Originally Posted Monday, June 2, 2014
I went to Ellen Rogers' blog site today and saw this (link) and thought, Jesus, her costs are much less than mine. I want money, fuckers! And I don't want a lousy dollar a week. Cough up. Now. You've been getting this shit free for years. What do you think, I'm just here to stroke my ego?
I guess so.
But my life would be easier if people just gave me money.
I've shot with girls who have patrons. One was on Sugardaddyforme.com. She had an 80 year old in Texas who sent her money enough to pay the rent and eat, etc. He'd fly her out once in awhile to see him. She broke it off with him, though, when he wanted to get married. It is a great story, but I think I have told it before. Her mother is the one who got her on the site.
I worked on a documentary about nude dancers many years ago when they were like rockstars. The one thing they all had in common was "the regulars." These are customers who come in just to see them, just to talk. They no longer want the girls to dance for them. They just want to hear about their lives and to give them money--a lot of it--to help them out. The dancers are sort of like their girlfriends even though they still know them as "Cherry" or "Brandy." All that dancing for tips is just for show. The "regulars" are the bread and butter.
Cam girls have much the same deal. They sit nude and chat with fellows who give them money. Some of them send gifts. And of course they can buy their underwear.
I shot with a massage girl once. She wasn't a licensed masseuse. She gave back rubs and more. She said it never, ever took long.
I've shot with hookers, too. That is a more literal deal. Not quite, but closer to it. What the customer buys is still a facsimile, but. . . .
You all might remember Drug Skinny. She was an online hypnotist. When we went to dinner, her phone would blow up with guys giving her money. She wasn't a certified hypnotist, but she was kind of sexy.
I guess it is possible to get people to give you money. Some people even believe they deserve it. I've never been able to feel that way. So far, I've given away my pictures. They hang in some homes and even in a law office. I've traded prints with some very good photographers. My walls are full of their pictures. I sold one of my prints once, but I never got the money. I was pretty happy, though, that somebody bought it. It felt like I got my union card.
I think my pictures are worth something, though. So do the people who see them. I have heard a litany of, "You need to start selling these." That is what my friends say, of course. That is what the models I shoot with say, too. That is what people who wander in from the street say. I think it must be true. But so far, I have found it to be hard. I've been asked to show in galleries that failed. Twice. Luckily I got my prints back. There are still a couple out there somewhere that are in limbo, I guess, but at least they weren't framed, so all I've lost is the cost of printing.
If you don't have one of my pictures, you should have. Many of you do. For those of you who don't, send me your address and I will send you one for free. It won't be one of the massive ones, and it won't be framed, and you have to promise me that you will frame it when you get it and matte it, too. I want it to show well.
However, if you want a pair of my underwear. . . well. . . I can give you a pretty good deal.