JJ: Welcome to Inside the Porn. It's an honour to have you with us.
How did you get into the adult industry?
Katie: I got into adult because I thought it looked like a lot of fun, the women always looked so glamorous and like they were cumming their tits off on the regular. Like most girls, I often fantasize about what it would be like to be a porn girl and all the fun I could have. I first started nude modeling, it was exciting and made me feel beautiful. After a few local shoots I was approached by James Bella and Bryci about doing a website. Something I'd been really wanting to start. My website KatieBanks.com is something that looked fun and exciting and right up my alley so when encouraged by a friend to also try it out I thought why not. I'm a big exhibitionist, a people person who loves being watched and being bad for an appreciative audience. The adult industry allows me to do all those things and be my own boss, it's the perfect combination for me.
JJ: It seems you're living the dream then. I have to say you can tell you enjoy your work.
What's the best thing about the industry?
Katie: To me the best thing in the industry is the open minded, non judgemental mind frame and life style. I find it very freeing and its helped me to be the kind and fulfilled person that I always wanted to be. I find I’m very accepting and supportive of others no matter what they chose to do or feel. I look at life as a beautiful opportunity to express myself, to be 100% me and to share that with others. The more people I meet within the industry the more I feel accepted as if I have found my people and my place. I feel free to explore not only my sexuality but also who I am as an individual in an environment that makes me feel safe and happy.
JJ: It's great that this isn't just a job to you. It's something that has improved your life which is a fantastic thing to be able to have.
What's the worst thing about the industry?
Katie: I would say the worst thing about being in the industry is the outside opinions and judgements of others. While there is stereo types for everyone and just about everything and yes some people definitely fall into them I really dislike how most people paint anyone involved in Adult as being as such. I think its hard for others to accept that someone can choose to be sexually free and share that with the world when perhaps they can’t.
JJ: That's a very good point. I think the industry is something that everyone should accept as it doesn't hurt anyone.
What's the funniest thing to happen to you whilst working?
Katie: There have been some funny moments along the way from things such as the pool guy walking past an open window while shooting a girl girl girl scene, to straightening the carpet right before filming and crawling straight into the corner of the granite counter top, to 5am dog walkers coming across me butt naked on the trail or at the far end of some remote outdoor area. There have been many more but the most recent kicker would have to be my chihuahua Kinzie breaking out of the guest room to come hop on the couch as TC and I were switching up positions. We were filming a role-play in which I got into a touchy situation with my best friend’s dad. Staying in character I shoed her away and turn to TC saying oh no I hope your wife’s dog won’t give us away
JJ: haha that's brilliant. I love that you just incorporated the dog into the scene. Very quick thinking. I'm impressed. I'm sure the crew were happy that you managed to save the scene haha.
What are you doing at the moment work wise?
Katie: I'm trying to take over the world just like every other night, Childhood references aside, I am always keeping my eyes open for new and exciting projects. My first focus is always my website KatieBanks.com I love building a kick ass site loaded with all my content for my fans to enjoy. I have lengthy lists of ideas for things i’d like to do or create and my website gives me a place to channel that passion. DVDs are a regular for me now, I’m really excited about the direction this move has taken me in and the feedback has been incredibly positive. Webcam is part of where I started and I love getting to hang out with my fans and friends, plus it really keeps me in touch with what people are into so it'll always be something I'm doing along the way.
JJ: I love the cartoon reference, I'm very appreciative of quotes haha. You certainly are making big waves in the industry and your fans love you like crazy and I can see why.
Where can people find you online?
Katie: Theres a few places but first and foremost is http://KatieBanks.com. To get to know me better and follow my new adventures theres my kick ass blog that I update regularly http://katiebanks.com/blog. For social media twitter.com/katiebanksdd. For texting me anytime you want http://dreamlover.com/katiebanks. To watch me live on webcam http://profiles.myfreecams.com/katiebanks
JJ: You're everywhere. Guys I highly recommend you seeing as much of this amazing woman as possible. Her work is amazing.
What's the best thing about sex?
Katie: The best… oh that’s a hard one to narrow down. For me I love the feeling of being free and giving over to that empowering, yet comforting lust feeling. I’m very in touch with my body, wants, limits, needs and my brain fully relax and connect with my partner building in intensity. Also seeing that same look on my partners face and knowing that they are right there with me and that I am helping them to attain that feeling of complete bliss.
JJ: What really turns you on?
Katie: My turn ons would have to be someone who loves to laugh with me, who is confident not cocky, who has a soft spot for little dogs! and it sweet to me. Also knowing that someone is into me really goes a long way to make me feel accepted and wanted.
JJ: Well it's flattering you just described me to a tee haha. I think that you are the kind of woman most men put on a pedestal as you have it all.
The most important question now, what's your favourite film?
Katie: This is a tough one, I love movies! Little mermaid is my all time favorite but Gone in 60 seconds is a very close second. Nothing beats Eleanor. I'm more like a guy when it comes to movies, if it's got a hot chick, sexy ride and something blows up I'm so there.
JJ: How is it with every answer you become a little more perfect haha. Guys are going to be falling over themselves for you.
Where is your favourite place to go on holiday?
Katie: I honestly haven't been to that many places. The Caribbean side of Mexico was beautiful and very relaxing. I can't wait to go back. Ultimately though all I want is beautiful weather, nice beach, me in a bikini and someone fun to hang out with. Past that I'm not too worried.
JJ: Sun, sea, good company... Sounds ideal. So where are we going on holiday? Haha.
Tell me one thing about yourself I wouldn't know just by looking at you?
Katie: I am and was quite shy growing up. I found girls too catty so usually made friends with guys much easier. I was more of a Tom boy and enjoyed learning what the guys liked to do. I learned to weld and work on cars. I learned a lot about them hanging out with my gear head friends in high school. I love cars! (And trucks ) I love driving fast on a sunny day with the stereo turned way up. I have a lovely little daydream about owning a few super cars.
JJ: You literally have it all. I can imagine that many people will be surprised by that answer but It's awesome!!
What's been your biggest achievement in life or work?
Katie: My biggest achievement in life and work would be my ability to set goals and accomplish them. There is no greater feeling then setting your sights on something you really want and making it happen. I don’t mean getting a purse I’ve been eyeing up. I mean like being in Playboy or having my own website, being on a DVD cover. It’s an amazing feeling to know that I am making my dreams a reality.
JJ: Achieving personal goals is an amazing thing to be able to do and it will always keep you being driven.
What's the biggest thing you've had to overcome?
Katie: Everyone battles their own challenges in life, I find mine is acceptance of others. I find it hard to meet new people in my personal life since its probably 50/50 for those who are supportive and think its awesome what I am doing and those who judge you and don’t want you around. I’ve been lucky enough to surround myself with supportive friends and family that have known me since before I started adult. The keep me grounded and feeling like the myself.
JJ: That's understandable. I'm always dubious about people. It makes me wary when making friends. It must be difficult when you're a star to make real friends.
What's the best thing a fan has ever done for you?
Katie: The best thing a fan has ever done for me was when my youngest little chihuahua Eva had to have basically all her teeth pulled. I was devastated. They sent not only well wishes but also treats, toys and a lovely warm blanket for her. It was really amazing for them to care that much about my little lady too.
JJ: Awww poor Eva. It's very lovely that the fan took the time to send you those things. Obviously your fans care about you.
What's one bit of advice you'd give to someone getting into the industry?
Katie: Embrace your new career choice but don’t lose who you are. Stay true to who you are and what you wish to accomplish. Make smart decisions not just quick and easy ones. Tell those closest to you cause they will find out eventually anyways and it's always best coming from you.
JJ: Great advice and I think people should heed that advice. It'll never steer you wrong in the long run.
What do you think you'll do once you leave the industry?
Katie: Don't know that I do plan to leave the industry. I love my "job" being my own boss, having a fun creative outlet for my exhibitionist side has been so freeing and rewarding. I plan to stay in adult as long as I'm still having fun and people still want to see me. I'm open to seeing what new opportunities or avenues open up for me. Whether that means I'm directing, producing, starring in films or just doing some promotional work. I'll always have my hands in the cookie jar.
JJ: That's great to hear because I think you're an amazing person to have in the industry. You are so open and friendly and represent everything that's good about the adult industry.
Finally, what's the weirdest rumour you've heard about yourself?
Katie: Hmmm not sure, I do my best to avoid googling myself and reading the comments on things online. I was advised early on that haters are going to hate and that there are lots of key board warriors out there. Avoid reading their nasty thoughts and I’ll sleep much better at night.
JJ: That's a very good way to approach it. I think people will be happier in the industry if they approached it like that
Thank you so much for taking the time to be with me today. It's been an absolute pleasure and I look forward to seeing what's next for you. See you soon.