(Las Vegas, NV / June 1, 2022) — Mixing business and pleasure is all in a day’s work for Vincent and Valentina Bellucci, the married founders of racy new taboo studio StepHouse (stephousexxx.com), as they celebrate their achievements and (mis)adventures after only six months since the launch of their ambitious production project.”
The company, launched in November in partnership with Adult Empire Cash, began with the duo’s desire to create, produce and write playful, story-driven adult films that cater to fans’ wildest fantasies. But how does a married couple tackle the ins & outs of a joint startup and still stay sane?
“Valentina and I started with a simple plan, but we knew we’d have a few learning curves to overcome and an all-consuming drive to work all the time,” said Vince of building the brand. “As much as we love our job, sometimes it can be difficult to disconnect, and we find ourselves talking about work before the shoot, after the shoot… now we are trying to find more time to focus on ourselves and our time together without discussing business.
“I know for a fact that many couples who own businesses or work on projects together struggle with the same thing, because owning your own business is not a typical 9-to-5 job, and sometimes you have to watch yourself so you don’t think and talk about work 24/7. What I’ve also learned is that a strong marriage is key to a good working relationship. You need to be able to trust your partner’s decisions and be brutally honest with each other.”
Valentina echoed Vincent’s advice: “We both have a lot of passions outside of work; as much as this business is exciting, it can be overwhelming sometimes – just like any other job. This is why it’s important to take days off, give attention to your physical and mental health and do whatever it takes so work doesn’t interfere with your relationship.”
She added that another source of escapism for her is shooting scenes for other studios. “With StepHouse, I have to focus on every detail – going over the scene, fixing makeup, helping with wardrobe – and, most importantly, making sure everyone is comfortable on set. When I’m on someone else’s set, I just have to show up and focus on my work for the day. Sometimes it’s nice to just relax and let someone else do the worrying!”
As for the work itself, the pair believes that the male-female dynamic in their productions creates a balanced creative perspective that shines through in every scene. “Also, it’s always good if there is a female on set,” affirms Valentina. “I know I feel more comfortable when I work with producers and there are women around.”