Violet October moved to Las Vegas, NV in 2012.
“[I began] self-producing porn, having fun webcamming with new friends and diving pretty headstrong into the local BDSM community,” she shared. “Not a year later, I began filming fetish porn!”
Since then, October has evolved into a full scope sex worker, working and doing community uplift and outreach work online, as well as in various in-person capacities.
“In 2013 I began working at legal brothels in Nevada and expanding my porn career be finding new studios to film with and more friends to fuck on camera,” she said. “I returned to brothel work in February 2020 before the pandemic happened.”
“Throughout my career, I have also been an educator and sex worker rights advocate in Las Vegas, helping teach classes,” she added.
Outside of sex work, October runs a vegan food blog and YouTube channel. “I’m just such a foodie!” she enthused.
We had the opportunity to learn more about this sweet, sassy, curvy, crazy cat lady (all her words!), who’s also a powerful activist and peer leader in the industry. Read on!
YNOT Cam: What prompted you to begin your career online?
Violet October: I was going to a trade school to get licensed in skin care and as a makeup artist. To pay for school, I was working at a strip club as both a dancer and bartender, where a dancer told me all about webcam work. I signed up the same weekend and became obsessed overnight!
— Violet October 💜 (@VioletOctober) February 9, 2021
What are some of the best things about working online?
Some of the highlights have been — of course — having complete control of what I do. This includes never having a boss to obey, having a job where I can work around my physical and mental health and getting to meet all my peers from all over the world.
I am forever inspired by those around me and getting to know the very people who inspire me has been my favorite job of the adult entertainment industry. Learning to work online has also given me a well of confidence I didn’t have in myself before this work. That’s been really nice.
I see your site violetoctoberx.com is done via VXPages. How do you like that service?
I love VXPages so far! The drag-and-drop model of creating your site is so easy to use, and I love how completely customized and personal my site gets to be through that platform. Having a website that already has an email marketing system built in has taken a load of stress off my back. And of course, the consultations with VXPage’s coach Nikki Night have been so momentously helpful!
Have you had a membership site in any way before? How does it compare?
I have had a few membership sites in the past, but none that I was in love with. My first membership site was beautifully custom built for me, but the platform wasn’t impressed with my number of viewers and we cut ties. Back then, I was not very active on social media and cammed on a site where I wasn’t allowed to promo my own websites.
And the second site I had was nice and easy to use, but their structure was so rigid, I never felt like it was my own website, just a profile on someone else’s platform. VXPages helped me feel more like my site was mine — because it is.
Can you tell us about your fur baby kitties? (So cute!)
I sure can! I have four little fur demons who I love with my whole heart! My first cat, Jazmne, was given to me as a gift by a friend who had a litter of kittens. I got her for my ex because I was not a cat person, but I fell in love with her instantly and she was mine.
After I moved to Las Vegas, I began working at a local cat adoption shelter, and my other four — Sushi, Socrates and Adam — are rescues that I fell in love with at the adoption center and had to adopt. They are all so sweet and affectionate and have been the constant in my life since 2012. Their sweet kitty love is the biggest reason I didn’t go insane during quarantine.
They’re pretty obsessed with this new toy! ♥️♥️♥️ pic.twitter.com/gmZSHHEdIY
— Violet October 💜 (@VioletOctober) February 11, 2021
Outside of work, what are you most passionate about?
I’m really passionate about helping end stigma against sex workers.
I have helped educate a room of mental health professionals in how to handle their sex worker clients in a panel hosted by the Sex Worker Alliance of Nevada, helped plan the first International Whore’s Day march in Las Vegas and taught classes on how to get into webcam work and stay safe online. I have also sat down in person with state senators to speak about an ongoing brothel study and spoken on podcasts still about FOSTA/SESTA and the proposed Stop Internet Sexual Exploitation Act.
If you could change one thing about today’s world, what would it be and why?
I want to end violence against sex workers with every fiber of my being.
Find Violet October on Twitter at @VioletOctober.
Erika is a sex positive people watcher (and writer). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.