Sasha Gray has done it. Tracy Lords and Ron Jeremy have been doing it for years. Jenna Jameson wants to do it on Broadway.
These adult film actors and a handful of others have begun making the transition to more traditional entertainment work for years now. But behind the media narratives about the mainstreaming of porn are real people who have faced an uphill battle trying to switch careers. One on hand, adult stars get negative judgment and ridicule for their choice to perform in sexually explicit material but nobody makes leaving easy. Sometimes porn stars get cast in smaller roles as a stunt, in order to try and bring in some of the vast adult audience. The idea behind such bit part stunt casting is probably that porn stars can’t act, although that logic has never stopped anyone from casting Steven Seagal in a film.
That’s why filmmaker Tim Sullivan’s latest casting choice for the upcoming horror featureChillerama is such a big risk — he’s not only cast an adult actor in a lead role that requires singing, dancing and dialog but that actor also happens to be gay — and there’s plenty of videotape to prove it.
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The 2012 elections are just around the corner so it’s obviously time for me to start hinting that I may run for President. Because, who knows? Don’t count me out. I might! It’s too early to say but I’m just saying. If I don’t see any other candidates who are me, I might be forced to be me, myself and that’s a role I would gladly fill for my country.
In order to prepare to hold the highest political office in the land, I am ready, willing, and able to appear on any number of reality TV shows and by ‘any’ I mean ones where I’ve never made to do anything unpleasant, uncomfortable or unfun. Or eat bugs. I won’t eat bugs but not because I’m afraid to eat bugs. I’m totally not afraid but I won’t do it because it sullies the dignity of the office of the president.The only president who ate bugs was William Howard Taft and that was a long time ago. Plus, that dude pretty much ate anything that came with 15 inches of his mouth. Wacka, wacka.
Okay, forget the Taft jokes because being president is a serious and somber responsibility that only the famous should be considered for. Is Sarah Palin more qualified than Snooki to be president? Of course she is, because Snooki is not old. Is Sarah Palin as qualified as Mike Huckabee or Bret Michaels or Gene Simmons? No, because they are all musicians (except for Bret Michaels).
And that’s the way the Electoral College works. Amen.
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I love the #CustomerLove challenge and so I did a short interview with LaVonne Ellis about it. Listen to our short conversation about how the challenge started, how you can get involved and even some good suggestions on learning and making money.
You can learn more about LaVonne at her site MakeCustomersLoveYou.com and CompleteFlake.com.
The original post by Naomi Dunford that LaVonne mentions is here.
I’m doing my own Customer Love giveaway — free, no strings consulting — read about it here.
Three weeks ago, if you’d told Lauren or me that we’d be living in Dallas, Texas at some point, we would have assured you that it would never, ever happen.
It’s more or less a fluke that we came to Dallas at all. When we left New Mexico, our plan was to head to Dallas to take the kids to the State Fair of Texas and then head down to Austin. We had it all planned out. We’d arrive on Wednesday, because that’s the day the Fair has reduced admission if you bring cans of food. So, eight cans of beans or something plus about $20 and we were going to give the kids a few hours of childhood memories.
Then, my Dad passed away and that pushed back our move bv a day. No Wednesday arrival but maybe we’d get to the fair later in the week and then we planned to head down to Austin. We liked Austin, we’d lived there before and the Keep Austin Weird lifestyle seemed to suit us since we’re — ya know — weird.
We never made it to the Fair.
We found a Studio 6 hotel we liked near Dallas, though. It was small and cramped with two adults, three kids and two cats but we’d known it would be small and were prepared to deal with that for a month or two if we had to. We thought we’d be in the Dallas hotel and then move down to one in Austin.
One week ago, I thought we’d be staying in the Dallas for another month and then we’d be heading south. I’d paid for the hotel a month in advance and was settling down to work.
Then I went to church last Sunday. I’d found a Unitarian Universalist church that was close enough to the hotel and that was doing stuff for Halloween. This was a big deal to the kids, who wanted to see what ‘trunk or treat’ was about. I wanted to light a candle for my Dad.
I’ve drifted in and our of UU churches for about eight years now, in Austin and then Southern California and a little bit in Albuquerque. During times of real personal upheaval a few years ago, going to the UU church was a real help and it was pretty strange to me how in many cases the message delivered there was exactly what I needed to hear at that moment.
So last week, I went to light a candle for my Dad and it happened to be the week they were celebrating the Day of the Dead, complete with an alter with sugar on it. The kids and I went to church, sat in the back row and I lit my candle and the kids quietly sang along with hymns. The message was about prayer and how prayer isn’t winning the lottery. They played Eric Clapton’s song Change The World early in the service and the CD skipped and everyone laughed. The man sitting in the row next to me said, “We have a lot of fun here.”
After the service, I talked to that man about the church and how we ended up there; about having to move from New Mexico and going to Dallas for the fair and staying in the hotel and so on.
And — that man happened to have a townhouse that he’d just moved out of…and he offered to rent it to us, really cheap, for a couple of months. After the service, I told Lauren and it almost didn’t seem real. It was too…perfect. The place sounded like exactly what we needed; affordable, three bedrooms, right in the city.
Something else had happened in our time in Dallas…we discovered we like the city, a lot. It’s a big, modern city with great grocery stores and restaurants and lots to do.
So, we went to look at the townhouse and it was even better than I’d imagined. Lauren walked around with a grin on her face. The kids ran around and picked out rooms. That was on Wednesday, just three days ago. We moved in on Thursday.
And now we live in Dallas.
“We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Eninstein
“Forever in debt to your priceless advice.” — Kurt Cobain
It’s hangover day. Democratic politicians and pundits are waking up, feeling a familiar soreness in their head, slowly and methodically sitting up in their beds, letting their feet drop to the floor, working the aching muscles of their mouths then opening their eyes to see a bleary political landscape that yesterday, they owned.
It’s all advice and analysis this morning and most of it is debate about whether Obama should move to the center or not. Most of the people giving that advice are part of the professional pundit industry that is made up of Washington insiders; former administration officials, failed politicians and the same crappy journalists that Jon Stewart held a rally against.
Most of the people giving advice — including many of voices you’re reading right here on the Huffington Post — aren’t just too close to accurately see the problem that caused Obama’s slide in the polls and dismal midterms; they ARE the problem.
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