Bree Olson Warns Women Everywhere That Porn Doesn’t Pay

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Bree Olson

Former Charlie Sheen “goddess” and ex-porn star Bree Olson hasn’t had it easy since leaving the adult industry.

Olson, 29, quit porn in 2011, but she’s still feeling the repercussions of her decision five years later.

After making close to $60,000 a month doing adult films, Olson says, “I could go back to porn today and make that — I could make $20,000 in one week if I wanted to. I don’t, because that’s how much I don’t want my photos on the internet.”

In a video for Real Women, Real Stories, Olsen warns women that once you leave the adult industry, it’s hard to make a living anywhere else — and there are no royalties from your work to sustain you later.

“There are no royalties in porn. I see ads to this day, and my movies are everywhere on the internet. These faceless people behind the industry still make millions and face no repercussions, and I am left to try and come up with ideas of how to have my own business because there’s not much else I can do. We are the only entertainment industry that doesn’t offer talent royalties after they are gone. So now I am shunned by society and broke,” she says. “I’ve had people recognize me off just my voice alone. Porn is the one industry where the more successful a woman is, the more she will suffer for the rest of her life.”

Olson also shares an important lesson that everyone, not just sex workers, should learn: Save your damn money.

“My biggest regret was leaving the industry. Leaving all of that money and trying to get the world to like me. They still don’t, and they never will. I should have just put in another five years at least so that in my smart financial years as I was older, I could have saved enough to live comfortably for the rest of my life.” She adds, “I send a very strong message to young girls: don’t do porn. As much as you want to embrace your sexuality and say ‘I can do whatever I want with my body’, you’re going to have a life of crap in front of you. You can never work with children after you do porn, you can never work in the medical field after you do porn. These are things that teenage girls don’t think about. How people treat you for the rest of your life — it’s not worth it.”

Of course, whether or not you do porn is up to you, but harrowing stories like these should give you some pause. Sure, you’ll make less money upfront as a barista to pay off your student loans, but you’ll have a hell of an easier time sending out resumes later. Porn doesn’t have a retirement package. It doesn’t have a 401K. And it doesn’t really look great on a CV for most companies. Your best bet is to embrace your sexuality privately and not embark on a short-lived, short-sighted career that will leave you trapped.

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