In last year's Oscar-winning film La La Land, Mia, a 20-something from Nevada, sings and dances her way through soul-crushing days of barista work until she finally lands that big Hollywood break (with a little help from her jazz-obsessed boyfriend) she's been chasing her whole life. Determination and swirling colors offsets the indulgent fantasy -- we're happy to see Mia succeed... at becoming a rich-and-famous movie star.
As I watched the third installment of Netflix's docu-series Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On, I wondered: Would audiences have judged Mia differently if she were an amateur porn star looking to make real money in girl-on-girl videos? Yes, that's a real question.
"Owning It" follows three young women who move to Los Angeles for their piece of the pornographic pie. Twenty-four-year-old Bailey Rayne, an adult entertainment entrepreneur by day and camgirl by night, is the surrogate mother of their makeshift porn sorority. Under the roof of a small LA apartment, rented out by their talent agent, John Stevens, the girls swap stories and share trepidations. Eighteen-year-old Bonnie hula-hoops for the crowd -- she, like others, feels comfortable and free for the first time. Bailey is there for them every step of the way, parading the girls around town for producers, explaining how to start LLCs, and teaching them how to squirt on cue.