We un­dress this pop­u­lar porn star to dis­cuss life on and off the screen.

Gay Times Magazine - - Ken Summers - Pho­tog­ra­pher Chris­tian Oita Words Ryan Cahill

It was the ul­ti­mate Christ­mas flick, Love Ac­tu­ally, that made me think about the porn in­dus­try as be­ing some­thing other than what we see on­screen. The fact that th­ese naked peo­ple were es­sen­tially just ac­tors who have an ev­ery­day life out­side of that mo­ment was baf­fling to me. Re­cent ex­plo­rations of porn such as James Franco’s dark and moody King Co­bra led me to an en­tirely dif­fer­ent in­ter­pre­ta­tion of pornog­ra­phy, high­light­ing that the in­dus­try was much deeper than the sugar coated fan­tasy most of us see it as.

Ken Sum­mers has been part of the porn in­dus­try for just a few years, but he’s al­ready amassed quite an im­pres­sive tra­jec­tory of x-rated films. Their suc­cess can be mea­sured by his In­sta­gram, where he al­ready has 31k fol­low­ers. In or­der to gain more clar­ity about the life of a porn star, we sat down with the Sum­mers to talk his life on and off the screen, from re­la­tion­ships to unattain­able ex­pec­ta­tions.

How did you get into the porn in­dus­try? I got in porn just few years ago, but ev­ery­thing started a long time ago. My first en­counter with porn was in Rhode Is­land, I met a porn ac­tor named Ricky Ro­man from Cock­y­boys. We had a small con­ver­sa­tion in 2011 while walk­ing the run­way for a ben­e­fit. Ricky told me what I needed to do and where to ap­ply, but I was anx­ious and didn’t do it at that mo­ment.

A few years later I was on va­ca­tion in Panama, Black Fri­day shop­ping. Some­one came up to me and asked if I wanted to do porn. At the mo­ment, I didn’t re­spond. I took his busi­ness card and left. A few years later, I called him and told him I was in­ter­ested in start a ca­reer in porn. He told me I would re­ceive a call when they have a pro­duc­tion (scene). It hap­pened! They called me to set, but I was no longer liv­ing in Costa Rica and had re­lo­cated to Ham­burg. My con­tact was very ex­cited that I was in Europe and put me in con­tact with a com­pany in Barcelona. I con­tacted the com­pany and that was the be­gin­ning of Ken Sum­mers.

Set the scene of your av­er­age day on set? Af­ter pre­par­ing my­self for the scene and get­ting my hair and makeup done, we start pho­tos. Pho­tos be­gin with some glam­our shots; cute poses, noth­ing sex­ual. Af­ter glam­our shots, erect pe­nis and sex pho­tos. The sex pho­tos de­velop the flow of scene.

Af­ter the scene is fin­ished, the cast and crew al­ways go for lunch or din­ner to­gether. The set al­ways feels like be­ing with fam­ily. I love and en­joy ev­ery mo­ment on the set

Do you make awk­ward small-talk with your co-star be­fore­hand? No awk­ward con­ver­sa­tion, but al­ways in­for­ma­tive. I al­ways at­tempt to get to know my scene part­ner bet­ter and know what he likes to de­velop an amaz­ing scene.

Does be­ing a porn star af­fect your real-life re­la­tion­ships? Yes, and no. In some cases, peo­ple just run from us be­cause they are scared that we can’t dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween sex and love, or our re­la­tion­ships from work. But oth­ers ask you about it and are in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a porn star. Be­ing a porn star def­i­nitely makes it eas­ier to meet peo­ple. Some of th­ese peo­ple re­main in your life and oth­ers do not.

Do you con­sider it to be a ful­fill­ing ca­reer? Yes, it de­pends on your pur­pose in life. If you want to have it as a hobby or a film ca­reer. If you want it as a ca­reer, it means you have to be pre­pared to work hard. The re­sult is a ful­fill­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that in­volves lots of travel, new cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ences, and meet­ing lots of peo­ple.

What makes a “good” porn ex­pe­ri­ence? Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and ‘flavour’. I want my fol­low­ers to en­joy my work as much as I do. In an age of Grindr, Hor­net etc, do you think porn has lost it’s rel­e­vancy at all? I think it’s the op­po­site way around. Since the emer­gence of dat­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, young boys have lost their abil­ity to in­ter­act and flirt with oth­ers. Porn is needed more then ever; it is like a roadmap for young gay boys in the dat­ing scene.

Does porn blur the lines be­tween re­al­ity and fan­tasy? Even be­fore porn, the ques­tion re­ferred first to the dif­fer­ence be­tween ex­pec­ta­tion ver­sus re­al­ity in terms of par­tic­i­pat­ing in a sex­ual act. As for porn, it was mostly al­ways based on cre­at­ing a fan­tasy in­deed. Yet, we now see a change with “on­ly­fans” con­tent, where the au­di­ence can ac­tu­ally view porn stars in their ev­ery­day sex life, raw, unedited footage with no sce­nar­ios.

Do you see your­self be­ing in porn for the fore­see­able fu­ture? Yes!

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