Sunday, October 18, 2009

Running Like Crazy to Catch Up!

Maya Paradox
Running DLH Productions is a full-time+ job. I started the company in September of 2008 to produce high quality bondage media for the internet ( I also wanted to use the company and its websites and productions to promote "normalization" of BDSM practice and interest. I support the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom which focuses on this goal.

Since starting the company (with a minimum of capital and maximum of elbow grease), I have tried to find "sweat equity" partners to help build the company and participate in its success. I've been through about 8 "partners" so far and for one reason or another it hasn't worked out. Lot's of work for little or no pay is definitely challenging, but that is the way it is when one starts a new business. The first partner to make a real contribution to getting into the earning money era was model, Missy Shae. She helped get our first clips up on our store, at and sure enough, we started making a little money in June 2009. She generously agreed to invite two more model/partners, Eden Fairsea and Maya Paradox into the company in July. With their enthusiastic help we saw our income continue to go up.

This partner group was instrumental in helping me and DLH produce the first ever BDSM musical, "Sacred Pain: The Heroines' Journey." The show premiered for a one night debut on September 12. We played to a packed, sold out theater and we hope made history in this unique performance.

Sadly, Missy Shae and Eden left the company shortly after the show. I was gratified and very fortunate that Maya Paradox stayed on. She's a real trooper as well as talented as all get out, hotter than hot and a genius to boot. A musician, writer, grad student, model...definitely a Renaissance Woman! Wow, what a great partner and I hope she's for keeps. Our challenge, as in any start-up is to make money. We have a huge inventory of photos and video and are working practically around the clock to edit, post and market our fabulous bondage movies and photos.

We've been getting a lot of advice, much of it nearly incomprehensible and arcane, but sincere from Walter of Clips4Sale. He's a genius on marketing adult entertaiment on the internet and has done remarkably well. I'm just hoping we can figure out what he's talking about and make it work for us.

I spent much of yesterday and this morning multi-tasking while chatting with Walter on how to boost our sales.
And now, to take a break and go for a walk with my beloved son!

Monday, October 12, 2009


I am a fairly active member of the San Francisco BDSM community. I have a BDSM Production company that has a website and we also do live BDSM performances.

I just read from a NCSF (National Coalition for Sexual Freedom) about a lawsuit filed against a local club owner for an accident which occurred almost 2 years ago. The accident involved a suspension gone bad. The female sub was hanging by her ankles when something came loose and she crashed to the floor suffering some fairly serious (and expensive) injuries. Of course, the news of this terrible accident spread quickly including mean gossip and the usual inaccuracies. I wasn't there so I won't add to the misinformation.

What concerns me here is that this was an opportunity for the BDSM community to work together to solve a problem, instead, it devolved into a nasty, polarizing incident that has caused divisions and now what is sure to be a nasty lawsuit, rather than a coming together to help someone in need (the injured woman) and work together.

Those of us who are into BDSM are at risk. We are still stigmatized by the psychologists disorder manual (DSM), discriminated against and thrown in with child molesters as nasty perverts. We may joke about being perverts, but most of society doesn’t think it is funny at all and has no problem discriminating against us including the constant threat of actually going to jail for doing what we like with consenting adults. The Gay community got sick of this kind of treatment years ago and began working together to get their basic human rights.

There a number of organizations that seek to address these issues such as the NCSF, the Society for Sex and Culture and local organizations like the Society of Janus (San Francisco). We need to support these organizations, work together and try to get our human rights.


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