As promised earlier this week, today we’ve got a snippet of my recent interview with Tera Patrick, who – like Jenna Jameson – is one of the few porn stars that non-aficionados can identify by name. That’s because, like Jameson, she’s taken major steps toward mainstream crossover. She’s been a regular on the Howard Stern show, had a guest spot in Will Ferrell’s Blades of Glory, and will even be a downloadable character in the Saints Row 2 video game as of April 16. (How does she feel about it? “I’m really proud of that. I’m a hero,” she said. “I get to kill people with weed wackers.”) She’s also the first porn star to have an iPhone app actually cleared by Apple, although it is a PG-rated slide game.
Patrick is perhaps most notable for striking out on her own in 2003. After deciding she was tired of being ripped off by the big porn producers, she started her own company Teravision with her husband, Biohazard bassist and Oz actor Evan Seinfeld, who was also in on the interview (who could ever forget the photo shoot he did with Patrick and Skid Row Singer Sebastian Bach’s wife on the Supergroup reality show?). Here’s a short clip of Patrick telling me about exploitation in the business:
Patrick is possibly the best example of the liberating power of technology. Just as the internet allowed Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor to break free from what he felt was an exploitative music business by going out on his own, so too has it allowed porn stars like Patrick to bypass traditional distribution vehicles. Or, as Seinfeld told me:
If you’re independent, now is your time. You don’t need to go through a Vivid or a Wicked or a Hustler to get into the business. You can just open yourself a website and if you have something unique or good, you have the technology to get it out there and it’s the wild west. Have a good time.