Phyllisha posted this as comments but in the interest of fairness I decided to make them a front page post because they answer a lot of questions, Pay attention y’all Phyllisha wrote this not me I am not taking any stance here except to give Phyllisha the same voice that others have been afforded and to reiterate that I DO support performers coming together to make their lives better and the Entertainment Adult Union has jumped through many hoops to become recognized as the ONLY spokespersons for adult performers in the eyes of the Federal Government and the Department of Labor. Phyllisha makes some good points in her responses.
I thought I would take a moment and answer all of these concerns one by one even though they are a few weeks old. I apologize I could not do it sooner, this is the first chance I have been given to catch up on things.
We are working very, very hard every day on creating the foundation and the correct structure of this Union. To all of us this is a new and exciting journey in life, so we are trying to make sure we have this foundation good and solid before we continue to make steps forward. We do realize that perhaps this step is taking to long, but we are figuring that, as important as this will hopefully become to each and everyone of us, that this is a step we need to make sure is done to the best of our ability at this current time.
We have a very very long list of goals and everyday the list seems to grow longer, with building our foundation we are beginning to create committees in which a team will help in reaching and work towards achieving each of these goals. We are reaching out to this industry and gratefully accepting all that are willing to jump in and help. The more of us who are willing to take the time to help the faster we will be able to reach these goals. I will make sure we place these goals on the website so that it is clear as to what they are.
We appointed Sean Michaels because we felt he is well respected, he is currently working as a performer in the industry and well, he is Sean Michaels 🙂 And anyone who has had the opportunity to meet and work with Sean, knows what a gentleman he truly is.
Evan Stone had decided not to take the position because he wanted a higher one. As stated in the constitution of this Union “until, in which time this Union is created, the officers can be appointed” because, well we have to start somewhere.
We are not focusing all of our attention, at this very moment, in attracting performers to join so we can collect money. We are not at this time collecting any dues or asking for anything, except to join and please take part in the creation of something that will become incredible and benefit all of our futures.
Instead we have been focusing on other things, and as stated above we will place all of our goals on the website so that our intentions are clear, even though these goals seem to grow on a daily basis.
The elections were a mess, I openly admit, it was our first effort and it taught us that we have still have a lot to learn and we learned what not to do on that front.
Trying to scam a performer is the complete opposite of what we are achieving. Everyone of the officers and board members, who will be announced the moment it is government approved, are performers themselves, why would they spend all this time trying to scam you instead of help you? Every board member is someone that has been in this industry for a good amount of time. It is not a bunch of people who were never involved with this industry who do not understand the unique needs of this industry.
The two advertisements on the website are there to take up space and balance the look until such time as we get real ads, yet you have found a way to make that an issue anyway. So yes if anyone would like anything placed in those spaces please send me an email we would be happy to put it up and no there is no charge to do so at this time.
We do not feel we need to demand anything, from anyone. That is not how we are trying to go about things. We are more looking for ways which, as an industry we can all come to an agreement that can benefit everyone. Demanding that producers pay for testing is taking money out of the production cost to shoot the movie, so that is not our first approach. But if we had health insurance that could cover the cost of the testing plus, performers have insurance in case we do catch something, it seems to be a win/win situation. Except for perhaps the testing centers. But they have made enough money from us, in my opinion, anyway.
The piracy link was placed by someone who had control of the website, that person no longer has control of website and that link has been gone now for awhile. Unless, perhaps I am missing something?
A credit union has been offered to us, and that is another thing we have been working on. But it’s not that easy because as we stand now, our industry links us as a “high risk” profile. Therefore we have to start there first, working with the EOCC to create a “can not discriminate against your source of legal income act.” So that your job title can not hold you back from things such as loans, as long as you qualify otherwise.
For anyone to state they will not hire someone because of the union is illegal. And that is a law that has been in effect since the beginning of Unions. So I would hope, no one would ever make such a statement.
We want to help all performers, if you really think about it performers who are putting their life at risk, each and every time they do a shoot, they should have something to show for it but so many don’t because there was no one there to guide them.
I think with the numbers this Union is achieving, without even trying that hard, we shall soon prove to those in this industry that believe performers are not worth anything, that we actually do have the mentality to succeed after all. Who knew? Eh ? 🙂
Raw Alex – now see, that’s what hurts my heart. Why would anyone want to take advantage of someone who would, after a scene leave crying, puking, and running for the door? This business is not made for everyone, for some it hurts their soul, and you can see it the minute you meet them, it is written all over their face and in their eyes. Aren’t there enough performers coming through the door everyday, as you state, that when you see a performer such as this, that perhaps some one should explain to her the truth of what she is about to do, and shoot someone else instead? And Don’t you dare make that statement , well that isn’t my job, she walked in the door by herself, I’m not her dad. Because that’s the problem with this industry these days. No body cares about anybody else. Don’t you guys remember when we were a family? Where we looked out for each other? The only thing that makes us not that way today is that shit right there.
So what if our family got bigger, that just means there is more of us to love…
Mike South, thank you so much for always speaking the truth and voicing your honest opinion, thank you for your criticism, as well for your guidance. And thank you for having the balls to say a lot of things, I wish I had the balls to say myself. Thank you for the prep talks and the motivation you keep giving us. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
And Thank you lurking for voicing your support, with all our hearts.
Love Phyllisha Anne