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TANYA TATE AT Exxxotica Chicago – Photo by MorbidThoughts / EMMReport.com

Tanya Tate launched her adult career in 2008 and quickly became a popular performer in the MILF genre. She began filming for top tier adult companies such as Digital Playground, Vivid, Wicked Pictures and Brazzers. After firmly establishing herself as an in-demand performer, Tanya made the move to the director’s chair, specializing in lesbian-themed erotica for Filly Films. As evidence of her strength in the genre, she won Best Lesbian Performer at the 2016 XRCO Awards.

Tanya has also become a noted “geek” personality stemming from her high profile hobby of cosplay and pop-culture filled blog, JustaLottaTanya.com. Tanya has a 5-inch figure available for fans based on her own superhero character, Lady Titan.

On top of her impressive career as an adult actress, Tanya is also the owner and operator of the public relations firm; Star Factory PR. Representing some of the hottest performers in adult, Tanya Tate has proven to be a remarkable success in all facets of the adult industry.

Rock Confidential spent some time with Tanya to talk about her expansive career, growing the Tanya Tate brand and why she loves being such a geek.

Tanya, it’s great to catch up with you! Let’s start off by finding out what you were like in high school.

I was always an extrovert when I was at school. I was the opposite of shy. I am still outgoing and love to perform in movies, but now I enjoy relaxing at home and have become much more of a stay at home type of girl.

When did you first become comfortable with your sexuality?

Experience makes you comfortable. Once I started having sex it just felt so natural that I became comfortable.

Do you remember the first time you saw porn or any adult material? What was your initial reaction?

I stayed at my friend’s house and we found her older brother’s stash of adult magazines. We were both shocked and excited. I started off by watching soft porn on satellite TV. I had a male friend at school who gave me my first hardcore porn movie on VHS cassette tape to watch.

Did you have any misconceptions about the porn industry before you started?

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I just dived in and hoped for the best and made my career a success.

Looking back, how do you remember your very first year in adult?

My first scene was for Joy Bear Pictures in October 2008. It was a boy girl scene with Danny D. I was really nervous. But once we got into making the scene I began to relax and forget the camera was there. The first year I was finding my confidence in front of the camera and how to position myself. Now it all comes natural to me, like riding a bike. You don’t have to think about it, it just happens.

If you were to write your own sex scene with just things you get off on, how would it go?

I have written many scenes for the movies I have directed. I have a dozen movies for Filly Films and my new one is being released, Girl Fiction for Smash Pictures. I have incorporated things that I love and many naughty scenarios. I would love a vampire scene where I am lying on a bed having a whole bevvy of hot girls seducing me.

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What about your career is most appealing?

I love being able to dress up in sexy clothes, with beautiful makeup and have amazing orgasms with hot partners. Now, I’m really enjoying directing. I can come up with my own concepts, bring to life the fantasies that I’ve imagined and hand pick the performers I personally want to work with. I had a crush on Jenna Sativa since I directed her in Baby Sitting Academy. I got her for Girl Fiction in my girl-girl scene. The chemistry is so strong, you can see it when you watch the scene. I also own my own publicity company, Star Factory PR. I feel privileged to help other adult stars with their branding and promotion. It makes me feel proud when they are nominated for awards.

What’s been the biggest challenge as you’ve grown your career in Adult?

When I first started, directing was a big challenge. When you are performing you are relying on direction from the director. When you are performing and directing you have to have balance both thoughts in your mind, along with everything else you have to do to make a shoot happen. It really helps to work with good professional people who you have good relationships with, and who are supporting team players. I have found a real nice group of people I work with. It shows as my Lesbian Family Affair series of movies have been nominated in all the big awards including AVN, XBIZ and XRCO awards. It is very exciting and rewarding to know that my work as a director and a performer has been recognized.

You’ve really taken charge and turned yourself into a brand. Was that your initial vision or something you realized after you entered Adult?

This was not my initial plan when I first got into the industry, but I soon realized the successful stars made themselves into brands, so that seemed to be the right way to go. You have to work at this by having good partnerships. From my own online marketing through social media, to having my own members website TanyaTate.com. I was approached by Fleshlight to have my own branded men’s masturbator toy. This was followed up by Kirroo adding on the Tanya Tate Experience with a toy where guys can be interactive with me. I have partnerships in directing movies for Filly Films and Smash Pictures. My work has been nominated many times and I am honored to say I am a 10 time MILF Of The Year winner and now Best Lesbian Performer has been added to my list of awards. I have a weekly radio show “The Tanya Tate Show” on Vivid Radio and Sirius XM. Being personal with my fans by being accessible to them via texting, phone chat and webcam chat opens up a channel for them to get to know me more on a one-on-one basis. As well as personal hard work, I have an amazing publicity team that assist in promoting my achievements.

Besides being a publicist, does working at Star Factory give you the opportunity to share advice with your clients? Does the industry need more mentors for new performers?

Part of being a publicist is about providing advice and presenting opportunities to my clients. I think there is a need for more mentors. The first piece of information I would give is to surround yourself with good people and listen to good advice.

Your talent is also in place behind the camera as a director. What made you want to pursue directing and how have you been able to grow that aspect of your career?

I was given the opportunity to direct for Filly Films. The niche was lesbian which evolved to include taboo relationships. I have directed boy girl scenes for Penthouse and I am open to managing sets involving these type of scenes. However, directing lesbian themed erotica seems very natural to me. I never thought I would win an award for Best Lesbian Performer, which is why I was so honored to win this title at the XRCO Awards. I have added working for the production company Smash Pictures to my director credits, with my first movie for them being Girl Fiction.

With the rise in popularity of “free” porn on tube sites, the business model has been destroyed – very similar to how torrents and YouTube have destroyed the music industry. What is the most effective way for performers to make a living in Adult?

Free porn has destroyed budgets. Fans that don’t pay for their porn don’t realize the damage they are causing. Less return for a movie has reduced company budgets. Now, the way for a performer to make a living is through virtual interaction. By providing an interactive platform through such channels as webcam, phone chat, texting and custom movies, I can provide an authentic experience that the tube sites cannot.

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You’re a proud pop culture “geek” – from collecting memorabilia and toys, cosplay – you even have an action figure based on your superhero alter-ego Lady Titan! Please tell me more about this and why it brings you so much pleasure.

I have a love for dressing up as sexy super heroes. I started a cosplay blog JustaLottaTanya.com after I went to San Diego Comic Con dressed as Emma Frost from the X-Men. Fans loved the pics so the blog started there. I review cool stuff, movies, vinyl toys, Blu-rays and these post on my YouTube channel YouTube.com/TanyaTateTube. I like to go to conventions. I think I have dressed as every character that I wanted to like She-Ra or Catwoman. I want to do more in horror, to show my love of Hammer Films, but there are not that many iconic costumes for female characters. If my hair gets darker I might dress up as Emma Peel from The Avengers TV show of the 60’s but people in America would probably just think I was Black Widow! I will continue to dress up as my own character, Lady Titan. I started my character as I wanted something to wear that is recognizable as me. The fans were also asking for me to do my own superhero. Now I have an action figure of her that can be purchased via MyHeroToys.com and I’ve been working on a comic book for her.

I’ve heard that you love 80s music. Who are some of your favorite artists?

My taste ranges from The Beatles to The Smiths, and yes I love 80s music. I have watched UK band Spandau Ballet several times in concert. I enjoy soft rock such as Fleetwood Mac, and Queen. When I workout at the gym I listen to House music.

What was the first album you bought with your own money when you were younger?

The first singles I remember being in my collection are Madness “Our House” and “It Ain’t What You Do (It’s The Way That You Do It)” by The Specials / Bananarama / Fun Boy Three, but I did end up with a lot of my Mum’s music in my collection. My first album was one of the Now That’s What I Call Music compilations from the mid 80s.

What are you up to next?

I am excited for my new movie I directed to be released, Girl Fiction from Smash Pictures. I think the fans and critics will love it. I am nominated for MILF Of The Year at the UK awards shows SHAFTA and also Paul Raymond Awards, and also Nightmoves. These are fan voted, so if I get enough votes I could become an 11-time MILF Of The Year recipient. All the info to cast your vote is on VoteTanya.com, I am appreciative for everyone who votes Tanya Tate!

Thank you Tanya! What would you like to say to your fans to wrap things up?

Thank you to all my fans for being loyal #TanyaTaters and keep wanking for Tanya Tate!

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Keep up with Tanya Tate at the following links:
TanyaTate.com | JustaLottaTanya.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | YouTube | TextTanyaTate.com | CallTanyaTate.com | F**kTanyaTate.com | All the rest of Tanya’s links

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Exclusive Interview: Lily Lane

Lily Lane might be known for her amazing ink work, but fans and critics will tell that you she’s even more known for her smoking hot scenes.

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Lily Lane might be known for her amazing ink work, but fans and critics will tell that you she’s even more known for her smoking hot scenes.

Lane got her start in adult working for Burning Angel, and has since appeared on multiple DVD covers and continues to be cast in many of their films. You can see her in scenes for several prominent adult studios and always shooting exclusive content along with custom scenes for her legions of fans.

Rock Confidential caught up with Lily to talk about her adult career, music and what’s coming up next.

It’s great to catch up with you Lily! How are things going?

Hey! Thanks are going great! Busy but great!

What were you like in high school – were you shy, outgoing?

OMG, I was like the weird kinda like slutty goth girl I guess you could say! I wasn’t very shy, I kind of stood out and was loud

When did you first become comfortable with your sexuality?

Hmmm… I’ve been super sexual since I was 14.

What part of your personality gets you into trouble the most?

I’m not good at keeping my mouth shut . If something’s bothered me I’ve always spoken up about it. So I guess you could say I speak my mind and sometimes people don’t like that.

Do you remember the first time you saw porn or any adult material? What was your initial reaction?

Yes! It totally just made me all gooey in the right place! It was hot and I wanted to do that!

Did you have any misconceptions about the porn industry before you started?

Honestly I didn’t know too much before I started. I guess I never really gave it any in depth thought as to what really went on.

Looking back, how do you remember your very first year in Adult?

It was very short! I decided I wanted to get into porn and I shot four scenes and then I stopped. I was in a shitty relationship and was made to choose. Worst decision ever.

Did you have anyone give you advice when you first started? Do you think the adult industry needs more mentors for new talent?

I had no idea! No advice. No mentors. I kind of went into it blindly. Luckily I didn’t experience anything negative though. I mean, I don’t necessarily think there needs to be like a Porno 101, it’s just common sense. If you don’t know something ask questions. If something doesn’t seem right, go with your gut. You can say NO!

If you were to write your ultimate fantasy as a sex scene, how would it go?

Honestly I haven’t really thought about this. BUT it would definitely include multiple dicks. A gangbang for sure. Probably in some type of bondage. I’ll need to think about this more though.

What about your career is most appealing?

I love the fact that I can make my own schedule. I get paid to have sex. It’s really neat.

What’s been the biggest challenge as you’ve grown your career in Adult?

I think my biggest challenge has been traveling. I love being able to work specially in different places, but being a mom makes that difficult. I hate being away from my little human for more than a day!

How do you envision your future in Adult? What else would you like to do?

I’m just going along for the ride. We’ll see what happens. I want to be able to shoot as much as possible and have a bunch of great crazy different types of sexual experiences.

What are your thoughts on tube sites?

They’re there and there’s nothing we can do about it.

What kind of music do you listen to? Who are some of your favorite bands?

I get in weird moods! I listen to everything from Ministry to Lana Del Rey to The Black Dahlia Murder to like Interpol. Some I’m kind of everywhere.

What was your first concert? Who have you seen most recently?

My first concert was the Spice Girls when I was 10! The most recent show we’ve been to was I believe … uhhhhh, The Black Dahlia Murder? I think so…. I feel like we saw someone after that but I can’t remember.

What was the first album you bought with your own money when you were younger?

I’m pretty sure it was the Spice Girls.

What are some things in your life you are most proud of?

I think I’m a pretty fucking rad mom.

What are you up to next?

Next? As in right now? Probably going to get food as soon as I get off this plane! Well, I’m currently in the process of building content and possibly starting a site in the near future!

How can your fans get in touch with you?

My wonderful fans can find me at OnlyFans.com/lilylanexxx and on twitter at @lilylanexxx

Thank you Lily! What would you like to say to your fans to wrap things up?

Thank you guys! Thanks for paying for your porn and thank you for requesting me to your favorite companies!

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Exclusive Interview: Jillian Janson

Jillian began webcam modeling at the age of 18. Within days of posing nude online, she flew to Los Angeles to start making adult films and pursue her need for self-expression. As she rocks the world of adult entertainment, Jillian Janson wants you to know she is the starlet to watch.

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Raised in the Midwest in a household of strong women, Jillian Janson was never shy about her sexuality. Growing up in a conservative area where anything sexual was ignored, Janson found her lusty urges frowned upon.

Exploring her budding sexuality, and loving every minute of it, Janson pushed on through her teenage years feeling awkward in her skin for wanting to express herself creatively and sexually.

While still in high school, Janson began webcam modeling at the age of 18. Within days of posing nude online, she flew to Los Angeles to start making adult films and pursue her need for self-expression.

Janson has worked with every major studio and graced the pages of magazines like Penthouse and Club International. When she is not shooting hardcore scenes, Janson takes her sexy moves on the road, feature dancing at clubs across the country.

As she rocks the world of adult entertainment, Jillian Janson wants you to know she is the starlet to watch!

It’s great to catch up with you Jillian! How are things going?

I’m incredible! I absolutely have no regrets or complaints! My life is moving at the perfect pace and everything is wonderfully falling into place. I’ve done a lot of traveling. Over the last two years I’ve headlined at a few of the top strip clubs in the states such as New York, Las Vegas, and my own city of LA. It’s such a huge passion for me and it’s not much of a distraction from being able to handle all the other things I do such as planning my own productions!

You recognized early on that you wanted to work in Adult, even before becoming a senior in high school, right? When did you first become comfortable with your sexuality and how did that lead to your career decision?

Well you can say that, but not necessarily. I always knew I was sexual and watched films growing up, but I didn’t connect the two or realize it was the best thing for me until a couple days into performing my first few videos. My confidence on set shined through. Not only companies but fans were seeing how much I enjoyed what I was doing. I was comfortable with myself at age 13, but whether people in my environment were comfortable is a different story. With name calling and such in school it didn’t really encourage me to be comfortable, but the instant I got out of that hell hole I knew who I was.

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Do you remember the first time you saw porn or any adult material? What was your initial reaction?

I found out what sex toys were before I even knew what porn was. Now that you’re refreshing my memory I happened to look in my mother’s closet, found a box of toys, and inside was a DVD. I popped it in the player and instantly felt mesmerized. I couldn’t name the girl to this day, but she turned me on so much and I couldn’t stop masturbating. Eventually I realized I no longer needed the movie to get me off, but instances at school or in public with sexy strangers turned me on more.

Did you have any misconceptions about the porn industry before you started? How do you remember your very first year in adult?

No not really. I just wanted to go with the flow and learn the industry inside and out before I started having any insight. I’ve been in long enough to know the ups and downs, but regardless of those I absolutely love my career and this industry is extremely educational. It was incredible learning all the things I did when I first began, especially since the first year was so intense being fresh out of high school, curious, and extremely motivated for experience. I was booked up months solid before unfortunately a relationship ruined my motivation, but as I mentioned lessons were learned and I moved on to create an even better career for myself. I realized that I’d rather stay single and independent which keeps me on my grind. I plan to fall in love some day, but for now I’m staying away. My second year was better and my third honestly has been the most life changing!

If you were to write your ultimate fantasy as a sex scene, how would it go?

Unfortunately for you I don’t want to ruin any ideas or fantasies I have in my head for my own scripts, because I officially have my own company (although nothing will be released for a while), but I can tell you that a lot of my fantasies right now include women!

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What about your career is most appealing? What’s been the biggest challenge as you’ve grown your career?

I’ve not only learned a lot about myself, but other people and understanding what they like, why they like it, and how they like it. When it comes to sex, whether anyone wants to admit it or not it’s always on our mind. I learned that my mind in a sense is like a man, when a woman walks by I will focus on which parts of her I like the most and my imagination will go off. This industry has allowed me to accept that I can be anything and it gave me the confidence to achieve everything. Any idea or thought I have I learned to act on them no matter how ridiculous they look or sound, there is always someone that finds the beauty in something you don’t.

What are your thoughts on tube sites?

Honestly, it’s how I started the industry. I definitely wouldn’t be here without them considering how curious I was. But now that I have been in the industry, I know how difficult it is for companies and how tubes sites have really impacted their business models. Then I came to the conclusion that the work I could potentially get would be affected in a way too, so immediately I stopped watching tube sites. Right after I learned descriptively how to eat pussy by Nina Hartley, Seymour Butts, and Ron Jeremy.

What was your first concert? Who have you seen most recently?

My first memorable concert involved with my friends happened to be in Minnesota at the State Fair when Mac Miller, Big K.R.I.T, and Wiz Khalifa performed. It was an amazing experience, but now that I’m older concerts are much for fun. I’ve been to a few festivals over the last few years such as Escape, White Wonderland, and EDC. I don’t have any favorites when it comes to festivals, but I love electronic and my body flows with the beat effortlessly. I’m sure in the future Burning Man will be crossed off my bucket list!

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What was the first album you bought with your own money when you were younger?

Wow you’re really making me have to dig through my memories. (laughs) Oh I got it, but it wasn’t even an album. It happened to be these things called “Hit Clips.” I would go out and buy a bunch of these between Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and so on until I had all the big artists of the 90s!

Who do you listen to if you just want to rock out?

I’m starting to give everyone access to my favorite playlist on an app called www.8tracks.com. It’s the best place to find your favorite genre, mood, or artist and mix them into an amazing list. Thanks to this app I don’t usually have a favorite song, because it produces so many great remixes however at the moment I’m a bit obsessed with the song “Closer” by The Chainsmokers featuring Halsey.

Here are links to my all time two favorite playlists, enjoy!
http://8tracks.com/nickmiles/tropical | http://8tracks.com/nxvelty/i-ll-take-care-of-you

What are some things in your life you are most proud of?

My humble, understanding, and positive personality. I am proud of who I AM, not what I have.

Thank you Jillian! What would you like to say to your fans to wrap things up?

I couldn’t thank everyone enough for all the support, advice, or compliments that have been given to me over the years. It truly helps receiving feedback that helps you want to better your career and aim for success. Looks don’t matter to me, it’s what you do with your life and how you treat people. So what you have on the inside is what matters the most. I’ve been nothing but sincere from my heart and it makes me so appreciative of anyone that tells me I’ve helped them in anyway whether it’s getting over someone get over something or watching my videos to help a relationship. It doesn’t matter what I look like on the outside even if I happen to be attractive, I will always stay true to what’s on the inside.

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Exclusive Interview: Julia Ann

Hall Of Fame performer Julia Ann has accomplished a lot in her career. Now, she is using her iconic status to raise awareness of the grassroots fight against Prop 60. We discuss this in more detail and find out about her favorite bands and reminisce about wild nights on the Sunset Strip.

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Hall Of Fame performer Julia Ann has accomplished a lot in her career. From receiving the acclaimed AVN Award for Best Actress in 2004 to multiple nominations and awards throughout the adult industry, Julia Ann sees success after success every year.

Now, Julia Ann is using her iconic status to raise awareness of the grassroots fight against Prop 60. On November 8th, Prop 60 will be on the California voting ballot and if passed, it can prove to have devastating ramifications to the adult entertainment industry.

We sat down with Julia Ann to discuss Prop 60 in more detail and talk about several key elements that are most important. We also know she’s a rocker so we had to ask about some of her favorite bands and reminisce about wild nights on the Sunset Strip.

It’s great to catch up with you Julia Ann! How are things going?

Things are wonderful. I’m excited about a new website that I recently launched WomenByJuliaAnn.com. As you might be able to tell by the title it’s geared towards women. Having a large amount of female followers I realized through contact with them that many of them had desires and needs that typical sex-based sites don’t address or fulfill. My goal with WomenByJuliaAnn.com is to bridge the gap between everyday life and sex. I’ve tried to incorporate sexuality, health, cooking and a community support system for those that need it. It’s ever-evolving and I’m hoping it will grow beyond my imagination.

You have stepped up as a major opponent to Prop 60. Please tell me about your decision to make that a priority.

The industry has changed rapidly over the past couple decades. The internet changed the entire structure of the adult industry, much in the same ways as the music industry. Instead of having a few major companies and performers, we now have the majority of performers owning smaller companies or at the very least having a financial stake in the content produced. When Prop 60 came along it frightened me because so many of the performers are just going about their daily lives and weren’t aware of the severe repercussions that Prop 60 would cause them. Because I’ve been in the business since 1992 and seen the evolution I felt that I could bring an awareness that not everyone had the ability to do.

On the surface, Prop 60 appears to be about protecting California adult film workers from disease and is promoted as being fair and responsible. To the everyday voter, restrictions that result in more health protection sounds like a fine idea. Would you say that misconception is the biggest hurdle in growing opposition to Prop 60?

The biggest issue is the idea that the 1970’s & 1980’s model of the industry still exists today. The internet has almost completely dissolved the line between performer and company, thus making the vast majority of performers the company, producer or at the very least giving them a finial stake in the product. So now you can see where the performers will not be exempt from Prop 60 like the proponent wants you to believe. Under the current structure of the industry it absolutely applies to performers. Now apply this notice and disclosure to the performers that own their own content and the married couple that webcam with each other from their bedroom to make a living. This is not only an unnecessary burden to the individuals involved, but it is also a huge breach of personal privacy and a chilling example of Orwellian government overreach. Once the public understands how the industry model is today, suddenly Prop 60 becomes very invasive, litigious and unsafe in many ways including the likelihood of making it less safe health wise.

There are several shocking elements of Prop 60, the most egregious is incentivizing any resident of California to sue adult performers for not using condoms. Not only does this sound expensive for taxpayers, but I would guarantee opponents to adult entertainment are already lining up to take advantage if it passes. Can you please explain how this would work and how the financial burden could impact performers?

If Prop 60 passed, California would be the first state in the nation to offer financial incentive (25% of the fees in this case) to sue workers based on not like the way they do their job. Stressing out the already overwhelmed court system and making a lawyers get rich quick dream. In Prop 60 the suit filled with go straight to discovery which will release all personal information, real names, addresses and more straight to the public. As with any entertainment field the Actors in the adult industry have a very passionate fan base as well as other people and groups that wish to harm them. Prop 60 would give anyone access to the performers, and that could prove very dangerous and at the least bring about some level of harassment. Let’s not forget that the workers are human and have friends, family, children and neighbors that could be put directly in harm’s way.

An important concern also has to be the privacy and safety of performers. How does Prop 60 put that at risk?

My own experience with stalkers leave me feeling every uncomfortable with what Prop 60 can do. One stalker in particular flew from North Carolina to Los Angeles and proceeded to take selfies of herself in the LAX airport and put them on social media saying that I was suppose to pick her up from the airport. She accused me of leaving her abandoned without her medication. She wrote that we were engaged, she won the lottery, bought us a house and was very angry at me for dating my boyfriend behind her back. She is most definitely someone that I don’t want to have easy access to my personal information.

Then there’s the different divisions of the Adult Industry, such as the Lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer/questioning (LBGTQ) community that have many hate groups gunning for them. Recently the Orlando nightclub shooting is a perfect example of what hate can bring to a community. In the current cycle of racial violence, the black community in the Industry is also at risk. They are often faced problems with people who don’t believe people of different ethnicities should be working with each other. I myself have received hateful and threatening backlash for working outside “My Race” as they refer to it. So does California really want to bring groups (like the Westboro Church) or even individuals (like Omar Matten, Shawn Allen Berry, Lawrence Russell Brewer and John William King) free reign to harass, terrorize or harm these workers? This fear is very real for us.

There are currently over 1600 "No On 60" Avatars On Social Media

Julia Ann has currently made over 1000 “No On 60” avatars

You’ve been able to capitalize on adult entertainment’s social media presence by creating “No On 60” avatars for hundreds of performers. Please tell me more about this and how many “No On 60” images you’ve helped create.

I was frustrated. I had been to more than one Cal/Osha meeting to discuss health and safety measures having to do with our industry. Each time the performers spoke on their feeling and beliefs a representative from Aids Healthcare Foundation would stand and say “Someone needs to speak for these poor people that are being used by greedy producers and companies for profit.” I would feel so defeated. The voices of 50, 100, 150 or 200 adult workers speaking for their health to the very government board designed to listen to them, were being silenced, dismissed and erased by a representative from a third party organization that shouldn’t have any say in the safety of the actual stakeholders. It was like one of those bad dreams where you’ve been kidnapped and you find yourself behind a one way mirror that’s soundproof. Your screaming and banging on the mirror for help but no one hears you and you feel hopeless.

I was tired of being railroaded so I thought, if they don’t hear us maybe they can see us. So I made myself a #NoProp60 avatar and posted it. I asked if anyone wanted me to make them one and now I estimate I’ve made close to 1000 myself. That’s not including the people who made their own avatars and other adult industry people that started helping me. Kiss Sins has made around 500 and Connie was around 100 last I check over a month ago. So as you can see the overwhelming majority are showing visual opposition to Prop 60.

As of September 16, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation – the only donor to Prop. 60 – has contributed $2,247,809.19. That’s a lot of money. Do you have any insight into their support of Prop 60?

Prop 60 was written by an individual, not a government agency. That individual being Michael Weinstein of the Aids Healthcare foundation who is (by the words of his own people) “Controversial”. I explain that he has currently bled over $4,000,000.00 from the non-profit organization to further his personal agenda. A man who has made a comfortable living off being the CEO of a large organization that is suppose to be helping the HIV community and looking for a cure. Instead, he has systematically tried to block PrEP, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. This medication is called Truvada and is proven to prevent the spread of HIV with results of prevention greater than 92% according to the CDC and other studies showing 99% and greater. He has called it a party drug, saying that adults aren’t trustworthy to take the medication reliably and instead he pushes condom use which is not near as effective. Not only is it insulting or Orwellian to say that adults can’t act like responsible adults but where’s the logic in thinking that, if they aren’t responsible enough to take a preventative medication why would they be responsible enough to use condoms or even use condoms correctly? So what could be the underlying motive. Well, if you read prop 60 you will see where Michael Weinstein has written himself into the legislature for a taxpayer funded job.

“In the event the Attorney General fails to defend this Act, or the Attorney General fails to appeal an adverse judgment against the constitutionality or statutory permissibly of this Act, in whole or in part, in any court, the Act’s proponent (again, Weinstein, himself) shall be entitled to assert his direct and personal stake by defending the Act’s validity in any court.” Which means Michael Weinstein would be able to exert power above the Attorney General, he could hold this position for life. It would take a majority vote of each house of the Legislature to remove him. Even our governor doesn’t have that provision.

As far as Michael Weinstein is concerned, the actual workers (Performers) voices and health in the Industry don’t matter. We have asked multiple times for him to meet with us, even though we still don’t understand why he should have any say in our industry or in our health. Ever request has been completely ignored. He has shown a flagrant disinterest in us as a group of workers or in our feelings as human beings. He has shunned us as a group and individually. It has been hurtful, upsetting, and disrespectful. Michael Weinstein has been misleading the public by saying that performers want this but are too afraid to say anything. Well that really can’t hold water when the majority of performers are now producing and he has refused to meet with us and hear what we do or don’t want. The Industry estimates there’s around 1800 active performers today and an estimated 1500 of them have changed their Social Media Profile Accounts to represent their strong opposition to Prop 60 with a #NoProp60 hashtag. So once again his words don’t add up.

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Check out Julia Ann’s newest website, WomenByJuliaAnn.com

What do you feel is the strongest argument against Prop 60?

Prop 60 will not keep performers safe, as it claims. In fact, it will put our workers like myself at immense risk by enabling ANY resident of California to sue us, and gain access to our legal names and home addresses. It’s a waste of California tax dollars, and will cost the state millions each year. It will even give the head of the special interest group who drafted it a state subsidized job to enforce Prop 60. Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think taxpayer dollars should be spent on paying someone to watch porn and file lawsuits, especially when our state is in such dire economic straights.

It speaks volumes when all the political parties, major editorials, other major AIDS organizations and over 20 human rights organizations all Oppose Prop 60.

Let’s jump back in time a little. Do you remember the first time you saw porn or any adult material? How old were you and what was your initial reaction?

I guess the answer depends on what you consider porn. My dad had the latest edition of Playboy in the bathroom drawer. I remember thinking that those women were beautiful. I think I might have been around 12 years old when I accidentally put in a movie (I think it was called Butterfly) that turned out to be porn. It wasn’t what I expected to come on the television! (laughs) I was shocked but not scarred. I was afraid that someone was going to walk in so I turned it off. I don’t remember thinking anything other than “What the heck? Holy what? Oh my God, turn this thing off!”

Did you have any misconceptions about the porn industry before you started? How do you remember your very first year in adult?

The first time I went to a porn set I was so nervous but Janine and I were going into it together so I think it made it much easier to have my best friend with me. There was so much going on and it was nothing like I thought it would be. There were makeup artists, wardrobe designers, catering, lighting crews, production assistants, paperwork to fill out and so much more. I guess my idea of a porn shoot was a man with a camera and maybe a light. I was so wrong. It was a full on production with all the bells and whistles. Janine Lindemulder (we did our first movie together) and I spent hours being styled. Big hair – it was the 90’s after all – and lots of makeup. We were covered in baby powder in order to be stuffed into latex dresses and then wiped down with a silicone gel to remove the powder. I could have never imagined it would be so much work to put on a dress, nor did I know that wearing latex would result in so much heat and sweat.

What about your career is most appealing?

There are so many things that I find appealing about the industry. I work with some of the most fun people I know. I work in a world of affection and open sexuality. I make my own rules in scenes, pick to work with people I like to be around, create beautiful and sometimes edgy content. I’ve been able to try out my fantasies, push my limits when I want to and show strength for women that stand for owning their bodies.

Despite what the mainstream media reports, I’ve always seen most porn as being empowering for women. Especially the ambitious ones. What are your thoughts?

I think porn is very empowering for women. I realize that that way of thinking flips some people on their ear, but owning the right to what you do with your body it the ultimate power. Whether is be birth control, Roe V Wade, tattoos/piercings, work or sex, no one should be dictating to people how to use their bodies.

Do you think the adult industry needs and could benefit from more mentors for new talent?

All industries could benefit from having mentors. A group of us were just discussing that very thing. I would really like to see something implemented before someone decides to work in the adult industry. It’s a wonderful industry if it’s right for you but of course there are cons, especially when you factor in how the mainstream public can react to it. Even one movie is for life and you have to be ready to accept that.

Julia Ann and Janine in Vivid's Blondage, 1998

Julia Ann and Janine in Vivid’s Blondage, 1998

The adult industry – just like the music industry – has been severely damaged by torrents, free streaming content and file sharing. What is the most effective way for performers to make a living?

This is the very reason the industry model changed so much. Performers can’t easily make a living from only performing and that’s where we’ve had to get creative. The performers today had to incorporate other ways of bringing in revenue from their content. There are affiliate programs, live website appearances, individual websites, selling your DVDs at appearances. It is for this very reason that, bringing back Prop 60, Prop 60 affects everyone.

Let’s talk a little music. What was your first concert? Who have you seen most recently?

My first concert was Duran Duran. Although today I’m more of a rocker with my Dio, Judas Priest, and Kix. Most recently I went to a Hair Nation concert in Irvine Meadows, California. I was most excited to see Kix play.

What was the first album you bought with your own money when you were younger?

I believe it was Linda Ronstadt.

Who do you listen to if you just want to rock out? Any guilty pleasures you love to listen to but never talk about?

I listen to a little of everything but when I really want to jump around I play the Dead Season cover of Garth Brooks’ “Thunder Rolls.”

In one of my interviews with Janine, she mentioned that you’ve been friends since 1988 and you both loved 80s hair bands. She said you’d watch music videos together and take turns pointing out which guys you’ve shared a “special moment” with. For rock fans, the 1980s Sunset Strip is a place of legendary characters and debauchery. How do you remember those days?

Those were amazing carefree days. We were so young and spent our evenings at the Rainbow Bar and Grill dancing and just being rocker girls. On Sunday nights we go-go danced at a club in Redondo Beach called Fashion’s Nightclub. Sundays were KNAC nights with Dangerous Darren and Crazy Craig. We spent what money they paid us to buy matching outfits and that’s how we started touring as a dance duo called “Blondage.” The best part of the Sunset Strip was just hanging out outside the clubs. Hundreds of people and bands would walk up and down Sunset Boulevard passing out flyers to their upcoming shows. We all socialized with each other every weekend. It was a non-stop party with plenty of drinking, dancing, and one night stands.

What are some things in your life you are most proud of?

Over the years I’ve done so many things that it’s difficult to pinpoint all the things I’ve been proud to be a part of, so I will just say that everything I’ve done have made me the person I am today. I’m a survivor, an activist, a feminist and relentless in my pursuit of truth and fairness. I hope that I’ve been able to instill a sense of pride in my fellow peers and fans. My journey is not over and I hope in the future to be able to help others in the way they view themselves and what they feel about their sexuality, that is one of the goals I have for WomenByJuliaAnn.com. As a dog rescuer and a sex worker activist, I want to leave the world a better place than when I came.

Thank you Julia Ann! What would you like to say to your fans to wrap things up?

I want to thank all my fans for being on this journey with me and for involving me in their journey. Please check out my newest website WomenByJuliaAnn.com and as always JuliaAnnLive.com as well. Please help us maintain our rights as American Workers and as Human Beings. Vote No on Prop 60. If you want to learn more about why we are so against Prop 60 visit StopProp60.com.

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Exclusive Interview: Sarah Vandella

Blonde bombshell Sarah Vandella has been performing in the adult entertainment industry since 2007. In that time she’s graced countless DVD covers and worked for every top studio in the business. We caught up with Sarah to talk about her career in Adult, her favorite bands and what she’s up to next

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Blonde bombshell Sarah Vandella has been performing in the adult entertainment industry since 2007. In that time she’s graced countless DVD covers and worked for every top studio in the business.

The 5’3 beauty has received 12 AVN Awards nominations – including Best Actress and two for Best Supporting Actress – and XBIZ Awards nominations for MILF Of The Year and multiple Best Actress nominations.

When she’s not on set, you’ll find her cranking up rock and metal tunes, volunteering in her community, or just hanging out in Long Island with her friends.

Rock Confidential caught up with Sarah to talk about her career in Adult, her favorite bands and what she’s up to next!

How are things going Sarah?

I’m fantastic! It’s great to catch up with you!

Let’s start off by finding out what you were like when you were in high school – were you shy, outgoing?

I was pretty shy in high school because, I was kind a chubby and a little self-conscious.

When did you first become comfortable with your sexuality?

I became comfortable with my sexuality probably when I was in my early 20s

Do you remember the first time you saw porn or any adult material? What was your initial reaction?

Yes, I always enjoyed watching porn. I was turned on from it the first time I saw it, and I still am!

Did you have any misconceptions about the porn industry before you started?

No, I didn’t. I went in completely green with no information and no expectations.

Looking back, how do you remember your very first year in adult?

It was lot of fun, but overwhelming. Nobody sits you down and teaches you how to be a porn star, or how to find caramels, and how to open up for lighting. You have to figure out that shit on your own. If you’re good at it it shows, and if you’re not then that shows too.

Did you have anyone give you advice when you first started? Do you think the adult industry needs more mentors for new talent?

No, I believe that the adult industry needs to screen talent to make sure that they’re aware of what they’re getting into. They have to come into it mentally, physically and spiritually able to handle it!

If you were to write your own sex scene with just things you get off on, how would it go?

I would have a gangbang for sure!

What about your career is most appealing?

I love everything about shooting porn!

Despite what the mainstream media reports, I’ve always seen most porn as being empowering for women. Especially the ambitious ones. Is that how you see it?

Yes, absolutely YES!

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What’s been the biggest challenge as you’ve grown your career in Adult?

I honestly can’t think of any challenges.

What part of your personality gets you into trouble the most?

I am such a flirt! It gets me in major trouble!

How do you envision your future in Adult? What else would you like to do?

I want to keep shooting! By no means am I done, and eventually I would like to have my own production company or a directing line for a company.

What are your thoughts on tube sites?

My only thought is that they suck.

With the rise in popularity of “free” porn on tube sites, the business model has been destroyed – very similar to how torrents and YouTube have destroyed the music industry. What is the most effective way for performers to make a living in Adult?

Be smart with your money and don’t get stupid.

What has been the coolest part of your career so far?

It’s amazing being able to travel around shooting porn.

What kind of music do you listen to? Who are some of your favorite bands?

I’m a classic rock girl! My favorites are Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.

What was your first concert? Who have you seen most recently?

My first concert was James Taylor with my parents, when I was a kid. The most recent show I went to was Ted Nugent.

What was the first album you bought with your own money when you were younger?

I bought Duran Duran’s Ordinary World.

Who do you listen to if you just want to rock out?

I rock out to Metallica and Van Halen!

What are you up to next?

I have some more shoots coming up, feature dancing, attending conventions, and shooting porn!

How can your fans get in touch with you?

You can phone me at DreamLover, or you can find me on Twitter @MsSarahVandella, and check out my website, SarahVandella.com!

Thank you Sarah! What would you like to say to your fans to wrap things up?

Thank you, I love my fans and I love what I do! I appreciate you so much! Keep paying for your porn, and please continue to support; so we can continue to provide adult content!

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Exclusive Interview: Jenevieve Hexxx

Clairvoyant, clairaudient, medium, spiritual counselor, belly dancer, snake charmer, model, feature dancer, and porn star. We spoke with Jenevieve Hexxx about embracing her inner goddess and how she’s incorporating a career in adult entertainment into her already wild and witchy lifestyle.

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Welcome to the enchanted and wonderfully wicked otherworld of Jenevieve Hexxx. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, medium, spiritual counselor, belly dancer, snake charmer, model, feature dancer, and porn star. And believe it or not, that’s just a few dark and divine manifestations of her cosmic creativity.

Follow her on Twitter or like her on Facebook and you’ll soon discover the many artistic sides of Jenevieve Hexxx. An accomplished feature dancer, photos from her performances have got to be seen to be believed.

Rock Confidential spoke with Jenevieve Hexxx about embracing her inner goddess and how she’s incorporating a career in adult entertainment into her already wild and witchy lifestyle.

How are things Jenevieve? What have you been up to?

Greetings! My life is an eclectic magick land. I’ve been up to all things.

As a third-generation practitioner of Magick, when did you first realize your talent?

I’ve been having prophecy dreams and seeing spirit world and the otherside since I was three years old. I inherited it.

You have an impressive bio – belly and snake dancing, burlesque, Tarot and psychic readings, acting, wrestling, modeling. How has each evolved into your lifestyle and when did you realize your career path? Did one aspect serve as a catalyst into another?

I’ve always known my career path. I used to roll quarters and roll my belly when I was a wee witch. I used to put my legs behind my head and do contortion but I had no idea what it was. None are a catalyst into others, more like a cosmic expansion on the same theme in a different manifestation … pure creative energy disciplined into artistic form.

When some people hear words like “Magick” and “clairvoyant” and “invocations” they immediately think of something evil. You make it clear that you’re working to get rid of negative entities and inspire love and healing. Do you understand their confusion? Can abilities like yours be used for evil, too?

I totally understand their confusion. It’s based on religious dogma which paganism does not have. Paganism embraces all pantheons and all religions minus the fear and brainwashing. “Hell” yes magick can be used for evil. All magick is grey … it’s the practitioners choice to liberate or attempt to ensue chaos.

What has been the most significant impact your abilities have had for someone? Does the impact your abilities have on others affect you personally?

I see the impact everywhere. My tarot clients who have embraced the goddess within them over the years, my friends who I see sensing the subtle energies of the divine and new humans I can encounter who get that light of inspiration in their eyes. We are all affected like a crazy cosmic team and I’m the wild “sorce’eress channeling from the source.

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How would you describe your personality when you were younger, around high school age?

I was – and still am – dancing to the beat of my own drum. I’m not and never have been interested in the mundane or the temporal, more the dark and the divine. I had a lot of drug problems back then because I didn’t walk in this world like other humans. I’m enchanted and wonderfully wicked now so I have no need for those intoxicants. I’m intoxicated by my surreal witchy world of wonders.

Do you remember the first time you saw an adult movie or “dirty” magazine?

Yup … I found a Playboy In my stepdads drawer and I practiced the poses.

When did you first become comfortable with your sexuality?

I’m a naughty girl and have been since I was little. I used to get girls off in my basement. They loved it. I got really sexually liberated when I started dating boys.

What motivated you to add ‘adult actress’ to your already impressive resume?

I’ve planned it for years. I see it as powerful and embracing the wild goddess within. I don’t buy into the whole “disrespectful to women” thing. If your confident and know who you are then you won’t be anyone’s victim … unless that’s your fetish. (laughs)

Did anyone give you advice when you first started? Do you think the adult industry needs more mentors for new talent?

Positive goddess warrior priestesses to mentor, yes sure. I have come across some amazing humans in this industry and they have been inexplicably deep and helpful. Law of attraction.

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Do you have long-term goals in Adult or are you just playing it by ear right now?

I have many goals and massive ambitions. I’m a wild woman … I’ll share them at some point. It will be fun.

If you were to write your own sex scene with just things you get off on, how would it go?

Orgies and lots of hot tattooed girls … oh, and haunted places, cemeteries, places of worship with dark rituals, demon dwellings and all under then dark moon. There would be sex magick and bare raw flesh.

How is sex in your personal life different from sex at work? What are things that happen at work that don’t necessarily happen at home?

Every scenario under the sun has happened at home. Work is not deep penetrating soul bonds – it’s just deep penetrating sex.

What about your career is most appealing?

Everything. I’m a camera whore.

Even though you have a wide range of interests and skills, you’ve packaged it all together and it works. You’ve created your own brand. How do you envision the future of your career? What else would you like to do?

My plan is to make this world famous and inspire the masses to “wake up’ and dance and live! And kill their TVs …

What kind of music do you listen to? Who are some of your favorite artists?

I like soooooo many genres of music. I’m definitely a metal head / rocker chic. I also love classic rock, industrial, 80’s, disco, psychobilly and Punk. My favorite band ever is Led Zeppelin. I love Pantera, Static-X, Queens Of The Stone Age, Eagles Of Death Metal, Lords Of Acid, Rob Zombie, Metallica, Motorhead and TONS of others.

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What was the last concert you went to? What was your first concert?

First was live shows on the Sunset Strip when I was underage hanging with hair bands getting into lots of trouble. Faster Pussycat, Damn Yankees, Motley Crue. Last show was Ministry.

What was the first album you bought with your own money when you were younger?

(laughs) Hard to remember, but I know it was death rock like Sisters Of Mercy, Lords Of The New Church, The Cult, Specimen or maybe even Gene Loves Jezebel.

Please give us some advice to get rid of negativity and inspire healing. If someone wants to seek help from you, what services do you offer and how can they get in touch with you?

Well my psychic website is ThePsychicSorceress.com and there is lots of info on there. To follow my altered ego (laughs) go to JenevieveHexxx.com

What are you up to next?

I’m up to everything decadently sinful and lavishly sacred. I performed at Fetish Con in August and will be performing at the Inked Awards in New Jersey in November. Follow my social media for all my magick. I just finished my XXX website so join and see all my dirty delightful antics.

How can your fans get in touch with you?
JenevieveHexxx.com | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook (only 2 XX there because FB is lame) | JenevieveHexxx (at) gmail (dot) com Wooooo!

What would you like to say to your fans to wrap things up?

Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii! The goddess is alive and magick is afoot … come join her and revel in her sensual erotic bosom … mmmmmmm!

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