I am turning 40 tonight, and it has dominated my thoughts for well over a month now. Although my life has been in a gradually rising state of transition since my 37th birthday in 2011, it has really started to sink in recently. I got into an auto accident (not my fault), totaled my car, and used the insurance check to purchase a brand new one. I bought a new iPhone about a month ago, and of course my girlfriend and I are moving to Las Vegas (well I am moving BACK). Changes are stressful, and anyone who has ever read this blog knows that I abhor and detest stress of any kind.
I have a lot to be thankful for as I look back on my life. I had a great childhood with 2 loving parents that are still married. They raised my brothers and I well, taught us right from wrong, provided me with the ability to get a college education, gave me the tenets of life that I strive to adhere to today (work ethic, financial acumen, foresight, but most importantly persistance & determination).
I lived a very normal life until I graduated high school in 1992. I went to college in Texas, played basketball, met some lifelong friends that I still speak to & see, and met the girl that I assumed I would marry and be with forever (sadly that didn't work out and I learned much about relationships from her & the aftermath of our breakup).
After college I bounced around from job to job, tried graduate school, coached college basketball, taught high school, worked in nightclubs, but I could never get a position that made me comfortable in a long term sense.
I moved to Las Vegas in 2002 and worked in several nightclubs in Bellagio, Luxor, and Venetian. I met three of the best friends a guy could ask for, and we are all still very close even 12 years later. I enjoyed my life in Las Vegas much more than my life in Texas, but I was still struggling to find my place in this world. My relationship to a successful & fiercely driven girl ended as my career in the adult industry widened. And who could blame her?
The story of my adult industry career begins in 1999 when I met Lovette, a porn star, while on vacation with my father in San Francisco. I had been watching porn since I went to college of course, and meeting someone who I had already seen on VHS (ha, ha, ha) was pretty mindblowing. Looking back on my life now, I can see that I was already a sex addict, as I had been with easily 1000 women from 1992-2003. Being 6'5, in great shape, outgoing, and friendly got me in the door with many a lady.
Lovette opened my eyes to the adult industry. She took me with her to the Nightmoves Show in Florida, where I met 30-40 porn stars and had a great time. Lovette and I fucking in our hotel room somehow made it onto an amateur video because everyone fucked with the doors open lol.
We stopped seeing each other about a year later, and I began to contact all sorts of people about appearing in adult videos. My job as a teacher/bouncer didn't exactly pay very well, and I was mired in student loan debt. I performed in some amateur websites around Texas & Las Vegas.
I was contacted by Chi Chi LaRue in 2002 about appearing in some gay porn videos for Falcon Video, the largest gay porn company in the world. He offered me 2000 dollars, a flight to San Franciso, and a hotel room plus food paid for. I was making 1200 bucks every 2 weeks at the same, and after weighing the odds I (stupidly) thought "who's gonna know?". I did the scene, had a pretty fun time actually, and then did 5 more scenes for Falcon, 2 more for independent companies, and 3 scenes in London for Men at Play.
By this time I was living in Las Vegas and dabbling in straight porn while working my night job at the clubs. After attending the AVN Award show in 2003, I met many producers & directors on the straight side, and began to get some gigs. I spent the rest of 2003 shooting scenes in Vegas, and also driving to LA for scenes as well.
I stayed at the Budget Inn in Hollywood at the corner of Sunset & Highland. It was 52 dollars a night and a complete rathole. But I didn't care, I was happy as a clam. I was working for Digital Playground & Robby D, Devil's Films & Mike Metropolis, Evil Angel & Joey Silvera, and a few others. I was making 250-400 a scene at the time, and I tried to save every penny I could.
Being 29, single, and the new guy in porno was a fun time. Everyone liked the fact that I had no tattoos, was in great shape, tall, and could get hard. I worked with Jesse Jane, Devon, Ava Lauren, Katie Gold, Shay Sweet, and a few others.
By 2004, it was apparent that I was going to make a career out of this performing in the adult industry business. I packed up all of my things into my trust CR-V, said my good-byes to my friends, and moved out to Los Angeles. I rented a small room for 800 a month from a director named Mike Metropolis out in Santa Clarita (about 30 minutes outside LA). I lived there with him for 2 years, and he taught me a lot about the business (sadly much of it was what NOT to do as he was a drug addict that stole money from companies & performers).
I joined Dick Nasty's talent agency and began getting more & more jobs. I first began to work for Naughty America during the AVN convention that year, and they started hiring me 2 times a month. I played poker at a weekly game that included Jonathan Morgan, Dick Nasty, Ron Sullivan (legendary director Henri Pachard), Freddy Lincoln (RIP my friend), Chuck Zane, Dirty Harry, Scott Preston, Michael Raven, Rob Spallone, Katie Morgan, Nick Cramer, and a few others. This group had been around for years & years, and they told so many stories about the history of our industry. I miss those nights at Dick's shitty apartment off Woodman & Laurel Canyon, where I would lose 110 bucks in 5 hours, but loved it just for the stories & the camaraderie.
By 2005 I was working more than ever and went from 175 the previous year to 255. I enjoyed doing scenes, I loved the sex, I loved meeting new women, I loved making more money than I ever made in my money, and most importantly I loved the ease of lifestyle my career brought.
I saved much of my earnings, I began to repair my credit, began to put money in my savings account, and began to tackle paying back the 90,000 dollars in student loans I had accrued from a failed two years of graduate school.
AVN was always the highlight of the year. Everyone was partying their asses off, there were girls everywhere, people were shooting non-stop, and I was in heaven! I was dating Lisa Lipps for awhile, Katie Gold, Davia Ardell, a girl named Gigi, a civilian named Alicia, man I was all over the place!
I left Dick Nasty's agency in 2006, moved into my own place in Santa Clarita, and joined LA Direct, the largest agency at the time. Although I was good friends with Joel Lawrence, when he started Gold Star Modeling, I decided to stick with LA Direct.
LA Direct was great to me! I got nominated for Best Male Newcomer at AVN, I won an AVN Award for Best Group scene for a famous Evil Angel movie called the Fashionista's. Derek Hay and I got along very well, we spent time at many an English pub watching soccer matches, hell I even went with him to watch his team Tottenham play in London along with Danielle Derek & Lezley Zen.
I stayed with LA Direct for 2 years before finally leaving, because I knew every director and could book my own work successfully. But I value the time I was with LA Direct very much, I met Lisa Ann when she made her return to the industry, made a lifelong friend in Francine Amidor, and met countless other people significant to my career.
By 2008, I was feeling pretty damn good about my career choice. I was living virtually stress free, doing 25 scenes every month, playing World of Warcraft like it was damn near my full time job, and travelling all over the world fucking girls and getting paid. I did 289 scenes in 2008 and made a little more than 150,000 for the year. I did 36 scenes in October alone! It was a great year for me for many reasons. I dated a very popular porn star named Phoenix Marie, and our up & side relationship was always a source of amusement & derision for the rest of the industry.
In 2009 I was hired by Naughty America to start producing & directing the bulk of their content for them. Now I was producing 20-30 scenes a month while still performing 10-15 times as well. I was working non-stop every day and loving it. My crew was Shelby Black, Kevin Moore, Chad Diamond, Scott Stone, and countless performers, agents, makeup artists, and location people.
2010 saw me produce even more content as Naughty America had me produce their gay porn content too! I produced 294 scenes that year while also performing in 160. I made almost 300,000 dollars that year which was obviously the most money I had ever made in my life. I was lucky that now I was in a position where I could save the bulk of that income, and help protect my future.
The next year was definitely one of transition for me, and the beginning of the inevitable end of my career I feel. Naughty America continually had more & more problems paying me in a timely fashion and Shelby Black, the guy I paid over six figures to each year, ended up going around my back to shoot secret scenes for Naughty America in Chicago. Not good times. Meanwhile, Phoenix Marie was still annoyingly hanging around the outer fringes of my life, and the entire situation I was in was completely depressing to me.
My good friend Kirstyn, who owns the escort agency in London, Photogirls, had always wanted me to come help her run her business. So I put all my stuff in storage, filled up 2 huge suitcases with my stuff, and left the country for England.
I spent the next year running around England & Europe, learning how to run an escort agency, bringing US girls out to the UK to work, performing in 8-10 scenes a month out there, learning how to drive on the wrong side of the road, and boxing as much as possible (I actually had 2 amateur bouts which I won both thank you very much).
After a year, it was clear that I could not stay out in England forever, and to be honest, I was giving up too much money that I could be earning performing back in LA. So with great sadness, I left Kirstyn and headed BACK to LA.
I returned to a radically changed business. A syphilis scare, another HIV positive case, and the rapid decline in companies shooting scenes has forever changed the porno landscape. I luckily got my old apartment back, and immediately fell back into the same life and routine I had before I left.
2013 and 2014 were both very eye opening for me personally. I always knew that there was going to be an end to my performing career. I didn't ever want to hold on performing well into my 40's like Mark Wood, Evan Stone, Randy Spears, etc. etc. I saved my money in order to ease the transition out of my life into a new and hopefully just as fruitful one. I only did 137 in 2013, but I had started to figure out that I could earn a living without relying on the professional companies.
I started my own website, Christian Does Them All (now it's called Kinky Exploits). As I continued to produce content, I started my own Clips 4 Sale store (HERE) and then figured out how to produce "fake DVDs" by mocking up a boxcover and organizing my content into "movies" and putting them on VOD sites like AEBN & Hot Movies. Additionally, I began to widely expand my affiliate marketing on twitter. So now I work on the computer 4-8 hours a day and attempt to earn 4000-6000 monthly. This income removed a lot of stress from my life and allows me to focus on the future.
The highlight of 2013 was meeting Lexi Sindel after months of trying. She has changed my life, become my best friend and partner, and will hopefully be my wife by 2015. We do everything together and we have severe separation anxiety. She was the real impetus for our move back to Vegas, and I am already glad we did it.
Now my plan is to figure out what's next. Am I institutionized to the porn industry? Should I just continue with my website and affiliate marketing? Can I get a "normal" job and transition out of porn? These are questions that dominate my thoughts almost every single day. I guess only time will tell my friends. Wish me luck!!!