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Can St. Louis Be the San Fernando Valley of Amateur Porn? These Guys Think So.

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Editor's note: As a condition to reporting this story, Riverfront Times agreed to change the names of the actors interviewed and depicted on the following pages. The story also contains descriptions of sex that some readers might find offensive.

Jenny can't believe what she's about to do. It feels too surreal to be actually happening. But that other-worldliness is what spurs the nineteen-year-old to get out of her car and walk into Utopia Studios in south St. Louis.

Inside the noise is deafening. Several rock bands are practicing behind closed doors in rented rehearsal rooms. Jenny looks around the lobby for direction, but there's no sign, no assistant holding a clipboard — just a mishmash of arcade games and vintage advertisements that look as if they were dug up from a hip thrift shop. It doesn't seem like a place where pornos are filmed, whatever that might look like, so Jenny takes out her cell phone and calls Sam Arcobasso, the budding porn producer she met online.

"I'm here," she shouts over the din.

"I'm running a little late," Sam responds. "But Corey's there. I'll call him and tell him to come meet you."

Dressed in a sweater jacket that seems too heavy for the balmy, 80-degree weather outside, Jenny waits with her phone clutched tightly in her hand. A few minutes later, Corey, a stocky 24-year-old photographer in ripped-up jeans and a Pantera T-shirt, emerges from one of the studio rooms and introduces himself to the first-timer.

"Come in and meet the others," he says.

Sitting on a couch in a windowless room are two other aspiring porn actors who, like Jenny, responded to an ad on Craiglist titled "STL actors needed for porno." They are Kelly, a 31-year-old whose slight body almost makes her look like a teenager, and Rory, a middle-aged blond with a farmer's tan. None has ever appeared in an adult film before, but in just a few minutes the three are supposed to engage in a ménage à trois in front of a camera. As Corey sets up the lights for the shoot, the three awkwardly make their introductions. Jenny asks Rory his age.

"I'm 43. You?"

"I'm nineteen."

"Oh, really? That's around my kids' ages."

Jenny can't hide her unease. She excuses herself and asks Corey to have a word outside.

"I wasn't told the guy was gonna be in his forties!" she angrily whispers.

Just then Sam arrives. A bit more businesslike in his appearance than Corey, he's dressed in khakis and an oversized dress shirt. Apprised of the dilemma, the porno producer with about ten amateur films under his belt adroitly offers a solution.

"Are you comfortable having sex with just the girl?" he asks Jenny in his calm, monotone voice.

"Yeah. I can do that," she says.

Sam turns to Corey. "So how about if we do one girl-on-girl scene, and then we do a guy-on-girl with the other two?" he says, motioning toward Kelly and Rory.

Corey likes the idea. Although it would take more time to do two films, he and his business partner could potentially make a little more money for their fledgling startup, STL Adult Films LLC.

"Let's do it," says Corey, and they all go back into the room. But first there are some quick business matters to address.


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42 comments
Melonie Brock
Melonie Brock

I don't see a problem with it if that's what they want to do.

Eric Peters
Eric Peters

Can we just all agree that porn is not hip?

coreyjwoodruff
coreyjwoodruff

For the record, I am NOT the Corey mentioned in this article.  I am a freelance photographer and I do NOT shoot porn. 

Thanks, RFT.

coreyjwoodruff
coreyjwoodruff

Oh for fuck's sake.  I AM NOT THE COREY IN THIS ARTICLE.

Melanie Chorak
Melanie Chorak

After living a decade in Los Angeles I find this article rather silly tbh.

David J. McCutcheon
David J. McCutcheon

I guess they're doing more to create jobs than most companies around here, eh?

Jeremy Brooks
Jeremy Brooks

Might have given it a shot in my younger days

Jon Wilson
Jon Wilson

I wanna be a soft core porn star, everyone.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

wow then they had to bake a pie-in da pie ( with the flour trick)



blandmusic
blandmusic

This story gets even more flushed out this weekend on www.1380thex.com when on Sunday from 1-3p on The Q, Sam joins to discuss all of it and even more with us.


CatBlade
CatBlade

Midwest amateur porn. Gross. 

Also - all this hillbilly porn will just be made to appeal to men, like most other porn. That's why the woman is 19 and the dude is some fucking 40 year old. And people wonder why women just watch gay porn. It's one of the few places you can find attractive younger men without beer bellies and back hair. *puke*

d012560c
d012560c

“The two women have just successfully completed their first porno scene. For their work this afternoon they stand to earn between $50 and $100, that is, if Corey and Sam can sell the film to their distributor. But since today’s film was shot solely on spec, Jenny and Kelly leave with little more than a promissory note for future payment.”


Must be a typo. Going rate is 10-20 times that amount for amateur porn (and it isn’t paid on spec). If the models are indeed doing it on spec, the pay should be much more than that.

Chance Brown
Chance Brown

lol...funny how the guy Rory is it?!..kept coming up short...dude if you look old try including some Charisma....tell a joke ...something to break the ice....not asking the potential her age....lol....too funny

peppy
peppy

my band used to practice there! neat.

Enrique Mitchell
Enrique Mitchell

On one of those couches at utopia??? Eeeeewwwww. I wouldn't eat a bag of chips at that place.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

No kidding. It costs more to get my car waxed.


sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@CatBlade


blaming men for the natural occurance of sexual needs is like blaming a mom for needing to breast feed


and there is plenty of porn that appeals to women as the media loves to show grrrrl power with stats and headlines like:


women make most of the sex decisions 


or



women actually purchase more porn than men


women have an easier go of it when it comes to sex itself as I would think you would know


most anything a women might ask a man to do and he'll do it


( that all goes back to how men are programmed to need it more;so they are more desperate and are willing to do more)



there is also the natural act of females who want older men so there are not games being played etc


if porn were only about good looking people having sex


( and good looking is of course ..subjective)


maybe 90% ofporn wouldnt exist especially amateur stuff



maggiev
maggiev

@Brenda Denton Langbein I think $100 for to hours of work is pretty good. 

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

@d012560c


maybe in the valley and for semi known or known girls



I think you might be wanting the females to get pizzzed off with your way way off base assessment 

maggiev
maggiev

@d012560c Lol, not if it's lesbian porn. That never makes much money even for professionals.

d012560c
d012560c

@maggiev 

Except it's on 'spec'.  A decent looking woman can make this money by webcamming without the need to have sex with strangers.

d012560c
d012560c

@sweetliberty17761776 

Attractive amateurs command more money because they are fresh meat.  Sites that specialize in that genre pay at least 10x what this guy pays these women (and it is NOT on spec).  Examples are ExploitedCollegeGirls, BackroomCastingCouch, GirlsDoPorn, etc. For $50 to $100, a decent looking woman could make this kind of money just by camming without the need to have sex with anyone. Nothing changes just because we are talking about St. Louis. 

According to Mark Spiegler, there is a relatively straightforward scale for performances by an in-demand actress:
 

$800 for a girl-girl scene
$1,000 for a guy-girl scene
$1,200 or more for anal sex
$4,000 or more for "double penetration"
 
For a non in-demand actress (however you might want to define that), cutting these amounts by 50% gives you a pay scale similar to what I have claimed.  You can find similar numbers if you Google "pay rate in porn" (or similar search term).
 
FYI ... I owned a webcam studio in the Phoenix area as well as being the housemate of the owner of a well known AZ porn site.  What's your experience/credentials?

d012560c
d012560c

@maggiev Solo girl scenes make $400+, so lesbian porn certainly makes more than that.

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