For as many interviews that I have done over the past couple of years at Manhattan Digest, few have stuck with me when it comes to the person’s character, intelligence and a firm grasp of who they are both in and out of the industry they are working in. This is true in the sense of TitanMen legend David Anthony, who has been one of the top performers in the industry for years now yet has remained one of the most low profile and humble stars out there today.
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing one of my favorite stars, David Benjamin, for quite some time now. Something that David brings to his scenes in terms of intensity and the ability to convey to fans that he enjoys what he does really sets him apart from the other players in the game. Now David is heading into 2016 full throttle as he just became an exclusive with TitanMen, one of the biggest and best studios out there. With all that is going on with David, he took time to sit down with me and discuss his new role at Titan, his favorite scene partner so far in his career, who he wants to work with now and thoughts on his hopeful future. Take a look.
For so many articles that I have done about people in the gay porn industry on Manhattan Digest, they have always been people who have performed in front of the camera. As talented as a lot of them are (my hand definitely thinks so) all of what they do wouldn’t be possible without the people behind the lens. Someone behind the camera who has done an incredible job at making a name for himself in the gay porn industry is Titanmen director Jasun Mark, who has worked for huge studios ranging from Jake Cruise to Fratpad to Cocksuremen.
I have been a fan of Jasun’s work for years, not to mention that he himself is pretty easy on the eyes. I also have gotten to know him personally and on top of being a fantastic director he is also a very intelligent human being who has a keen eye on what is going today, both in and out of the industry. I recently sat down with Jasun to discuss it all, from how he got into the industry, his meteoric rise to where he is today, people he still wants to work with and where he sees his future. Take a look.
So Jasun, how did you get involved in the adult industry to begin with?
My first actual paying job was as an HTML designer for a Canadian porn site called Bedfellow, but I really feel like I got my “real” start working for Fratmen and Fratpad. They hired me as a video editor and graphics guy, but before long I was taking part in production and marketing and just about every aspect of what we were doing. Fratpad was a crazy 24-hour cam circus, and while it was 24-hour stress and work, I loved it all. A lot of people copied what we were doing, but Fratpad really was the first and I think best-ever cam house. My first feature I directed on my own was a documentary about our shoot in Australia called “Fratmen Going Down” and then I started shooting a lot of the fun at Fratpad. Those Jack-Off Races were mine. I’m honestly really proud of how well all that stuff turned out, considering I really didn’t much know what I was doing.
I left Fratpad after about 4 years because I wanted to direct hardcore and I knew I was never going to be able to do that where I was. Leaving Fratmen was hard… it was like a close knit family there. But I knew when it was time to leave the nest. I’m still in contact with everyone there, and we’re all still friends. There was no bad blood leaving. I took a job with Jake Cruise… He was starting what was at that time called “Jake’s Men” which was essentially JakeCruise.com without Jake. That, of course, is what was eventually re-named CocksureMen. That was a total dream gig… I was basically allowed to do whatever I wanted. I spent four years learning how to direct on the job while shooting content I actually wanted to see. I’m very proud of the work I did there.
But the brass ring for me was ALWAYS a job working for Titanmen. Titan had been my favorite studio since the 90s and it was always a dream gig. Getting the call from Brian Mills asking if I wanted to come hang out on set and shoot some bonus content for the new François Sagat movie was like getting called up the Big Leagues. I still have to pinch myself that this is all real.
Anytime someone has the desire to enter an industry, there are usually inspirations that drive that particular passion. Did you have any yourself prior to joining?
It’s funny, when I was studying film and even when I was in high school wanting to become a film maker, I was divided between whether I wanted to do children’s horror movies, science fiction or porn. When I was in elementary school I was already writing scripts. Sadly I came from a music family so my begging for a movie camera was laughed off as a silly dream and I was forced to take cello and bassoon lessons, which in itself explains why “children’s horror movies” was on my want list, probably (laughs). But by the time I was in high school I was writing a lot more porn-ish scripts. Most of which were about teenagers stuck in small towns escaping to a city that tried to eat them up but the protagonist always ended up making the city his bitch. I guess my musical background was always there. When I was in high school I recorded an album of songs for my Canadian Literature class that had a song called “Stand Up” about football players checking out each others dicks in the shower. So I guess I was always a bit of a sexual shit-disturber.
What I’ve always loved about making porn is that you’re getting people at their most primal and personal. I can make all the comedy or Sci-fi movies that entertain people [Jasun Mark worked on the Gay Film Festival darling “Birthday Cake” and the Sci-Fi Zombie Web Series “Project: Phoenix”], but porn is what really gets under people’s skin. I’ve heard from so many young men that they were scared, lonely gay teenagers who thought they’d never find a place to fit in until they saw those Fratpad Jack Off Races where instead of getting called “faggot” for expressing sexuality, there were a bunch of guys standing around cheering. One guy told me that after he saw that he knew everything was going to be OK and he was going to find a place where he’d fit it. So I guess the “Ricky/Kent Jerk off race” was my best “It Gets Better” video.
Your work has been primarily behind the camera, was there ever a thought of performing in front?
Honestly, no. I’m um… well, I’m not physically what a porn star should look like. I’m pretty short and stout and I just can’t be arsed to work out enough really look good on camera. When I was doing marketing for Jake Cruise, I did actually stand in for Jake doing some massage videos where I was fully clothed and I did one scene with my friend Adam Russo for Nasty Daddy just to see what it was like to be a performer. But I never really considered being a porn star and no studios have asked me. I’ve always wanted to be a film maker. I never really seriously considered performing.
You have worked for high-profile studios like Jake Cruise, Cocksure Men and of course Titan. Do you have a particular favorite scene that really resonates with you to this day?
Oh man… that’s a hard one. I’ll choose that Ricky/Kent Jack Off Race from my Fratpad days. From Cocksure Men I think I’ll choose the 3-way with Dean Monroe, John Magnum and Devin Draz. I was chatting with Dean the other day and he told me that of all the scenes he did in his 20-year career, that’s one of the few that he still jerks off to. From Titanmen… Almost too hard to nail down. Maybe the opening scene from Nightfall where Thomas is lured from out behind his computer by Alessio Romero. Or the one with Hunter Marx and Damien Stone in Bad Cop. There’s also one coming out this coming Christmas with Jesse Jackman and Eric Nero where I finally got to put some of my cinematic chops on display. I’ll admit that it’s going to be fun to show people I can do more than just shoot good video of hot men fucking…
What about performers, anyone in particular that stands out for one reason or another?
I’ve been so lucky. I got to work with some of the best gay porn stars going. François Sagat, Dean Phoenix, Dean Monroe, Arpad Miklos, Allen Silver, Jesse Jackman, Johnny Hazard, Adam Herst, David Anthony… the list goes on and on. I’ll tell you this… François is one of the most unappreciated geniuses I’ve known. And I grew up in a family of university professors. He’s fascinating and disarmingly nice but surprisingly modest and shy. He’s an enigma, but I’m so proud I got to work with him and still stay in touch with him.
Coinciding with that, is there anyone you would like to work with both in front and behind the camera?
There are a few guys I’ve wanted to work with. I regret I never got a chance to work with Kennedy Carter, but I’m so proud of how well he’s done post-porn. I wish I’d gotten a chance to work with some of the greats like Leo Ford or Anthony Gallo. Guys currently working… I still hope I can get a chance to work with Jaxton Wheeler. Behind the camera… I’ve worked with Joe Gage and Brian Mills… so I guess my only remaining idols are Kristen Björn and ChiChi LaRue.
What is your take on the industry today? Do you find the word “gay porn star” to be a bit of thing of the past?
Not at all. I think it’s easier to BE a gay porn star now so the term is a bit watered down. I also think that as porn performers become more accessible to us, they lose a lot of their mystique. Now you can friend and follow your favorite porn stars on Facebook and Twitter and interact with them in a way you never could in the golden age. But we still have huge stars like Jesse Jackman, David Anthony, Trenton Ducati, Adam Russo, Rocco Steele… I mean the list goes on.
As far as the state of the industry… I think we’re still at a cross-road much like the TV and music industries. The digital age has meant some HUGE changes to how people access and consume content. 20 years ago, production companies had people by the balls. You had to buy things how they chose to sell them. Record labels ruthlessly monopolized record store shelves, TV schedules were chosen for us along with programming. Now that people have broken that model and can consume content in their own ways… it’s evened things out in ways we never thought of before.
Now a tiny artist like Justin Bieber from a tiny town in remote Canada with NO industry connections can use Youtube and become the biggest pop star of a generation. Small home-made porn sites like Sean Cody could totally buck the system and sell his content only online on his own self-hosted, cutting out DVD retailers altogether… and that revolutionized how gay porn was DONE. Look at how the guys from Where The Bears Are have been able to skip the middle man and get their fans to fund their series season by season. Independent Radio shows didn’t really exist before iTunes launched Podcasting. Now even the major players are diving into that. None of that would have been possible in the 90s and most of that wouldn’t even have been possible until about 2005 when we got Podcasting and Youtube.
Even making a movie on a very tight budget is possible if you’re willing to do the work. Digital film making has made budgets almost unimportant. People ask me how much I had to spend on all the digital effects in Nightfall and Dick Danger and the answer is “nothing.” It just meant I stayed up very late for a couple weeks and did it myself. Now you just have to be willing to work your ass off.
All of this means that the porn industry has had to constantly reinvent itself and adapt to a new digital age where we’re putting out a new scene every week instead of a new movie every month. We have tighter budgets and more competition for people’s attention on Twitter and the blogs. We have to have a well-designed and easy to navigate site, we need to have a good social media presence AND we have to have good movies. I find it all exciting but yes… it’s not as easy to get rich making porn as it was maybe in 1997.
What do you have planned for 2016 that your fans can be excited about?
I have some amazing stuff in the works. the really sad thing is that I can’t really talk much about it. Titanmen has a pretty long turn-around time for our movies because we all like to polish and perfect and do all the work we can to make them their best possible and THAT means other studios that turn their stuff around in a week or two can easily copy what we’re doing and release their crappy knock-off the same week you release yours. I think starting this Thanksgiving with my Dad/Son movie Like Father Like Son you’ll see exactly where we’ve been going… more stories and scripts and characters. More hot setups and more developed ideas. Let’s get back together in April and you’ll see just how hard we’ve been working. I can tell you that Like Father Like Son is the most story-driven porn movie I’ve ever directed. You can already see the trailer and people are going ape-shit for it. So looks like I struck that primal nerve I was talking about.
Ultimately, what is your biggest goal for yourself moving forward?
I used to say “to be lead director for Titanmen” and I’ve been letting myself bask in that glory for a bit. But now my job is to pick up that mantle and run with it. Titan has a very proud history and I know just how much responsibility my job came with… so I guess my goal is to live up to the standards of what came before me.
Finding longevity in any career is very difficult, let alone the adult industry. Far too many times you find these “one hit wonder” types that come in like a lion and out like a lamb. However, if you are smart, witty and know a thing or two about business, you can figure out how to stay on top (pun intended) of your game and still find an insane amount of relevance years later. One man in the gay adult industry that exemplifies this is the beautiful Nick Capra.
Nick started doing work in the gay porn industry around the time the new millennium happened, so roughly 14 years. Chiseled looks, ability to perform and being an incredible top in each scene made him a fan favorite for many years to come. Since his start, he has had his ups and downs in his personal life that he documents very well on his well followed social networking pages. All of these things made it a no brainer to want to interview him and get to know him on a more personal level.
Nick sits down with me at Manhattan Digest to discuss his start in the industry, high’s and lows, favorite scene partner, why the current crop of stars don’t measure up to the legends, and so much more. Take a look.
How did you get into the adult industry in the first place?
It was quite by accident. I was dating a porn star, Troy Michaels at that time, attending holistic school and working as a server at a restaurant. My boyfriend came home to tell me he was doing an internet show for someone named Chi Chi LaRue. I had no idea whom that was, but, he seemed excited. He showed me a picture of the model he was going to be performing with and, this guy was gorgeous. Too gorgeous, I got extremely jealous. I told him, “Absolutely not.” And my boyfriend became frantic, because he was hoping Chi Chi would like his performance on the internet show enough to offer him a feature in a video. I asked my boyfriend if these shows were recorded and he told me they were only streamed. So, ignorantly I volunteered, thinking that no one would be watching some internet show.
I walked into Channel One Releasing offices, the day of my internet show with my boyfriend. The owner took one look at me, and got on the phone. I heard him say to someone on the other end of the phone, “Are you in the area? Good. Troy Michaels is here with his boyfriend. And this guy looks like an Italian movie star.” 15 min later, this huge man, came storming into the office. He had platinum hair, a goatee, and no eyebrows. He walked up to me and introduced himself. “Hi, I’m Chi Chi,” and the rest is history…or something like it. Chi Chi helped me pick out my stage name, Nick Capra, that day. And midway through our internet performance, he came into the room and offered both myself and my boyfriend a scene together. It was a video titled, “Finish Me Off”, which was filmed in February 2002. So, in a few months it will be the 14 year anniversary of the birth of Nick Capra…the accidental porn star, lol.
Tell me about your upbringing. Did you come out early in life, and what was your coming out experience like?
Great Ma, shitty Dad. I was skinny and gay and bullied (it was the early 80’s) because homosexuality was not embraced, much less tolerated by kids my age. I came out at 18 years old. It was awesome. My Ma was super supportive. When I told her, she said, “Well, i suppose if it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck…it’s usually a duck.” She hugged me and has always accepted who I am. That made it easy. Her love has always been my saving grace.
Going into any industry you have to have inspirations that led you there. Any guys in particular that inspired you to join?
Absolutely not. As I so vividly pointed out in the first question, I had no intention to be a porn star. I knew no one’s names. They were my idols, for the 5-10 min I jerked off to them. That’s the extent of my porn adulation, before I entered the industry.
You document on your social networking pages about your sobriety with drinking and drugs, which I highly commend you for that. What did it take for you to get to quit both and how hard was the adjustment?
That’s not an easy subject for me. I attempted sobriety many times, since I was 19 years old, to no avail. As a hardcore addict, it took something that held such tremendous depth and weight to really make me understand the value to life. Someone I loved more than life itself, died. That’s what got me sober.
Have you seen positive changes both in yourself and hearing from fans when sharing your stories?
Well, my fan base is different than most porn stars. Other guys in the industry joke, and say my fans have a very extreme sort of adulation for me. It’s not really difficult to understand why my fans aren’t “typical” porn fans. When you share your sex with people, that’s something that many find very personal. So, porn stars have a very strong base of fans, who feel like they “know them”, because they get to see their favorite stars, engage in this private rite of passage, on camera.
I also happen to write. I write about things that are not related to porn. I write about addiction and recovery and relationships. I write about “dad issues”, body and self image issues, surviving the suicide of the love of my life. Individually, these are some very relatable subjects.
How many people can relate to a porn star, who does nothing but exemplify porn? The porn “cult of personality” can have many masks. You can create an image, completely contrary to who you really are, as a porn star. And from the guys I’ve met in this Industry, (I’ve met almost everyone) that’s usually the case. I’m authentic in my writing, so, the fans get the sex. But, they also get sparks of my soul, through the writing. Once you share a personal story that your fans can relate to…they are your fans for life. Of course, that works against me, as well. I would have a larger fan base if I just stuck to smut and being this disingenuous, notorious public figure. Since I got sober, numbers don’t interest me.
The positive changes in me come from the truth I write about. And, when a fan writes me to share a story that was congruent with my writing, my heart soars. It brings more joy than any box cover, or magazine cover could ever bring me.
You have also had quite the longevity in this industry, where a lot of people tend to come and go really quickly. What’s your secret on finding long term work in this type of an arena?
Yes. I’ve watched huge stars…much bigger and more famous than myself; experience what I call a “meteoric” rise to the top. They stay there for several years, then saturate, and disappear. I’ve watched several generations of gay porn stars do that over the last 13 1/2 years. The average life span of a really successful porn star is 3-5 years.
I don’t know why I have outlasted everyone. There is not a single gay porn star, who emerged when I did, who is still shooting Raging Stallion, Titan, Kink.com, and all the other “A-list” studios. Of course, my growing older, and this whole “daddy” thing has helped. Honestly, I believe it’s because I’m the only one writing and doing what I do. I have a general concern for helping others. And that translates in my writing. People enjoy seeing someone who has gone to Hell, and clawed their way back. My story is almost: Secondary- Porn, Primary- Salvation, and moving closer to the truth.
Of all the scenes that you have done, which would you say would be your favorite and why?
Arpad Miklos, (RIP) for my compilation video “Nick Capra-Dirty Talk” Arpad was a gentle giant and my biggest porn crush. And he made me cum twice in the scene.
Do you have anyone in particular that you are dying to work with?
No. I’m not particularly impressed by the current group of stars. Comparing them to men I was in the industry with in years past; like Matthew Rush, or Arpad, or Johnny Hazard. But to answer your question, I find Ryan Rose to be an amazing performer. The camera loves him. And, he’s faced some demons, and is growing to become a better person. Sidenote: Ryan is actually more handsome in person, where most of these boys are so edited that you wouldn’t recognize them in person. Johnny V. is an amazing performer, as well. Love him to death.
All the scenes you have done so far have been condom. Have you ever thought about doing a bareback scene? What are your thoughts on that part of the industry as well?
I have only performed in condom videos. However, I only jerk off to BB videos. It’s way hotter to watch for me. My thought is that the industry is moving to BB, with the success of PrEP, and the high demand for raw sex. Suffice to say, condom porn in 5 years, will be a thing of the past. I would never sit here and tell you that I’ll never shoot a BB scene. Cuz, I never say, “Never” 🙂
What is next for the Nick Capra brand?
A memoir. The entire story, from beginning, to end. An emotional roller coaster, taking the reader through all the darkness…then finding my light.
It is always good to catch a star on the rise, and that is exactly what I did when it comes to the handsome and super intelligent Eddy Ceetee. Eddy, who currently resides in Boston, has become very well known in such a short period of time due to his presence at one of the best (if not the best) studios out there right now- Titan Men. His chiseled body and warm smile has delighted fans for months, enough to earn him a Best Newcomer nomination this past weekend at the annual Grabby Awards in Chicago. With all that is going on with him, Eddy sat down with Manhattan Digest to discuss this and so much more.
So tell me how you got into the industry in the first place?
I’ve always thought about it and something I did research on. I was bartending in Providence at Ego where two very known stars, Jesse Jackman and Dirk Caber, were guests there. I started talking to them and they said I would be perfect for it, which I obliged and then they got me in contact with Jasun Mark (Director for Titan Men). I had an interview with another company which I didn’t feel as good about it as I did with Titan. I felt completely comfortable there.
When I talked to Jasun he was pretty much opened to whatever I wanted, even the contract I was signed to was tailor made for that sort of thing. A couple of months later I flew to Los Angeles to film my first couple of scenes, and it has been great ever since.
So in my opinion, Titan Men’s models always seemed to be the most physically fit and look natural while doing so unlike other studios where the guys can look borderline plastic. That being said, has health and fitness always been in your life or did it spur when you joined the industry?
100 percent been about health and fitness. I remember the day I got my drivers license was the same day I got a gym membership. I was always skinny, especially in high school, and I knew I always wanted to be bigger and more muscular. If you look at pictures of me over the years I have grown and changed and I just like that I am able to manipulate my body in anyway that I want and I get results right away. There aren’t many things in life that you can get results instantly and I feel like with my body that I have gotten to know it so well so I can manipulate it and make it grow and do these changes.
Health is something I also take very seriously. I don’t know what it is because my parents let us eat whatever we wanted growing up, but I knew in the back of it I wanted to be healthy. Coming into this business I was already muscular and knew I had the body and I say that with pride because I am at the gym 7 days a week. I put the gym before a lot of other things in my life. I wasn’t born like this and want to be able to keep this momentum going for as long as I can.
So did you have any inspirations that got you into this industry?
My favorite is Francois Sagat. I like what he has done with his career and he has made something out of it. If there is a way of being classy in this industry, I feel like he did it.
So I know you are still new in this industry so your first scene wasn’t too long ago. Can you tell me about it and what it was like?
I was actually very nervous! For some reason though, it felt right. My biggest fear was I was going to go into this and regret it and when I came out of it not doing so, I knew it was the right thing.
My first scene was with Nick Prescott, however for whatever reason Titan didn’t release that as my first. I think they wanted the big shock and Nick Capra has been around for 10-15 years so I think it was a great decision there to put that as the first scene as it got me out there more. It was amazing. Nick and I connected right away and we hung out after it was over even with us being together for six hours straight. I have heard from a lot of other guys in this industry that the first guy they have a scene with they develop a connection with. You are putting your all out there and having someone to share it with so I think that is what that experience was.
So your background tells me that you grew up in Lebanon until you were 10, then moved to Connecticut and have been living in Boston for the past couple of years. As someone who is out and proud, was it difficult for you growing up to come out regardless of your geographical location?
I didn’t think about anything gay before I came here. I don’t remember anytime before I was 10 where I felt like I had a gay moment. I always had crushes on girls. Around 14 I started having feelings for men, but I still dated girls and had a girlfriend throughout high school. Originally, I didn’t want to accept what was going on and deal with those feelings so I would try to not think about it. The first time I was with a guy was when I drove two hours away for it and convinced myself that I wasn’t going to like it and then I’ll forget these feelings. Turns out I liked it and never went back to women. Dabbled for a bit, but never completely back. I’ve been with different types of people and am open about it. I think I’m just human so if I feel a certain way about someone why not just go with it?
A lot of guys who work in the business also wind up doing escorting on the side or as a duality type of thing. Is that something you would consider?
I did it for a while, I just don’t know if it’s my thing. I have nothing against it at all, but it’s not for me. I don’t feel comfortable doing it, but I’ve done it here and there and it just didn’t feel right. For me. Everyone wants attention, love or to feel important, so a lot of these people who hire escorts- that’s what they want. You are pretty much helping these people feel better about themselves. So I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.
I ask this in all my interviews regarding barebacking in scenes. Would you ever do it?
I feel the industry is heading to be completely bareback, but it’s something I don’t want to do now. I’m a big advocate of safe sex, and from my experience with some of the fans that contact me that are 18 and 19 years old and some of my clients is that they are simply uneducated. If they see bareback all the time, they think it is going to be more OK to do it. It is not. People forget that this is real life as well, and even though you may be taking care of yourself the other person might not. Sex is supposed to be fun and happy, you just don’t want to be worried about diseases and other stuff out there. If you can avoid getting some of this stuff, why not?
I just don’t want to do it because its putting the wrong message out there- for me. I have friends who do it and have nothing against it, however I am educated enough in my personal life that I will not do that. I don’t want to put it out there for the younger gays to think its OK to do that without the education behind it.
Do you have a particular actor or director you want to work with?
I know he doesn’t really shoot anymore but I would love to do a scene with Francois. I put all these interviews out there hoping he would hit me up, but he hasn’t! I just think hes awesome and love the photography that he does, its very artsy and weird which I love.
A lot of people who come into this industry are flashes in the pan, where they are hot for a minute and then are out the next. How do you plan on elongating the Eddy Ceetee brand and going the distance in this industry?
I already feel like I’m different than most of these people because I am thinking outside of the sex in the scenes and not just the now moment. I believe that no matter how you get a voice, use it in a positive way. That is what i am going by. My favorite quote is, “aspire to be admired”, so if you present yourself in a certain way, people will want to cling onto you.
If you are in the Boston area, check out this great event that Eddy will be apart of!
As someone who has interviewed many different types of entertainers in the past four or so years, I have rarely been nervous outside of meeting Jay-Z and working the MTV Video Music Awards Red Carpet (the only carpet I will ever work. Giggity). Yet when I met up with burgeoning adult film star Tony Orion, I was quite the bit nervous. Why? Because he is super handsome and cute and I think that would make any gay man nervous. Tony Orion has made quite the name for himself in the adult industry in a very short period of time, and has been able to transition himself as one of the top performers of 2014. Working with the biggest studios in the industry such as Titan, Raging Stallion and Colt, Tony has established himself as one to lookout for and in doing so is the reason why I wanted to sit down with this beautiful lad before he got to big to chat with the cute cub from Long Island.
I recently chatted with the Brazilian stud, who recently moved from Chicago to New York City and now back to Chicago again about his beginnings in the industry, his freshening take on men of color & barebacking, and what he sees for himself both in and outside of it. Take a look.
So you are a guy that was born in Brazil, made your way to Chicago and then New York City. With all this geographical change, what made you want to get involved in the industry?
It was actually my ex boyfriend who got me into this while I was in Chicago. We met last year and he was already in the industry, doing modeling and working at that point for a studio called Fort Troff. While we were dating he asked me a bunch of times if I wanted to do movies, which was something that I never thought about doing at that point. I liked being behind the camera, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to actually be in front of it. So there actually became an opportunity for Fort Troff where his original scene partner didn’t show up and there was a vacancy which he then asked me to join him in. We did the scene and it turned out to be a lot more fun than I thought it was going to be mainly because it came so natural as it was with the guy I was dating at that point, which made it that much more fun.
We came back home, and I came to the conclusion that this is something I want to further myself in. So then I started sending applications to companies like Titan Men, Raging Stallion & Colt to name a few as I feel I represent those types of men. Got callbacks and that is where everything started. Within the first week I did two shoots for Raging Stallion and one for Titan Men, it was that quick. I actually did a scene with Alessio Romero who turned out to be a good friend of mine in the long run.
During that point you were a Rentboy. A lot of guys that I interviewed have had their own opinions on their experiences while doing that, did you like yours?
Honestly, no. I mainly did it as it was something my ex boyfriend did so I felt it was good to have a healthy balance and do it with him. After we broke up I came to the decision that it wasn’t something I wanted to do anymore and that was it. It was more of a comfort level for me while I did it. Don’t get me wrong, I got to meet a lot of nice and interesting people throughout, got to travel, see new places and network but ultimately it wasn’t really my thing. Right now I am just keeping my porn work active and it is doing very well for me, and it is something I am enjoying very much. It is something that when you get into it you have to enjoy it, and down the line you have a great story to tell for someone to share it with.
A big issue in the industry is that men of color aren’t treated on the same well as white man are, especially in the big studios. What is your take on this?
I think its more about your personality, how you portray yourself, how you deal with people and ultimately leave an impression with them. I am learning lately that everyone has a different personality all around, and for me I go where I fit. If I get into a situation where I don’t feel comfortable or welcomed I am not going to try hard to fit in. It is not who I am. In the industry, there is a fit for everyone. For instance, I’m not Hot House type, but recently I worked with them for a fetish movie. Why? Because I have hair and a beard but their type is usually lean, American men with very clean features. That is usually their type of men. So I am not going to say never because it worked, but the boys with that type of body typically have more work. That being said, it isn’t always about your body features, so I don’t think the question you asked really rings true in that setting.
You’ve done many great scenes in a short time frame, do you have a favorite?
Oh yeah. It was this Colt scene with Dirk Caber. I know Dirk way before I did porn because he used to live in Chicago before he moved to Boston. We became very close and good friends, so when I went to do the scene with him in San Francisco for Colt the chemistry was already there and it made everything go by that much faster. We were actually able to finish it in under an hour, so for me it was super hot not only because of the chemistry but because of how the director noticed that and complimented it. It is always nice when the director simply says, “Nice Job”, it was one of the best feelings ever when that happens and that is really what the experience was with Dirk. The cherry on top was right after the director tweeted, “Just directed the best scene of my life”. Totally awesome.
I’ve asked a lot of other guys in the industry this question and am always curious to see the different answers that I get for this. What is your take on the bareback evolution that is happening in the industry?
I would prefer to not do bareback in movies because I actually promote safe sex. I think everyone has their own decisions in their personal lives, and I’m sure intimacy for many people have their options to bareback especially if the two people involved get tested together and make the decision that much easier for each other. I know many people get off and love watching bareback scenes, for whatever reasons possible and point of views. Personally, I like working with studios that promote safe sex. Not because I think barebacking is wrong, but really it is just my own point of view on things. I love working with Titan, Raging Stallions and Colt who do safe sex scenes. I have friends who are starting to do barebacking with other studios, and if that is something they want to do then go for it. Everyone has their own decisions about what they want to do with their work, and if it brings you to a level of maturity in this industry then do that.
Is there a particular scene partner you would like to work with upcoming that you haven’t had yet?
I do actually. Adam Killian is super hot and nice. I saw him at The Grabby’s in Chicago this year and thinks he is flawless in the way he looks and talks. I would love to work with Francois Sagat. I know he doesn’t perform anymore but directs for Titan and his projects are so awesome. The ideas he puts in the project and transforms them into being so sexually hot is mind blowing. He did this one move for Titan called “Incubus” that he was part of visually directing. He brought a ton of ideas to it and it was so different from what the norm is but it was so hot, like the kind of sex that people read about but never actually see on screen. It was so easy to get off on it.
Outside of the industry what do you hope to accomplish?
I have a very creative mind and am taking classes for fashion at FIT. I like fashion very much and like to put my creativity into things like the shirt I am wearing right now. Everytime I have something that pops in my mind, I draw it. Most of the time I enjoy the final things that I do, and it makes me happy and thinks that it can be something that can be sold to the masses so that is something that i am working on now. I also gogo dance a lot, as well as a ton of other projects going on outside of porn that is in the works. When you have to accomplish something that is very yours, you have to be patient. It is not going to come easy. I just moved to New York City in March, and I am not in a rush and going with the flow and seeing what happens. There are millions of people who work here to get to where they are, that to me I just want to be part of this big mess of a crowd that are trying to find their goals.
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