle of whatever you are doing. Like stretching, getting enough fluids is key, before, during and after. I try not to drink any alcohol or caffeine from the evening prior to the day of any shoot. I had someone insist that chocolate milk was best sports drink ever, but it kinda weirds me out. Not for the lactose intolerant.

3) exfoliate… weird advice? yes, but its a great way to prevent ingrown from shaving and waxing (a common practice in the field) and minimizes blemishes especially on the booty.

4) abstain or indulge… it’s up to you. Some performers will “save themselves” for a couple of days before the shoot to ensure dynamic chemistry or desire. Male performers will do this for load conservation. Perhaps that’s not how you work. Sometimes indulgence can also work with the theory of “the more you get the more you want.” I am a firm believer in both so find what works for you.

5) ego management… being in front of the camera can really warp people’s perception on self. Worrying about your hair while you are giving a B.J. can really detract from your performance. Take care of yourself before the shoot. Treat yourself right physically and mentally that way when you are in front of the camera you don’t have to worry about how you look and can focus on the task at hand.

6) give yourself a break… after a long day at the office make sure to make some down time afterwards. A hot bath, massage, or good old fashion sleep are terrific ways to recoup after strenuous activities. Also see Annie Sprinkle’s ways to prevent sex worker burn out!

7) boundaries… make sure you know the rules of the game before you play. Decide what’s good for you, what you’re into and what you’re not before the scene. It’s smooth sailin’ from there. Negotiation should be done in the beginning, just like any kind of play and in this sport everyone is a winner!

8) work is work… and play is play and sometimes work can be fun but remember to have fun for fun’s sake. Remember, even though it’s a fun job, it’s still a job and should be treated with the utmost respectability and professionalism. Don’t rely on your work to be the sole source of your satisfaction even if you are a workaholic. Make time for play time. Having multiple outlets is a good way to ensure a healthy outlook. That way when things a running a little low on one end, you have other things to look into. Know that sex is as complex as art or love and expanding your experience only enhances your knowledge.

9) be nice, not a door mat. Again I reference the boundaries but also stress fostering community with your costars. You’re in it together, use this opportunities to make new friends, respect others, and you’ll find some of the greatest pillars of support come from your peers. Some people have a ‘no work’ list of individuals they won’t work with. If we could all follow the Golden Rule, there would be far less of these.

10) fun… isn’t that the point? Unfortunately, not everybody loves their job. My personal belief is that if you don’t love it, then why do it? Find something you love and you will be successful regardless of what that is. You are wasting your own time as well as the viewers if you don’t truly love what you do. There is enough bad porn in the world, why make more?

So go out and give it what you got!
-Syd

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