Tuesday, June 16, 2009

USC 2257: The Bane of My Fucking Existence


Have you ever been on one of those dinners with friends from high school where everyone around you is all like "Oh, I'm a doctor" or "Really? I'm a lawyer!" and you're in the background like "Yeah, I'm still waiting tables." Well, that's where I'm at right now. I haven't shot a scene in almost a month, my mom thinks I'm human scum, and out of the dozens of studios to which I've sent pleading applications, I've gotten, oh let's see here...Oh, that's right, nothing. Zip. Nada. Nothing. I'm trying to remain optimistic here but there's only so many times you can get the proverbial door proverbially slammed in your big fat proverbial face before you start getting proverbially accustomed to it.

Proverbially, of course.

I know it's only the amateur circuit thus far, but come on, I've still worked with some decently well-known sites here! Anyways, besides the fact that I look like I got kicked in the face by a mule, and the fact that I pretty much become invisible if I turn sideways, there's one other unfortunate bit of fuckery keeping me out of the States: USC 2257.

Basically, it boils down to this: In order to work the adult film circuit in the US, you have to be an adult (i.e. over the age of 18 years, obviously), which I can fully support. Kids deserve to be kids after all. However, this one other completely useless add-on to this annoying piece of legislature: You have to be a US citizen, or else have a visa, to model.

This is where it gets annoying: Not only is immigration damn near IMPOSSIBLE to successfully navigate when you're trying to go down with a more socially accepted job, but they will (or so I've heard) do everything in their goddamn power to keep you from coming down and making the super-happy-sexy-fun-times...at least on camera, anyways. Basically, you can go down, do unspeakable things with a dog or whatever, but so God help us should two consenting adults make a business decision involving sex. Because that would be bad.

This is just annoying as hell because (A) this is putting a serious damper on my as-of-yet still fleeting career, (B) It's a bunch of protectionist bullshit that's keeping a lot foreign talent out of the fun, and (C) even if you CAN figure out a way to work with the system, it will take forever to get around it. Just my luck, I live in America's Hat. Whoopee.

Anyways, right now I can do one of the following:

1) Become a citizen of the US (Impossible, but it would definitely be good for me long-term)

2) Get a Visa (Somewhat less impossible, but still pretty hard and short-term)

3) Work Illegally (Easier, but you know, ILLEGAL)

4) Quit Porn (Not happening. If I have to come out to my mom about this, I might as well milk this cow for all it's worth)

Anyways, if anyone knows anyway I can get some goddamn work in the US, email me, twitter me, facebook me, leave me comments, send a fucking carrier pigeon for all I care, but come on, universe, throw me a fucking bone here! You owe me already!

7 comments:

Rusty said...

We could get sham married to get you a green card, but I think that's also frowned upon. Also, difficult to explain when we'd both be trying to date other guys. And I'm about to move to Miami, which is nowhere near convenient for you. But! Could help with your mom though. "Guess what? I'm marrying a nice Catholic girl from the States!"

I'm sorry things are going so badly for you at the moment. Good luck and keep your spirits up.

thatchtastic said...

Can you just get with a guy in a gay legal spot. Dunno have to work for your fun.

Mareczku said...

Can you get a student Visa, Jeremy? How about studying in the states? An education couldn't hurt. I like Rusty's idea. What would mom say if you told her that you were marrying a nice Catholic girl from the states? Would it be kiss and make up time? I hope that I made you smile at least. :)

Hugs - Mark

Drew said...

There's like piere who worked in the us, is it just more money or new laws, only thing I know what changed was the passport thing.

Lord Thundercox said...

Just get me a nice chunky emerald on some white gold with snowflake obsidian accents and we can fix all this.

DeWayne In San Diego said...

I have had several producers and scouts tell me 2257 would NOT be an impediment as long as you have the two id's (Passport & Canadian license) A Vancouver friend says you just need a Passport to travel down here.

Now I talked to Zach at Regent Media (Freshmen and Unzipped) and he said as a company they wont do it.

We all know of course Pierre Fitch shot for Falcon in 2004. And Phillipe Delvaux shot at half a dozen Studios this spring.
Next Door Male,Hot House, Mason Wyler and Colt.

The skinny seems to be most Canadians & Europeans who shoot here find
1.A willing company
2.Travel as a Tourist to the US

You are correct,
IF you say your traveling to do Porn or a Playboy centerfold you WILL NOT GET A VISA
and under reciprocity Canada is just about the same.

They would not allow Mason Wyler into Canada last year to shoot porn in Toronto and tried to keep Michael Lucas out until convinced he was just making a personal appearance.

Why do you think Pierre travels to NYC to film US models like Turk Mason? Saves him the hassles of US models in Montreal.

Hell even Euro musical Acts and Actors have a problem getting an Official Visa to the US to do a concert tour!

So with so much OFFICIAL BULLSHIT with both Canada and the US over porn shoots.

Do the tourist thing and find a company willing to "do it under the table"

I would take Thexis up and see is Joe can get his boss interested in a shoot.

or falcon? Pierre and Ralph

You did some good work for Roddick and Video Boys.

We sure want to see you down here ;)

Anonymous said...

Brent Everett is Canadian and he found a way.