First of all, we'd like to take this opportunity to welcome those LJ users who have added us as a Friend. Our intention with this journal is not simply to narrate to ourselves as we go through the process of building a website, but to have other people observe and comment. So we're gratified to have you, and we'd like to strongly
encourage you to draw other people's attention to our journal so that they can observe and participate as well.
Second, writing in the first-person plural gets annoying after a while. :-) So we are - I mean, I am - discarding that practice as of now. West Village Video is a company, and more than one person is involved, but I am the sole writer of this journal, and may as well write like it. Now then...
It may or may not surprise people to know that I am in a serious, monogamous relationship. We've met each other's parents, and we talk about our future on a regular basis. I think we're in it for the long haul, and that's both exciting and scary. Naturally, though, "I'm a pornographer" is not among the things you tell your girlfriend in the early stages. But I finally decided over the holiday weekend that it was time to talk about it, because sooner or later she needed to know.
She let me tell the story from beginning to end (much in the same way that I did in the previous entry), and then had a lot of questions. Ultimately, she told me that she didn't have any philosophical objections to my running this kind of business. She did want reassurances that I hadn't had, and wouldn't have, sex with any of the models, which is fine; even if I had the opportunity, I don't think it's a good idea to risk complications like those. She is naturally concerned about what my involvement with these endeavours could mean for my future in my "day job" - a future for which I have specific, somewhat ambitious plans. And I share her concerns, but had, up until now, been willing to take the risk.
Now that it's possible her
future could be affected as well, it's something that bears more serious thought. But for now, I'm continuing to go ahead with this project, because I believe I can do it and do it well (and safely).
One interesting sort of "by-product" to our conversation, however, has been our musing out-loud over what exactly the limits of the law are when it comes to financial compensation for sex acts. We already know that it's not illegal to pay someone to have sex when it's in the context of "acting" in an adult film. But in exploring Craigslist
's seamier side, we've come across a number of people willing to pay couples to let them watch, and one or two couples who charge people to watch them. And it has led us to wonder whether that can possibly be a chargeable offense, in either direction.
It has also led us to discuss the possibility of asking a friend to film or photograph the two of us having sex. But interestingly, she indicated last night that she would genuinely prefer having a stranger pay to watch us (at least if we work out all potential safety issues) than have a friend or even acquaintance film us.
I realize that what you say in bed isn't necessarily what you mean about real life, but this is very encouraging to me, because we could use the extra cash and it would be exciting as hell (again, if we get the safety issues worked out to our satisfaction). So stay tuned.
Meanwhile, response to WVV's ads seeking couples willing to have sex on camera for money has been trickling in. There is definitely interest. Unfortunately, once I send a response with details, nobody has yet replied with continued interest. Since nobody has yet replied with an explanation for their discontinued
interest, however, I'm really not sure why. It's possible we're not offering enough money; it's also possible that our strongly-worded reminders that eventually, someone you know might see you naked on this website, are actually having the desired effect, and warding off people who aren't willing to take the risk.
But honestly, I thought we'd have more interest by now, or at least one or two of the few dozen people would've said, "Okay, what's next?"
More later; have a good weekend.