So You Think You Can Fuck: My (Illustrated) Guide to Becoming a Porn Star

These are the photos I sent in with my TitanMen new model application.


One of the most common questions I get asked on my Facebook page is “How can I become a porn star?” Well, I’m gonna tell ya what I know.

First off, do your homework. Check out the actors at a bunch of different major studios (visit Queer Pig or Queer Me Now for a good overview) and carefully choose a handful of studios that might be after your look. Be realistic; don’t apply for a bear porn site if you’re a twink! Titan, for example, was a great match for me… clean-cut, muscular, not overly tattooed… but there are plenty of different studios, and each one has a different look they’re after.

The next step is to fill out the application. Almost every studio has an online version of their application; Titan’s is at http://titanmen.net/apply, for instance. When you fill it out, be honest. Describe your sexual likes and dislikes, and don’t worry if they’re kinky; trust me, they’ve heard it all before. If you know someone in the industry, great; list them as a referral. Be sincere about the reason you want to get into porn, and what you’re looking to get out of it. Your honest answers will go a long way to help the studio determine if you’re a good fit.

Next… the pictures. Any reputable studio will require that you send several nude photographs of yourself, both hard and soft, from a few different angles. They don’t have to be professional pics; for most studios, a cellphone picture in a mirror is fine. In some cases, amateur photos are actually better, because the studio can get a better idea of the “raw material” they have to work with. In my case, I had a friend come over to take the photos, but self-portraits would have been just as good. Your first photographic impression is, of course, very important. You should be in as good shape as possible when you take the photos, and when you submit them, they should be recent. If you submit a photo from 5 years ago when you were 8% bodyfat and now you’re at 28%, they’re gonna find out soon enough. (But if you’re interested in doing bear porn, that might be an asset!) To give you some examples, at the top of this post I’ve included the 5 pictures I submitted to Titan when I first applied.

Once you’ve sent in the application, wait. Studio executives are very busy, and sometimes get dozens of applications a week. Don’t bug them. If you haven’t heard anything from them in a few weeks, a quick email might be in order (the email address will be on their website). In my experience, most studios do not send rejection letters; if you still don’t hear back from them, they’ve probably determined that you’re not a good fit. But take heart… just because you’re not a good fit with that studio, there are plenty of others, and one of them might be a better match. Apply to them too!

If a studio does contact you with an offer, take some time to consider their proposal before making your decision. There’s no rush. Weigh the potential ramifications if you choose to enter the world of porn. Will you be okay if your family finds out? What about your friends? Your employer? I’m very lucky to have wonderful friends, a fantastic job, and a family that’s very supportive (yes, they all know), but you should think about how it’ll affect you when (yes, when, not “if”) they find out.

Another thing to consider is what side of the so-called “latex line” you want to be on. The choice is, of course, ultimately yours, but remember that if you ever shoot a bareback scene with any studio, or even put an amateur barebacking video of your own on XTube, that automatically rules out your ever working with a bunch of the major studios, including Titan. Just something to keep in mind. I personally believe that always using condoms is not only safest, but sets a good example; the guys at Titan believe the same thing, so that’s another reason why we’re a great fit.

I won’t discuss how much you can expect to make per scene; that’s between you and the studio. I won’t tell you how much I make, either. I can tell you, though, that you’re paid by the scene; you’re a freelance artist, under contract for the day. The recruiter will usually tell you up front what the starting scene rate is. If not, it’s completely reasonable for you to ask. Remember that established performers make more money than the newbies, so your scene rate will probably increase as you gain experience.

Well, that’s about it. To give you some additional inspiration, I’m including the application that I originally submitted to Titan (see below). It should give you an idea of what the studios are looking for.

Remember, the Titan model application is at http://titanmen.net/apply… tell ’em I sent ya. Good luck!

Update: Shortly after I posted this, Dominic Ford pointed out to me that he already has a film series called “So You Think You Can Fuck” (sytycf.com). Oops! Hey Dominic, sorry about that… and thanks for letting me use the title anyway! Although I suppose I could have also called it “The Sex Factor” or “America’s Hot Talent”… or even “The Eurnovirgin Schlong Contest” for my European friends.

        

20 replies
  1. Frank Knottyfor
    Frank Knottyfor says:

    WOW!! I can see why Titan must have picked up the phone the minute they got your pics!

    “a family that’s very supportive (yes, they all know), but you should think about how it’ll affect you when (yes, when, not “if”) they find out.”

    I know a guy who’s done some porn and escorting and he told me that he has gay cousins and he thinks his father knows about his “sideline” work. I remember thinking that his cousins know, too (he has a distinctive “look”). Another friend who used to do porn/escort told me he developed a business plan before getting into the work!!

    I recall that you told us how your mom found out, but do the rest of your extended family know (I’ve never heard you say whether or not you have siblings, or anything about your dad)? Could you share with us what their reaction was?

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      My family’s really small. I’ve already talked about my mom (here); my father lives in the desert southwest, and I have an aunt and uncle, but that’s about it (except for a few distant cousins in England). No siblings. I’m not close with my father and I haven’t seen my aunt and uncle in a while, so I haven’t really had a reason to tell them. (I’ve actually written a blog post about my dad, but I’m not quite ready to share it… it’s kind of a long story. Maybe someday.)

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  2. Tom
    Tom says:

    Hi Jesse, a few years ago my uncle (dads brother) stayed at our place. He slept in my bed. I was 17 and thought I was gay. The fact that my hot and hairy uncle slept in my bed, both of us in our briefs, made me so horny. I touched him when he was asleep (I thought). Early in the morning I felt his hand on my hard dick, he sucke me and I sucked him. He introduced me to gay sex. We had wild sex and one morning my dad caught us when his brother was fucking me. I thought dad was mad, but no, he joined us, he sucked his brothers cock and he cummed. Then he left and never spoke about it. Jesse, you are my favorite porn actor, and a real daddy figure for me. I adore your body and saw all your movies. Thanks for being so horny. And stil I hope that one day… my own dad will fuck me, because I love him. Love, Tom

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  3. bud
    bud says:

    I enjoy seeing a great physique. you sir, are a strong dominant man. all these terms, gay or straight, doesn’t matter. what I see is a confident man, who is able to control and even manhandle other men and even fuck them with all the power and authority a man can process.

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  4. Leo
    Leo says:

    I filled that application out a couple weeks ago, but something is wrong with the website. It wouldn’t submit! I was really disappointed. But I won’t give up.
    This is all good information, Jesse. Thanks for sharing it.

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      I’m really sorry to hear that! The Titan IT guys are good friends of mine… I’ll let them know about the problem and hopefully they can get it resolved ASAP. Do you happen to know what happened when you tried to submit? Like were there any error messages or anything? I can also ask them to check to see if your application went through despite the error… is your email address the same as the one you used when you submitted this comment, i.e.
      E-mail : s————@yahoo.com?

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      • Leo
        Leo says:

        Absolutely nothing happened. I got that blue loading wheel and it just spun for a couple hours til I gave up. The page says I’d get a confirmation email to know that it went through, but since I did NOT get one, it probably did not either. Yes, my email address is the same.

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        • Jesse
          Jesse says:

          I’m really sorry about this! Thanks for the additional info… I’ve already sent an email to the IT guys and I’ll let you know what they say. (Might take a couple of days though… I think the Titan offices are closed today.)

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          • Leo
            Leo says:

            Thanks for doing that. I was a little perplexed about how to move forward with it, as they were pretty unreachablol. It’s just as well they are closed – I do not think I am physically ready to apply! If you’ll message me, maybe I can get an honest analysis?

            Meanwhile, I’m reading your other articlols. You are a fascinating man!

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            • Jesse
              Jesse says:

              So I heard back from the IT guys… here was their response:

              That’s weird, cuz we are getting model applications – just got one about 2 hours ago actually. Can you ask him to do it one more time and make sure only to use letters, numbers. No special characters. And smaller images?

              Would you mind giving it a try? If it doesn’t work, you can always save your responses and you can email them, along with your pics, to casting@titanmedia.com. As a general rule, I don’t give out my email address… sorry, it’s nothing personal… but you could always post a pic on my Facebook wall and I’ll take a look. 🙂

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                • Leo
                  Leo says:

                  In case you miss it – I had to look for it myself – I’ve posted what I deem to be a good photo of me to your wall. Thanks again for this articlol, and your help with Titan IT.

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                  • Leo
                    Leo says:

                    Still working at it, but I did have a question that might get missed on your FB wall. At the close of the articlol, you say “Tell ’em I sent ya”. Is that in earnest (since we don’t know one another except for these bits), or is it just a friendly sign-off? I should think that if I say you referred me and you say “Nope, never heard of this guy” when asked, it should seem like I lied on my application, which (of course) no one wants to be guilty of doing. So do I do it or not?

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                    • Jesse
                      Jesse says:

                      It’s absolutely in earnest. Put my name on the application. A reference from an existing actor goes a long way… plus it makes me look good when I’m able to find hot new talent. 😉

  5. Craig
    Craig says:

    Jesse I was watching an interview with a porn actor who is an exclusive with another porn site, not that I would ever do porn ( I don’t have the physique for it) but I was curious as to how porn actors get paid and what the scale is.

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    • Jesse
      Jesse says:

      Excellent questions. I’m not really at liberty to discuss pay scale (it’s an unspoken rule that each performer negotiates his, or her, own fee), but generally speaking it’s just like being an independent contractor. We show up, sign a release agreement and a one-day statement of work, and fill out tax forms, just like everybody else who does contract work. At the end of the shoot, we get a check. And at the end of the year, Uncle Sam comes a-knockin’ by way of a 1099. So yeah… just like any other job, I guess! Only hotter.

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