It’s good, because when a fan meets you in person, it solidifies them as a fan.
Since then, she’s worked with a number of well-regarded photographers, from queen of glam smut Suze Randall to brilliant fetish realist Steve Diet Goedde.
She’s done a series of soft-core videos with Andrew Blake, the kind that feature no sex, generally no men, and are more a centerfold in motion than the crude in-and-out of a typical “porn video.” She’s most often described as “exotic,” a convenient label for an unapologetically curvy Mediterranean beauty.
You started just modeling a bit to pay for college, and that’s nothing like being a small empire and building yourself as a brand.
Aria Giovanni: It took a lot of working for other people for the day, being hired that day for a shoot, to be able to build a brand name and be able to have enough money to launch a Web site and run a Web site. You have to keep your name out there and you have to work for other people. say you’re shooting photos for a mainstream magazine, that would be for promotion, because it’s hard to hit the mainstream media.
I wasn’t a business major, but I did take economics in college … Bad Mouth: Apart from your webmaster, do you do pretty much everything yourself? I don’t have an agent, and I’ve never had a manager.
It teaches you a lot about business, about supply and demand. I’ve always booked my own jobs, my own conventions, my own airfare; I negotiate my own contracts; I read my own contracts; so I do all that myself.
There are girls who get the reputation for not being the nicest person. I have some projects that I want to tackle later this year that hit different forms of media. And that’s a great site to have, because in years to come I’ll shoot other girls and if I decide to retire from modeling I can still sell other girls on there and not just myself.
There are other girls whose reputations are, ‘Wow, she’s really down to earth, really nice,’ and that’s what I try to do, because it’s important. Bad Mouth: You’ve always made a point of not doing hardcore. I think just someone that is down to earth and personable and classy and respectable. One of them I can mention is a DRM video site that I want to launch. And the other stuff I can’t really mention yet — I haven’t even read the contracts yet.
Bad Mouth: What do you like about coming to these shows?
Aria Giovanni: I think, not only do you make good money — we are motivated by the bottom line — but also the fact that it gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of my fans …
centerfold and more like your girlfriend’s cutest buddy.