My best advice for filming your own Porn? Just do it!

“Just DO IT” title. Two photos of Lux Neon in a simple outfit while the sun reflects off the wall. The third photo is a reflection in a pool of Lux Neon in a bikini.

This is NOT a ‘starter guide’. This is how I look at content creation and the advice I give when asked about my process.

When I first entered the industry I avoided creating videos. I was intimidated by the idea of trying something I felt I didn’t have the resources for. This is a mistake a lot of us make in work and in life. We hold ourselves back from creating in the hopes that one day we’ll have all we need to make it perfect. If you’re a perfectionist you know what I mean and this will be a struggle. I feel you, but this is the time to push passed it.

I bet everyone can relate to having a job to do and not having the resources to pull it off. If you’ve checked my ‘About Me‘ you know I didn’t start with an ideal situation for cam, let alone for filming. Back then it felt like starting a race a mile from the track. But if we sit around waiting for everything to be prepared and perfect before we start, we’ll never begin.

If you’re an artist you may be feeling like your work is never complete or never exactly how you want it. Every project I’ve finished I could see ways to improve it by the end. But that’s what should be happening because it means you’re learning and improving. Challenging yourself to film in difficult environments and situations is not ideal or easy, but it WILL make you a better filmmaker. Years later I now have a collection of over 200 videos I’m proud of, and it’s growing all the time.

The difference between ‘professional’ and ‘amateur’

When most people think about porn, one or two scenarios probably pop into their heads. Images of old leather couch sets, a gonzo style camera angle and an interview involving fresh talent. Or maybe you picture a Cali mansion scene gang bang with your favorite headlining porn stars. Don’t get me wrong, the adult entertainment industry is constantly putting out movies in a variety of contexts and quality and it’s inspiring. It’s just not what I do. Not exactly anyway.

Lux Neon in a pink bikini top and black yoga pants

When I’m filming smutty clips I don’t have a team or a camera person or a fellow performer to film with. No matter the number of years under my belt I and most camgirls are considered ‘amateur’ because we do everything ourselves when it comes to performance and creation. In general, an amateur (or indie) porn creator is producing content at a ‘lower’ quality level than big porn companies. There are pros and cons to both but we’ll leave that for another day.

I do want to mention the incredible influx of creators over the years who are pushing the boundaries of what’s considered ‘amateur’ every day. I’ve seen individuals and small teams produce films that could rival any of the big names. Even so, it’s by no means a requirement to look professional to go far in this industry as an independent.

Seek inspiration in your surroundings

When you look around what do you see? Seriously, what are you thinking about when you look around your environment? As much as I’d like it to happen, good ideas for photo sets and clips don’t always pop into my head out of nowhere. Sure, there are plenty of go-to clip ideas in porn but we’re going to take it a step further in this article. This is about exploring your best ideas and not letting your surroundings hold you back.

A screenshot from the Lux Neon video “Captured by the Hot Enemy Spy”

When looking for inspiration grab onto anything that gets you excited. An outfit, toy, or llama mask. A great way to build this adaptable mindset is by training yourself to see things in a different way. I had an aerial instructor who would say ‘the thing is not the thing’ to encourage us to play. Imagine using common objects in ways they weren’t intended. Unleash the imaginative kid in you. If you get stuck here, try books like “Steal like an artist” by Austin Kleon to get your brain cooking in ways you’re not used to. As creatives, we have no choice but to break open out own imaginations and apply them to the world around us. Fuck what anyone else thinks!

Screenshot from the Lux Neon video “Bratty Cheerleader JOI”
Screenshot from the Lux Neon video “Harley Quinn Steals a Kiss”

When I’m looking for video ideas I’m in the mindset that there are hot fantasies everywhere waiting to be uncovered. Just because an object or an area isn’t inherently sexy doesn’t mean it can’t be used to enhance a sexual fantasy expressed on camera.

A friend of mine had a filing cabinet so I moved it to a corner, stuck a plant on it and filmed a college office scene. A garage was the perfect backdrop for a sexy spy capture scene. I’ve blocked my front door by setting up boxes and other debris in my hallway so I can make it look like an abandoned building for Harley Quinn. When I get an idea in my head I’ll run around my entire apartment gathering random objects I think can enhance the scene. There’s not a song I can’t dance to and there’s not a 3×3 corner I can’t film porn in. The more you practice the better you’ll get at thinking this way.

Focus on what you have, not what you lack

This is the whole point. This is a way of thinking. A mindset you can adapt to your filming, art, and everyday life. There are ways to build up this skillset and develop this mentality and once you have it, you can’t unsee it. You’ll be surprised by what you can see once you start looking. But you have to begin somewhere.

Screenshot from Lux Neon’s 1st video from 2013

Whenever other creators ask me for advice on content creation the first thing I say is to start. The first video I ever filmed was with an old camera in my bedroom essentially rolling around naked on the floor. I had no idea what I was doing and that’s just fine. And yes, I still sell that video to this day because I want people to see how far I’ve come over the years.

Just DO IT!

There is no one way to go about amateur filming. You can do just as well ignoring this strategy entirely and filming in front of a white wall for the rest of your career. This became my way of doing things out of necessity and I think a lot of content creators can relate. I hope that by sharing this I can educate, inspire or entertain. That’s always the goal.

Lux Neon posing in the sun in a pink bikini top, white tube top and black yoga pants.

If I want creators to remember anything it’s that there is no one else exactly like them. Don’t be intimidated to create because somethings been done before. Put your own spin on it and make it yours. Also remember you’ll get better. You will get learn as you go and those who enjoy your content will love watching your growth. Don’t let fear and insecurity hold you back. Create, create, create!

A Camgirl reviews… “Camgirl” by Isa Mazzei

(No Spoilers) A regular from my cam room bought me this book when I was chatting about my sex worker library. A collection of books I’ve gathered over the years written by or about sex workers, sex and sexuality. I’m a fan of the movie thriller ‘Cam’ on Netflix (Also created by Mazzei) so I shot this book to the top of my reading list. I had no idea what to expect. Admittedly, memoirs are not a genre I frequent. I was worried a book like this wouldn’t keep my interest. Which is ridiculous because I devoured it in two days. Two because I forced myself to stretch it out so I could give my brain proper digestion time.

While an easy read, it may have you gasping in public because of its content. I want to point out that I have an obvious bias being IN the camming community while reading this. I remember TheOnlyUna. I was at some of the events she describes in these memoirs. I know some of the people she mentions. I will not be commenting on those specifics or my own memories from that time. Though I’d like to point out that memories can be fickle. Mazzei points this out herself and elaborates on her decision to pull strictly from memory which I respect. I’d just like to say, don’t take all the specifics in the stories to heart.

This memoir is not necessarily about being a camgirl. It’s about Mazzei. This is not to say it won’t help your curiosity for the industry. She was part of the cam scene for two years and has plenty to tell. It fulfills that craving while making you reflect on your own inner demons. It dives raw and unafraid into the bleakest and most vulnerable parts of Mazzei’s journey. Both in life and sex work. Whatever you’re expecting, it’s more.

Be ready to get real

Cover of “Camgirl” by Isa Mazzei, reviewed by camgirl Lux Neon

I struggled to find empathy at some points. There were times when I felt defensive. Angry even. I reached a point where I wanted to stop reading. Like every community, cam land is not made of one type of person. I’ve always known there are models who manipulate, lie and don’t care about ethics. That doesn’t mean I was prepared to get into the head of one. Despite these feelings, it was obvious in the text how self-aware Mazzei is about these parts of herself. She also makes a point to say how the experience of camming varies from person to person. If nothing else, I hope you walk away from this book seeing how everyone’s experience is different and they’re all valid. Release the stereotypes that might plague your mind deeper than you know.

This memoir does not sugar coat. If you can’t leave your own shame at the door, be prepared for an emotional ride. I know this might seem obvious once said but some people don’t remember being a camgirl is a job. That is to say, the stories of those who do this job are wide and varied like any other. There are those in the industry with wonderful stories and those full of strife. “Camgirl” shows both sides and everything in between.

So let’s get into it… (Possible Spoilers ahead)

Mazzei had a unique life from the start. It was only natural her life as a camgirl would be just as interesting. I think what was especially refreshing about this read is how open and honest she is no matter the subject that arises. It builds a sense of trust with the reader. It made me trust that there would be a ‘lesson learned’ type of ending and I was not disappointed. From her perspective, she couldn’t have changed for the better without camming. What almost starts as a variety of disconnected stories tie together until they’re perfectly bound by this narrative. People have talked about how sex work can help heal those who seek it out. Was Mazzei trying to show us how sex work can heal the worker as well? Or at least that it has the potential to?

For me, the journey captured in Mazzei’s writing is dark and beautiful in its depth. It’s a story framed with radical vulnerability and openness. The courage required for such deep self analyzation and emotional work is remarkable to see. I put down this book with a flurry of thoughts and emotions. It made me feel empowered to live more fearlessly. It made me think about my own relationship with my work and myself. It made me a little more cautious too.

It takes all kinds

Everyone who becomes a camgirl gets to that point for a variety of reasons. Over the years and as the adult industry has grown and changed these reasons have evolved too. While it’s easy to imagine the industry in a bubble, it’s not impenetrable to the outside. We’d be making a mistake to stick to the one or two stereotypical narratives that continue to circulate and pull focus. We hear from the privileged sex workers who love their job and find endless fulfillment. We hear about those who’ve been victimized by the industry or do the job as a ‘last resort’. These sides are valid. At the same time, it’s refreshing and challenging to follow Mazzei beyond the surface that many of us (camgirls) float at out of fear of judgment.

Is it scary to expose the industry and the people within it this way? From my side it is. The stigma against sex workers continues to endanger the community and people I care for. But it’s also necessary to expand the view of those outside the industry with human-centered narratives like these. We can’t freeze up and hide further to pressure a positive opinion from society. I think in the long run stories like these are what we’ll need the most. I think we need more sex worker perspectives in all of their diverse aspects out for the world to see. If you’re at all curious about the adult industry then this memoir will not disappoint. If you’re in the industry I hope it inspires you to share your story too.