I currently work in casting for Titan but I also have my own blog and work with John Tegan who's one of the best agents and mangers and can get you a lot of work, answer your questions, negotiate your scene rate and contracts and make sure you have a good experience in this.
Here are a few videos of the "behind the scenes" that show the kind of fun we have...
Oh and here's a clip of four of the stars hanging out together by the pool at one of the Titan studios... yes, they really do carry on like that. they're a bunch of hot men from all over the world and they're all horned up an in a permissive atmosphere.
Making porn is the best career I've ever had. And I've had quite a few careers. It's been rewarding in a lot of ways but like any career that puts you out in front of the public and makes you a "star," it's got it's downside as well.
The mechanics of making porn are very different than what you might think. Some people have broken my job down as "pointing a camera at people fucking." It's not really anything like that at all.
Very few men make their living by being porn stars.
Virtually all porn stars, even the huge ones, have real jobs and real careers and porn is a fun side job that gets them money and pays for week-long vacations to Miami or Southern California or New York in the winter.
Most of the top men have real jobs. I've worked with accountants, architects, designers, real estate agents and commercial pilots. One man I've worked with is a mechanical engineer who is currently working on developing next-generation pace makers.
My doctor was a colt model and the guy who sold me my house worked for Falcon.
I've worked with many guys who are students. I once had a guy I worked with tell me that he came from a poor family and they couldn't afford to send him to college and his marks weren't good enough to get him a full scholarship. He told me very frankly that "my body is my only asset and if I can use it to get my degree and enter the workforce debt-free, well I'm ahead of the game.
Even the "career porn stars" like Francois Sagat work very hard. Francois is constantly on a plane to another part of the world to make a public appearance or work for a photographer. when he's not, he runs a blog and Twitter and Facebook page that promotes his work.
Don't get into this for the "wrong" reasons.
Don't do this so people will love you or so you can have people want to be like you. Those things will happen...yes... but I've seen so many people who become porn stars for the love and validation of others and those are the guys who train wreck hard in a matter of months... weeks sometimes... because of their need for validation, they surround themselves with the serial users... they're given drugs and attention and alcohol and adoration and until they're run into the ground. Then those people move on to the next one and the model is left feeling and being worse off than he was before.
Do this for you and because you want to, not so you can hear people say "wow, you're hot."
You can make a lot of money but it's a lot of work.
My base salary at the last two jobs I had was very good. Don't get me wrong. But porn stars generally don't get a base salary and instead are paid by the scene. If you're a good entrepreneur, you can turn that into tens of thousands of dollars by blogging and writing about your work and promoting the studios you work for. But that's not an easy gig.
I maintain my own blog which makes me a lot of money but it's not something I can just do in an hour or two every day. I work a lot. At the time of writing this it's the end of December and since August I have literally had one day off. And that was because I collapsed from exhaustion and was ordered to "take some time off." I took one day and then started working on projects I could do from my bed.
Most porn stars just do their scenes and then go back to their "real lives" until the next shoot. That's fine and probably best when you're young.
Shoots can be long and grueling and physically demanding.
To get a good shot at the penetration or the model's face, I often have to put myself into downright weird positions. But I also have to tell the models to do the same. You will be in awkward positions with a camera and lighting rig between your legs for minutes at a time while you're fucking and if you're the top, you also have to stay hard and keep your balance and make it look "real" or we have to start all over again.This isn't having sex.
If you're a bottom, you have to be able to take a huge dick and get rammed with it repeatedly. Yes, you can say "I need a break" when you do, but
Shoots can take place in cold warehouses, under a hot desert sun or sometimes in a tiny bedroom with either a huge crew or sometimes just a camera person who does the entire work himself. But either way, you need to be able to stay hard, look like you're attracted to your scene partner (whom you may have just met and aren't into at all) and stay in character.
It's a few minutes of fucking followed by just as long and often longer periods of adjusting lights and camera positions and planning out shoots and you just "hurry up and wait" while the technical side gets done. You have a director shouting directions at you like "move your hand, eyes back... ok now reach up and touch his chest... now come in for a kiss... eye contact... ugh... no, let's go back and do that again..."
Don't think I'm saying the crew isn't' going to be nice to you... quite the opposite.. the tone on set is usually great... everyone smiling and joking around and very fun. People will be very nice to you and the tone is always great. Just know that when you're shooting, you have to get it right or you'll go back and do it again until you do.
Your work doesn't start and stop at the day of shooting.
You need to keep yourself in shape. You need to look good, stay fit, maintain a good body and not let yourself go. Your body is your asset and while it can get you work, it can only do that if it looks good. Don't show up to the studio hung over, tired, drunk... don't be partying all night and think you can show up the next day to shoot. You'll be red and puffy and tired, you'll look like shit and if they DO shoot you, you probably won't get asked back and yes... studios do share info with each other. I have the casting guys from other studios on my speed dial and if I'm thinking about working with _____ _____, I'll call up my friends at _________ studio and ask what he was like to work with. Those reputations do follow you.