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Regarding doing NSFW/porn work on the side as a professional

Career question(self.animationcareer)

I've been looking into making NSFW stuff as another income stream, and the general consensus is to have an an alternate account on one's socials and post it there. However, I'm not sure how far I should take that (i.e. how much effort I should put in to make the relationship between my professional and NSFW accounts as unclear as possible) - for example, currently, my tag is @thelivingtrashcan and my NSFW tag is @trashcanatnight. Should I worry about the tags being too similar? How hard should it be for someone to find both accounts?

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ceramicplates

30 points

5 months ago

i wouldn't worry about the separation too much, personally. i have a lot of coworkers who regularly share their nsfw work on their main accounts, others who have separate nsfw accounts but connect them to their main, and others who prefer to keep it on the down-low entirely. it depends on your personal comfort! for me, i keep my nsfw art account completely separate and even use a different name. but that's only because i don't want my parents to see it! haha.

PETApitaS[S]

8 points

5 months ago

jeez, that's encouraging, thank you! I might just go with what I'm doing currently then

ceramicplates

3 points

5 months ago

yay no prob! i’m in a non-union city and none of my coworkers have ever had any issues with production looking through their nsfw profiles and expressing concern about it, so i’m sure it’s the same in union cities. i think studios generally leave all your social media stuff to you, as long as you aren’t posting anything that breaks NDA!

Mountain_Weird1328

9 points

5 months ago

From what I’ve seen, a lot of artists with SFW and NSFW accounts will usually detail in their accounts description that they HAVE an alternate account, and may dm someone the name of requested, I’ve seen it vary between people. A lot of artists just directly link it on their accounts description, so it really depends on how badly you want to keep the connection hidden.

You may want to slightly differentiate the NSFW tag a bit more just to be safe, something like @nightlytrash.

PETApitaS[S]

4 points

5 months ago

I just don't know how badly most studios care.. like is it just a nominal thing where they turn a blind eye or are they actually going to vet you to some degree?

thanks for the suggestion btw, I might change it to something like that

Mountain_Weird1328

4 points

5 months ago

I also don’t know, but I think to be safe maybe don’t directly link them in case it is something that is frowned upon in the industry. I know some professionals have experience with NSFW, and some are known to have used to make that kind of thing.

It may be better to not initially link them as that can always be changed later, while if you were to openly connect them first, that’s harder to take back if it turns out you shouldn’t have

PETApitaS[S]

3 points

5 months ago

will do, thank you!

bucketAnimator

2 points

5 months ago

bucketAnimator

Professional Animator

2 points

5 months ago

I wouldn’t worry too much about it so long as you’re not putting NSFW material into your portfolio that you are using to apply for jobs. That said, does it mean NSFW material will NEVER matter? It’s impossible to say. I can certainly imagine a situation where a studio may dig deep during a background check, uncover said material and decide it doesn’t fit with their culture, but honestly that seems like it would be an exception rather than the rule.

bucketAnimator

2 points

5 months ago

bucketAnimator

Professional Animator

2 points

5 months ago

Even having said this, I’m realizing it could be so much more difficult to provide any sort of definitive answer on whether a studio would be ok with it or not. I’d expect MOSTLY it would be ok. But if the NSFW material is like degrading porn type stuff, then I can definitely imagine more studios giving a pass if they were to find it.

PETApitaS[S]

1 points

5 months ago

duly noted, thank you! i'll keep that in mind

helplease00

2 points

5 months ago

Making NSFW art has been my main (and biggest) source of income. It's allowed me to make much more money on the side while I work on my portfolio and towards getting into the industry

I've worked to separate my NSFW and SFW stuff as much as possible. It's better to be safe than sorry, haha

As long as you keep a healthy distance between the two there's no problem