AVN 2017: Still Recovering

Credit: Dev Grooby

Credit: Dev Grooby

This post is obviously very very late, but I had such a good time at AVN that I didn't want to skip it.  

AVN is a marathon. I am an introverted hermit most of the year and then AVN comes around and I have to socialize/network/talk to people for hours upon hours. I also drink more than I have throughout the entire year combined. With a bit of hand sanitizer and some deep breaths thanks to Fran, I survived all of the craziness. 

All in all, it was a really busy week. I moderated a really awesome trans panel with Aubrey Kate, Foxxy, Natalie Mars, and Stefani Special at the Joint. I also participated on an interesting panel on being a woman in the industry moderated by one of my all-time favorites, Chauntelle Tibbals, and spoke with some really kick-ass women (Kay Brandt, Bree Mills, and Angela White). Thank you so much to Sharan Street for thinking I was worthy enough to be included on this panel of female all-stars. 

Enough blabbing for me. This is really just an excuse to share my pictures :D

XBIZ 2017 Re-Cap: Unreal

I've had a couple of weeks to let the craziness of XBIZ and AVN 2017 finally set in. I had a quiet moment this afternoon where I was able to sift through my photos and I saw one taken of me at XBIZ's 2017 Industry Exec Awards.

See how weird I look in that picture above? I mean, this is a different type of weird rather than my usual weird self.  Here, I'm overwhelmed with excitement - in fact, I still can't believe I won. The last time I won something, I'm pretty sure I was still in high school.  Thank you to XBIZ and for those who voted for me (on purpose and on accident)! I am floored. 

For me, XBIZ marks the beginning of the crazy conference season. It goes XBIZ, then AVN, and then finishing up with the TEAs. Then I sleep for a week. This year was no exception, Dan (Sparky Snakeden) and I were running all week networking, trying to sit-in on workshops, and taking meetings. 

We did our usual Trans State of the Union roundtable moderated by Steven Grooby as part of XBIZ's conference. We had so many amazing people from our industry come and contribute to the conversation. As always, it was a very lovely and humbling experience for me. 

Anyway! Just wanted to share some of my favorites picture from that week! XBIZ often feels like the first reunion of the year.