The more email feedback I receive in regards to this blog and the gettingintoporn.com website, the more I've come to realize that many adult industry outsiders and insiders alike, initially are under the impression that a "hot body and pretty face" is all that is needed to become successful in the world of adult entertainment.
I'll admit, that initially I thought the same, but after only a few days of exotic dancing back in 2002, I found out very quickly, that it's your mind above all else, that is a performer's greatest (and ironically most attractive) asset.
Whether you're an exotic dancer, webcam girl, or adult actress - fine tuning and consistently IMPROVING your performance and/or style is a must. Generally the only way to do this, is by asking your clients/audience/who you work with what they think could be better (of course be careful who you take advice from) AND by watching your performances yourself.
If you're an exotic dancer, have someone video tape you while you're dancing in the club or just set up a video camera at home and tape yourself. Critically watch how you move and see if there's anything that you could add or subtract from your style.
If you're an adult actress, watch your movies and scenes. YES, I know watching yourself can be VERY hard to do. Most people who work in performance based industries tend to be a bit insecure and are overly self critical by nature (I know I am), but if you can get over your initial fears of self doubt and watch yourself as if you're watching someone else (really analyzing elements that can be improved on) you'll find that you will become much more natural, relaxed, and self aware in front of the camera.
Exotic dancers, adult actresses, and virtually anyone else in adult entertainment, should also keep up with and be aware of the performance styles of their peers. Not to "copycat" but to simply learn what works (and doesn't work) for who.
Generally the most successful entertainers are those who have seriously fine tuned, their craft and KNOW their craft most thoroughly. It takes a mind to achieve that, not just a hot body or pretty face :)