Bruce Beckham Exclusive: How To Be Gay Porn’s Comeback King In 2017

Posted January 24, 2017 by with 51 comments

bruce-4What’s it like to be a gay porn star in 2017—especially one who launched his career in 2004, took an extended hiatus from 2008 to 2016, and then was able to make a stunning return to a dramatically changed industry, almost as if he had never left? Str8UpGayPorn recently had a chance to catch up with comeback king Bruce Beckham—a recent nominee for 2016’s Best Gay Porn Star—to find out how he’s changed, how the industry’s changed, and how he’s been able to stay so successful all these years. Bruce’s interview is the second in a series of “How To Be A Gay Porn Star In 2017” interviews running on Str8UpGayPorn this month. (Previously: Kyle Ross Exclusive—How To Be An Award-Winning Gay Porn Superstar In 2017.)

bruce-beckhamStr8UpGayPorn: Hi Bruce! To catch people up, when did you first exit gay porn, and when did you officially return?
Bruce Beckham: I left after a few years in 2007-ish, returning recently in March of 2016.

After eight years away, what do you think is the most noticeable difference from when you started vs. now?
Social media. The direct and immediate interactions and reactions between myself and the consumer, audience, studios, and industry.

Why did you leave the first time?
I was working a fairly lucrative bartending job, and porn was really only a side hobby. Sort of an occasional paid vacation.

And what made you decide to return?
Burn out from the restaurant and nightclub industry. My existing job had taken a financial nose dive, and after considering porn as one of many other options, it seemed like a good opportunity to make my own schedule and steer my own ship for a while, at least for the summer, pending warm reception.

Which you clearly received. Did you need to maintain any of your established, non-porn jobs after re-entering the industry?
Porn was actually an increase in income for me, as well as an opportunity to travel while filming and not feel so trapped in L.A. Porn is my main focus for the next couple of months at least, but I miss doing work that challenges me mentally and creatively. I’m always thinking about what my contribution to the world and my community is, in terms of lasting impact and greater good.

bruc-beckham-1It varies, but if you had to estimate an industry average, what’s the scene rate for gay porn stars working today?
Well over $500, not quite $2,000 for non-exclusives. I imagine exclusives to be paid more, but I’m not at all privy to anyone else’s rate.

Would it be accurate to say that scene rates for gay porn stars have gone down since you first started, 13 years ago?
Pay has declined by at least half since I was working in the mid 2000’s. In my opinion, it’s solely from the ability to steal porn from the internet in the same manner that the music industry was hit by online file sharing.

So, is the average performer able to support himself financially only working as a gay porn star?
I’ve been very capable of supporting myself financially based on my current earnings, but I live humbly and don’t spend extravagantly. I budget, and my cost of living is relatively low. My biggest expenditure is rent, and I pay far below L.A. market value for a rent controlled studio.

Are models ever able to negotiate with studios for higher rates?
I recently negotiated a rate that was 15% higher, but I knew that they were eager to have me and that it wasn’t an unreasonable overall fee. I was also providing my own transportation several hours away as part of the project.

bruce-beckham-5Other than working at a studio, what other ways do models earn money within the adult industry?
I understand merchandise can be lucrative, and there are always opportunities for appearances and cross promotion.

What are some benefits of becoming a gay porn star today?
Freedom to make your own schedule, travel, and interacting with like-minded individuals.

Any disadvantages or negative aspects?
Porn has actually been an entirely positive presence in my life since I returned. It’s been a welcome new path. Although, it is tricky explaining to a layman how working in the adult film industry doesn’t mean anything beyond the fact that you’re monetizing a different, valuable set of assets and skills.

And what advice would you give to someone thinking of joining the industry today?
First and foremost, know who you are and be clear about why you’re getting into the industry. Self knowledge can steer you clear of some pitfalls. From there, I’d recommend taking every job that seems like it’s a good fit for you personally and your brand. Align yourself with people who you think are symbiotic with how you’d like to represent yourself. Be professional, be responsible, be accountable, work hard, and save. Nothing is forever.

jvWhat do you have planned for fans in 2017? Can you give us a sneak peek at studios and co-stars?
My next shoot will be a pretty easy re-entry into filming after my eye injury, as I’m filming with my close friend Jason Vario again in late February. He’s coming to stay with me for a few days in L.A., and we’ll be shooting toward the tail end of his visit. I’d also put some work with CockyBoys on hold while I healed, so at least one shoot with them is on the horizon for late winter/spring, possibly with Boomer Banks, finally, or Carter Dane.

All of those pairings will drive fans crazy.
And hopefully more work with Falcon. And, of course, some regular scenes with my family at TitanMen. They in particular have been really great to me. VP Keith Webb sent me some “Get Well” gag gifts after I had surgery. And Matthew Bosch, Adam Ramzi, Alex Mecum, and Jasun Mark were checking in a lot. And there was a lot of grim, hilarious face-timing with Jason Vario.

bruceetyeI was wondering about your eye, and saw the photos. What happened exactly?
My retina detached in my left eye—through no trauma, just bad luck. My ophthalmologist said nearsighted eyes are just more prone to eye issues, and I suddenly lost 1/3 to 1/2 of my left peripheral vision in 24 hours.

Whoa, glad everything is OK now.
Seeing a doctor ASAP saved my eyesight in that eye. Since late October, I’ve had several less invasive, less effective procedures, and finally had full surgery on my eye just before Christmas. It should be fully healed, vision restored, and and normal looking by February. I’ve been fortunate in having lots of great friends to help out, good insurance, and a great prognosis for full recovery.

Great to hear, and we look forward to seeing you throughout the year!

bruce-beckham-6[TitanMen: Bruce Beckham]

  • Elitist

    I need this man to annihilate my asshole.

    • Dazzer

      You could just have sex with him instead….

      • lordgabux

        hahhahahahahahahahaahhahahaahahahaa

  • Zealot
  • sxg

    From what I remember from the convos on twitter about him, he’s kind of accident prone. He’s tripped a couple of times on the Titan Men set, and he almost smashed his head in the pool when he dove in and nearly hit the edge.

    Glad to see he’s doing good and can’t wait to see more of him, except for his scene with Boomer Banks. If they’re going to work together then it should be a flip fuck.

    • Joey

      Accident prone hot people is just nature’s way of having sick fun, right? Stay safe out there, Bruce!

  • Ceecee

    Hung, handsome and doesn’t rape his daughter/abuse his spouse/openly hate minorities. What a perfect man.

    • Dazzer

      Basically, anyone who parachutes out of a rattlesnake’s ass and falls two miles before hitting bottom is still at a higher standard than too many gay porn models?

      Yup! You’re about right Sir/Madam.

    • Pertinax

      I agree that he has qualities, but I wouldn’t call a male prostitute ‘ perfect man ‘.

      • Ceecee

        Eh I mean it’s certainly not a very lengthy career, but a lot of the gay men in my city work in government or NGOs which isn’t really any different.

        • Pertinax

          I think nasty people are everywhere, but I can’t think about a male prostitute as a ” whore with a heart of gold “. I still think that prostitution degrades the ones who do it and as it’s an option not a fate, it shows – at least for me – what kind of people I’m dealing of.

          • Maximus

            That’s a rather sex-conservative viewpoint for someone who frequents a gay porn blog. The very notion of sex as eros, and not simply a utilitarian mechanism of procreation, developed as part of commodity culture.

          • Pertinax

            People sell their work force, their knowledge, their skills ( their patience … ) and use their bodies as instruments to do their tasks. Prostitutes turn their own bodies into commodities, put themselves as a thing to be rented for a certain price ( A ” service ” that the majority give for free ). Is degrading in itself because is the same to put a price on a baby or on a kidney and sell them ( or ask for payment for donate bood… ). And …” for someone who frequents a gay porn blog, ” : That’s because I’m gay, but this doesn’t force me to validate and value prostitutes, prostitution or even porn. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5a7b245e2de87df2e123cd062198d7259ca4fc8982f9cf775cfa5ec03c065131.jpg

          • Maximus

            But that same description could be applied to hotel maids, fruit pickers, and masseuses. I would certainly agree that selling total ownership of a person—i.e., slavery—is degrading and immoral, but you still haven’t made a convincing case as to why it’s “wrong” to sell sex.

            So, you come here to jerk off and then judge porn stars for providing the photos/videos of themselves to which you jerk off?

          • Pertinax

            Hotel maids, fruit pickers, masseuses as fashion models or athletes use their bodies as tools, instruments not turn them into commodities. They still are selling their work, not their bodies. When you sell your body you put yourself below the others ( Belittle, degrade yourself ), you turn yourself into a thing to be used : Sex against money it’s never ” consensual ” because it wouldn’t happen if money weren’t on the table.

          • La Bambi

            A sex worker’s body is not the commodity, their labor is – just like other workers. They use their body to provide a service, like masseurs or models do. And of course the pay for their labor is what makes it consensual, few of us would do our jobs if we weren’t paid for them.

          • Pertinax

            You’re allowed to think the way you want as I am too.

          • La Bambi

            I really don’t understand the logic that leads you to believe it’s only the sex worker, not the customer, that is degraded in a transaction. If purchasing sex is a degrading act, why is it the seller and not the buyer that is degraded?
            If you don’t value or respect sex workers, don’t consume their products. No one is holding a gun to your head. People who hate sex workers but still use them are the kind of people who hurt sex workers. You’re best to stay away completely.

          • Pertinax

            Who told you that I’m ok about Johns ?

          • WFJ

            What you say is normally true, but I doubt Bruce Beckham was forced into porn because of structural barriers. He’s an extremely attractive, masculine, white male. I’m sure he could have chosen something where he uses his brain. I chatted with him on Grindr and he was an arrogant asshole.

    • McM.

      Damn, that’s a low bar!

      • Maximus

        Welcome to the world of gay dating! If you have standards in regard to character, you may want to consider becoming celibate.

    • Zavier

      yet….

  • OverKill
  • BoomPow

    First of all, welcome back Bruce. I know you’re reading this, so listen up. You’re very good at what you do, and you look good doing it. Your bottom scenes are particularly hot. You’re at your best when you’re getting pounded by a big dick. There is a very short window of opportunity in the business so strike while the iron is hot. Film as many bottom scenes as possible, taking as many big dicks up your ass, and down your throat, as you can get. After all, you are the cum back king!

    Now, for your advanced directive. As a shout out to all of your fans here at str8up, the next time you’re doing a bottom scene, work in a phrase that includes the words straight up. Maybe moan something like, “give it to me straight up”, or “I love taking dick straight up.” You get the point. We already immensely appreciate the work you do, and we’ll appreciate it even more so if you do this.

    It really is a pleasure watching you do your thing, so keep up the good work, and I look forward to seeing what’s up next for you in 2017. Oh, and I’ll be waiting for that shout out!

    -Cheers Mate

    • lordgabux

      love it!

  • Johnny
  • sanfv
  • Pertinax

    D * E * L * I * C * I * O * U * S … https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/42e9522acd97cf488a478a17bad61d68da6f7ebb5e0f110eedc4200721a64493.jpg …P. S. : This ” View and Hide ” thing is killing all the fun of the site.

    • Pertinax

      Does this ” View and Hide ” thing mean that now I’ll can post ” those kind of pics ” that made one of my last comments to be deleted ?

      • Marik Ishtar

        You could always try spoiler tags
        I’m unsure if they work on images though

        • Pertinax

          Thanks.

  • nodoubtfan

    Bruce seems like a good egg. I like that the time away from the industry gave him some perspective. Good interview!

  • nick

    He seems nice enough but if you were trying to make a contribution to the world and your community I’m sure there are better jobs than barman and porn actor, like doctor, policeman, fireman, teacher, charity worker etc. etc. ?

  • AussieB

    He said he has good insurance. I’d be interested in hearing where these models are getting insurance. Are they worried about ACA being repealed? Any move to exclusives getting good benefits from studios

    Why do you call every one a “porn star”? Don’t you have to earn star status? They’re models, actors, performers – – not stars

    What are the youngins long term plans… Somé seem to want to do bts work. Others are in school.

    Also seems some more are open to using their real names publicly at diff levels.

  • lordgabux

    the man is just delicious #TeamBruceB

  • cdh195077

    Bruce Beckham sure know how to improve with ages. Good luck to the future.

  • Casey Scott

    Bruce Beckham’s return is the comeback we didn’t know we needed! He killed it in 2016 and really looking forward to all he has to offer in 2017.