What is the draw to doing porn?
Is it the fame? The sex? The money?
Maybe it's a combination of all these factors.
Let's talk money.
Being a porn star isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sure, most of us can point to a few big names who have made it mainstream, but working in the industry isn't quite as lucrative as movies like Boogie Nights would have you think. In fact, performer pay rates are now at an all-time low. Increasingly, stars are starting to rely on alternative streams of revenue like product endorsement deals, snapchat requests, camming platforms and escorting to get by.
According to a recent report by CNBC, the average male porn actor earns around $500-$600 per scene. More established stars get around $700-$900. "Superstars” can expect wages around $1,500. Some say gay scenes pay better. Popular performers can make upward of $5,000 for a shoot, which might help explain the “gay-for-pay” phenomenon.
According to the report, the average actress gets paid somewhere between $800 and $1,000 for “traditional” sex scenes (aka between a man and woman). Big-name actresses can reel in around $1,500, sometimes $2,000. Newcomers with a “bad reputation,” however, might earn as little as $300.
Those looking for higher wages are often encouraged to participate in more trying scenes. According to the report, the “most extreme” stunts can go for $1,800 to $2,500 (double anal, anyone?). For those with a large enough fan base, feature dancing might be the way to go. One actress/dancer told CNBC that she regularly earns $7,000 to $10,000 per appearance, which can last two days. – alternet.org
Of course they didn't mention the biggest take in the porn longevity game. How many hundreds of millions have the Kardashians compiled off of Kim's video? Maybe others are trying to follow in her "footsteps."
Go over to alternet.org to read more about the $$$ and porn, where Carrie Weisman shares with us what others in the porn industry make, i.e. camera operators, sound technicians, writers, and directors. You can as well see the original new report at CNBC.com. So if you're not built to be the star, maybe there is another facet of the porn industry you could dabble in.
Have you been part of a porn and received payment?
Are the numbers above and in the article correct?
How much money would they need to pay you to do porn?
Would you do it for free?
***UPDATE*** *** UPDATE*** ***UPDATE***
After posting the blog, I had the chance to chat with an individual that worked with a male porn star whom was under a contract with one of the big gay porn video producers during the years of 2006 to 2010.
"He got paid $3000 for every bottom scene and $1500 for every top scene … he was supposedly straight. He would fly down to Tampa and do 3 maybe 4 scenes and make $9000 for the weekend. The contracts were for 12 month period at a time and that was back in '06 to '10 so things are definitely different now. The porn star stated that the pay decrease in 2009 and so by 2010 he did not desire to renew his contract and left the business."
"In looking at how many scenes he did in 2006 to 2007 and doing the math, he made over $150K. He would fly down once a month and do a bunch of scenes. Once or twice he flew down two times in a month. From his point of view it was like making $15k during a 4 day weekend."
So are those different numbers that were presented in the CNBC report? Yes and no. As it would, the amount of money someone would pull in would depend on how many scenes one would do.
I would like to thank my source who did not want to be named. I as well agreed to not mention the company nor the star, but I may just go and watch some of his videos now.