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Berlin, October 21st 7PM-4AM BERLIN QUEER ART PORN PARTY Altes Finanzamt Doors Open from 7 performances by 7:30
Chelsea Poe and Courtney Trouble are about to bring TROUBLEfilms’ new queer porn art film XØXØX on tour to Europe!
XØXØX is described by Poe as “a new kind of queer porn film, filled with art and truly explicit pornography.” Incorporating trippy visuals from various places including Berlin, Las Vegas, and the smoky Oakland skies of November 2018. TROUBLEfilms is proud to distribute this queer porn film by Chelsea Poe that incorporates lush layers, creative lighting, and abstract color stories over hot queer hook ups. Trippy location-based visuals set the scene for each strap on thrust, each kiss, and finger-and-Hitachi-fueled orgasm.
XØXØX: A queer porn; an explicite art creation made by Chelsea Poe with Aussie pop artist KT Spit. The opening scene features Courtney Trouble and Xoe Nova hooking up while overlays of the Las Vegas strip pulses to the electronic dance music over moans and hitachi buzz. Manon Praline and Mahx Capacity get into a scene of loving bdsm impact play. Shot in Berlin and San Francisco in the Castro, the overlays play into the action but never detract from the gonzo-style handheld explicit sex footage. Chelsea Poe and Jane Way hook up in a posh hotel. Chelsea Poe tops Jane with her strap on until Jane is literally choking on their own cock.
The hardcore scenes of Courtney Trouble and Xoe Nova and Mahx Capacity were shot by Chelsea Poe, while Chelsea’s scene with Jane Way was shot by Courtney Trouble. Mixing wide angle gonzo-style GoPro technology with the queer porn style and bright overlays “hopefully provides an entertaining watch; more than the lovely reward of watching a porn but also of seeing cool colors and compositions,” says co-editor and visuals provider Courtney Trouble.
“Screening in towns and cities creates community around sexual expression and fosters political and personal intimacy,” says Trouble; “making connections between queer music, visual art, and queer porn through touring is how we feel like we are engaging with the Queer Arts and making space in those community for sex workers and minorities.”
In 2018, Poe and Trouble toured London, Berlin, Amsterdam, and Paris with Fucking Against Fascism, another vignette anthology by Poe that looks deeply into the queer sex the artist is able to document in her DIY process; sometimes meaning where she is able to afford to work or with other sex workers she’s able to barter with. A highlight of the ‘18 tour was “our venue in Amsterdam!,” which Trouble explains attracted a huge crowd, sold out, and inspired an ongoing screening series at Vrankrijk benefiting Trans Lifeline.
“For me,” says Poe, “its getting these films accessible to queer folks in these cities around the world.” Poe is from a town of Dutch immigrants in Michigan and identifies as a Dutch American pornographer on Twitter, where she’s also been quoted as “Cooler to smoke with than Miley Cyrus,” according to fellow indie artist Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!
Poe takes her work “to places where queers usually consume Art” she says because she feels rewarded by the crowds. “I feel really lucky to have found a way with that connects with queer folks around the world. Screenings have been one of the most rewarding experiences of my career.”
Press Inquiries/Review Requests please contact laceylust666 at gmail.com (Chelsea Poe) or courtneytrouble at gmail.com.
The film is for sale at RealQueerPorn.Com and TROUBLEilms.Com
XØXØX (45 minutes, USA) An experimental queer porn film conceptualized by Dutch American film-maker Chelsea Poe with collaborations by TROUBLEfilms, Chelsea Poe, AORTA films/Mahx Capacity, and Xöe Nova. With a soundtrack by KT Spit and trippy visuals by Courtney Trouble. This Poe picture is meant for group viewing.
short films by Fuck The Facism Collective
plus, THE QUEER SENSUAL: a special collection of all-new short films by multi-media artist and porn-maker Courtney Trouble that explore queer sexuality and the senses, including the premieres of Blind Trust (sight) and Ken Doll Dreamin’ (touch) and “Tasting Sinn” (taste)
our opening and/or closing visuals include work by subversive queer porn artists from around the world: full list to be made post-performance. Trouble’s on-site video installation performance will have you curious to watch more.
XØXØX is described by Poe as “a new kind of queer porn film, filled with art and truly explicit pornography.” Incorporating trippy visuals from various places including Berlin, Las Vegas, and the smoky Oakland skies of November 2018. TROUBLEfilms is proud to distribute this queer porn film by Chelsea Poe that incorporates lush layers, creative lighting, and abstract color stories over hot queer hook ups. Trippy location-based visuals set the scene for each strap on thrust, each kiss, and finger-and-Hitachi-fueled orgasm. Start writing or type / to choose a block
Berlin, October 21st 7PM-4AM BERLIN QUEER ART PORN PARTY Altes Finanzamt Doors Open from 7 performances by 7:30
An Unofficial BPFF Queer Porn Pre-Party More details coming soon, but don’t miss it! This event is similar to the Amsterdam event, brb!
It’s the Berlin PFF this month and all your favourite performers are in town!! Let’s usher in a week of filth and festivities with a screening, spoken word gems, fun music, drinks and a dark room 🙂
We will also have the German Premier of QueerPornTVs latest feature XOXOX
Chelsea Poe has co-created “Fetish Fvckdolls 2” for Trouble Films and it is loaded with awesomeness. Here’s what Poe had to say about it!
“The first thing I loved about ‘Fetish Fvckdolls 2’ is there’s another 4 scenes of trans women as submissives. Trans women being submissives may sound like a normal thing now but there has been generations of trans performers who pushed to make this happen including Jacqueline Woods and Mandy Mitchell who came before Stefani Special and I around in the industry. All trans submissives were kind of written off by a majority of companies as something the viewer doesn’t want, so it made the success of ‘Fetish Fvckdolls’ such an amazing experience. To be able to have a sequel to ‘Fetish Fvckdolls’ is so important to me and I really hope it shows trans women they can identify as whatever they want in a BDSM context.”
“The second thing I loved about ‘Fetish Fvckdolls 2’ is there’s a new wave of amazing trans submissive performers who got to contribute their scene to this project. I love getting the chance to have River Enza, Rae Cosmos and Cookie Cosmos in this project. I feel particularly for trans and queer performers there has been a history to embrace the upcoming new performers like Tobi Hill Meyer and Drew DeVeaux did with myself, so to bring in newer performers was really such a great experience.”
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PREMIERE: January 4th-6th 2019, 9pm Additional event Saturday January 5th at 7pm; reception following, play party “(present)” following at 10pm at nearby location** Sunday January 6th at 2pm and 7pm with talkback with cast and crew following the 2pm screening.
The Invisible Dog Art Center will present the world premiere of commissioned feature film “(W/HOLE)” created by queer/feminist porn studio AORTA films in collaboration with performance group the A.O. Movement Collective. Screenings will take place Friday January 4th at 9pm, Saturday January 5th at 7pm, and Sunday January 6th at 2pm and 7pm at The Invisible Dog Art Center, 51 Bergen St. Brooklyn, New York
Blending performance art, dance, and explicit sex, (W/HOLE) explores the incredible potency of queer hedonism, investigating how the authentic performativity of kink and queer porn can evolve trauma into orgasm, and grief into politically radical, transformative, body-based joy. (W/HOLE) investigates the complexity of pleasure, exploring the so-called obscenity of bodies in their most tremendous capacity—their glorious, illicit humanity. A toast will follow the Saturday night screening, and a talkback with the cast and crew will following the Sunday matinee.
(W/HOLE) is an evening-length film created by queer/feminist porn studio AORTA films in collaboration with performance company the A.O. Movement Collective, developed over two years through a collaborative process. Their work together negotiates pornographic embodiment as a sex-positive trans-inclusive practice rooted in femme caretaking and risk, and contextualizes itself as choreographic – blending dance, performance art, kink, and explicit sex to form a wholly new medium, which could be described as explicit art. Filmed by Holyrad Studio and edited and colored by Lanee Bird with an original score composed by Ashur Rayis, the work features an interdisciplinary cast of performers—three dance performers (Special Guest, the Shape, and Trouble Clef), five adult performers (Alice the Wolf, Papi Femme, Shay Knox, Evie Snax, and Ginny Woolf), and two crossover performers who work in both fields (Parts Authority and Erykah Ohms.) Created and directed by Mahx Capacity and choreographed by Sarah A.O. Rosner, the film was developed in collaboration with the performers, and through AORTA films’ “F*CKLAB” practice.
At turns lush, humorous, sincere, erotic, joyful, and intense, (W/HOLE) forsakes traditional expectations of “porn” to create an unexpectedly textured landscape of desire. Amidst ecstatic water balloon fights, opulent feasts devoured without utensils, narrations of pleasure, lewd hand gestures, densely scored orgies, improvisational performance, and intense kink dynamics, (W/HOLE) proposes a new type of pornography: a world of queer sex that is at once surreally lush and intensely real. The film celebrates queer pleasure as a type of queer resistance, while inviting viewers of all identities towards their own human capacity for pleasure. In investigating pleasure as inherently entwined with the complexities of loss and struggle, the AOMC’s director Sarah A.O. Rosner writes “…experimental pornography is the ideal medium for this endeavor. Cutting through experimental performance’s insularity and white supremacy, pornography is immediate, incendiary: undeniably legible. Like live performance, queer porn powerfully triggers authentic, instantaneous responses which a viewer must rectify with their preexisting selfhood. It kicks hairline fractures into oppressive systems, explicitly centering the humanity of individuals traditionally devalued by capitalism, ableism, racism, and transmisogyny. There is no wrong way to have a body or an orgasm. Queer porn can take viewers by their hearts, minds, and genitals to incite change; it is a way to say I see you, I will fight for your joy, I will revel with you in your humanity. It celebrates how fiercely we exist.” (W/HOLE) was commissioned by the Invisible Dog Art Center and supported by a grant from the Effing Foundation for Sex-Positivity, the film’s Executive Producer. This work was developed in part, during a residency at Snug Harbor Cultural Center Botanical Garden
AORTA films creates lusty, opulent, ethical fuckery. Founded by Creative Director Mahx Capacity, and Performer/Producers Parts Authority and Ginny Woolf, AORTA films creates queer/feminist pornography that disrupts boundaries and glitches desire. Working out of DIY and experimental performance contexts, they create content that centers performers across a wide range of bodies, genders, races, and identities. They work collaboratively, prioritizing safe and enthusiastically consensual creative processes, and are obsessed with creating aesthetics and narratives that explode with destabilizing pleasure. They screen and distribute worldwide, most recently winning Best International Short Film at the Hacker Porn Film Festival in Rome, and one Judge’s and one Audience Award at BRIEFS in Oakland, CA. www.AORTAfilms.com
Founded in 2006 by Sarah A.O. Rosner, the A.O. Movement Collective has made a name for itself as a ravenously experimental force in NYC’s performance community. The AOMC investigates pomo-humanism via a rigorous love affair with the aesthetics of mess. The company is made up of movers and shakers, rockstars, researchers, ever-glitching techno-bodies, humans invested in deep presence and sincere pretending. Their work unpacks the difficult lushness of human being, valuing questions above answers and maximalism above ease. Premiering works at venues including Joyce SoHo, HERE Arts, and the Museum of Arts and Design, and through experimental venues including rooftops, Airbnb rentals, and digital economies, they create work open to the terror of being undeniably new in content, culture, and form. Rosner is a 2018/2019 Artist in Residence at Movement Research. www.theAOMC.org. HOLYRAD Studio is a production studio and creative agency that utilizes the regenerative power of freelance culture to directly empower marginalized artists in our community. Holyrad Studio envisions a world where artists, no matter who you are or where you come from, can access and participate in the creative industry. www.holyradstudio.com +++
Looking to supplement the income you make as a dancer? Not ready to quit and get a full time job and don’t really wanna change your schedule enough to get a part time job either? Need something positive to do in those lean winter months before everyone gets their taxes back?
Think about becoming a nude figure model.
Sex workers have a long history of playing the muse for talented artists, famous painters and newbie students alike. There’s even this great list of some well known pieces you may know where the model depicted was a sex worker. It makes sense, we are a group of folks who are at the very least comfortable with our own bodies enough to share them with others. If you are a dancer you’re used to being on the stage with all eyes on you, the center of attention. Follow in the footsteps of the whores of yesteryear and use your body and sensuality to inspire artists.
There’s a few different avenues to go down depending on where you are located regionally. Some cities and areas have THRIVING art scenes with LOTS of different groups and get together. I live in a very obscure and rural town in western Massachusetts, and there are at least 8 active groups at any given time and different times and days.
Last year I went through the entire winter season some how getting by on figure model gigs. I was working at least four days a week, and sometimes doing more than one session in one day. The pay is not amazing. It ranges from $15-30 an hour. More for private sittings; which we’ll get into later. Google is your friend. Lots of places have art schools, groups or workshops held at galleries or even museums.
Look at Universities and Colleges in your area. Check out the classes, if there’s a human figure drawing, anatomy drawing, or life drawing beginner class they usually need models. Search Facebook for life drawing groups specific to your area and find listings for local groups. Sometimes even calling the local library and art schools and asking directly is a great way to find out about lesser publicized events. Sometimes those are even the best gigs with serious painters and artists looking for experienced models. Drop an email to the art teachers or Art Department Head and ask if they are looking for models. Most college based classes book the entire semester one semester before so keep that in mind. But even if they reply that they are currently booked, send a polite response saying please let me know if you have any cancellations, otherwise keep me in mind for next semester! I have gotten some of the best figure model gigs because someone else called out and they needed a replacement.
Aside from high education: search craigslist. Believe it or not…MOST colleges advertise looking for a model on craigslist. I don’t know why, but it’s been proven true time and time again. Aside from organized institutions using CL to find models, a lot of solo artists use it to find models to sit for them on a custom basis. And just like booking a photoshoot from a sketchy place like craigslist, ask to see their portfolio and for references from other models that have sat for them. Which brings Me to My next point.
Meet other figure models. Sometimes the best gigs come from word of mouth. If you are in an area with a lot of galleries, artists and Universities, chances are there is a tight knit group of at least 20 models that are working and rotating to each different class. It’s not uncommon for models to cover all the bases and sit for lots of different classes. Use google to just type in , your city, figure model and see what comes up. Probably stuff that you didn’t even know about! Use facebook to look for figure model networks in your area. There’s TONS. Join them and meet the players in this strange little world. There’s even nation and international fb groups where people network, talk rates, show off work and build community.
Sometimes wealthy groups of painter hobbyists get together at one another house and pay a model to come sit for the group while they drink wine and play classical music (those kinda gigs pay the best!) With the popularization of events like “paint and sip” and “drink and draw” there’s an increasing number of places to model.
Check out to see if there are any Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School groups in your area. Dr. Sketchy’s is a burlesque life drawing event, usually held at a bar that incorporates costumes and has themes. Dr Sketchy’s are also super accepting of sex workers so it can be a great starting point for figure modeling for the first time. DrSketchys.com to search for active branches and their locations.
In My experience, groups, organizations and individuals who book you will continue to book you again and again if they like what you do. SO once you’ve secured a booking here’s some tips to get the most out of your experience as a nude model:
Arrive early. Not on time. Sometimes gigs are unpredictable and it’s good to get a lay of the land before you begin your work. Especially if it’s at a place you don’t know. Some campuses are huge and easy to get lost in.
Be aware that your dressing room might be a closet, teacher’s office or bathroom stall so arrive prepared.
Wear minimal, natural or even no makeup.
Wear loose fitting clothing that will not leave lines and mark on your flesh the day you are modeling.
Wear your hair up, most classes will want to be able to see and paint your face. Even if your hair is not fully up, something to the side so at least half your face is visible is good.
STRETCH. Stretch before you figure model, stretch on your break, stretch again after you figure model. Seriously. It’s really hard! It can do a number on your body.
Most classes start out with some quick gesture drawings to warm folks up. 1-5 minutes long, and then move on to 10-20 minute poses and then finally one long half hour to one hour long pose. All classes differ however, and some are just one long pose for several hours (with breaks of course) or all short one minute gesture poses, or can be broken up into 20 minute blocks. Some classes artists will be drawing JUST your face and may want your hair or makeup a certain way. As a general rule it’s good to ask ahead and find out what type of class you will be siting for.
Staying completely still is not easy. Don’t drink a lot of coffee before doing this! Practice practice practice at home. It can be hard not to be a hoe when you’re used to positioning your body for the purpose of eliciting a sexual response. But try to remember to be demure. No open leg poses. Do your research and find positions you like. There’s even apps you can download for inspiration and ideas. Find at least five solid poses you can hold for various amounts of time before it getting uncomfortable. For instance, I can do certain poses on My knees for 1-5 minutes but if I try to be on My knees for ten minutes without shifting any weight it gets very uncomfortable. For long poses like one hour I know I’ll have to be seated or laying down. I can’t do long standing poses without feeling like I’m going to pass out so that’s a no for Me. Know your own bodies limits. Practice while watching TV. Can you hold one pose for a full half hour show without moving or talking?
Don’t hurt yourself or put yourself in pain for the sake of a great piece. If you find yourself in a lot of pain in some cool pose you thought would be easy to hold but midway through your arm went numb and there’s a shooting pain in your leg…just say hey y’all I know I’m supposed to hold this for ten more minutes but I need to take a break to shake it off. No one will be mad. Sometimes, if artists really want Me to do some super difficult pose for a group or class I tell them it’s too difficult for the rate they are paying Me, but remind them that I am available for private or custom bookings starting at $100. It pays to have a background as a stripper.
The groups you will sit for can range from shy, young students who are giggly and a bit uncomfortable with nudity to experienced oil painters and rich folks who have expensive hobbies.
Just remember YOU are in charge. The entire experience relies upon you and is dictated by you. If you need a break, everyone needs to take a break.
Things to bring:
A bag to keep your things in
A mirror or compact to check yourself
Lip gloss or balm
A clean sheet or blanket that you can put over wherever they want you to model
A scarf or smaller towel.
A pillow or two
Fuzzy/comfy pajamas or sweats you can easily slip on and off.
Let Me get a bit more in depth on some of these items.
It’s kind of like a modified dance bag.
I am a huge fan of water. I always want everyone to be well hydrated. It may seem like an easy gig compared to what you are used to as a dancer, but make no mistake, this is tough work that takes it’s toll on your body. Don’t assume water will be available to you. Bring your own. Same with snacks. Just like with dancing, I always encourage My sisters to bring along protein rich snacks to help them power through.
Just like with water, don’t assume a mirror will be available so be prepared and bring your own.
Lotion! Well, you can finally wear all that glittery, shimmery lotion that everyone says strippers always wear but we actually don’t! You won’t be grinding on anyone and there’s no risk of contaminating customers or ruining the night of your co workers. Bring lotion and lather up before modeling, even if you aren’t dry, it’ll make your skin glisten and the contrasts and gleam will make the artists happy.
I really like bringing fuzzy pajamas pants for these cold New England winters, to warm up in between poses or wear for bathroom breaks. Same with slippers. I keep them right near Me when I am posing so I can slip them back on and My feet never have to touch the cold, dirty ground.
The most essential elements of the figure model bag are the robe and the sheet/blanket. If you bring nothing else, bring a robe and sheet.
Once you arrive and figure out where you’re going and meet the instructor, they will show you where you can get ready. Getting “ready” means taking your clothes off, freshening up your lipgloss, straightening hairs and putting on your robe and slippers.
And then you take that very important sheet or blanket you brought with you and drape it over wherever it is you will be arranging yourself to pose. The instructor or teacher might say, oh hey, we have sheets for you to use. I am here to tell you, don’t trust it. You just cannot truss it friends. Bring your own, they won’t be mad. Then you KNOW what you’re putting your naked butt down on and you know it’s clean. You have a lot more control here than at the club so exercise it! I like to use the smaller scarf or towel to use to cover a stool or chair if they want you to sit in one. You can also use your robe for this in a pinch. As a general rule, I do not like to put My naked butt on random surfaces.
Make note of your surroundings. Is it cold? Ask if they have a space heater (lots of places do). Too hott, ask if there’s a fan. Is there a chair you can sit on for longer poses? A stool to lean against. Are they providing any cushioning or should you utilize that pillow you brought to cushion your tush.
I think you should wear your robe up until you are about to do your first pose. My girlfriend, who also models, like to walk around naked but I’ve seen it make folks uncomfortable and I think it’s a lot more professional to keep it on until you are finally standing where you need to be, and then do the big reveal.
The big reveal is a big deal. Yes, you’ve been naked in a club, under dark lights, in a sexualized setting. But have you ever stood stark naked under bright lights in a silent room while five to twenty people stared at every inch and fold and curve of your flesh? No heels. No sexy positions. No vamping it up.
Don’t try to really have facial expressions, it’ll get too hard to continue to hold and you’ll end up twitching, I swear every time. Just soften your face. Look off into the distance. Fix your gaze on one spot. Particularly for longer poses so that if you have to break you know where to bring your gaze back to. Here’s a tip to avoid awkwardness. Try to gaze high. Above the heads of everyone. It’ll help bring out the whites of your eyes and make them easier to draw AND as an added bonus could save you from weird embarrassing things. Sometimes artists move around while drawing so it’s totally possible that if you fix your gaze straight ahead someone will end up sitting RIGHT directly in your line of vision and it will be weird to stare at them for an hour. One time an artist moved to where My line of vision was and I ended up staring at his crotch the whole session and that was horrible.
Try to make interesting shapes with your body, that’s what folks want to draw. Mix it up, have some standing poses (I recommend to do shorter poses standing), some sitting, sitting in different positions, laying down. Don’t forget to turn directions. Everyone in the room’s perspective is different so some people will be drawing your profile, some drawing your back some your face straight on. If it’s a class that requires lots and lots of position changes then don’t forget you can sometimes do the exact same pose, just angled toward a different part of the room.
Just like with stripping, you’ll have your good days and your bad days. Sometimes those rich hobby artists are really entitled and rude and will loudly complain that they don’t like the pose you are doing. There’s one in every bunch. Some complain-y high maintenance artist. Sometimes artists are just new and not great at realism yet and might make your head super tiny or draw you long, short and fat. Sometimes I’ve left a session wondering: do I REALLY look like that OMG! Sometimes you luck out and get a whole class full of actual angels. The current intro class I am modeling for the winter semester is all women who are full of compliments and love to draw Me like I am a Goddess.
It can be really a really wonderful and positive experience. A room full of folks can tell you how beautiful you are. One time when having a really rough time an artist just drew literally an up close detailed piece of My fat rolls on My stomach while I was in a sitting pose. She saw what most have been the horrified look on My face and said “I’m so sorry you’re body was just so beautiful and soft and feminine I loved the beauty in the folds of your skin.”
Yall, no one has ever said anything like that to Me and I just about cried. (I’m getting teary remembering it now)
On some occasions you even get to keep the art. Sometimes the art ends up in gallery shows. It’s a really cool feeling to be the inspiration for art people to create. To have your body studied and valued and rendered.
The feedback and conversations I have received in My more than ten years doing this as a side gig and being connected to other models and artists all over is:
People REALLY want diversity with models.
Thin, white and conventionally pretty is probably the majority of folks doing this work. So thick women apply! Women of color I strongly urge to seek this work, there’s a definite lack of brown models being drawn and showcased on gallery walls.
If you have something interesting or unique about you that makes you fun to draw and beautiful to look at this could be a great side gig for you.
Be aware that most Universities and Institutions will need you to fill out a W-9 and you will be paid later by check. Some places you’ll get cash on the spot and in settings like Dr. Sketchy’s you’ll also most likely get tips.
Go forth and make art using the work of art that is your body.
This article was originally on MyAlterEGo, a dancewear store owned and run by a stripper!
All Photos are from Bella’s IG instagram.com/BellaVendetta
About the Author:
Bella Vendetta is a 16 year veteran of the adult industry, has been modelling for over a decade as an art model for painters and art classes. She’s brought a lot of folks into the figure model community and currently is still reaching out to as many classes, schools and workshops she can find to add to her roster.
You can find her schedule for open to the public drawing groups on Trouble Films Calendar of Events. She currently is the host and organizer of a western MA branch of Dr. Sketchy’s Anti Art School, with a diverse cast of new models, themes and costumes each month.
QPTV has been neglecting it’s lovely blog, and we intend to start making up for that right now with an intimate conversation with QPTV director & performer Chelsea Poe about producing her own porn, politics, her love life, and her brand new film The Submissive Mixtape. The interview was given by Courtney Trouble, who distributes and stars in Submissive Mixtape as well – and just so happens to be one of Chelsea’s closet friends.
CT: Hi Chelsea!
CT: Thanks for sitting down to talk to queerporn.tv. We think you’re awesome, so awesome we decided to revive our blog with the person our members and fans adore the most – you!
CP: Great, yay!
CT: …So what motivated you to become a porn performer
CP: A lot of performers like sasha grey, stoya, you, jiz lee, really inspired me to do porn as more than just like, something for people to get off to. It’s about activism and a lot more of an artistic thing. I didn’t see a lot in trans porn and still really don’t see tons that reflect my sexuality, so i just want to make more so it can be seen more. Trans women and queers can see what they find is hot, in a really positive way.
CT: Are your porn performances similar to your off-camera sex?
CP: Yeah, I think theyre like, identical. I have sex in a very performative way, that’s just part of my sexuality. Maybe that’s why I feel like it’s such an artistic and emotion thing for me, because it’s something that’s integrated into my life.
CT: One thing you’ve spoken a lot about in interviews and social media is porn opportunities for trans women who can’t or don’t penetrate others phallically. Can you speak to why always representing trans women as tops in porn can present a lot of issues for trans women?
CP: There’s the whole idea that our bodies work like men, with these hard cocks that cum huge amounts. I’m happy I squirt a lot while still on hormones, and some women can top – but what usually happens is in porn is that you’re guaranteed to get more work and more money if you can get hard and top, and that easier you go off your hormones. The stereotype motivates people to mess with their hormones and could present a health risk. It’s also just not how all trans women have sex at all, we should have options for how we are seen in porn and also have options in regards to our health.
CT: Yeah, it really seems like that aspect of porn really need to change. It needs to be a little more diverse so that trans women can be represented more fairly in porn. We know you’re a kinky person – how do your feelings about these stereotypes relate to trans kink porn?
CP: Mainstream trans kink porn doesn’t really exist. K*nk.C*m has trans performers, but mostly in scenes where the “kink” is her body, not humiliation or rope or whatever. Maybe you’ll have a trans woman tie a cis girl up and fuck her. Trans women dommes are amazing and that’s so empowering, but when that’s all there is, it’s putting us in this very narrow box of how we can have sex, and it gets to be difficult wether you’re working in porn or a fan of porn.
There’s no images of trans women subbing anywhere, and that’s why i wanted to make this mixtape and elaborate on what little is out there around trans kink. I also think it’s important to show that BDSM doesn’t equal violence from a feminist standpoint. I see Submissive Mixtape as a major step to show that trans BDSM exists and show it in a sexy and healthy way.
CT: How much of Submissive Mixtape is a real life fantasy? Do you feel like it’s what they like to call “an authentic representation of your sexuality?” Do your performances feel “authentic” to you?
CP: Yes – all the BDSM porn I’ve been shooting lately is based on my own fantasies. Porn has been such a safe place for me to explore them. My next project Training of Poe will be all BDSM too.
When you’re doing things you’re actually interested in you’re gonna make better porn. If you’re into it, it’s gonna come across in your work. I feel like if you go into making a movie, looking at what everybody else is doing and try to compete or copy it, that makes things dull. I think going into BDSM is part of something I wanted to do as a performer since I got into the industry.
CT: This whole idea of a performer releasing their own scenes makes so much sense on so many levels. It’s too early to know if Submissive Mixtape will be wildly successful, ignored, or a cult classic since it’s so one of a kind. Do you prefer owning your work and taking that risk of investment on your own to make stuff thats true to you, rather than work for others and hustling for those larger per diem rates? Is there a difference in the quality of your work? Or the quality of your experience at work?
CP: Everything’s really different. Like, if you go into a shoot like My TS Student and they give you a script and you’re doing what the director wants to do – you can have a really amazing time doing that, just being the star! But at the same time like having so much control over my own work, if i can have it from start to finish. Its a lot more work to do than just showing up for work. You’re working on your own film for nine months, like Fucking Mystic with you and Ajapop, really prepared me to do more on my own.
It’s way more important to me to make my own stuff, but it’s definitely a fun thing when I just get to work for other companies and focus on being a performer. I just really love creative freedom.
CT: That creative freedom really rings true in Fucking Mystic and in Submissive Mixtape. And it does seem to be centered a lot around kink and various role plays. There’s a little bit of kink in all of your best work. Do you see yourself as fully submissive, or somewhere in between submissive and dominant?
CP: I’ve had a few different doms in my life but i guess I’m a switch. I wouldn’t say I’m fully submissive, I do like topping people sometimes. I’m a sub-leaning switch.
CT: Are you more into being submissive to the mental aspects (humiliation, domination) or physical (bondage, impact play)?
CP: It’s all mental for me. I obviously like bondage and everything, but if there’s no mental thing there, it’s nothing. I think that’s why I’m a great performer, I am focusing on the mental aspects of the situation and the role I’m playing, and I portray everything mentally and emotionally – it’s not just physical. I’m invested and I’m so psychological in my sexuality its really allowed me to portray roles more in porn.
CT: I love that answer so much. What are some of your favorite power dynamics?
CP: I’m really into pretty basic lesbian domination, with a mistress. I’m really into humiliation.
CT: You look like you’re in heaven in your scene with Nikki Darling, which was directed by our pal Ajapop…
CP: It was a really great scene, really so at the core of my sexuality. Nikki is an amazing performer.
CT: And in your scene I directed of you and Jade Phillips, things get pretty hardcore and gonzo. We usually associate these kinds of camera angles and movement to be associated with mainstream porn. How can mocking mainstream porn in a queer context be a good thing?
CP: I think its great when you start to mix all the things that influence you. It gives you something new that people haven’t thought of. If you wanna see two trans people fucking in a really traditional mainstream porn setting like, most people would never really think to make that happen. Creating things like this scene that are also really creative and everyone’s involved, then you get something pure and real and actual art. Reaching for influences outside your norm is important.
It is really strange to see my work doing as well as bigger titles but then see that it’s such a different fan base that’s into it.
CT: Well yeah and this is QPTV you’re talking to so you’re like, the goddess of this website.
CP: It’s so cute and such a fucking dream
CT: Everyone who reads this is your fan! (Or a stalking TERF, or someone with a lot of jealousy issues checking up on yr shit, as they do…)
CP: haha, there’s always someone who has heard enough from me.
CT: im not sure QPTV fans will ever get enough of you. this is like, your world. what do you wanna see happen next? what can your fans get up to?
CP: i would say… support trans queer porn performers and support porn that’s unique, it’s really important.
CT: In your scene with FoxHouse you’re convinced into sucking a cis mans cock on camera. Was this your idea? Did you enjoy it?
CP: Yeah, this has been one of my fantasies for a really long time. It does go back to lesbian BDSM, I guess that’s how my queerness comes out. I like being forced to do straight things or told to do things in general. I had a forced straight fetish for a long fucking time, and it was one of the hottest things to actually be able to fulfill it. It was amazing. I really loved it. And, I feel like there was a little take on the complicated term “gold star lesbian.”
CT: It doesn’t show a whole lot of maturity or security of self that you would bank on that notion of “gold star” lesbians are somehow more pure because they’ve never interacted with a penis. by questioning “gold star lesbian” you sort of shatter the heteronormativity of that desire binary system. You can be a lesbian and still interact with all kinds of genitals.
CP: Sexuality doesn’t necessarily fit into black and white and neither does gender.
CT: And at the same time it’s still really important for non-binary folks like us to still be able to say, like hey yeah I have and prefer lesbian sex, this is my sexuality, this is the majority of my experience – but also fuck the binary.
CP: I have very lesbian feelings around dating, I’m not sure I would ever date someone who identified as male. I like dating women, I like my girlfriend.
CT: oh.. i didn’t ask anything about our scene. oh yeah. ps. totally forgot that we have a scene together in submissive mixtape and i feel like qptv fans would be really pissed if we didn’t talk about it.. soooo
CP: i wanna give no comment on that i think they have to watch it. theres no way to sum that scene up
CP: watch the porn.
CT: alright fans you heard it hear first, you know what your assignment is!