Because 2013 was such a wonderful year of print publications for me, I did not have high expectations for 2014 in that regard. There are such limited options in print media these days with the decline in print publications, and in 2013 I was the cover model for 7 magazines, 2 clothing catalogs, and one major calendar.
2014 started with a bang when I got to be the cover model for Bizarre Magazine's January 2014 issue with 15 pages inside.
I was a guest at "Sled Fest" at Old Sled Works in Duncannon, PA where I signed copies of Retro Lovely Magazine and Bizarre, sharing a table with Michael Bann (of Retro Lovely) and Tre Heyday.
I also made my first guest appearance at a Comic Convention as a Featured Cosplay Model for Rhode Island Comic Con in November, which was a blast.
Some other highlights off the top of my head...I experienced a Murder Mystery Weekend in Vermont for my birthday in April, did some sightseeing in the Smithsonian Museums in DC, saw the Parthenon in Nashville, took a novel writing course, danced naked around a bonfire with 2 beautiful ladies, and did a roadtrip for my 2 year anniversary with my husband where we played with dinosaurs in a park in CT, ate at a bunch of retro diners, went antiquing, tried archery, waded in a giant champagne glass hot tub & swam in a heart-shaped pool in a suite at the Poconos, and hiked around Bushkill Falls. In August I took part in the Superheroine Showdown at FetishCon playing my HQ character "Hahnny Quinn" hosted by George Perez. I also got to headline the official FetishCon Afterparty at The Castle in Tampa, twice at Sin-o-Matic in Boston, and Haven's Leather and Lace Ball, as well as multiple performances for Wasabassco Burlesque in NYC (including their 10 Year Anniversary Extravaganza), Brick City Burlesque in Newark, and Personae in Boston. I also got to perform in The Slutcracker for my 3rd season the month of December.
And my biggest accomplishment of all this year has been building my fetish modeling business. I have been modeling for fetish photographers and producers full-time (in addition to pinup and fashion modeling) since 2011, though part-time since 2007. This year a friend of mine convinced me to start posting regularly to my clips4sale stores as a way to make good money in the industry working for myself instead of having to tour around (because I was honestly getting quite burnt out from the travel and wanted to be home with my other half.) If it went well, it would mean I could keep doing what I was doing, but working from home. I started doing it mid-Feb, and it was really tricky to keep up with it this year since I was still working full-time as a touring model/performer and maintaining my household, but I went full-steam ahead just the same because my end goal was to transition from being a touring model to working full time for myself as a model & producer in 2015. The majority of what I shoot is custom commissions and I have been having a blast doing it. It's fun to try to bring someone's idea to life, and to hear how happy they are when they get to see it. It has made this such a rewarding experience for me, and I'm excited to retire from being a touring model so I can give my full attention to my fetish production business. To those of you who are fans of my modeling work, I promise I will still do photographic modeling and I am still available to travel with expenses paid; I will just no longer be touring every month. And to those of you who are fans of my video work, keep my pages bookmarked for all the fun to come. :)
I know I'm missing a bunch of things, but I assess that 2014 was a great year for me and 2015 is already shaping up nicely.
I have the centerfold and feature in the Jan/Feb issue of Hustler Taboo and some other features I can't announce yet.
I was chosen to be one of Cinched Tight's models for her 2015 lines and What Katie Did is my new lingerie sponsor.
We've started renovating the 2nd floor of my house (which is a hassle right now because my dressing room had to be dismantled and stored in our basement, but will look great when it's done in the next couple of months.)
In 2015, I will also be opening a 3rd clips4sale store. One of the companies I have been working with since 2008 has sold his company to me and Leila Hazlett. DIDVP will be split into 2 stores. I will be taking over the vore and vampire content and Leila will be taking over everything else. We will maintain the media pages together, but will have the content on separate stores (with links to the other) for the ease of our taxes. This store will be a fun experiment, as it will be my chance to work with other models only as producer, director, camera-person, and editor without having to play the talent (since I have my other 2 clips4sale stores to feature my personal work). I already have some shoots lined up with models for this and will be able to hire more models once it takes off.
I will be attending the AVN Convention in January to work the Clips4Sale Booth and film videos for my stores.
I'm sorry if this reflection seems "braggy" in any way. I think when we write these kinds of things, we do them for ourselves, as a reminder of how all our hard work has paid off, and as a challenge to outdo in the years to come. Make the good outweigh the bad, strive to do better, compete with yourself. Take a cue from Harvey Dent and make your own luck. Pay it forward. That's the best any of us can do.
I have no resolutions to end this with; I'd like instead to take this opportunity to thank my friends and fans for all your support. It really means so much to me. I hope you have a wonderful 2015, and THANK YOU for being part of my year. :)