Fan Appreciation Update

June is almost over!!!! AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! LOL I’m so exited!! I hope to keep coming up with new fun ideas for our next contest!! I have a special one in mind for the end of the year!!! Cant wait to share more info!! Thank you guys so much for being awesome!! If you have any suggestions please always feel free to let me know!! So theres 3 days left!! I’ll be shooting Custom Videos this weekend hint hint!! So here are your Top 5 in NO PARTICULAR ORDER

 

Stephen
Martin
Nick
Apollo
Chris

 

XOXO

 

signature2

June Fan Appreciation Contest

VV_CALDERON_BLOG copy

 

Hey Guys!!!! I’m so excited to be doing another Fan Appreciation Contest!!! The first one was such a HUGE success I had to do it again!! The best part of doing the contest is getting you directly involved and most importantly having fun along the way!! It also gives me the opportunity to keep pushing myself creatively, the sky is the limit when you have KICK ASS FANS!! #TEAMVCRUZ as you already know I started #FanAppreciation because it’s important to me to show you guys my appreciation for your support. In this day in age we live in a time where people think “Porn Is Free”. Which you all know directly hurts the Models and Companies that work hard to create content that fans love. So my Method is simple! Show your support and I will do the same in return. Having my site has been the biggest blessing in my career besides having amazing Fans!! So lets KICK ASS IN JUNE!! Hope you guys like my idea for the month of June and please feel free to comment and discuss ideas on this post like always I’m all ears!!!

 

Top Spender 1st Place of VanessaVeracruz.com for the Month of June will be Directing my Next GG Scene!!! From choosing the girl you want me to work with to writing the Scenario / Script. I’ll be printing the script and Personally signing it along with my co partner. You’ll also be receiving 5 Polaroid Picture of the big day. On top of that choose whatever 3 DVDs you’ll like to receive!!!

 

Second Top Spender of VanessaVeracruz.com Will be Directing my Next Solo Video / Photoset!! Get creative!! it doesn’t have to be something basic and it can even be Anal… Yes I said it Anal or anything your little heart desires!! You’ll also be receiving 4 Polaroid pictures of the day. You will also be receiving your choice of any 2 DVDs.

 

Third Place will be Directing my next Fan Appreciation Video!! I love shooting my Fan Appreciation videos it’s something that is special between me and my fans!! You’ll also be receiving 3 Polaroid pictures of the day!! Also choose any Magazine and Dvd from my site!!

 

XOXO

 

signature2

Fan Appreciation

IMG_4893

 

So I just recently started doing Fan Appreciation Videos!! It’s important to me that you guys know how much your support is appreciated!! The Industry has changed so much so having such kick ass fans that directly support my decisions is so amazing!! I’m planning on stepping up my game for the month of April so this is whats going to happen!!

 

The Top 3 spenders on VanessaVeracruz.com will be receiving special VIP Treatment for being Kick Ass!!

 

The Top Spender will receive a free 30m Custom Video or 30m Credit Skype + Fan Appreciation Video
 
2nd Place will receive a 20m Custom Video or 20m Credit Skype + Fan Appreciation Video
 
3rd Place will receive a 10m Custom Video or 10m Credit Skype + Fan Appreciation Video

 

Of course anyone that supports my site during the month of April and spends over $10 will receive my Exclusive Fan Appreciation Video that will not be seen anywhere else or sold on my site. This Exclusive Video is for my fans that go above and beyond to show me some love!! Thank you for spoiling me, now let me return the favor!!

 

I will be announcing the Winners at the end of the month and doing a special Twitter shout out & Fan Signs.

 

XOXO,

 

Your favorite Leztina!

 

signature2

LVLZ UPDATE

LVLZ_MASTER_LOGO

OK where to start. I’ve said this since I started shooting for my site, producing your own content isn’t for everyone! It’s nice posting inspirational quotes but it’s a lot of hard work, time, effort, money and know how. Starting this project (LVLZ) I was scared & excited. I knew how much hard work & stressful nights lay ahead but knew it was going to be so worth it. The thing that scared me the most was disappointing the fans or the girls if something went wrong. The only reason I’m doing this is because people are going to have questions and after this blog they will have the answers. I’m not writing this to bash anyone but I think the fans deserve a real explanation of what happened & I only want to say this once.

 

Shyla was a close friend of mine for over 2 years and Friends with Shameless for over 7, and I know we are both hurt by the way this ended. She kept reiterating over and over that “this isn’t Personal it’s Business”, but when you question my character, ask me personally for business advice, have me read through other contracts, stay at my house, eat my food and sleep in my bed yeah I’d say it’s PRETTY FUCKING PERSONAL. Then you reiterate to all of the girls involved in LVLZ that your “Attorney” – “thinks we are getting scammed for the 30%” to keep your site up and running. Hello, reality check. LVLZ is a Business and as such needs operate as one. There is a minimum operating cost of any business (especially a start up) to keep it afloat and running. This is Business not Personal. LVLZ needs to make money, this machine wont run itself.

 

Unfortunately there aren’t any Square Space’s out there for Adult Sites. Sites aren’t cheap to build or run. Thats why the percentage payouts are usually 60/40 or 50/50. There are other options out there for performers, start a clip store and get 60% with out a lot of the options LVLZ is offering. I think there’s even one now that offers 75% which is awesome! That being said, it builds their brand though and you are just another face on a page. Better yet, there are other options available for BOSSBABES. You can do what I did and build your own site. I’m not talking about a free hosted site that you’ve figured out a way to process with. I’m talking about a stable platform with processing that will be around until you decide to turn it off. You’re probably talking close to $8,000. to set up and another $500. monthly to keep someone on to help with updates. That all being said, its not easy, it takes a lot of blood, sweat & tears. That is why LVLZ takes 30%, to deal with all the crap you don’t want to. YES you do have to shoot your own content, YES you do have to upload it, but with that comes your additional %. If you want someone to do it all for you and you just want to show up then go with a 50/50 deal. There’s nothing wrong with those. There are some awesome companies out there doing that, but that’s not what we offer. LVLZ offers a higher payout and as we have said since the beginning – “LVLZ gives girls the ability to take control of their websites, be their own bosses and take the leap from ‘performer’ to ‘brand’.” It comes at a cost though. Ultimately you get out what you put in.

 

Here’s some quick numbers, so lets say you make $5000 in sales on your site.

 

@ 60/40 you make $2000
@ 50/50 you make $2500
@ 70/30 you make $3500

 

Sooooo is an additional $1000 – $1500 worth it? To own your own brand, content & URL? IDK for me it is.

 

Below is the initial LVLZ offer to Shyla, Bree, Kenna & Karlie

 

– 70/30 % split due to your early participation in the project and efforts in the crowdfunding process
– 90 Day Contract (site has to be live 90 days after closing to deliver content & for chargebacks)
– Personal Logo Creation (they would own)
– Marketing Assets & Water Marks (they would own)
– Motion Graphics Bumper for Videos (they would own)
– Help Marketing
– Help with Creating Original Content for site (they would own)
– References for Editors
– Tech team to help with questions
– I (Vanessa) would only be charged processing & operational costs for my site with LVLZ.
(That was from day 1 when it was just Shyla involved)

 

Below are the Points that Shyla, Bree & Kenna Wanted as of Feb 19, 2016

 

– To “make all of our money” from the site (What does all our money mean? 100%? Couldn’t & Wouldn’t happen as we would be paying out of pocket for their sites monthly, remember its Business not Personal)
**remember the $ raised was for their sites to be built, and the additional items above. Each site has a monthly cost depending on clips uploaded, sold, downloaded & chargebacks. Say a site is up for 3 years and the girls average expenses are $500- each month, that would be $18,000- in expenses.
– “Each person is asking for 15% stake in business” with ownership transferable (so technically that would be 75% of LVLZ, that could be bought, sold, traded ect.)
– Didn’t want to sign a contract (couldn’t & wouldn’t happen)

 

From the beginning, we reached out to the girls so many times through e-mail, Text, Skype, Phone Calls & group DMS on Twitter and encouraged them to have a friend or their attorney go over the deal memo (our open form contract as we were trying to address any questions and issues before it went to the lawyer to save time and money) and eventually after no responses for over 2 months, the contract before signing it. Everything remained the same since day 1, the girls were offered a 70/30 Percentage split on their stand alone sites that would be powered through LVLZ, we would create their Logos, Watermarks and Motion Graphics. We worked as a team for one common goal, to launch their sites with no money out of their pockets. We did this as a group so no one would be singled out if they did not raise an equal amount of money or pull their weight (not all of the girls have strong social media followings). On the week of Feb 16 we reached out to the girls yet again since no one had signed the contract. We messaged them individually and asked them to start writing down any questions they had so we can go over each one. Nothing. Crickets.

 

On Feb 16 I was told that the girls had started a private group chat (Yes I’ve seen the group Chat & have the screen caps). They all agreed that they were no longer happy with the percentage they agreed to 70/30. We also received an email Feb 19th from one of the girls that night (representing everyone including myself) stating that “Each person is asking for 15% stake in business” Lets be clear here OWNERSHIP was NEVER an option. The URL alone is worth 3 times more than what we crowd funded and what did they do to warrant this percentage? Did they want to move to LA & take an active role in the company? Were they helping us broaden our revenue and making additional deals to help the platform? Or did they become super coders overnight and were taking over the development of LVLZ platform? So needless to say this was very out of left field. I mean they couldn’t even respond to our messages or take the time to get on a group Skype but now they want to collectively tell US how to run the business since as stated in the email ownership would be transferable (could be sold and ultimately have creative control over LVLZ)

 

Another issue was me earning 100% of my site (minus operating costs, processing ect.) The reason why I don’t have a split is I already have an official site which I payed for out of pocket. I personally payed for my Logos, Watermarks, Motion Graphics, Video Edits, Merchant account ect. I didn’t raise money to get my personal site up, I did it to help raise money for the LVLZ platform. I don’t owe anyone an explanation for the deals I have in place. I already had a successful site, so why would I leave it to use a platform that is paying me 70%? Especially when LVLZ (Shameless & myself) did the majority of the work. Those rewards didn’t print, sign, mail, dropbox, email, edit, upload themselves lol. Who do you think bought all the DVD’s & wrote out the shipping? None of the girls besides Karlie actually helped me.

 

The Girls also had problems with the contract, they wanted a site with no contract. Sorry but that can’t happen. Even webcam platforms have contracts. We need your 2257 info, banking, address for payment, social security for taxes. Sorry we can just trust that everything is fine and you will be available when we need you, especially after the track record. This wasn’t an exclusive contract or hindered them from exploiting their content however they wanted to, after all it is their content. LVLZ is just the distribution platform.

 

There are so many things that none of the girls thought about and just took for granted. Soooo many things behind the scenes going on that they have no idea. Do the girls want their personal phone numbers out there? Because you need one attached to your account if you are processing with Visa for customer service, so theres an additional line ($1200 a year) plus $1100 to get your account up and running. Thats $2300 right there. Do they know that if your being batch processed and that customer was red flagged for some reason in the past your transaction wont go through? You just lost your customer. Why the “Typical Processing Companies” aren’t the best options for Small businesses with no chargebacks. Not to mention finding a graphics designer, coder front end and back (not the same person) and webmaster they can trust. PCI compliance, SSL Certificates, Hosting, I mean the list goes on and on. There are so many ways to get your account shut down. This is the tip of the iceberg. There is so much to know. So frustrating.

 

I know that none of us planned for any of this to happen. I want you guys to know that they decided to walk away from LVLZ. I wish things could had been handled differently and they would had just communicated with us. We were always there to listen and help in Business and Personal matters.

 

What does the future hold for LVLZ? Karlie Montana and I will still be launching our sites though the LVLZ platform along with a few new LVLZ girls for the initial launch (stay tuned). Thank you everyone for your support, I’ll continue to work hard for what I believe in. We wish the girls the best of luck in their future endeavors.

 

PS 5k was returned back to the secret fan since no group scene was filmed but we are shooting a GG fight scene ;D

 

signature2

XBIZ 2016 GG POTY

VV XBIZ

 

Wow!!!! These past 9 days have been so crazy!!! But so wonderful!! First and foremost most I want to Thank XBIZ for naming me 2016 Girl Girl Performer of the Year!! I was honestly shocked! You work so hard but never know what’s going to happen!! Besides that narrowing it down to only one performer must be difficult. I feel so honored! Thank you XBIZ! I know my fans are so happy so thank you for the recognition!! I will continue to work hard and stay on top off my game #BossBabe Status and to continue to make you guys proud!

 

Second, signing at AEE was so amazing! Thank you to everyone that came out. I got to talk with a few of you and I was really touched by your sweet encouraging words. From those that talked about being GG Porn Fanatics to those who talked about LVLZ, thank you everyone! I signed next to Bree Daniels my first two days at the FreeWebcams Booth. It was awesome hanging out with her and getting to know her more!! We bonded over a few drinks lol. I also signed with Shyla at the Girlsway Booth. It was our first time signing together. Needless to say we had a lot of fun. I get more and more impressed with her everytime I see her! Her excitment with LVLZ is so contagous!! Thank you Freewebcams and Girlsway for having us sign your very first year having a booth!!

 

Finally, I did not walk away with an AVN award but if it had to be anyone I’m glad my BFF Shyla took it!! I’m so proud that we both won GG Performers of the Year and that we are both Girl Girl only performers! I think it’s bad ass!! So heres to an amazing start of the year!! 2016 better watch out!!!!

 

XOXO

 

signature2

Update – Last Day Of Our Support Campaign

LVLZ COLLAGE

 

Can’t believe it’s Jan 3rd!!! Its been officially 31 days since we launched our Support Campaign for LVLZ.com and I’m blown away. I stayed up last night triple checking all the donations, organizing emails and making sure I didn’t miss a thing. I promised you guys that if we did this that I was going to work my hardest to make sure not to let you guys down. I gave you my word I’d put my heart in soul into this. I’m excited for the future and excited to expand!!! I want to thank the girls Shyla, Kenna, Bree & Karlie for rocking this and working together as a team to achieve something so important. I’m so excited for you guys and to get your sites up and running!! Hope your ready for this because it coming FAST!!

 

So now for the Big Announcement. We have someone that respectfully wishes to remain anonymous that has declared “IM YOUR FUCKING HERO!!!!” Thats right!! Someone generously donated 10k to LVLZ.com. So that means we are shooting an Orgy scene with all the LVLZ girls!!! You know who you are and we all thank you so much from the bottom of our heart!!

 

Looking back yesterday at all the donations I noticed a few things.

 

1 – All the sweet / encouraging words directed towards all the girls made me smile so much. Seeing how much all of the fans really care.

 

2 – So much of our main support came from a core group of fans (you know who you are) that did multiple donations from the beginning to the end. I think you know how much we really appreciate you.

 

3 –  We had people from all over the world supporting us. People from  US, Paris, Italy, Germany, Australia, Mexico, India, China, Puerto Rico… The list goes on and on!! All coming together to help us!!! Wow, mind blown!! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!!!! FROM HERE TO THE MOON THANK YOU!!! Thank you for directly proving that real fans still Pay For Porn!! Thank you for being a part of this journey and a part of LVLZ.

 

The Total Support Amount for LVLZ – $21,620
You made this possible!!! Now its time to take it to the next LVLZ.

 

PS A BIG THANK YOU to those who not only donated but also contributed their time by making banners, gifs, graphics and videos. Thank you so much for making our Campaign amazing and going above and beyond. You kept the fire burning. Please feel free to comment below.

 

#COMMINGSOON #YEAROFTHEBOSSBABE #LVLZ

It’s Official 2016 is #YEAROFTHEBOSSBABE

CXRx0t-UsAEYNvI.jpg-large

 

So we officially have 7 days to meet our Minimum Goal of 10K!!! Of course the more we raise the better!! Just a little review/break down of what this will go towards so you guys will have a better understanding!! The money will go towards building 5 stand alone sites [Most expensive part] and LVLZ.com which will power all sites, Logos/Watermarks/Motion Graphics for all the girls, Billing for the sites, Hosting etc. The more we raise the faster we can get all 5 sites up and running.

 

So I’m happy to announce that we have Currently Raised $9,900 in 24 days!! YAYYYYYYYYY lol. Thank you guys so much!!! This just proves what we already know!! That We have amazing kick ass fans that have our backs!!! I personally want to thank all the LVLZ girls!! I know how stressful doing something like this can be. Not everyone would be up for the challenge of getting behind a project you have to raise funds for. Being a part of something new can be scary but damn it’s so fuckin rewarding (excuse the language) Thank you for helping us make a difference in this Industry we love. You might not yet realize how big of an impact you’ve made. All four of you are so Amazing and Kick ass and have a heart OF FUCKING GOLD!!!! It’s no surprise your fans are so passionate about you!! Thank you for believing in this project!! I can’t wait for 2016!! Lets keep inspiring each other to grown, learn and successed.

 

So we are $100 away from our Minimum!! Pow!!! To the non belivers!!! True Fans #P4YP thank you for helping us Achieve #YEAROFTHEBOSSBABE So much more in Stored for you guys!! This is just the begining!!! #LVLZ

 

Sincerely,

 

Your Original 5 LVLZ Girls

 

Vanessa Veracruz

 

Shyla Jennings

 

Kenna James

 

Bree Daniels

 

Karlie Montana

 

Day 11 – Update

LVLZ MOTION

 

I get excited and nervous a lot these days. Excited because we are kicking ass and nervous  because I know this is  just the beginning. I read this awesome quote at the gym last week, Habits Always Trump Inspiration. “Inspiration can create action, but your habits are ultimately going to define your success or failure.” “Inspiration is short term.” “The biggest inspiration is seeing progress and results, which comes from new habits.”

 

Taking things into your own hands can be scary but fuck is it worth it. I’m excited for the girls. I’m excited for the future. This is just the beginning, hope you gals are ready for 2016!!! Thank you guys for helping us raise $8,025 in 11 days!!! We are so close to reaching our goal!! Slowly but surely we will get there!!!

 

XOXO

 

signature2

Thanks Guys

LVLZ AVI GIF

 

For helping us reach our goal for $5 Frisky Friday. We all did videos for you so make sure and search out timelines and thanks again for supporting us and #LVLZ #YEAROFTHEBOSSBABE we are so excited for you to see what we have in store for you.
 

Bree Daniels
 
Karlie Montana
 
Kenna James
 
Shyla Jennings
 
Vanessa Veracruz