8 thoughts on Lela Star Q&A and why she decided to do porn

I just watched a Q&A with Lela Star on PornHub (Link). She answers a few questions I couldn’t care less about, but around the 15-minute mark, she discussed why she decided to do porn.

It’s not the most in-depth answer, and her motives for entering porn were uncomplicated. Real talk, she’s not answering heavy questions from writers. She’s responding to social media followers. This isn’t a TED Talk. But it’s interesting because her response breaks the mold of what we would usually expect.

She was an ordinary human being doing ordinary human things before suddenly deciding yeah, I can do porn. And she was right. She’s still doing it. It’s so simple it’s fascinating, and I had some thoughts while listening.

1. Lela Star’s story is atypical. At least in the sense of why we believe any person enters adult entertainment. It is easy to assume that pornstars previously struggled financially or didn’t have many career prospects to make good money.

Lela debunks those stereotypes quickly. She moved out of her house at 16 years old with no money problems. She was never a stripper or webcam model. She had a $40K job despite not having an education. Speaking of …

2. Since when was being a Walgreens Store Manager so lucrative? My first job while in college was with Rite Aid. Due to my hourly rate as an associate and the life I saw managers living, I assumed being a manager for Walgreens was similar to McDonald’s: a lot of responsibility for pay that doesn’t match up.

I’m wrong. Dead wrong. The average salary for a Walgreens Store Manager in Atlanta (where I live) is $54,786. That’s awesome for a job not requiring (or expecting) a degree.

There are college kids making less than $35K while swimming in debt. Lela was making $40K plus bonuses. Sure, a store manager deals with more bullshit, has little flexibility, and makes less than a corporate manager. But shit, we’re telling kids to aimlessly pump out a four-year degree when developing a trade or immediately entering the workforce might suffice.

3. But seriously, how did she get that job? Lela was only 19 or 20 years old. Every store manager I’ve ever seen is at best in their high-20s. I’m not saying she didn’t deserve the job or couldn’t do it. But I am saying whoever hired her really liked having her around for a job that’s easy. As long as no one tries to rob the place.

4. Stop watching porn at work. Let’s do some dirty math. If Lela Star is 33 years old right now and worked as an overnight manager between 19 and 20 years old, then she was watching porn while on the job in 2005. Roughly.

This is important because advanced cell phone technology has made it easier to watch porn at work. As long as you have unlimited data or an Xfinity hotspot, the only concern is making sure no one sneaks up on you. I don’t remember cell tech being good enough in 2005 to make this a viable option.

So was she using her work computer? Or a personal laptop while on the corporate network? Watching porn at work isn’t worth the risk. But if you’re going to do it, for the love of gawd, please don’t use anything that IT can tap into. That’s all I ask.

5. Lela felt she was hotter than the pornstars she saw. Which is arrogant, but an honest reason to enter any job. But attractiveness varies amongst people, and Lela Star never did much for me. If anything, Lela was perfect for the mid-2000’s porn landscape. I’m not confident THAT version of Lela Star would stand out in today’s porn.

6. How important is it to have an agent? Serious question and I would love to sit down with an actual agent to find out.

7. The honesty of porn. From how Lela describes it, I see the appeal in porn’s simplicity, especially if someone doesn’t have a lot of work experience. As she put it, pornstars know what they’re doing, the pay, who they are working with, and that both parties have been tested (they better be). I’m sure there are complexities as porn becomes a career, but out the gate, that’s pretty straightforward.

8. What comes after porn? Better yet, what’s the end game for pornstars? Lela mentioned merchandising, books, podcasts (I believe), YouTube videos and all the things one would expect. She clearly has her sights on using her name and influence to do something a little bigger.

But I think of porn the same way I think of football. There is plenty of money to be made for those who can make a career of it, but the majority of those in the field will get cut down sooner rather than later. After being used to that lifestyle, how does a pornstar enter back into a typical society and workforce?

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