Ask a Porn Star: Prepping for porn

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In which super sexy porn people answer questions -- each week -- from Bay Area locals. View the last installment here.
Mediated by Justin Juul

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Fielding your questions this month is local celebrity, Lorelei Lee. Lee specializes in fetish porn (water torture, whips-n-chains, electrocution, etc.) and has a blossoming side-career as a writer. Check out some of her movies/pics here.

Jon N: How much prep time do you take before doing a shoot? Any special routines?

Lee: There is a certain amount of physical preparation: body hair removal, skin care, manicures and pedicures, etc. I do warm-water enemas before any kind of anal scene. Then there’s always about two hours of paperwork, make-up, hair, and costuming before every shoot.

When I first started working, I would get much more nervous before shoots, and I think I had a little bit more of a ritual about it –I liked to have a bit of quiet-alone time both before and after work. These days, the most important thing I do before a shoot is get enough sleep. I’m totally a grandma in that way. People think porn performers stay up all night at endless parties doing drugs or something. I’m usually way too exhausted to go out at night, especially when I’ve been working every day with seven or eight a.m. call times. The night before a shoot I always try to be in bed by ten or eleven.

Tony T: Do you have a porn persona that you consciously adopt, and if so, does it have any bearing on your "real life" personality?

Lee: I used to have much more of a divide between my performer persona and my real life, but as I’ve continued to work more and more over the years and to spend more time with friends from work, I’ve stopped compartmentalizing my life in the same way.

When I’m working with my friends, I’m much more likely to “be myself” while I’m performing – at least to a degree – it is still, of course, a performance. I’m not pretending to be someone else exactly, but I’m performing a hyper-sexualized version of myself. It’s a version of myself that is always cheerful, likes everyone, always feels sexy, and never gets menstrual cramps or thinks about the homework and errands she has to do later. I guess this can have a bearing on my real life just in that it can be exhausting.

Local writer/porn performer Stephen Boyer will be answering your questions next month. Check out some of his pics and an excerpt from his upcoming novel, and get ready for some raunch. Topics will include stretched holes, prostitution, and boredom.