Jon's Bondage Blog

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June 1st marks a quarter of a century that I've been in this business. I feel like I already did the big retrospective of my career five years ago in this blog when I hit the 20 year milestone, and I don't know what else I could add to that. So I'll share a few random thoughts.

This industry, like many others I suppose, has no shortage of people with large egos. I try hard not to be one of them. Although I'd like to believe my longevity has been solely because of talent, I realize that I've been remarkably lucky. There aren't too many of us who have survived for 20 years or more, and that includes some talented producers who deserved a much longer run. So how did I get this far?

I would credit a strong work ethic, a single-minded dedication to our fetish, and a stubborn nature as being crucial to reaching this anniversary. But more than that I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by supportive people who helped me get started all those years ago, and who've helped me through the difficult times during this long journey. Lorelei is the main person, of course, but I'd also like to thank my business partners at FM Concepts, Chase Brocco, Ikaras Jones, Nimzo, and all you paying customers. I would be remiss if I didn't also include Mr. Robert Harmon, who allowed me the creative freedom to find my voice in those early years.

The internet has been revolutionary for producers and customers alike. The information age has created a platform unparalleled in its egalitarianism. But that's not always a positive thing. These days anyone can, for example, publish a book, no matter how poorly written. Yes, they can bypass the publishing companies, but they also miss out on the benefits of editing, proofreading, and having an objective party question the merits of publishing the book at all. Any motivated person can host a podcast, unlike terrestrial radio, which has some minimal standards as well as sponsors to answer to. Often, ability has nothing to do with it. And now, for better or worse, anyone can go broke trying to produce their own fetish content. Back in the days of magazines and VHS tapes when I started my career, there were very few companies producing bondage entertainment. To a degree we (that is, all of the active Harmony Concepts alumni) were all finding our way, but we always strove to maintain a certain level of professionalism. With the advent of digital photography, easier access to videography and a new outlet for selling content, there was an explosion of new and often unique voices in our genre. While it was a wonderful time for people with specialized interests to express themselves, it's not too surprising they couldn't remain viable in a glutted market. I hope our commitment to upholding an acceptable standard has contributed to our long tenure in the industry.

I feel lucky that my own tastes are mainstream enough that I can try to create bondage videos that I like that will also appeal to the folks who experienced the same psychological imprinting from popular entertainment that I had. For a long time now I've felt that the people who create something, artists, writers, musicians and auteurs, are innately brave. They fearlessly reveal something about themselves when they produce their art, and open themselves to criticism as well as praise. I don't know if I'm brave (because I don't feel especially brave), and more often I feel like I'm just sharing a beloved thing with friends and like-minded people.

At the risk of wandering into negative territory, at times I find it amazing that any bondage producers — or producers of adult content in general — can manage to stay in business these days. We're plagued by credit card companies and banks that are openly hostile to us. Frequently we're subjected to ineptitude by payment processors and web hosts, and dishonest webmasters. A majority of our customer base feels entitled to get everything we produce for free, and there are wealthy, thieving tube sites that happily accommodate them. This is made worse as we get no meaningful copyright protection for our work. And yet despite these obstacles, we're all trying to continue. It's not because we have some delusion there will be a big payoff at the end, or that this situation might even get better. We do it because we must, because it's our passion. If you share this passion, all we're asking is that you help us keep on doing it.
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I have this rule that when a song gets stuck in my head, if I can find it, then it goes into my music library. Normally that's not a problem, but often these ear-worms are themes from classic TV shows and jingles from old commercials. Thanks to youtube I can usually even find those rarities too. I guess we've become spoiled when it comes to access to the popular culture from our past, and I'm disappointed if I can't get these old themes. There's one old Chex cereal commercial in particular that's been eluding me for years now.

As an aside, if the amazon music download store had them available, I would certainly buy these oddball bits of audio memorabilia from them. I should also note that I usually play my music library on "shuffle" and (as Lorelei will attest) it frequently makes for some interesting listening.

Currently, it seems most television shows have abandoned doing opening theme songs. That's understandable to a degree. After years and years of that formula, I'm sure some producers feel they're cliché and we've moved beyond that. Instead they sell those valuable seconds for ads and simply run the credits over the first minutes of the show. However considering the rising cost of TV production, it seems having one reusable minute for the episode would be rather attractive to the producers.

Beyond that, I believe it does make a series or product more memorable. If you go to youtube and enter the title of a TV show into the search, you'll invariably be offered the show's opening theme as one of the defaults (if they have one). Using the example of those terrible Hannah-Barbera cartoons many of us watched when we were growing up, we fondly recall the theme songs but the actual content of the shows left no impression whatsoever.

As for products, it's a testament to the skills of the jingle-writers how often their work has outlived the products they were created to promote, or at least the advertising campaigns they were commissioned for. I think it's analogous to all those cheesy paperback books and detective magazines of days gone by that had memorable cover artwork and photos, but for the most part their content (the stories, the characters and the situations) are all supremely forgettable. You can find the covers from them reproduced on hundreds of sites, but is there anyplace you can find the writing or even a few quotes from their texts? I don't think so.

Next, I'll be saving up my pennies to commission my own theme song for American Damsels.
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Whenever possible these days, we're producing custom videos and stills. We always strive to make the buyer feel like they're getting their money's worth, and get the video (or stills) back to them as quickly as we can. Usually that's not a problem, although if it's more than one model the scheduling becomes exponentially more challenging. One prime example of that was a four-model custom still shoot I did for https://skyryder23.deviantart.com/ in January. It took a lot of effort to coordinate the availability of our all-star cast, but what fantastic results! Of course, since his story stars Amber Michaels https://twitter.com/ambermichaelsxx Ashley Lane https://twitter.com/AshleyLaneXXX Blair Williams https://twitter.com/blairsbananas and Alexis Taylor https://twitter.com/oddlydisturbing how could we possibly go wrong?



When Eric W. ordered his second custom from me (his first was another secretary in bondage-themed tale, "Office-Bound Ladies" from last year), he was kind enough to leave the casting for his story up to me. I chose two exceptional performers. I got Lola Pearl https://twitter.com/lolapearlshow  to play the sexy office manager, and Christiana Cinn https://twitter.com/ChristianaCinn https://onlyfans.com/christianacinn to be the sexy secretary. Once again, it took a little doing to get our busy stars' schedules to coincide, but it was definitely worth the effort.

Both of these ladies hit it out of the park. Lola is a rising star on the fetish scene, and she's righteously earned her status. She has the most amazing energy and enthusiasm, and I knew I could count on her to bring her character to life. But she blew me away with a stunning mix of humor and sexiness that is rarely seen. Lola has also started producing https://www.clips4sale.com/studio/125089/lola-pearl-show and I think she's got all the right stuff to be a tremendous success.

I'd only worked with Christiana once before, and I only had time to get one set with her. But I was impressed with her enthusiasm for bondage, as well her flawless movie star looks. It's no wonder she's a favorite in the mainstream adult world. But beyond that, Ms. Cinn gave one of the best damsel performances I've seen in a long time. Both of our stars seemed to have this innate understanding of the genre. They intuitively knew all the right things to say, and they had perfect vocalizations. The script also called for some playful bondage snuggling and kissing, which is not an element I'm usually putting in my "damsel in distress" themed videos. But this sort of thing is second nature to our gorgeous stars, and they displayed real chemistry for those two segments.

And I'd also like to give a shout-out to Ikaras Jones https://twitter.com/ikarasjones who stepped in to play a part in the story, help with the videography and everything else. We just don't see enough of him these days.



Lorelei https://twitter.com/BedroomBondage and I split a shoot with the luscious Skylar Snow https://twitter.com/SkylarSnowxxx on April 13th. It was our first time working with Ms. Snow, and I'm happy I got a couple of scenes with her for this feature. Skylar has a genuine affinity for bondage and playing the damsel role, and it shines through in her performance. She's also remarkably intelligent. Of course, I didn't know that before we met her, or I'd have made an attempt to show off her brilliance. I hope we'll have that opportunity the next time we work with her. I got two scenes with Ms. Snow for this story, but because of running time limitations, I could only put the first one in the DVD and FM Concepts edit. However the deleted scene will be released a little later, and it's included in the special "Director's Cut" of the feature, which will be available to the public a little ways down the road.



"Escape Class" is available for download now at FM Concepts http://fm1.surfnetcorp.com/acbuild/showprod_download.cfm?&DID=20&CATID=2&ObjectGroup_ID=2629 and it's coming very soon to https://www.clips4sale.com/studio/6571/american-damsels-by-jon-woods and https://www.americandamsels.net/ and later at http://www.americandamsels.com/ If you're interested in commissioning a custom video, please send me a direct message (DM) via twitter: https://twitter.com/AmericanDamsels 
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Not long ago I gave up my Facebook account. The main reason was because of their abuse of user data, but also because I never had time or inclination to use it very much. Because of their restrictions, it was never useful for promoting the business, and so it was never a priority. Nonetheless, the off-topic thought below was one I posted there a while back, if only because it was too long for twitter.

It strikes me as a little odd, or at least rather unimaginative, that when these companies make meat substitutes for vegetarians and vegans, they always try to make them resemble some established type of meat, and they either give it a slightly different spelling (like "chikken") or put quotes around it so you know it's not really "beef" or some other animal corpse.

I'm sure the people who create these meat substitutes are justifiably proud that they've managed to create a product with a similar taste and texture as the originals but without the cruelty.  But why not expand the flavor palate a little?  There are presumably ways to make these substitutes appealing, possibly by expanding to new tastes, without limiting themselves by trying to make them taste specifically like the current, given meats. They should be bold and develop new products and textures. After all, before 1948 no one had ever experienced Cheetos, and yet they certainly caught on.

The next suggestion would probably be a little confusing without some kind of standardization, but why do they still name the meat substitutes after something they decidedly are not?  Why not name the product after some fictitious or extinct creature.  For example, you could make brontosaurus burgers, or griffin wings, dragon steaks or jabberwocky legs.  Some adults might feel a little silly ordering tyrannosaurus fingers at a restaurant, but kids would probably dig it.  :)

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