Pornstars have revealed that they actually make more money amid the coronavirus pandemic by hosting private video sessions and charging fans for explicit online content.
While studio productions have been halted in the near future, adult entertainers are taking advantage of the growing need for personal connection during the global crisis – all while hiding in their own home.
Boy Meets World, actress and adult entertainer Maitland Ward, 43, said The Ringer that having premium social media accounts on platforms like Snapchat and OnlyFans ‘put so much control in the hands of the artists’.
Thriving: Adult entertainers like Maitland Ward have seen an increase in paid subscribers to premium social media accounts on platforms like Snapchat and OnlyFans during the crisis
Make Money: The Boy Meets World porn star actress asks $ 7.99 to access her OnlyFans page, which now has over 15,000 subscribers
Ward started her career as a regular actress and is best known for playing Rachel McGuire on Boy Meets World and Jessica Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful.
She switched to adult entertainment in 2019 and scored a role in the long porn drive Drive. The exposure helped push her Instagram followers to 500,000 to 1.4 million after the film’s release.
Ward charges $ 7.99 for access to her OnlyFans page, which she launched last August. She went from 8,000 paying subscribers in early 2020 to 15,000 in mid-April thanks to the pandemic that boosted her business.
She explained that her goal is to help fans take their minds off the global crisis by offering them sexy, personal interactions, be it conversations or more explicit content.
While there is a lot of free porn that people can browse online – and they do – people are willing to pay for more personal experiences with their favorite artists.
According to The Ringer, Ward has hosted livestream karaoke parties, video sessions with other adult entertainers, sexy cooking sessions and a ‘corona dance party’ in her shower, where she was demonstrated with hands foaming her body.
“There’s a human on the other side who responds to you, and back and forth, so it’s actually comforting to talk to everyone,” she said. “It’s just very common.”
While losing money on studio work, popular porn stars also have the opportunity to earn Even more money by offering their OnlyFans subscribers private sessions via video services, phone calls or custom content at an additional cost.
Making connections: Ward said her goal is to help fans take their minds off the global crisis by offering them sexy, personal interactions
Personal Content: She hosted sexy cooking sessions and a ‘corona dance party’ in her shower, where she was demonstrated by hand while soaping her body
Sofia Rose, a ‘BBW’ porn star (Big Beautiful Woman), told The Ringer that cultivating her premium social media pages has negated her need for travel, something she can no longer do while hiding in her Las home Vegas.
Pre-pandemic, the 44-year-old traveled around the world for video shoots and guest appearances to increase her prominence. Rose, who flew over 100,000 miles in 2019, said she had come to the point where she would be home only five to 10 days a month.
Rose has made up for her lost earnings in recent weeks by offering her own content online. She charges $ 15 for access to her OnlyFans account, which went from 400 subscribers in early April to more than 1,000 in mid-May.
She also creates and edits her own videos that she sells on ManyVids. Prices for the clips range from $ 3.99 to $ 19.99, depending on how explicit the scene is.
Rose told the outlet that she’s managed to turn about 30 percent of her Instagram followers into paying customers, according to her analysis.
“Maybe I’ll get out of this pandemic and never have to travel again, because it is financially troubling me that I never have to go anywhere,” she said.
In some cases, independent work has proven to be more lucrative for artists than traditional studio work.
Alejandro Freixes, editor-in-chief of trade publication Xbiz, told The Ringer that he estimates adult entertainers will only earn about $ 800 to $ 2,000 per shoot – a number that can fluctuate higher or lower depending on their popularity and the sexual acts they want to perform.
Most adult entertainers don’t receive royalties for their work, no matter how often their movies are streamed on sites like PornHub and Redtube.
Former porn star Mia Khalifa made headlines last year when she revealed she only made three dollars for three months of work, despite being one of the biggest names in the industry.
Making it work: Sofia Rose, ‘BBW’ (Big Beautiful Woman) porn star, has also made up for her loss of income by offering her own content online
Hustle: She charges $ 15 to access her OnlyFans account (photo) and sells her own videos on ManyVids priced between $ 3.99 and $ 19.99
Change: Rose said she may never have to travel for work again due to an increase in paid customers due to the pandemic
Pornstars may have the opportunity to make more money for themselves, but that doesn’t mean they are willing to break out completely independently after the pandemic.
Although Rose has plans to cut her itinerary when studios are back up and running, she continues to have a relationship with them.
“They have an established fan base and a brand that is bigger than I can imagine,” she explained. ‘By photographing for them, you expand your brand and acquire a new fan base. And with that you increase your income. ‘
The porn industry had already started shifting to more personal videos before the pandemic, and artists can get out of it with more vigor than before.
“I think we will move away from this pandemic, realizing that the adult industry is an essential business,” said Rose. “And no one can go against it right now, because that’s what helps people cope and survive.”
Interestingly, it has been suggested that the porn industry could provide a structure that can help America reopen safely, thanks to the established testing and contact tracking procedures used to ensure porn stars do not contract HIV.
Since the early 1990s, the Free Speech Coalition, the industry association for the adult film industry, has used a system of regular sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and contact tracking to protect the health of performers, in particular to ensure that they do not contract HIV.
Through the Performer Availability Scheduling Services (PASS) program, entertainers are biweekly tested for approval to work – and there has not been a single case of on-set HIV transmission since 2004, a spokesperson said.
It is possible that this infrastructure may be deployed in the United States by several companies in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 when the country reopens completely.