Veronica Vain quits Wall Street for porn career in Las Vegas

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    Veronica Vain quits Wall Street for porn career in Las Vegas
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    From a staid-and-stuffy Wall Street bank-research job to porn star. That’s the journey Paige Jennings took in January when she left the canyons of New York City’s Financial District for the 2015 AVN / Adult Entertainment Expo playground in Las Vegas.

    The alternative-investments marketing analyst quit Lazard Asset Management at the start of the New Year to join the cast of the outrageous reality-TV series “The Sex Factor” being filmed here during AVN.

    Her scandalous career change made global headlines and added to the frenzy when she turned up at the annual adult convention in the Hard Rock Hotel. Paige became XXX-rated actress Veronica Vain and landed her first movie role here with Kayden Kross — adult entertainer, wife of veteran porn screen stud Manuel Ferrera and new president of the sugar daddy dating site ArrangementFinders.com.

    The company became the first product placement in the adult world as part of the storyline for “Screwing Wall Street” loosely based on the 1987 Oscar-winning Michael Douglas film “Wall Street” directed by Oliver Stone. In our Q+A with Kayden at AVN, she talked about the new company and its porn debut.

    Veronica signed a six-figure contract with ArrangementFinders.com for her debut film, which she shot first scenes for last weekend. In a byline article she penned for XOJane.com, Veronica talked about her career change, “The Sex Factor” and “Screwing Wall Street.” The website and Veronica gave permission for Vegas DeLuxe to reprint her musings of her journey from New York to Las Vegas and into the porn world:

    “Paige, you’re just too sexual!”

    I’ve heard this statement relentlessly in varying forms by everyone from friends to boyfriends to family members. Apparently, there is something grossly wrong with having an incredibly demanding libido. It just makes people uncomfortable — I suspect partially because most people aren’t particularly comfortable with their sexuality.

    But I am.

    I wasn’t always so comfortable in my own skin. With as strong a sexual presence as the perpetual leering looks from men of all ages tell me I have, there were times in my life when I wondered if sex was all anyone would ever want from me. Becoming a stripper at age 18 in order to pay for school without sacrificing too much time did little to help matters emotionally. Even more recently when I tell people I was a stripper, they will say things like, “Oh really! Well, I won’t judge.”

    As if they could possibly judge a situation with which they never found themselves confronted.

    I graduated from high school with a high GPA and significantly above-average SAT scores. It was enough to get me accepted into a Top 20-ranked university but not enough to enable me to attend. So I took a full scholarship to the University of Florida thinking I would kill it there and then go to a more academically prestigious school for an MBA or a JD.

    Unfortunately, scholarships do not pay the bills, and I was short on family members to help me. I am an ambitious high-achiever, so getting a full-time job while simultaneously attending school to me was out of the question. I didn’t want to burn out, and I wanted to be successful.

    I first started looking for nontraditional ways to earn money on Craigslist. There I was confronted with a plethora of escorting advertisements, nude modeling gigs, the occasional low-end sugar daddy and a few pornography castings. Escorting and porn were out of the question — the former seemed too risky and the latter seemed idiotic: Why would I advertise myself doing something generally rejected by society and harm my chances for a normal future?

    I was intrigued by the idea of a sugar daddy, however, because it seemed more discreet and less transactional. Shortly after, I found myself using a reputable sugar daddy dating site, and soon I was going on dates with wealthy men just looking for a little spice in their life who had no problem covering things like textbooks and rent and even buying me a new car.

    The trade-off in these types of relationships, however, is that it’s tough to try to date someone your age. These men want to feel like you really like them for them, which may or may not actually be the case.

    For some who are less interested in having a normal dating life due to academic or career concerns, it’s a fabulous arrangement. At this point in my life, however, I wanted that “college experience,” so I stopped sugar dating altogether. I instead found myself auditioning at a strip club, thinking it would give me the independence and freedom I so desired.

    Boy, was I right.

    I was great at stripping. I loved to perform, I was impressively athletic on the pole, and I was conversational and charming and humorous. All of that combined with my oozing sexuality led to me usually being one of the top earners at the clubs in which I worked.

    I went on like this for years. I got myself a boyfriend my age, paid my bills and was able to buy basically whatever I wanted and maintained a 3.7 GPA at UF. Of course, it wasn’t all cinnamon buns and rainbows: I still had a huge chip on my shoulder that I had to even do any of it in the first place while these upper-class white kids got to skate through their college careers out of touch with the real world and its struggles.

    I came to New York City in my last semester at UF seeking a way to break into the competitive finance industry. I was smart and hungry, and popular culture told me that was enough.

    It wasn’t.

    I transferred to Fordham University thinking closer proximity to the industry and more time with which to take advantage would make me more competitive. I spent two years there first stripping and then later deciding that if I wanted to be serious about my career, I probably should avoid having potential employers see me naked on a pole.
     
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    So I re-entered the sugar dating scene, which was the most perfect thing I could have done at that stage. I wasn’t particularly interested in having a boyfriend, and NYC is a haven for rich, interesting and sexually frustrated men. Many of these men offered to help me with interviews or even jobs — but I largely refused them out of principle.

    I knew that I had what it took to get things by my own intellectual merit, and I fiercely wanted to prove that to myself.

    I did just that. I landed the internship I had at a top Wall Street firm by pure initiative — I reached out to the group that hired me over LinkedIn and passed six rounds of interviews to land the offer.

    Eight months later, they wanted me to stay on full time after graduation. I, however, had become disillusioned with what “normal future” I thought I had been pursuing since I first graduated high school.

    Normal was boring, desks were boring, and bureaucracy was frustrating. I had learned that I am not a person who fits well into boxes, and I had this intense sexuality brimming at the surface that seemed to hinder more than help me.

    Sometime around October 2014, I started exploring options where I could combine interests I was passionate about with business, since I had this shiny new finance degree asserting my ability to read an income statement and calculate discounted cash flows.

    For me, this meant searching for industries in which I could work that may be more creative and less conservative than the finance industry. I knew that I liked fitness, video games, art and sex. I stumbled into researching the porn industry as an offshoot of my regular porn-watching habits — and due to a particularly intense sex session with my boyfriend who afterward asked breathlessly, “Babe, why have you never thought of trying porn? You’d be an amazing porn star!”

    In truth, my years spent as a stripper had introduced me to various people in adult entertainment, and I had been offered to do scenes. I always had thought I would be a great porn star, but I knew the money was not as great as it seemed, and the upside did not seem to substantially mitigate the risks.

    I found that many of these risks I had formerly perceived, such as STDs and drug addiction in the industry, were not nearly as severe as the public is led to believe. Performers are regularly tested every two weeks with the most advanced early detection tests (compare this to the general population who gets tested maybe once a year), and drugs are not significantly more prevalent than in the general population and usually comprised of recreational drugs like pot instead of hard drugs like meth or heroin.

    Finally, I found that the business can actually be quite lucrative with the right marketing, business acumen and development of multiple revenue streams. I was intrigued.

    At this point, I was mostly concerned with how to successfully break into the industry. The amount of beautiful women entering the business every year is staggering, and while I was confident, I wasn’t sure that I was attractive enough to stand out from the competition, objectively speaking.

    I did not want to shoot for peripheral, amateur-ish sites in order to break in and perhaps put myself at risk of working with less professional individuals. If I was going to do this, I wanted a clear path to the top of the industry, and that was just not something I knew how to discover at the time.

    So, instead, I started researching potential jobs in the industry that would hire a qualified individual like myself.

    Porn companies are companies like any other, and I figured that they would have use for business analysts. While looking for such opportunities, I stumbled across “The Sex Factor,” a reality-TV porn competition seeking individuals who had never shot pornography who wanted to get into the industry. The show was associated with some top names in the business, and I figured that if I could do such a thing, perhaps that path to the top would become more tangible.

    This was early January when I discovered and applied to the competition with some sexy selfies on my phone. I did not think that they would actually call me — I assumed that they had thousands of applications from much prettier girls.

    They called me within three hours.

    The next day I found myself Skype-ing with the producer of the show, who proceeded to tell me that I was exactly what they were looking for and who loved my financial-services background. He invited me to the final casting call in Las Vegas that day and recommended that I start a Twitter account and start drumming up followers to help solidify selecting me for the show.

    By this point, I had already refused the job offer from the firm I was interning at because I knew the industry wasn’t for me, and I figured that I could just strip until I figured out what I really wanted to do. I was just finishing an extra month at the firm to help my team tie up loose ends on a few projects.

    I started posting sexy selfies on the account, and while I was walking around the office that week accompanied by the usual trailing eyes, it dawned on me that guys on Twitter might find it really hot if I took some sexy pictures of myself at work.

    The office fantasy is prevalent in adult entertainment, after all. I started doing just that, and when “The Sex Factor” started retweeting those pics, my followers went up exponentially. I knew that I had something, and that this was the kind of marketing that would solidify my presence on the show and possibly win me the competition.

    By the Friday after I had created my Twitter account, my boss’s boss called me to inform me that some “revealing pictures” of me had surfaced on the Internet and that “it was best if I just did not come back to the premises” because apparently many people on the floor were aware of the Twitter account.

    I was flabbergasted — the pictures were in no way associated with my real name, and I only had a couple thousand followers. Although I had already quit and the conversation was somewhat lighthearted (I think the executive in question found the situation a bit comical), I found myself suddenly anxious. When I posted the pictures, I knew that I was hitting the eject button on my finance career, but this phone call made the situation suddenly very and scarily real.

    That same day, however, Brobible tweeted at me that they wanted to interview me and tell my story. Apparently, a senior editor at the publication had overheard someone on his sales force talking about me who in turn had heard about it from someone who had worked with me. I still have no idea who this could have been as I wasn’t particularly close with anyone at work.

    I had never heard of Brobible before, so I figured that an interview couldn’t hurt and I could keep my real identity anonymous while drumming up perhaps a few extra thousand followers. In any case, I figured that a little publicity would help my cause for being on the show as long as I performed well in Las Vegas.

    On Tuesday, Jan. 13, just four days after being asked to leave my firm and about a week after applying to “The Sex Factor” and making my Twitter account, Brobible published my interview on their front page.

    My followers started to shoot up by several thousand, and my attendance at UF got me some attention from the UF party crowd. I was happy with the result and went to bed that night confident about getting onto the show and enabling myself to start in the adult industry on good footing.

    The next morning I woke up and on whim wondered what would come up if I were to google myself.

    I was completely shocked by the results.

    In just one evening, Business Insider had found the Brobible article, discovered who I was, the firm and even the individual group in which I had worked. I was all over the Internet, and I was even in Dealbreaker, which basically every finance guy gets in his e-mail daily.

    I was freaking out. I hadn’t wanted all of this information about me publicized. I just wanted to be Veronica Vain, “The Wall Street Porn Star.”

    A few hours later, The New York Daily News had slipped into my apartment building and was knocking on my door. I was literally hiding in the closet, calling my boyfriend at his office and going completely insane.

    He had seen the news earlier than I and thought it was great for me. At the time, I did not agree. I was just scared.

    What if someone started stalking me? What did it mean that now people knew my real name? I reluctantly answered the door to the Daily News and shooed away their photographer. They were so interested. I did not think that I was that interesting. I was just a girl trying to figure out what she really wanted to do in life; why was everyone flipping out about it?
     
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    It’s just sex.

    By the next day, I had adapted. I suddenly saw the immense opportunity created by this new development. I was flooded with e-mails from top media sources as well as some of the top porn companies in the business. It seemed like everyone wanted a piece of me.

    Clearly, this was the path to the top tier of the industry for which I had been searching. My business acumen and confidence kicked back in.

    “The Sex Factor” started courting me much more than before, and getting onto the show was no longer the question. Whether or not I should do the show in the first place was the question.

    By the end of the week, my porn star idol Kayden Kross called me with an incredibly intriguing offer for my first movie in which I would get to do a scene with the goddess herself. The offer also featured product placement, a revolutionary development in the industry and one only I could really propel with my mainstream-media attention.

    I had already wondered why such a thing did not exist, and I was eager to be at the forefront of business innovation in the stagnated adult industry. I put the deal at the top of my growing list of opportunities and waited to see what others surfaced when I attended the Adult Entertainment Expo and AVN Awards the next week.

    Over the course of my days in Las Vegas, I met with most of the top production companies, as well as “The Sex Factor,” and Kayden Kross and her company, Arrangement Finders. I was fielding offers otherwise unattainable by girls of my industry experience, all because I had managed to create such a tremendous amount of hype without once doing a scene.

    The world was eager to watch me have sex, and they couldn’t simply search for me on a tube site like they were able to do with previous mainstream personalities who had forayed into the porn industry. After a bit more negotiation, I decided to go with Arrangement Finders primarily because of the business precedent it set (a mainstream company sponsorship of a porn film for marketing purposes) and because I actually did have successful experience with their product — sugar daddy dating.

    I also agreed to do “The Sex Factor” after some persuasion by the producers, but I refused to have sex on camera as that content was too valuable and I refused to sign anything doing away with my right to shoot for other companies (a key requirement of the show).

    What that meant for my longevity in the show was up to them to decide. I have since had quite an experience shooting my first movie and am now strategizing my next move in the industry.

    I’ve honestly had a blast — a stressful and at times bewildering blast, but a blast nonetheless.

    I must say: I certainly do not advocate for 18-year-old girls entering the sex industry whatsoever and in any capacity. If this is something a girl wants at a young age, I would highly recommend her to first get an education and a strong sense of self before she even considers such a thing.

    However, I know that this is the right path for me: I have the brains, sexuality, passion, confidence and personality to be successful if I play my cards right. Still, I hope that I do not become some sort of inspiration to women to follow in my footsteps unless they, too, struggle with an immense libido and above-average interest in sexuality combined with common sense and intelligence.

    But, as for me, I have no regrets. I can’t go back, and I wouldn’t if I could.

    I am Veronica Vain.
     
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    tl;dr. who cares?
     
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    aint hot
     
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    Let's see if she managed to invest and stretch out the 200 grand she'll make in porn, since she basically ruined any chance at getting hired in a legit place.
     
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    She better escort if she wants to make $200K.
     
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    Hotter than my guy. Where do I send the check?
     
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    God damn that was like a fucking entire book. Not reading, fuck her and yourself in the pussy
     
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    Don't for a second think this is about money or doing what is best for her "future" which is now destroyed. She obviously thought long and hard about jumping into porn and she clearly experience some kind of traumatic experience in her life that makes her think that this is ok, to leave behind a promising career and future to make a few quick bucks in the most degrading and dehumanizing way possible.

    I don't buy her sob story about college. She seems entitled, like she deserves scholarships AND free rent and living expenses. This isn't Sweden or one of those homoflexible euro countries where you can sit around doing what is minimally expected of you (To get an education) and live a lavish life that includes rent free living, fancy cars and good meals. Maybe if she applied herself at her dead end job @ Generic Unknown Asset Management Co and expanded her professional network she could have gotten something more promising. I know plenty of people who didn't go to schools that were even as good as U of F who are under 30 and making six figures working as Associates and AVP at the bulge bracket banks. At best a successful porn star may bring in ~$5,000 per video. Most rich porn stars make money off of other endeavors such as TV/Speaking engagements and business ventures (Dildo Factories and whatnot); and there is really only like 3-4 truly wealthy porn stars and the longevity of such a career is short. By 27 or 28 you can do milf porn and maybe if you aren't so broken in and loose by mid thirties you can move into gilf porn.

    Entitlement generation strikes again
     
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    dumb bitch couldn't get a scholarship there
     
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    What, no jokes about her finding an honest, more honorable way to fuck people out of their money?

    I haven't forgotten what Wall Street did to this country. Never.
     
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    :lol: nice