Living XXX: University student, former porn star speaks out

After three years, he paid off his student loans and his car.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB)- Elliott Vance looks like your average biology major, unless you check his twitter, or search his name on the Internet.

“When you actually look back and you’re in the middle of doing these things you’re just like wow, alright I never thought I’d be doing this,” said the 23-year-old student.

He’s talking about porn.

Vance was recently featured in a special sex edition of UB’s student newspaper, The Spectrum.

He’s always loved being on stage, and started thinking about trying adult film just out out of high school.

After spending a few years working three jobs, he gave it a try.

“I really had no expectations going into it,” he told News 4.

His first shoot was in Buffalo, with a small adult film company.

“It wasn’t like there’s this huge major camera crew, it was one guy with a camera, another guy holding the lights, and it was me and somebody else,” he said.

“This was something completely like, hey if I want to do porn, I’ve got to get comfortable doing this.”

He did, and he made a decent amount of money doing it; between $500 and $1,500 per scene.

But the Internet has changed the game, Vance told News 4; it’s become harder to separate the professionals from the amateurs.

“People think oh these porn stars are making hundreds of thousands of dollars every year shooting all these scenes. They’re not. It’s not what it used to be.”

Vance also worked as an escort; he was paid for his time, not for sex, which makes it legal.

Sometimes the night would lead to sex, but he said for him, there’s a clear line between his work, and prostitution.

“A prostitute is somebody who stands out on a street corner,” Vance said.

He traveled the country and stayed in nice hotels. His clients were white collar, professional men. At times, he could make several thousand dollars a week.

After three years, he’d paid off his student loans and his car, so he set aside some savings, and made some investments in the stock market. At just 23-years-old, he’s more financially secure than most middle aged adults.

Still, he said he didn’t do any of it for the money.

“Doing it has given me the confidence and the ability to go out there and do things I never thought I would be able to do, or do things I never thought I was good enough to do,” he told News 4.

Living a life outside the lines means being susceptible to critics. Vance remembers when a Duke student, known as “Belle Knox” was outed for working in the adult film industry to pay for school.

“There was a brief moment, of oh my God I’m going to be going to school soon too, and could this happened to me?”

But he said doesn’t have anything to hide.

While there are still serious problems with abuse and human trafficking associated with pornography, he said that’s not his experience.

His goal now, aside from finishing his bachelor’s degree, is to change perceptions about sex and sex workers.

“If you’re going to say filming pornography is immoral and wrong and terrible and you’re selling your body, well who’s to say that being an athlete isn’t selling your body?”

As far as the future? Vance has no regrets.

“If somebody doesn’t want to hire me because they think I’m a liability because I’ve done porn and escorting in the past, and they’ve Googled me, I honestly think that’s their loss,” he said.

Vance also wants to use his popularity as an adult film star to promote the important of safe sex. He said the more people talk about it, the less taboo it becomes, and the more likely people are to get tested for HIV and take preventative measures like PrEP.

 

 

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