I've always wondered what it's like to be a porn star. Does it pay well? How do you break it to your family? Can you actually live a normal life? I have so many questions.

So I got in touch with Rick Hard, a Montreal based porn actor, and asked him a few questions. He was so honest and interesting in his answers, I could't wait to publish this article. This must be one of the most fascinating interviews I've ever done.


1. How did you get into porn industry?

Since the age of 11, circa '93, I was watching scrambling videos on pay per view and would fantasize about becoming a male performer one day. I remember watching the performance of Peter North, Steven St-Croix and the late Jon Dough... brilliant. I thought doing porn was nearly impossible, until I decided to put my thoughts into actions.

I was a police tech student at John Abott college, on my way to becoming a police officer and work for the SPVM. Before I did my police tech program, I got a bachelor degree in business administration to please my parents. They wanted me to work 9 to 5 and eventually become a charter accountant... But I decided that pursuing an employment in the police force was more intriguing.Back in 2010, I was dating my girlfriend of 5 years. She was a civil lawyer. After my graduation from the police force, we were supposed to get engaged and live a normal life. But over the years, our sex life was becoming dull, and I was a porn addict. Like I said, I was watching porn since the age of 11. I knew everything about the bios of male pornstars. I read the biography of Jack Lawrence who was also a police officer and a performer and made up my mind, "What the heck? Why don't I get into the business too?"I heard that a lot of strippers and escorts were attending industry nights at a popular club on St.Laurent street in Montreal. So I became a regular client there. I was spending at least 200 to 300 dollars per week to get noticed. I met one of the managers over there and he told me to contact Nicola Lafleur from Pegas Productions. Finally, I contacted Nicola Lafleur in September 2010. He liked my attitude, and decided to give me a chance, so he landed me my first opportunity to shoot with a girl on Friday November 5th 2010 in Ste-Foy in Quebec City.

I drove two hours and half to get there and had my first shoot. Nicola was very kind, professional and he liked my performance. He later gave me two other roles in early 2011... the rest is history.


2. How much money do Montreal porn actors make?

 
Depending on each production company, an average guy can start at 150$, then move up to 200$. Some companies offer up to 300$ a scene. It could be a gonzo scene or a longer one.
 
A good looking girl, if she's smart, can start at 550$ and the plateau is 800$ for sexual intercourse. The top well known girls, like Vyxen Steele, can make about 1200$ for a scene. But new up and comers start at 300$. If the girls know how to "play the game", they can easily ask for 500-600$. It's all a game, you have to know how to play it right.

3. Is there a good market potential for porn actors in Quebec?

 
To be honest, yes and no. For straight actors it's nearly impossible to make a living by just doing scenes. There aren't enough organizations to offer a stability or a continuous workload for performers. Most girls do escort or dance on the side. It's very rare for female performers to work normal 9 to 5 jobs AND be a porn star. Usually they capitalize on their porn name to do more escort or strip or perform erotic shows around Quebec. However, there is enough workload to make a living and pay the bills if you're a male actor who's willing to do gay scenes.
 
If your intention is to build a name for yourself, then - yes, there is a potential market in Quebec. But, eventually, porn stars move to Europe or US to actually make a living in the adult entertainment industry and have more gigs.

4. Is it actually any guy’s dream job? What really takes place on a typical porn set?

 
If you ask me, yes. I had the best sexual experiences of my life on set. When I perform in front of a camera, it doesn't actually matter whether the girl is thin, thick, less pretty, I always get more excited because of the attention. Yes, it's my dream job. After all, you do get to have sex with some of the most beautiful women on earth and get paid for it.

What really takes place on a typical porn set? It varies from production to production. Some productions specialize in gonzo, where you go with the flow and can do whatever you want as long as the female performer is also comfortable doing it.

But other organizations, like Open Life (a subdivision of Mile High Distribution), their porn set is like a battlefield. You have to do crazy awkward positions.

I have a mentor. He's the DP of Vid Vicious. Shooting for him can separate men from boys. Vid is a perfectionist. He only hires very good looking girls and guys. Every time we shoot, I try to be in the best shape I can be, and be neat as hell.  He taught me how to perform like an alpha male. Even when he yells at actors, he knows exactly how to bring the best out of us so we can give an amazing performance.


5. Has your career ever stopped you from building/maintaining meaningful relationships? Do people treat you differently once they find out that you work in the porn industry?

Yes, that's the downside of porn, not to be negative or anything. I lost a lot of good opportunities in the regular workforce. Every time I did find an office job, some people would find about my "other" life, and eventually employers built a file to fire me.

So for me, to be able to work a 9 to 5 and build a normal career, I would have to stop doing porn and move on. But I am not willing to quit my dream. The only jobs that can accept my double life at this point, would be blue collar type of jobs. It's very frustrating because I have a degree and I am an educated man.

Also, my family thinks I'm crazy because I have this dream of becoming the best performer in the adult biz. My parents don't approve of my choices and sometimes I feel guilty about it. But I know they still love me.

 

 

6. Did you ever have to hide or lie about what you do for a living?

Yes, unfortunately. I was hiding it from my ex girlfriend. I was selfish. I just knew that, as a civil lawyer working for Revenu Quebec, she wouldn't appreciate that her boyfriend is doing porn. It could even hurt her career. So I was living a double life for two years, and when she found out, she kicked me out of the house, and we never spoke again.

My mom burst into tears when she found out and legitimately thought I had a mental problem. Also, my office coworkers were gossiping about me behind my back and made my life difficult. It's hard to promote yourself and become famous in the field when it's affecting your everyday life... so I end up working as a bouncer, which I find is not so grateful for a person of my status... But I still have the dream in me, I am still hungry for success.


7. Have you ever dated a fellow porn actress? Are you in a relationship right now?

 
Actually, my girlfriend is a porn star. She wasn't doing porn when I met her and I was doing scenes almost every week. I was feeling really guilty for shooting scenes with other women even though my girlfriend was OK with it. So I told her, "If you want to marry me and stay with me for the rest of your life, we can share the same dream." I got my girlfriend into porn, and she did her first shoot with another male talent, because I didn't want people to associate her with me. That way, she can make a career on her own and we can be a power couple like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, only in porn.

The only problem here in Montreal is that the producers and the viewers are not into interracial porn... so my girlfriend doesn't get that many gigs because she is an Afro-American. That's why we really want to move to US and make it over there. 


8. Do you watch your own videos?

 
It might sound narcissistic, but I really enjoy watching my own videos. You can call it "macho", but that's just how I feel. I try to study my performances and see how I can improve myself too.

9. What does your typical day look like?

Since I work night shifts, I try to save money, do more productions and improve my shape. I train 4 to 6 times a week. I used to be an amateur body-builder, but I decided to quit, because of the abuse of anabolic steroids... It does not go hand in hand when it comes to performing. The long term side effects of anabolic steroids are a decreased stamina, low sex drive and impotence. I obviously didn't want to risk it.

I now work 4 nights a week as a bouncer and, during the day, I train at a gym to become a pro fighter, on the side. That way, I can expand my image and compete against other porn stars that have avenues other than just simple performing. Not a lot of my fellow Montreal porn stars enter the Ring....


10. What are your future business projects?

 
In the past, I wrote, produced and directed my own movies with the help of a local Montreal production organization, Ad4In the future, I would like to invest more money in new productions and co-productions with them, hire female talent, and use my creativity to create entertaining adult movies. Also, I want to perform outside of Canada and eventually become a household name in the US.

I'm also taking acting classes and improving my skills in mixed martial arts. Arnold Schwarznegger was a body-builder, and became an actor, then governor and had a business degree.

 
My ultimate goal is to bring porn to another level, establish a union in the industry and make porn more professional. 
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