OnlyFans models feel ‘burnt out’ and exhausted after pandemic porn boom


Sex workers who earn thousands by posting raunchy content on subscription site OnlyFans are experiencing burn out.

During the pandemic, a pornography boom means that online sex workers have been raking in the cash as fans spend more time at home.

But, the extra work seems to have caused many OnlyFans models to experience burnout.

Burnout is the term used for a state of emotional, physical and mental exhaustion caused by excessive stress.

And Fabiana Fox admitted to BuzzFeed News that the hustle has been wearing him down.

The content creator danced in strip clubs for 10 years, but turned to posting porn on the OnlyFans website during lockdown where he’s had to learn editing software, strategy, social media promotion and how to schedule shoots.

He said: “I needed to film today and I physically can’t,”

And, he’s not alone…



Fabiana Fox feels unable to work due to burnout

While subscription sites like OnlyFans, where fans pay a monthly amount to access a creators photos and videos, were a lifeline in the pandemic the work has taken its toll.

Some models have even hired management services to help promote and produce their work.

Honey Sanoria, 23, who makes between $5,000 and $10,000 every month on the site said: “I couldn’t really keep up.

“At first I’m like, I’m down for it — I love having sex. Then I’m like, this is a lot of work on me, on my body, mentally.”

The OnlyFans site launched in 2016 and saw unprecedented growth during lockdown.

Tori Montana, 21, who has filmed porn with BangBros and Reality Kings said she loved using OnlyFans during the pandemic.



Honey Sanoria believes the work is having an effect on her physically
Honey Sanoria believes the work is having an effect on her physically

She explained: “You’re able to expand yourself and make yourself so much more.

“I don’t call myself ‘ebony’ or ‘chocolate’ — any of those terms used to describe Black women in porn. I don’t use any of those because I don’t see myself as that, I just see myself as a woman. I’m so glad I’m done with that.”

But, as the site took off more and more creators began to sign up to do the work making it harder for everyone to earn a decent pay check.

Destiny Red, 32, films her scenes after her kids are in bed.

She noted: “Everybody and their grandmom is on OnlyFans. It’s oversaturated, so it’s harder to get people to pay.

“With me having to do my own promo, create my own content, editing my own content, and being a mom … It gets overwhelming.

“During the middle of last summer, when I was really struggling, I had a couple of people who were like ‘I signed up, and you’re not posting enough for me’.

“To me, my response to them was ‘I’m literally living through the same global pandemic you’re living through, and you’re just going to have to wait. I’m not a robot.’

“My anxiety is at an all-time high.”



Destiny Red
Destiny Red thinks the site is oversaturated

Tori Montana, who makes 80% of her income on the site, said that her tips fall from $300 a day to $100 a day if she takes a short break from messaging her subscribers.

She noted: “If I’m not in the messages hustling, I’m not really getting tips.”

This means she never gets to take holiday days…

Nicoletta Heidegger, a therapist with Pineapple Support, a nonprofit that provides mental health services to sex workers and adult performers told Buzzfeed that creators are “losing people who are their patrons and clients because they are expected to respond back ASAP 24/7.

“They’re real humans needing to have human breaks and balances and experiences. But they’re expected to be on all the time.”

After OnlyFans announced that it would be banning explicit content last month the adult actors were thrown into chaos, but after a U-turn they’re secure in their platform for now.

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