I Spoke at Patreon Adult LA!
Feb 6th, 2019 | Lety
Updated Feb. 16th, 2019
Feb 6th, 2019 | Lety
Updated Feb. 16th, 2019
Alright, so we had a Patreon meet-up for adult content creators last week. One of the first events of it’s kind, actually, and co-hosted by me, which was pretty dope. And it was at the Federal NoHo in Hollywood. For those of you that aren’t from LA, the goal of every Angeleno is to stay as far away from Hollywood as possible. Traffic is terrible in Hollywood. Parking is terrible in Hollywood. Hollywood is not a fun place to be.
Like, man. Traffic was so backed up on my way to the meet-up, I ended up being like 30 minutes late and missed out on personally hitting up every single person before the event. I just arrived and then started figuring out my camera set up asap so I could maybe vlog through the evening, but obviously, that didn’t super pan out either. I did get some cool shots of the food and stuff we had though!
But yeah, walked around debating what to eat for a few minutes before getting pulled away by Mindy and then the entirety of the Patreon team present to talk about the event. And also everyone thanked me for co-hosting this event and for being an advocate for adult content creators and like, I dunno. It’s a very weird thought for me, being an advocate for a community. I feel like I can hardly stand up for myself half the time, it’s weird to be told that I’ve been standing up for others.
After I got to meet the Patreon people I’ve been talking to online for the last few months, Mindy pulled me aside to kind of walk and talk and went over our expectations of the evening. One thing I will say that I noticed when I walked in and that Mindy commented on as well was that every single person was talking to someone. No one super looked alone or off to the side– two dozen somewhat creators showed up, and everyone seemed engaged and happy.
Anyways, so we talked about how we hope this goes well so that maybe we can do more of these in the future, perhaps even the next quarter, and that’s when I made my biggest mistake of the night. I saw that Mindy, cool lady extraordinaire, was drinking. And so of course, I just had to get a drink as well. Gotta be cool in front of the cool kids.
The thing is, I’m a lightweight. Like. I cannot handle alcohol, at all. I’m not an alcoholic by any means; I’m just one of those girls where it’s like, give me a can of beer and I’m out of it for the rest of the night. Or in this case, give me a glass of wine, and I’m just kind of dazed for the rest of the evening.
Alright, so then the main event started, and Mindy kicked things off by doing a little ice breaker. Cutesy little questionnaire type stuff, Sony or Nintendo, are you a night person or a morning person, stuff like that. I was just kinda like, drowning in anxiety at this point and also I guess I was a little tipsy? I was trying to stay focused on the speech I was about to give, honestly.
At some point, the question was “what’s a challenge you’re facing in life right now?” and I just opened my dumb mouth and said “social anxiety!” See, if you joke about it, it’s less of a problem right? No, not really. But good try, Lety.
Anyways, I think it was Anna–she’s in charge of the team working with adult content creators at Patreon–who raised her glass to me and said “amen” to the social anxiety bit. It was probably Anna. You can always count on Anna to be there for you.
But yeah, then the icebreakers ended, which meant it was time for me to speak! And speak I did. Funny thing, Mindy asked me to speak, and I just agreed in a heartbeat without really considering the fact that I’ve never actually really spoken before? Like the biggest crowd I’ve talked in front of before was a conference room of 8, so a full room was quite a step up for me.
I’m not good at speeches or talking. Which is funny cause part of my work as a content creator involves writing comics every single week, but like, big difference between that and speaking from your heart, you know? Also, I was super busy the weeks leading up to the evening, so I literally finished up that speech like 12 hours before the event started and didn’t have time to go over it at all.
You can take a look at that speech here if you rather not listen to me drone on and on without end, but fun fact– it’s like nine pages long. And how long does it take to get through 9 pages of text? About 25 minutes. That’s how long everyone let me ramble on about myself without stopping me.
I didn’t know it took 25 minutes until I put my little vlog together. If you had asked I’d have said it took 10. So, my drunkenness probably had a lot to do with that, cause I am still shocked that I went on for 25 minutes.
I very clearly remember Carla going up to Mindy and whispering something to her in the middle of my thing and I was just like, oh god I’m doing something wrong. So then I had to fight back the urge to vomit, which thank god I did.
At this point my friend Shelby in the front row started making this weird gesture to me, that can only be described as universal sign for “blowjob,” cause that is 100% how my drunk ass processed it. And I was like, what the hell are you going on about, homegirl. It turns out she meant to get closer to the mic, cause at that point I was kind of getting further and further away out of fear that I was doing everything wrong. Which apparently I was, cause holy cow, I went on for like, 25 minutes.
In the end, I managed to end my speech at a reasonable volume. And without vomiting on everyone. I’m pretty proud of myself for that.
Also, everyone applauded and told me how cool it was to hear about someone else’s story. So either I did okay despite how long I went on, or everyone in that room is a dirty dirty liar.
After that, Jacqueline went on to talk about what’s cool and not cool on Patreon, and what adult content creators can watch out for to make sure they’re not in trouble with the Trust and Safety team.
The highlight of her bit for me was “Nudity is allowed, I just want to make sure that we say that.” It means a lot for me personally to hear someone from Patreon say that they are cool with what I do. Here’s what’s explicitly not allowed, and nudity is not included in that list, because that is 100% A-OK.
And also, if there’s something minor that’s wrong with your page, their team will work with you to get it back on track. All of that helps put me at ease after all the problems the adult content creator community has had with Patreon in the past.
Anna went on after Jacqueline finished and talked about all the stuff her Creator Success Team does to help adult content creators succeed on the platform.
One thing she really focused on is that Patreon understands the fear that adult content creators feel when talking to Patreon support, and how they’re doing their best to combat that and make the staff more accessible to creators of all kinds.
She’s down to work with anyone who needs one-on-one support to make sure that their creations, whether its illustrations or photosets or anything like that, are within their guidelines and how to promote them best so that each project can be as successful as possible. She’s also interested in advice on what more Patreon can do to better cater to this community, so if you have any thoughts on that or questions for her, you can hit Anna up by emailing her team at [email protected].
Mindy finished things up by talking about new things coming to the Patreon platform and then doing some Q&A.
The most important question I remember from that is someone kind of bouncing off of my speech and asking how adult content creators can reach out to one another and build new working relationships.
I think it’s super important for adult content creators to have a sense of camaraderie, especially at this turning point in history where I believe Western culture is going to finally accept our work as a valid and legitimate art form and way of expressing yourself. It’s more important now than ever to rally our voices and make sure that we’re heard by the big companies out there, and that’s the main reason I’m working with Patreon towards being more open and accessible to their adult content creator community.
So if you’re a model out there taking lewd photos or an artist making rule 34 pics or anyone else that even slightly falls under that umbrella that wants to talk, feel free to hit me up cause I’ll for sure talk to you. And we also have this cool Discord server for all content creators that I’ve been working with Patreon on, with more voices added each day, and I’ll for sure invite you to that as well if you’re not already on there. And otherwise… yeah.
Here’s a higher res version of that thumbnail pic in my vid, without anyone’s faces unfortunately cropped out.
Hope this shitty little video I made of the event and this shitty little article I threw together was of some value to someone, and I can’t wait to see more adult content creators at these events in the future.