Anonymous asked: I am a trans man who is interested in making porn beyond amateur xtube type stuff (either in front of or behind the camera, I have experience with shooting/lighting). I'm not sure if it's the right job/career move for me. How did you know, or how did you figure out that porn was the right fit for you? How would you advise somebody considering this?
To be completely honest, having a career as a trans guy porn performer is nearly impossible. Even I hesitate to call my work in porn a career and I also have day jobs outside of porn. Most porn performers who are not trans also have a tough time making it in the industry, this is no longer the 90s and porn does not make the same kind of sustainable money it did two decades ago.
Trans guy porn performers on average might get one scene per company that shoots trans guys a year, and that is a rather generous estimate. I’d encourage you to consider what interests you about being in porn and think about your goals. The prospect of being paid for sex? Getting to meet and have sex with famous people? A buttplug trophy? 10000k twitter/instagram/tumblr followers?
Social media is a beast! Be prepared for your explicit full frontal images to be online and beyond your control of who can have access to it, including family members and prospective future employers. Most porn performers I know perform in porn for a few years before they move on to something else. Have a plan b in case it does not go the way you hope.
That said, it can be really fun and you can have really great and transformative life experiences through porn. It can teach you a lot about yourself and your sexuality, and you can meet some really amazing people. I have friends that I will probably have for the rest of my life that I have met through my work in porn. I get letters from people almost every day telling me how much they love the porn I make and how it has positively impacted their lives and that makes all the challenging aspects of porn worth it. YMMV. <3
their-trembling-fingers asked: Hi James! I'm super excited to attend your workshop at the Philly Trans Health Conference. I decided that I had to go when I saw that you were going to be there. Do you know if you'll be doing a meet and greet while you're there?
I am soooo excited to go to PTHC and moderate the Trans Representation in Porn workshop on Thursday night! I had an incredible time in Philly last year and really looking forward to attending again this year. I might be vending some of my merch, so if I get a table I will definitely be able to meet and greet there but otherwise I will be around all weekend! Please come introduce yourself if you see me and hope to see you at the workshop!
Cute photo from a shoot I did with Amy Bexxx in NYC, who’s ready for a ride? ;)
James Darling photo by Isabel Dresler