I remember the day I told my mother I wanted to work in the adult industry. I was still at school at Emerson College and my TV/Video degree was about to take a different path. I told my mom I wanted to work in production for adult films. She looked at me for a moment and then asked, “Are you going to be in these films?” I said no and she was fine with it. How could she not be? We always talked about sex growing up and she showed me my first erotic film. My dad was perfectly fine with it too. They loved me and trusted me to do what would make me happy.
Over the years as I got more and more into the industry I kept hitting them up with a few surprises. Now I think they are used to all my antics. First there was putting myself out in the world as a sex blogger. Then the big one was telling them I was going to start modeling nude. I of course told my mom, I don’t want to keep anything from her. She called me the day of my shoot and asked if I was naked yet. My dad found out from my site and called me about it. We talked about it and he was eventually ok with it.
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My boyfriend is in the same situation. His parents know about his hobby, which is performing in porn. He doesn’t throw it in their faces and they don’t talk about it much but they know. My parents know about what he does too. I had interviewed him for my site so when we started dating they already knew about him.
The main point of this is how glad I am that my parents are really proud of me. I love the way they handle it. They accept me and my thoughts and what I want to do with my life. They know that I’m not putting myself in danger and am truly happy with my life.
I think one of the main reasons they can overlook the "content" of my life is seeing how happy I am. After the death of my brother my parents just wanted us to be happy and stopped worrying about what brought that happiness. Plus they know how stoked my brother would have been with my job at Zero.
I really am lucky with my parents and how they support me. While they may not be totally happy or agree with everything I do they still love me and support me. I know so many people in this industry where they are scared to tell their families, or their families know and they have disowned them. They don’t understand and want nothing to do with them. Which is really sad and I feel bad for those people.
I would never want to do anything that would make my family disown me. Thankfully I can push the boundaries with them more than most people can. I think I have shocked them as much as I will. I joke with my mom saying I’m going to do scenes with my boyfriend and she freaks a little. They do draw the line there which is fine with me. Just the other day I surprised my mother telling her an interview and seminude photo of me was going to be in a magazine. She was fine with it, and she will buy the magazine when it comes out, she is good like that.
In the end I thank my parents for trusting me to make good decisions and always supporting me in what I do. Hell even my grandmother knows and she is cool with it. So thank you family for loving me even though I’m naked on the internet, work in the porn industry, talk about my sex life on my own website and date a porn star. You really are the greatest and I love you dearly and would never trade you in for anyone else. I promise to not shock you with anything else...well for now anyway.