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Monday, April 27, 2009

Amateur or Pro?

Am I amateur, or pro? This is a question I hear all the time and I think it's worth a blog entry since it seems to really matter to some people.

There are conflicting views about the definition of the terms "amateur" and "professional"and, like many terms, each has different meanings depending on the context in which it is used.

In terms of vocation - what one does for a living - a professional does what he or she does full-time and for his or her primary source of income. An amateur does not. It does not matter how much, if any, money that person makes doing the activity in question...if that person's primary source of income does not come from that activity, then that activity is not his or her profession or vocation, it is his or her avocation. Someone with a typical 9-to-5 job or who owns and operates a business of his or her own may also be an avid sculptor, writer, photographer or musician, for example. They may take their chosen activity very seriously, work hard at it and, if they are lucky, eventually make money from it...yet still do it part-time only. Any financial gain generated from their chosen activity is a by-product of how well they do what they do and how others respond to it...but it is not the point of what they do. If the income stopped, they'd still be doing it because they enjoy it.

Also, a profession indicates a "calling"...something that the person in question considers to be his or her primary identity in life. For example, a physician is a physician 24/7...he or she may not be at work every moment, but no physician (or artist or craftsman, etc.) would consider their work to be a mere "job".

In our case, then, Steve and I consider ourselves to be amateurs in the adult biz. I certainly don't consider myself to be a professional porn star, no matter how much popularity or success I have achieved, and I certainly don't consider what I do to be a "job" either, because I don't do it every day, it doesn't define who I am, I love every minute of it, and I don't "need" to do it at all. Likewise, Steve is a totally self-trained webmaster, photographer and videographer and enjoys keeping things at that level. It goes without saying that my personal web site, our own DVDs and, recently, the occasional pro video work I've been doing on a part-time basis all consume a lot of our time and require sustained effort yet still, after 11 years online, they do not occupy "full-time job" status in our lives. One week we may shoot 1 or 2 times for my site and that's it. Another week I may do 1 or 2 "pro" shoots for studios and that is it. And yet another week we may do no shoots at all. It all depends on our "real world" schedule and, most of all, our personal choice. We are always in full charge of our time.

Also, my own web site is still not only my first love but my first priority. Do I get paid well to do pro video work? Yes. Do I shoot pro work all the time? No. Could I do it for a full-time I wanted to? Yes, absolutely...but I choose not to. The fact is that no matter how often or little I am shooting pro work, Steve and I are still working on the site in some capacity every single day for a bit...answering email, prepping updates, shipping DVDs, providing customer service, etc.

I guess the best way to describe what we do is that we take a professional attitude toward being amateurs. Much to our surprise, we have built up a very large and loyal following over the past 11 years, so we can't (and don't) take the site lightly...we feel we owe our members a high level of personal commitment. But on the other hand, it's not our primary source of income...which insures that we still love what we do. Instead of being drudgery, as is the case with many if not most "jobs", it's still a passion. And I think it's abundantly clear that I genuinely love sex, whether it is on-camera or not and no matter who I am shooting for. But in my heart of hearts, I am most into it when it is my husband and soul mate behind the camera, allowing me to indulge my wildest fantasies with total abandon. And that's something you're simply not going to hear from too many professional porn stars.



Greg said...

Janet, I watched many of your professional scenes and enjoy them every bit as much as the ones you do for your site. However, you and others wish to define yourself, please, just continue to demonstrate how much pleasure you are getting out of what you are doing. It is the eagerness, openness, willingness, the eye contact, the desire to please the one you are with...all those things make you unique and the best professional amateur ANYWHERE.
One thing I am enjoying is watching your evolution in lovemaking. Not that you ever needed to change or get better, but watching you take a cock deeper and deeper in your throat is an absolute turn on. I can just imagine how Steve is taking all this in. Damn lucky man he is!

Anonymous said...

Too me also you are still amatuer. I don't go out and seek pro style videos unless you are appearing in them. I've also never been one to go to an adult bookstore to look for Vids, until now. But that is only cause I look for your stuff Janet. I've been a member for quite sometime of Janet's site and will always remain a member until it goes away(hopefully never). I love that you tackle the pro world, it's a huge turn-on. I really would love to watch you do some really wild nasty things in the pro world but I still would rather watch most of your stuff on your site. Keep it up.

sexy couple said...

love the update janet we are and always will be supporters and admirers of you. Love your site and your vids. Your new movies in adult are totally awsome. The talk in la is you are a hot commodity girl!You have it all,looks intelligence and still being a total mom. Hoping to see more in the future. We totally relate to your update. nanc

Chris in Montana said...

Janet is the best amateur or professional in adult entertainment and she keeps getting better. Here is how you can tell Janet is still an amateur: no tattoos, no unnatural looking lip injections or facial surgery, no drug or alcohol use, no degrading scenes and the number 1 reason...SHE LOVES IT! Meeting her and Steve in person was a super experience for me. They are even nicer in person than they are on camera.

Zez√£o said...

I luv your text...but I've to tell you, to me you're a professional MILF, and I love it !

No doubt I'm your brazilian fan #1, if I could I would fuck with you every single day !!

everyday you receive a Handjob as compliments!

keep fuckin' hard, best milf ever !

Dave said...


I just watched you getting gangbanged by 3 black guys. It was one of your "pro" shoots.
You looked super hot!
I just love seeing you packed full of BIG BLACK COCKS!
You were made for black cock and I'm sure you're loving every minute and every inch of it!!

Can't wait to see Mandingo or Shane Diesel split you open!

Anonymous said...

Wow I just saw where Janet has Pole Position with Lexington Steele coming out at the end of the month. She still is amatuer to me.

U.C.I. Photo said...

Hi Janet
I look at it this way. You aren't a pro. You’re an amature that does pro-shoots. The reason I say that is because an "amateur" is who you are but pro-shoots is what you do.

To be someone who identifies them self as a pro to me would mean that there's some level of emotional detachment and the end result is more important than enjoying the process involved in creating that end result.

Just my two cents. ;o)

hills said...

I don't really care, I'd fuck you any day. keep up the great work babe.

Anonymous said...

Call yourself whatever you'd like Janet. We just hope you continue taking huge cock as many and often as you can. Ever thought about a gangbang of, oooo I don't know, 50 or so fans?

Anonymous said...

Love your work with Richard Mann in the kitchen!!!!!

Anonymous said...

As great as you look on camera, it was even better meeting you in person, (Twice).
Keep having fun. Glad to know you guys.


Anonymous said...

I think you're only a pro if you're doing things with people you wouldn't want to do anyway.

You need to do a flick with Jack Napier...