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1-2-3 Be a Porn Star! A Step-By-Step Guide to the Adult Sex Industry Paperback – January 3, 2000


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About the Author

1-2-3 BE A PORN STAR! is written by Ana Loria, a renowned safe-sex advocate and webmistress. For the past five years, she has administered the popular website Safesex.Org, while researching and compiling her well-known Directory of Safe-Sex Programs. Ms. Loria is not married... yet. She lives happily on the beach in Malibu with her Jack Russell terrier, Arpy.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Info Net Pr (January 3, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0965119025
  • ISBN-13: 978-0965119023
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,931,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you can get this book get it.
E. Rincon
To sum it up, Ienjoyed the book, but was a little disappointed that it didn't containmore in depth information.
Isabella Matthews
1-2-3 Be a Porn Star is a great read for those thinking of entering, or anyone curious about the porn industry.
Alan Koslowski

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77 of 78 people found the following review helpful By Alan Koslowski on March 29, 2002
Format: Paperback
I'll begin by saying I'm not in any way involved in the adult film industry, except for being a semi-regular consumer. Many reviewers poorly rate this book, arguing it isn't an accurate or effective guide. I suspect some negative reviewers have ideological problems with porn. I checked some of their other reviews and either they had written about very view sex-related books, or usually wrote about them negatively. To be fair, this wasn't the case for everyone, and some do seem genuinely well informed. That said, I bought this book primarily out or curiousity; I wanted a general understanding of what it's like to work in the porn industry.
On that level, the book seems to work for me. Loria provides fairly detailed steps for breaking into the world of adult films. She describes different types of adult films (gonzo, pro-am, etc.), legal aspects, and provides a fairly comprehensive list of contacts. She also provides detailed instructions/suggestions for making your own adult video (including legal safeguards and equipment suggestions). I didn't attempt to use any of the contacts, but as a consumer I did recognize several film company names.
What's most interesting are Loria's interviews with several porn actors. Through these interviews and personal anecdotes she's able to give the reader insight into the fiercely proctective social enclave that is the porn community. She provides a seemingly balanced perspective of what it's like to be in the porn industry, as her interviewees describe the good and bad aspects of being a porn actor. A surprising revelation is how difficult in can be for male porn actors.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Brandy Mason on February 2, 2000
Format: Paperback
And no, it's not because I myself want to be a porn star (in case Mom is reading this!), but I've always been really curious about how the adult industry works. Everyone talks about the seedy sets and sleazy producers, but I was totally amazed at how professional this book is. I expected a lot of poor writing and unorganized details, so I was really happy to discover exactly the opposite. I now feel very confident that I know how this business works and what I would need to do in case I decided to pursue this line of work (which I haven't yet, okay!) But if I did, I would thank Ana Loria because she's taken out a lot of the difficulty and sleazy aspects, and made it a totally professional and legitimate endeavor, as it should be. FIVE STARS AND MORE.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Ray Colabron on October 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
As a writer for adult zines, I'm pretty sure I don't want to be a porn star myself... at least not full-time. But I have tons of friends and neighbors who always pester me with questions about the best way to break into the business. Well, I used to feel my answers were lame because it's kind of tricky to explain all the hoops you have to jump through to get a chance on the set. But Ana Loria's book breaks it down into three easy steps, and her advice is superb. The interviews are also fascinating and they portray life as a porn star quite realistically. Now I just need to make sure I keep enough copies on hand to give out to all the porn wannabes.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Serena Lancaster on January 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am a female in the sex industry. I have been making porn films and striping for over 8 years and I laughed when I read this book. It's ok for rookies and average people who are interested in the porn industry(remember sex sells). I was disappointed in that the book mentions, you'll get up-to-date contact information for all the best talent agents, directors, and producers. that's a bunch of hogwash. The book claims that it offers a step by step guide to the porn industry, that's false. This book is lacking a lot of important information, but the average person looking in from the outside will obviously not know this. If anyone is trying to get into the porn industry, don't rely on this book for all the acurate information.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bert & Sherry Keena on January 29, 2001
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I bought and read this book when it first came out. I'm a male dancer and have always been interested in becoming a porn star. This book makes it sound very easy and claims to give you step by step instruction on how to become a porn star, but it doesn't. If someone reads this book, it has to be for personal information or curiosity only because if you're hoping to get something out of it to jump start your careers as a porn star, then forget this book! I tried every way mentioned in this book to get in touch with producers, film makers and agents, all the leads and numbers provided in this book were wrong, disconnected or people who calimed to know nothing about this book. I must say this book was very disappointing!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Erbschloe on June 10, 2000
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Finally we get a candid view of how to become a Porn Star. Porn is big and getting bigger, soft, hard, and in between. We expect the industry to flourish over the next ten years as more people become more at ease with sex and watching sex. The Internet is just the beginning, the growth of DVDs, interactive TV, and other forms of voyeurism is going to create multi billion dollar enterprises. You can be a part of that and make great money. And if you are thinking about doing so we suggest you read this book.
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