In this post, I want to outline the qualities that producers look for most in male porn performers.  There’s always an exception that proves the rule, but the concepts I’ll outline can pretty much be taken to the bank.

For now, take this from a fifteen-year industry talent and production veteran.

Until you actually do get established, you’ll feel like this is on your forehead

Replying to a porn star’s posts on social media when they’re looking for male talent with “I’m not established but I fuck real good” or similar is entirely missing the point of their post.  Being a doctor may be your dream job, but being an apprentice plumber wouldn’t qualify you if someone put out a request for “experienced and qualified vascular surgeon”.

If you offer to be the male talent when you’re not already established as a reliabletested and capable male performer, YOU WON’T BE HIRED.

There are four key words above that are in bold for a reason:

  • Established – This means that you’ve got verifiable experience.  You don’t need to have your hand – or dick – held the entire way through a shoot.  You’re not playing wannabe cock provider because you know at least the basics of the job.  Porn is about making something that looks good to the consumer, so you know how to be at the best angle for the scene (and take direction to achieve that).

This is Scooter. He’s been appearing in porn since the Nixon administration, and he’s just been cast instead of you, greenhorn.

  • Reliable – If there’s one thing that will probably kill your potential porn superhero career before you can even get onto set, it’s not being reliable.  Just like in any other business, producers hire talent they know will show up on time and ready to do the job.  You need to be punctual, sober, clean and ready to rock.

The moneyshot from a forthcoming scene starring Old Faithful

  • Tested – If you ain’t tested, you ain’t performing.  Yes, you’ll need to give blood and urine samples at an approved draw facility.  This then needs to be tested by an industry-approved testing centre (usually Talent Testing Services) and the results will need to be visible in the industry database.  You’ll also need to pay for this out of your own pocket.  As of writing, this generally starts around $175, and you’ll need to do this every two weeks if you hope to work.  Get ready to become a pincushion.

Oh, yes. This will be your life in porn.

  • Capable – Boners in porn are like burgers at a diner.  You need to be able to produce them on demand and keep them hot until the customer is ready.  You can’t shoot your wad until the producer/director says it’s time.  You should also note that you need to be able to do all of this in any environment and even if you think your co-talent is hideous (you don’t get to choose your co-talent).  If you need assistance to get it up, you wilt when a camera is pointed at your junk (happens to probably 95% of men) or you’re a three-pump chump, porn performer is not going to appear on your resumé.

Come on, new guy! We haven’t got all day!

Do you need a 12″ dick or six-pack abs?  It doesn’t hurt your chances, but male talent that has these four qualities will be hired more than the horse-cocked guy who can’t always get it up or the Adonis who rarely shows up.