It has been historically difficult for adult film stars to make the leap from the porn industry into mainstream Hollywood productions. All of that, however, is changing with the use of Twitter to promote one’s brand: oneself. Approximately 90 percent of people in flesh films use Twitter, said Dan Miller, a managing editor of XBiz, an adult industry trade publication, in an article on yesterday’s CNN.com.
“Since most mainstream pop culture publications don’t cover the porn industry (and) porn movie reviews don’t generally appear alongside reviews of big Hollywood movies … the adult industry has embraced Twitter as a way to reach out directly to fans beyond the typical porn consumer,” said Miller.
Some tweets tend to be chaste, not titillating. Adult film star and aspiring writer Kayden Kross (@Kayden_Kross) tweets about her love of horses and books. She credits the social media platform for making her more confident as professionally and personally.
“I was largely unsuccessful up until Twitter came along because I’m very shy … and it came through in my movies,” said Kross. “But with Twitter, people see a different side of me and they see it in my movies.”
James Deen, 26, is one of the industry’s most popular porn stars with 1,200 movies to his credit. He is “himself” on Twitter and is shooting a mainstream movie with Lindsey Lohan scheduled for release in 2013. He sees Twitter as one of the main reasons for his ability to shift into Hollywood films.
“I think a lot of the mainstream thing has to do with Twitter,” Deen told CNN. “People look at me and they say, ‘He’s not a porn star, he’s just a nice guy.”
But we did chuckle when we saw one of his Tweets from @JamesDeen: ”I’m a simple guy who likes to eat sleep and watch tv… oh ya i also bang chicks for a living “