All posts by Natasha Badanov

When Photoshopping Gets Out of Control

With the rise of 4K and HD being used, it seems that photoshopping has gotten out of control. Sure, studios make the covers look great and know when to say when, but the real issue is with the performers who show up on set looking nothing like their agency photos. In the past, studios would have sent you home. But, time is money, and they just won’t hire you again. This is why many talent agenices demand non-photoshopped photos for their sites.

Of course, everyone does some sort of photoshopping or editing of their photos, especially for social media posts. But, how far is too far? When you’re literally shaving your nose in half would be an extreme example. Making your stomach completely flat when it’s not, covering it up with cinchers, and/or literally making yourself look one-third of your size are other examples.

When your fans go to meet you at trade shows and you look nothing like your photos, this is another issue. No one wants to be deceived, especially when you’re selling merchandise that really doesn’t look like you. We suggest you learn to love your body and embrace it. If you want to opt for plastic surgery and it makes you feel better, go for it. Even heading to the gym to do sit-ups and squats to make your tummy or backside look better is great. But, don’t be deceptive by photoshopping images of yourself so much that they don’t even look like you is something completely different.

Think before you use that Photoshop app or program. The competition may be fierce but looking nothing like your pics will decrease your chances of consistently working and disappoint your fans. Long and fruitful careers are based on your work and the love and support of your fans.

Ricky Johnson Interviewed by Hip Hop Mag The Hype…Again

Ricky Johnson scored many 2018 awards nominations last week, but also snagged his second interview of 2017 with hip hop mainstream mag The Hype.

The article chronicles Ricky’s journey from starting in the adult biz to winning Best Male Newcomer three times to scoring 11 nominations for the 2018 awards season, including Male Performer of the Year. It covers how hard it is to succeed in the adult, how a guy can make it in the biz, what the future looks like for him, and much more. The article contains many personal images from Ricky’s Tumblr page and includes shots from set and a view into his off-camera life.

Read the article “An Adult Success Story: Ricky Johnson’s Journey from Newcomer to Top Talent” in its entirety at https://www.thehypemagazine.com/2017/11/an-adult-success-story-ricky-johnsons-journey-from-newcomer-to-top-talent/.

Raven Hart’s Latest Column on Slutty Girl Problems

Yes, it’s the second month of Raven Hart’s sex advice column on mainstream site Slutty Girl Problems and her newest column is packed with information and sexiness. Learn more about fantasies, desires, and porn. Check it out at:

https://sluttygirlproblems.com/advice/fantasies-desires-porn-raven-hart/#.Wh85nUtrzJ8

 

Don’t Let Anyone Tell You That You Don’t Need PR

I was recently speaking with someone in the industry who told me a female performer is going around telling people they don’t need PR. I thought to myself this can’t be good. So out of that comes a new blog about why PR is crucial for your career, if you’re serious about it.

There are Hundreds of Girls Entering the Industry Each Month

Yes you read correctly. Without a good agent and PR, there’s no way you will stand out. Of course, there are exceptions, but it’s rare. Interviews, press releases, and all the other services we and other reputable PR agencies provide are important to keep your name out there and get you working. We have had several clients who have experienced a bump in the amount of work they get from having PR. And, with companies it’s definitely a requirement, especially if they are new and want to get the word out there about themselves.

You Need to Pick the Right Publicist

There are some publicists who don’t do much and/or don’t have their clients’ best interests. If someone starts off with the wrong publicist, it can sour them on PR. Make sure you choose correctly. Check their track record, speak to current and past clients, and always go with your gut. If you don’t see results in two or three months, it might be time to get a new PR firm.

Make Sure Your Expectations Are Realistic

Many girls and guys think because they have a publicist, they will definitely get mainstream coverage. It’s never a definite. We have gotten our clients TONS of mainstream coverage and even got them cast in mainstream movies and TV. But the world still isn’t very fond of our industry, so we do our best with this. Also remember you’re not the only client of any PR firm and even if you get specialized attention, they need to service their other clients, also.

You Have to Want to Engage & Work with Your Publicist

Most publicists want you to approve press releases before they go out. And you will need to respond when they reach out to schedule interviews. You will need to RT their Tweets and even come up with your own Tweets. It needs to be a team effort with you and your publicist.

Make Sure You Can Afford It

If you only have PR for a short time, you won’t get the full benefit. Plan to have it for the duration of your career, because once it stops, you won’t see your name out there, unless you sign a contract with a studio that has PR. And, choose a publicist that’s within your budget–the most expensive isn’t always the best. We offer affordable rates and deliver results.

Step Up & Make Your Own Choices

Be careful who you’re seeking advice from as to whether or not you need PR or anything serious about your career or brand. If someone is jealous of you or has an ulterior motive, they’re not someone that you should seek advice from. Your agent, industry veterans or people along these lines are the best people to talk to.

Nikki Delano Scored at the NightMoves Awards

We are very proud of Nikki Delano and she has accomplished huge feats in the 5+ years we’ve teamed up with her, including her weekly Vivid Radio Sirius XM show, feature shows almost every weekend, and award nominations and wins. Last weekend at NightMoves, she not only won Best Ass for the 4th time, but she also was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Simply amazing!

Raven Hart Pens Advice Column for Slutty Girl Problems

One of the things we do for our clients is get them mainstream coverage. We were over the moon when we scored Raven Hart her own sex advice column with the hugely popular mainstream site Slutty Girl Problems.

Raven’s monthly column will include two editions. Her first column answering readers’ questions about BDSM Basics is now up. Read it at https://sluttygirlproblems.com/advice/bdsm-basics-raven-hart/#.WdvgSoZrxEJ. The next column is tomorrow, and focuses on relationships.

Savana Styles’ 1st Film from Alpha Females Goes to #1 on Adult Empire VOD

Red-headed Canadian bombshell adult star Savana Styles released her first title on VOD from her brand-new studio Alpha Females at the end of September. Now The Riders has shot to Number 1 spot on Adult Empire and is available on DVD. And, Savana was featured in the director’s seat on Fleshbot. Check it out: http://straight.fleshbot.com/6022008/checking-in-with-performerdirector-savana-styles

Yes, PR does work and can help sales, get your name out there, and catapult you into success. Hit us up for more info.

How Do You Pick a Publicist?

We get asked a lot about why we’re better than other PR firms. We do offer a lot of services other agencies don’t and we deliver results. While there are many great publicists out there, there are things you should be looking for and/or considering when hiring a publicist.

Make sure you pick a publicist you can afford, and for more than just a month or two. Steady PR is what it’s all about, not quick and then over.

Also you get what you pay for, so don’t pick a free or highly discounted publicist. They are looking at you to build their client list and don’t have the experience of a well seasoned publicist.

Do your research. Check out current and former clients to see who they have and worked with. What counts are results and a company that can deliver.

Look at their press releases and see if they can actually write and their PRs look professional.

Make sure they provide services that you need. Some only write press releases and don’t do much beyond that in the way of interviews, getting you signing at conventions and more.

Think about who you’re hiring. You want a professional publicist, not someone who’s trying to have more than a business relationship with you.

Also make sure you’re hiring someone who is a dedicated publicist, not someone who’s a performer, pseudo agent or other title. You want someone who will put you first and get you out there. And, agenting should be left to agents, not publicists.

Make sure your publicist is well versed in social media and behaves on social media. Your publicist is a reflection of you.

And lastly, pick someone who is respected and has a stellar reputation. There are many of us.