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So You Want To Be a Star? 9 Points About Getting Into Porn

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“How do I get into porn?” It’s probably the most common question I get every week on Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr. I’ve only been doing moves for about a year now, so I still consider myself a porn “newbie.” Nonetheless, the learning curve is sharp in the business, and I feel obligated to share what I’ve learned.

Porn has been an amazing experience. I’ve traveled all over the country, and even to Spain! I’ve made some great friends, shot some movies I’m incredibly proud of, and have had some really hot sex. I mention hot sex last because sex should not be your only reason for getting into porn. Porn is first and foremost a business. If it’s just hot sex you want, you can find that without the challenges that come with working in the industry.

Gay Pornstar Dallas Steele Tours Malaga Spain 1. Before you ask HOW, think very carefully

You will not be able to conceal you’ve done porn. Your friends and family WILL find out. If that’s going to be an issue, than forget about it. There are certain fields where doing movies could disqualify you from employment- clergy and teaching for example. A porn career is usually 3-5 years at best. Consider what you plan to do after that and whether porn would cause you problems.

2. Do you have what it takes?

There are lots of porn genres these days, but the bottom line is that for the most part, men still like to see hot, fit, muscular men. Is your body in the best shape possible? Do others compliment your appearance? Do you get asked for fitness advice? Not saying you have to be ready for a bodybuilding competition, but showing up to a shoot with a beer gut and love handles isn’t going to fly unless it’s for a specific genre of porn that embraces that. Beyond your body as a whole, what are your best assets? Do you have a super hot bubble ass? Or maybe you’ve got 9 inches or more of big, thick cock? What do you have to offer to a studio? What’s your selling point?

Pornstar Dallas Steele Flexing His Muscles At The Gym 3. Can you perform in front of others

All men love sex. All men love getting off. But can you do it front of two cameras and potentially as many as five or six people watching? Do you have the stamina to kiss, jack-off, and fuck for up to six hours? Do you have the patience to endure stopping and starting multiple times while the crew moves cameras or adjusts the lighting? Can you be agreeable and flexible to do what is asked of you even when it may not be fun or comfortable? Can you get fucked with sandbags under one side of your ass for an hour while grabbing onto a couch? Would you be willing to top if the “would be” top is having trouble getting hard? Would you be willing to bottom if the “would be” bottom is hard, but you’re struggling? If the director wants to incorporate a particular fetish you’re not familar with or may not enjoy, would you, as an actor, be willing to make an effort to pull it off and make it look hot? Whether others recognize it or not, you ARE an actor and the goal here is to put on a performance so hot, others can shoot their load watching. Your personal comfort is not relevant. Make it look hot.

A TitanMen Porn Set With Lights Set Up 4. Pictures and studios

Do have you have at least six really hot, studio-quality pictures of yourself? If not, it’s time to find a photographer and get some made. They should show you totally nude and hard, front and back. And yes, they MUST include your face. If any of that bothers you, you’re not going to be doing porn.

Once you’ve got good pictures, research the product. What kind of porn do you admire most? What studios have the best lighting? The best production value. The best editing. The best overall promotions. And the hottest men. And look at yourself, then look at the men in the productions from various studios. Do you look like them in terms of body type, body hair, and age? Find a studio that uses men that look like you do.

Dirk Caber and Dallas Steele On Set For Blue Collar Ballers 5. Apply and wait

Regardless of how hot you think you are, no one is just going to “notice” you. You have to go to the studio website and apply. Take it seriously just as you would any job application. Fill out every blank and answer truthfully.

Once you’ve submitted your application, be prepared to wait. The big studios get hundreds, if not thousands of applications each year. It can be weeks before anyone even looks at what you’ve submitted. Add to that, many big studios have already signed loads of “exclusive” performers. They may love your look and think you’d be amazing, but they’re already so overloaded, they can’t take on anyone new.

6. Condom versus bareback

The industry is changing. During the height of the AIDS Epidemic, virtually all gay porn used condoms. With advanced meds for people with HIV, and PreP for those who are uninfected, condoms are no longer the gold standard for every studio in the industry. As in the larger society, there are intense opinions and divisions about this in the gay porn world. We are not debating that here. But it’s important to know that some studios are 100% bareback. Others are 100% condom only. Some of the condom only studios will not work with actors that have previously done bareback commercial porn. Before you start your porn career, it’s important to decide which side you’re going to choose. What you decide will have some impact on where you work and how much you work.

7. Be realistic and do your homework

You are not going to get rich doing porn, but if you pick the right company, you can make a lot of very good money. How do you know which companies pay the most? Look at which companies have the best looking product and which companies do the best in the marketplace? Contact the actors and ask them. Most of us will not tell you exact numbers, but we will tell you what companies pay better than others. There are also other factors to consider: What kinds of hotels do the various studios house their talent in while on a shoot? Is it Motel 6 or is it a Marriott? Do they book you on the cheapest airline possible in the middle of the night or are you on a nice late morning flight seated in Economy Plus? Is it a non-stop flight or do you have a four hour layover in Grand Rapids? Seriously.

Dallas Steele On An Airplane Flying To His Porn Shoot With TitanMen.com

8. Beyond the movie shoot

The actual movie shoot is only a small part of your being a porn performer. If you plan to have any longevity in the industry, plan to spend about two hours per day on social media promoting your products (films) and promoting yourself. You must constantly sell your movies to the audience. Tease them with trailers and pictures provided by your studio or studios. Tell them what’s coming-up. Tease them with details from the shoot you just did. Take some “behind the scenes” photos with your iPhone (get them approved by your director before sharing). You must make an effort to connect with your fans all the time. Answer their emails. Be patient with their flirting. Appreciate their compliments no matter how many times you hear “you are so hot, I want you to fuck me.” To someone miles away from the nearest town somewhere in Kansas, you may be the hottest man they’ve ever seen. Regardless of whether you’re attracted to them or not, respect their feelings and always be gracious.

“But wait,” you say. “I’ve already been paid for my part in the movie. Why do I need to promote it? Isn’t that the studio’s job?” Yes. And it’s also YOUR job if you plan to land another movie with that studio or others. The more successful your movie is, the more likely it is the studio will use you in another one. If they know you know how to promote successfully, you’re worth so much more to them than the actor who just collects their check, then  moves on to the next project.

9. Have fun

Once you’ve done your first movie, you’ll reflect on the experience as incredibly hard work, but if you made the right decision with the studio you chose, you’ll also have a remarkable sense of pride about it. Sure, we’re not doing “Masterpiece Theater,” but the projects I’ve been involved with aren’t “pump and dump” in a cheap motel either. When my first movie with Titan Men “Blue Collar Ballers” made #1 on TLA Video’s “Best Seller” list, I screen captured the list and sent it both my Mom and Dad! I never won those two Emmys I was nominated for in television news, but this still makes me pretty damn happy. I’m doing something where I bring pleasure to thousands of guys, I get pleasure myself, and I get paid for it. It’s not for everyone. It works for me.

Dirk Caber and Dallas Steele in Blue Collar Ballers

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Behind The Scenes Of Blue Collar Ballers With DALLAS STEELE!

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Dallas Steele and Dirk Caber

By Dallas Steele

Watch The Preview For Dallas Steele and Dirk Caber’s Scene Here!

My first time working with Titan was only my second time doing an adult video. When I first decided to do porn, like anything in my life, I did my research. I “pulled through” hours of video, carefully considering the men, the production values, and the reputation of the studios. Titan has always been one of the biggest names in gay porn. To say I was excited and honored to get the call, would be putting it mildly. My parents and siblings all know I do movies, but I think they were a bit stunned by my sense of pride in announcing I was going to be shooting with Titan Men.

Dirk Caber and Dallas SteeleWhen I arrived at the Titan house in Palm Springs on that March day, Dirk Caber and Hunter Marx were busy doing a product demo. After putting my stuff down, I quietly enjoyed a protein bar while watching dildos disappear into the two of them repeatedly. I remember starting to get a little nervous and intimidated knowing I would be having hot sex with Dirk the next day. That evening, we all got to know each other over dinner. And while that helped, I still wondered if I was up to their caliber!

Dirk was first. The morning started with us and director Jasun Mark shooting stills. Dirk was so playful and a great kisser. I immediately felt at ease. We had a few lines at the beginning of our video, which despite little discussion, flowed from both of us with ease. Nothing at all seemed awkward or forced. The first time we really starting making out, both of us got instantly hard. Gradually, I worked my way down his torso and took out his perfectly shaped cock. One plus to shooting porn is you will have plenty of time to enjoy every part of your partner’s body. I really enjoyed eating Dirk’s ass. When we flipped around, he was just as awesome at giving head as he was kissing.

Dallas Steele and Dirk Caber

Eventually, we moved to the bed. He topped me first. Dirk’s cock has a great head that popped right in and was never uncomfortable the hour or so he was topping me. I love getting fucked and I was close to coming several times. When he flipped over onto his back, a bunch of things went through my mind- like whether I’d measure up to the amazingly hot men he has worked with- not to mention his amazingly hot husband Jessie Jackman.

Fucking Dirk was just as a hot as I expected. Both of us were very vocal throughout the entire scene. That wasn’t fake. We both were enjoying it that much. We also laughed often. Sex is supposed to be fun, and wild, and crazy. I think many men get so wrapped-up in thinking they have to be a certain way, they forget how to just be animal and go for it in the moment. I don’t ever take myself too seriously.

Dirk Caber and Dallas Steele
After about 25 minutes of pounding his ass, I could tell Dirk was getting close. Jasun stopped us for just a moment to re-position cameras, then told us to go for it. I fucked him as hard as I could, then he shot a massive load on his chest. I had been close throughout the entire time, so a few seconds later, I too shot all over his cock and balls. After six hours of still pictures and video, both of us collapsed and took a long nap.


People often ask me how much sex really goes on when the camera is not rolling. My experience so far is that performers are pretty tired after a full day of shooting, however, the nap apparently helped Dirk and me. That night in the hot tub we started kissing again which lead to another scene in my bedroom- this time- without the cameras.

Behind The Scenes Dallas SteeleDirk has become one of my best friends in porn and recently, we got to see each other again in Palm Springs when I did a scene with his real life husband. I’m still waiting for a “private scene” like the one with Dirk. Like me, Jesse Jackman is a BIG guy and the two of us together were explosive on a number of levels. More about that in a future blog posting. Look for the movie with Jesse and me this spring.

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“The Pleasure of Play” Tom of Finland Exhibition Is Open Until 8.23.15

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Tom of Finland ExhibitFinnish artist Touko Laaksonen, better known to most of the world as Tom of Finland, is at the center of a new exhibit at Artists Space in SoHo running now through August 23. If you live in New York or you will be in the area you should NOT miss this!

The Pleasure of Play is the most comprehensive Tom of Finland survey exhibition to date, spanning six decades to include more than 180 drawings, 1930s childhood paper dolls, the full set of 1940s gouaches along with triptychs, individual drawings, storyboards and over 300 reference pages.

Tom of Finland

Touko Laaksonen, aka Tom of Finland (1920, Kaarina – 1991, Helsinki), was a child of grammar school teachers and grew up in rural Finland. At the age of 19 he enrolled in a distance learning advertising course. Soon drafted, he joined the Finnish Army in its fight against the Soviet invasion. After the war he stayed in Helsinki, studying classical piano at the renowned Sibelius Academy. While at the Academy, Tom of Finland worked as freelance graphic designer, later becoming senior art director at the Helsinki office of the global advertising agency McCann Erickson.

Tom of Finland Exhibit

While living life as an adman in Helsinki, his global career as an iconic gay figure was jumpstarted in 1950s Los Angeles, through his ongoing contributions to Bob Mizer’s publication Physique Pictorial. From the 1960s onwards, he frequently published his now well-known comic series with the Danish publishing house DFT, COQ International and the Swedish Revolt Press, and later through his own Tom of Finland Company.

In 1978, Tom of Finland had his first New York exhibition at Stompers, a boots store in the West Village. His first gallery exhibition was at Feyway Studios, San Francisco, where Tom of Finland was befriended by Robert Mapplethorpe, who in 1980 helped him get his first major New York exhibition at Robert Samuel Gallery.

Tom of Finland

During his 17 years at McCann, a job he quit in 1973, Tom of Finland started traveling extensively throughout Europe. On his many trips, particularly to London, Hamburg and Berlin, he would take his drawings to sell or to gift to men that he met in the local gay scene, thus proliferating his work while establishing an underground distribution network, and with it a network of friends and admirers.

For More Info Check Out The The Artist’s Space Website

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