continued Such resourcefulness has helped the Millers expand their business in unexpected ways. Rather than turn away models who get cold feet about disrobing, the couple persuade them to pose in pantyhose. The resulting photos will form the foundation of a new adult "pantyhose" website, yet to be named, yet to be launched, Jeff Miller said.
"If you're making so much money on your websites," blurted out one student, a coarse and hardened brunette with a beeper, "why are you teaching here?"
As might be expected in any here's-a-potential-way-to-get-rich presentation, it's yet another avenue for the teachers to make money. At the end of class, the Millers passed out flyers about their company's goods and services, which include X-rated photographs and custom-designed adult websites, which cost $3995 each. Jeff Miller doesn't mind being pegged as a carpetbagger from Riverside County. "If we can sell one turnkey operation for $4000, it's worth it for us to teach the class," he said. The couple also commutes once a month to teach the same three-hour course at the Learning Annex in San Francisco. Typically, one or two students per class become buyers of custom-designed adult websites, Jeff Miller said.
Monica Watson, an office manager in San Diego who attended the class, said she plans to create an adult website within two years and call it Aphrodite's Magick. "It would be classified in the fetish category -- big, beautiful women, big parts, big thighs, big breasts," Watson said. "Western culture is the most sexually repressed society in the world. I want to help change that." Besides possibly buying some of the Millers' Internet services, Watson said, she also might offer to model for the couple's website featuring "big, sexy babes."
The couple's San Diego students mirror the general public, Jeff Miller said. "For every 100 people who take the class, I would say only a handful have the entrepreneurial spirit, drive, or knowledge to start a new business." After having instructed a few thousand students during the past few years, he estimates, about 100 have launched their own adult websites.
However, few in the adult Internet industry are willing to be identified, he said, because they want to avoid harassment. "There are a lot of people who think they have a right and obligation to tell people how to run their lives."
The Millers say they don't try to hide what they do for a living, but they don't broadcast it either. Their office, located in a modern industrial park just north of San Diego County, doesn't indicate they're in the throes of unveiling some hot new websites this month that focus on oriental women, teenagers, and exhibitionism or that they're designing other sites that will highlight foot fetishes and naked Latina women. Their office decor is low key. Motivational posters labeled "perseverance" and "risk" and representations of Claude Monet paintings hang on the walls.
"I told my mom about [it]," Jeff Miller said, "so my parents know we're running a business with adult features to them." Catherine said, "I used to want to be anonymous, but, as time goes on, I don't care. I explain on a need-to-know basis."