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What It's Like Being A Male Pornstar in Australia
Sex|Aug 6, 2020

What It's Like Being A Male Pornstar in Australia

Three Aussie Porn Performers Tell Us What It’s Like Getting Paid To Get Laid
Amie Wee

“Come back to us when you can spin around in a circle ten times while jerking off and then cum directly onto the CD case on the floor,” was the standard response an old boss used to give to the constant torrent of wannabe male pornstars who wanted to feature in the company’s adult films.

Working in porn sounds like a dream, right? You get paid to have sex with dozens of different beautiful women for a living. You essentially get paid to get laid.

However, becoming a male porn performer and sustaining a successful career, especially in Australia, is harder than you might think.

Penthouse spoke to three male porn performers—Woody Alyx, Friedrich Kreuz and Leo Embers—about the realities of working in the Australian porn industry.

 

Woody Alyx

Woody Alyx

Woody Alyx, Melbourne, 27

How long have you been in the industry?

Around five years. I’ve certainly seen a fair few people come and go, and the previous generation that I looked up to have mostly gone, with new blood coming up behind me!

How did you get into the adult business?

In early 2015, my partner at the time found an ad for a modelling job. Assuming it was just a simple life drawing class or photoshoot, she went for an interview and found out that it was in fact a girl-on-girl porno shoot. After having a long chat about what she was comfortable with and how we both felt about it, I assured her as long as she felt safe and sure of what she was doing, I had no problem at all supporting her in this adventure. So, she did the shoot and it went well, and after a few more, they ask if she wants to do a scene with a male performer. Soon, I found myself on the set as well, and we both loved the experience! After a few years, she retired from pornography to follow other passions, but I found myself drawn to sex work more and more as the years went on. Five years later, and I still feel like I have a lot more to give.

What work were you doing before you started in porn?

Believe it or not, before I did this work, I worked as a pizza delivery boy. Since getting into porn, I’ve focused more on my fine art training and work as a freelance designer and photographer. It would be my dream to eventually become self-sustaining purely from work I produce, pornographic and otherwise.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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What type of content do you shoot?

When you start out, you simply work for studios and companies that have their own vision, and your job is just to provide the best performance you can for their script. But as time went on, I started getting more creative with it and probably stepped on some toes as I implemented my artistic input more and more on set, suggesting lighting changes, composition, etcetera.

Now, I am almost exclusively focusing on making the kind of videos that I personally want to see, which is pornography that makes you feel something, but most importantly, makes you horny! I have a large backlog of footage that I’m working through to create my own catalogue of videos to buy, so there is certainly a lot more coming!

Which companies have you worked for?

Pretty much all the local Australian companies, as well as a few overseas ones. The big ones in Melbourne would be Aussie Ass, Girls Out West, Bright Desire, Fellatio Queens—you name it, I’ve probably worked with them.

Is it lucrative to be a male performer in porn in Australia?

Not at all. Anyone who lasts long in the industry does it because they love it and want to help nurture the growing industry that we have in Australia. Don’t get me wrong, the money is good, but the quantity of work is nowhere near something like the American pornography industry. Most performers will have a day job or also do sex work to support themselves.

What’s been your biggest learning curve since you’ve started working in porn?

Learning how to "open up" for the camera is still something you need to keep in mind every time you shoot. When people have sex in their personal lives, there isn’t (usually) a camera to consider. You have to always be mindful of where the light is, if your arms or legs are blocking the view and to always give the camera the best angle you can, which normally means twisting your body and penetrating from an odd angle, which is not comfortable, but is key to making a scene look good.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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How has your work been affected by COVID-19?

The Australian porn industry has almost come to a standstill. No shoots are being done; performers can't even self-produce works with others due to lockdown laws. Everything has gone online now, all we can do is market the footage we already have, do webcam shows and upload to subscription sites such as OnlyFans. We are really at the mercy of people seeking us out online and paying for our content.

What do you think the future of porn in Australia looks like?

Honestly, the bigger question is how the future of porn looks worldwide! With performers self-publishing and companies losing money due to piracy or free tube-sites, how the industry will look in a few years is anyone’s guess. I for one hope that Australia's scene only grows larger, with more companies supporting the wealth of talent we have here and performers taking it upon themselves to create the future of porn they want to see.

What would your dream scene look like?

I haven't done a reverse-gangbang yet (multiple women and one guy). I should probably do that.

See more of Woody on TwitterOnlyFans and ManyVids.

 

 

Leo Embers

Leo Embers

Leo Logan Embers, Melbourne, 29

How long have you been in the industry? 

I've been in the professional porn industry for eight months as of July 2020, but as everything stopped in March, I feel it's more like four months.

How did you get into the industry? 

I entered the porn industry in much the same way you enter any industry. I made myself known to the community by making a Twitter, researched the local studios and politely enquired about work. Pro tip: Don't send a dick pic unless it's specifically asked for.

What type of content do you create?

It’s varied. I like all of my content to tell a story, and I tend to swing between cute content that I call ‘comfort porn’, and taboo content. I never want to be pigeonholed and forced to create only one type.

Is it lucrative to be a male performer in porn in Australia? 

Not yet. While each job pays very well, we have a rather small porn community in Australia, but I'm aiming to see it grow. Online platforms such as ManyVids have also given me the freedom to collaborate with colleagues and sell my own amateur content worldwide.

Which companies have you worked for? 

I have proudly worked with Girls Out West, Lightsouthern and Feck while in Australia. I'm also currently chatting to Maria Ordesky, her team has some exciting plans in the making. 

Leo Embers & Charlie Forde / Girls Out West

Leo Embers & Charlie Forde / Girls Out West

What’s been your favourite scene you’ve ever shot and why? 

This is a HARD question (pun intended). Currently, my favourite scene would probably be a collaboration between Olive Pearl (content creator) and Picpuck Photo (photographer) where we forced as many doughnuts onto my dick as possible while Olive posed beneath me. It was a really fun day that escalated quickly and ended in some spectacular photos.

What’s been your biggest learning curve since you’ve started working in porn?  

The biggest learning curve I’ve had since starting in porn is to keep a good headspace. The pressure to perform, coupled with the stopping and starting on the set, can sometimes make it difficult to maintain an erection, and if you doubt yourself or start thinking about other negative things, you can quickly ruin your shoot.

How has your work been affected by COVID-19? 

COVID has decimated my work. I was lucky that I had been planning on moving to Japan before all this happened, so I had a backlog of content I was still editing that kept me afloat, but I haven't been able to really shoot since March.

What’s it like to be a male porn performer in Australia? 

There are some difficulties, such as the stigma attached to the job, but all in all, I love it. I've never had a better way to blend my creativity and love of sex while drawing an income.

What reactions do you get when people find out you work in porn? 

Overall, I'm pretty cautious with who I share this part of my life with, so those who I do tell usually greet the news with a smile and a few questions, mainly: "What does your wife think?" For record, she's super supportive.

What would your dream scene look like? 

Something with an epic storyline, think Lord of the Rings meets Brazzers, complete with witty dialogue, legendary sword fights and, of course, explicit sex.

What do you think the future of porn in Australia looks like? 

I'm optimistic and look forward to a future where ethical studios like Girls Out west, Feck, Lightsouthern, and ErikaLust are the norm. With the rise of platforms such as Manyvids, I think amateur porn and small studios will also continue to gain popularity as more and more performers will collaborate. 

Do you ever watch your own porn? 

All the time. The projects I work on are ones that excited me, so they tend to be the ones that turn me on the most.

See more of Leo on ManyVids, OnlyFans, Girls Out West and Feck.

 

 

Friedrich Kreuz

Friedrich Kreuz

Friedrich Kreuz, Sydney, 48

How did you get into the adult business?

I was in my first film in 2014. A friend of mine, who is a director, saw some images of me in BDSM scenes and asked if I would be interested in making a film. Then, after quite a few years between shoots, I was at the Berlin Porn Film Festival, where people recognised me from my first film (where it showed in 2014). I followed up some leads on Twitter and was invited to perform in some scenes (and some others I had to turn down).  Often, I develop artistic ideas with directors, so it is a co-production—especially with the artier films.

How would you describe the type of content you shoot?

Pornography is political. What is represented is a political choice. As such, I am only interested in performing in porn where I do not play a dominant role—despite doing this in my semi-professional life. This choice is because there are enough representations of white middle-aged cis men in dominant positions, and to me, it is more politically and artistically compelling to explore other roles for myself. So, I bottom in sadomasochistic scenes. I am topped by people younger than me, or cis female, or POC. I do not think that the world needs to eroticise more representations of cis white men in positions of power when other power dynamics are under-represented.

“Domestic Servitude”/ Photo: Michelle Gutierrez Fernandez / Erika Lust Films

“Domestic Servitude”/ Photo: Michelle Gutierrez Fernandez / Erika Lust Films

Is it lucrative to be a male performer in porn in Australia?

I do not do this for the money.  I am primarily in it for the politics of representation, so will work for free for directors whose work I like if the project is interesting to me.  Of course, some companies offer really good money - like Erika Lust - and I am happy to be paid when this happens. Ethics are important in porn, and so I act accordingly.  But the money is not what drives my interest in pornography. If I accepted scenes where I top, I would have made a lot more money, but that is not how I want myself to be represented on screen. For me, this is art, and art rarely pays well.

Which companies have you worked for?

Erika Lust and Sensate Films. I have also worked with independent directors such as Ivan Sobris, or zero budget things with friends such as Timoethus of Berlin and Ron Hades. This is all mostly for the queer independent porn film festivals, although I would be open to doing other things for companies with a bigger circulation if the politics matched mine.

What’s been your biggest learning curve since you’ve started working in porn?

To know what your boundaries are, to be clear about them, and stick to them.  I have turned down thousands of dollars of jobs because I did not like what I would have been representing.  But I have been lucky, and have only worked with friends or with companies which themselves on their ethics, and so I have never been put in a compromised position.  If I communicate clearly what I am willing to do, or not, then I am less likely to feel exploited or to have my boundaries crossed.

“Domestic Servitude”/ Photo: Michelle Gutierrez Fernandez / Erika Lust Films.

“Domestic Servitude”/ Photo: Michelle Gutierrez Fernandez / Erika Lust Films.

Are you working full time in the industry? If not, what other types of work do you do, or have you done before porn?

I am a writer and have also written scripts for other audio porn companies.  I am currently writing a novel. I also do artistic collaborations, for example a project entitled Sex in the time of COVID with American printmaker Eric Avery.

Has your work been affected by COVID-19?

COVID absolutely fucked my work in porn.  I had to move back to Australia, and have been saying no to jobs ever since which are filmed in Europe because I cannot travel there at the moment. Several planned scenes have been put on hold, and regular work with one company has been postponed indefinitely.  I cannot wait for all of this to be over, although I have a lot of opportunity to work on my writing.  I am writing a glory hole scene that can be acted according to COVID-19 social distancing measures!

Follow Friedrich on Twitter.