"LOS ANGELES—Gay studio Alternadudes.com is bridging the gap of FTM transgender porn by hiring celebrated transgender performer, James Darling. Darling is a multiple award-winning performer/director currently nominated by Tranny Awards for FTM performer of the year.
Alternadudes President, Chris Koloff, is happy about the new pairing. “James came to us and the minute he did there wasn’t a doubt that he’d be great on the site,” he said. “It’s always interesting when you forge into new territory. People are scared of what may happen if you color outside the lines. As people find out about James working for Alternadudes I’ve been hearing about how ‘brave’ we are. I don’t think that’s the case at all. If someone doesn’t like the idea or isn’t into it, then they can watch the other few hundred scenes we have. There’s plenty of alt guys of all sorts to go around, and James is now one of those guys.”
Darling is equally enthusiastic about working with Alternadudes. “I think it will get a lot of exposure. A lot of my fans are excited and there seems to already be a buzz about it out there,” he said. “I picked Alternadudes because I’ve always liked their work and the way they devote their site to the guys that are sometimes too ‘out there’ for other companies to feature. I fit in with the guys of Alternadudes. I look a lot like many hip punkish guys my age, but one thing that sets me apart is that I’m a female to male trans person, meaning that I was assigned female at birth and later transitioned to male. I still have my ‘original plumbing’ and I love my extra hole and have no desire to change it. I identify and live my life as a man. Most people would have no idea I’m trans unless I told them (or they watch a lot of internet porn!) and it’s not something I think about as much anymore outside of porn.”
The new full length scene featuring Darling and his tatted co-star, Ruckus, is currently the featured scene on Alternadudes.com.”
by Lux Alptraum photos by Molly DeCoudreaux
"If you’ve never worked in porn, it probably seems like a pretty easy way to make a living: get paid hundreds—or even thousands—of dollars to spend an afternoon having sex, making a full-time wage with just a few days of work a month. Sure, the work comes with a stigma, but if you don’t mind dealing with that, it’s easy money, right?
But while some people get to live that dream, many more find that their porn work isn’t quite enough to pay the bills. A decade ago, it was relatively easy for most performers to consistently book multiple gigs a week; these days, even big stars can have difficulty booking a few shoots a month. Due to a combination of piracy and rampant free online porn, XXX sales are down by a large margin. And with less money coming in to production companies, there’s not as much to spend on producing new content, which means less work (and less pay) for the talent who depend on porn to pay the bills.
In order to make ends meet, quite a few performers have taken up second jobs. Most of the time, moonlighting porn performers end up in side jobs in other sectors of the adult industry, like stripping, escorting, or dominatrix work, where some XXX notoriety can help raise your rates. But there are a handful of adult stars who end up in more mainstream gigs, where they’re not necessarily upfront about what they do in front of the camera. There are porn performers who teach yoga, who do graphic design, who handle PR, and—in at least one case—even deliver pizzas.”
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