Teddy Bryce Opens Up About His Porn Career, Being A Tattoo Artist, Filming Scenes With Straight Guys, And More

Posted September 10, 2018 by with 41 comments

4Q9A9032Str8UpGayPorn recently caught up with performer Teddy Bryce, and in our interview below, Teddy reveals how he got started in porn, what it’s like filming with straight guys, how his tattoos have affected his career, and a lot more. Other than the studio images below, all of the photographs in this post were taken by director Isabel Dresler and shared exclusively with Str8Up, so thank you to her, and thank you to Teddy for taking the time to chat!

4Q9A8611Str8UpGayPorn: Hi Teddy! How old are you, and when did you decide to become a performer?
Teddy Bryce: I’m 29 now. I started doing my own cam shows when I was 25 with another heavily tattooed friend. The stuff we did was really dirty, so our goal was never really to make money. We honestly just liked the validation and freaking people out a little bit. The only thing we asked for was that people send us pizza. So, when we started getting multiple pizzas in a session, I realized I could probably start doing this for money.

Pizza is always a good sign. Had you watched a lot of porn before? What kind?
Before getting into porn, I mainly watched hardcore amateur videos on Tumblr. I definitely had my favorite stars in porn though. Mainly science fiction level muscle boys, like Erik Rhodes. From there, I started to romanticize the idea of being a big star or being exclusive with a big studio. I didn’t realize that when I started getting into porn, the industry was changing dramatically, mainly because of access to hardcore amateur videos on Tumblr.

4Q9A8660What was it like shooting your very first gay porn scene? Were you nervous?
My very first scene was a fisting scene with STUDFIST under a different name. I had been getting more into fisting in my personal life and I knew one of the owners of the company, so I hit him up to do a scene together. It was pretty low tech, so I really wasn’t nervous, and we basically just got to have sex without stopping too much. That might’ve been the quickest and easiest shoot I’ve ever done.

What has been one of your favorite or most memorable scenes that you’ve filmed so far?
I think the most fun scene I’ve ever done was for BlacksOnBoys, where I was gangbanged by Timarrie, Ray Diesel, and this guy named Zero. We had great chemistry off set and the sex on camera was super hot and easy. It’s definitely the scene I’m most proud of and it always comes up as a fan favorite.

teddy_bryce_ray_diesel_timarrie_baker_zeeroThere are many performers in gay porn now who are bisexual, pansexual, straight, or choose to not to identify with any one sexuality. Do you think a performer’s real-life sexuality off-camera plays a role in how they have sex on-camera?
This is a great question that is probably going to lead to an unpopular answer, but here goes: I’ve worked with performers who identify as straight in their personal life, and they are definitely not my favorite to work with. When I work with another gay performer, there is a level of ease to a shoot that you don’t get with someone who identifies as straight. When I work with another gay performer, we are able to kiss, flirt, and play with each other on camera. Also, with consent, we can help work each other up and get boners, allowing the shoot to go much more smoothly.

I take it that doesn’t happen with straight guys?
With someone who identifies as straight, you don’t get any of that. I’ve also noticed an air of overly-compensated masculinity from straight performers that can be hard for someone who has been meant to feel bad about their sexuality their whole life. I also think it’s a little disappointing as a community and industry to fetishize straight men, giving them jobs over gay men just because they want more money than they would get in straight porn.

What about bi guys?
Yes, I’ve also worked with bisexual men, and honestly, I love them. I really think that the way men choose to identify dictates their behavior on set. If you identify as straight, you have to live up to that, even at the detriment of the shoot.

4Q9A8789Performers are everywhere on social media with huge fan bases and followers. What is your favorite thing about being on social media and interacting with so many people? And, conversely, what is the worst part about this?
I love being on social medial. It can be a full time job, but I’m my own boss. I can post photos that make me feel sexy and people who follow me will respond. I also have a very hard look, so social media is my chance to show more of my personality. But, like any platform, it can get dark. I get a lot of people telling me to get out of porn because of the tattoos or that my tattoos are terrible. It can be hard not to tear into those people, but I just try and give them a compliment and move on. If it goes on, I just block them and it’s like it never happened. So, social media can be a helpful tool, or it can cause of a lot of stress. I usually stay away from anything controversial or political and just retweet scenes I’m tagged in. But, I secretly love watching other porn stars say outrageous things or get into petty fights. I kind of live for it.

Oh, me too, definitely. You mentioned your tattoos, and I wanted to ask more about that. Do you think the tattoos have played a role in you being cast—or not being cast—by certain studios?
My tattoos have definitely made things very difficult for me as a model. Certain big studios and directors that I thought I would be perfect for refuse to hire me. I usually get a backhanded rejection like, “You’re tattoos are so hot and I personally love them, but they aren’t right for the studio.” And I understand, it’s hard to project a fantasy onto someone who already has an aggressive look. I’ll never be cast as the guy next door who gets to have sex on white sheets. But I think that has more to do with the industry being stuck with a formula that is outdated.

teddy4And yet, you have had several hot scenes at what are considered mainstream gay porn studios.
There are really amazing directors out there, like mr. Pam, who are working hard to break down these stereotypes. I also really like working with Isabel Dresler because she always shoots me with a sweeter, softer eye that I never get on big studio shoots, but I think it gives a more accurate representation of who I really am. But, as far as the tattoos go, I love them. I won’t stop until my whole body is covered…except probably my face.

Do you work in any other jobs right now, or are you primarily focused on performing?
My main focus right now is my art. I’ve been painting and drawing since I can remember. Tattooing has given me the opportunity to make good money from drawing all day, which is all I really want. Don’t get me wrong, tattooing is the hardest thing I’ve ever done, so I’m giving it all of my attention right now. I tried to do porn full time for a bit, but I just didn’t get booked enough. There’s so many sexy men out there, and unfortunately, the tattoos are a hard sell for the higher-ups in the industry.

4Q9A8858Do you talk about your work in the porn industry with friends, family, or people in the tattoo world?
I definitely use my porn career to my advantage. As a tattoo artist and illustrator in my personal life, I’ve used my porn persona to help boost my business. It’s really hard to gain followers on an art account on social media, so I’ve played up the ass shots to get more followers. Luckily, the art world doesn’t really care that I do porn, but it’s definitely not the first thing I bring up to strangers. My family knows, but that is only because my sister is really sneaky and she has a big mouth.

When you’re not performing or tattooing, what do you do in your free time for fun?
Mainly draw. I’m always working on something. I really enjoy riding my motorcycle around San Francisco, going to museums and book stores, going to metal shows, watching mindless TV or movies, reading comic books, and taking naps when I can. I have a boyfriend in Liverpool, so I talk to him a lot, too.

4Q9A8915Thanks for taking the time to talk today, and for fans who want to follow your art work, where can they keep up with that?
I’m very excited to say that I have a ton of stuff in the works, including a solo show at the end of this month. Those who are interested in my art or in getting a tattoo from me, you can check me out on Instagram at @coltonjamesart.

Will do, and thank you again, Teddy!

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[NakedSword: “Berkeley,” starring Teddy Bryce and Justin Brody]

  • Chris Lawson
  • Michael Lewis

    My current porn obsession. ^_^

  • Justin Trenton #NotMyPresident

    Those tattoos are do distracting. I couldn’t watch a scene with him in it due to those horrid tattoos.

    • Kanaka

      And as Teddy says…compliment you then move on. Smh

  • Cubankid

    I hate when guys with great bodies ruin it with tacky tattoos. He’s handsome though.

  • FieldMedic

    Thanks for the interview. Love Teddy and love his great work.

  • OverKill

    Great performer. Distracting tats.

    Working with straight performers:
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    You’re working with insecure men who don’t want to admit that they actually love the male body. They’ll put on an act on set but I bet you’ll see so much gay porn on their computer it’ll make all gay porn stars blush. You know there’s a dildo stashed away somewhere in their house.

  • FU

    god bless….but no thanks.

  • B.C.

    Such a shame. He could have become major player if he downsized on those tattoos. Look at Boomer!

    • c_find

      I like his look. It’s different from all the other generic gay models

  • gamera87

    “I’ve also noticed an heir of overly-compensated masculinity” – an heir?!

    • Ed Woody

      Not sure whether to blame Teddy or Zach for that, but… yeah.
      He’s all eloquent and sensible and then… *sharp breath in*

  • BoomPow

    Love the ink coupled with his piggish ways. Motherfucker’s hot!

    • Xzamilloh

      Same.. love the ink.

    • c_find

      Always wanted him and Ace to be in a scene together and see which one would be the piggier bottom

  • MK

    Don’t like the ink, but like his honesty about straight/gay4pay. Straight men make awful GAY porn. Gay men should request to only work with other gay men. Work with studios that employ only gay and bi models who prefers men. Enough of these crappy gay4porn porn scenes. It’s usually the gay model putting out the most effort, while the gay4pay with his hang ups makes all his ridiculous demands.

  • MC.EMC2

    “I’ve also noticed an heir of overly-compensated masculinity from straight performers that can be hard for someone who has been meant to feel bad about their sexuality their whole life. I also think it’s a little disappointing as a community and industry to fetishize straight men, giving them jobs over gay men just because they want more money than they would get in straight porn”

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/8ba12a00df820d915c5b6c24662e29fb67dc8fd2c81f529e93c3dc19e71e610a.gif

    • MK

      Glad he’s calling them out. These self-loathers have no shame.

  • Edward

    Jess of Sean Cody is married to a woman (whether he’s str8 is a whole other story), yet he makes great scenes.

    • Marcus Collack

      So was he with this woman while he was fucking Bryan Singer in a non porn capacity or no?

      • c_find

        He could be bi, straight flexible or pan. There isn’t only two flavours anymore 😉

    • c_find

      that is debatable

  • PaulieP

    is there a pass button?

  • Marcus Collack

    This is I believe the 3rd interview where a porn star has said one of their favorite/most memorable scenes is a foursome on Blackonboys… Interesting…Intriguing.

  • His answer about working with straight performers is not unpopular with me I totally agree with him. Great interview, he is one sexxxy stud. And I love the tats!

  • doodlebug

    Is the wheel turning on straight guys in gay porn? Teddy adds to the chorus of performers recently calling out the G4P models. Quin Quire had a twitter rant about it, Austin Wilde has said he’s done with them, Pheonix Fellington was on twitter complaining about it. Hell even Mr. Congeniality himself, Beaux Banks, said they are his most difficult days on set. Maybe this is why so many of the G4Per’s are re-branding themselves as bi/fluid on their social media.

    • von schlomo

      The same folks who won’t make judgments on other performers’ real sexualities are the ones saying the straight performers are a pain in the ass and that they prefer to work with gay or bi performers. The logical conclusion is squeeze out the “straight” performers but how does that play out? What happens when these same “straight” guys just start to tell everyone they’re bi, or even gay? Which brings me to an often quoted axiom, “On sexuality and orientation and which gender a given performer is attracted to, pay attention to what they do and not so much on what they say.” The incentive to lie or bend the truth or just tell sexy, horny stories about porn performers is too high for these people to be honest.

  • Two Cents

    I’m here for that booty! It pokes out like it like it.

  • CamCam

    I give a Teddy Bryce major props and respect for what he said on working with straight guys. Its good to know that there are some that don’t like to work with straight guys. I hope more porn actors come out and talk against this “Gay4Pay” shit that is destroying gay porn.

    • MC.EMC2
    • MK

      Thank you! The straight-worshipping is pathetic.

    • Ed Woody

      While I agree that gay porn is better with actual gay men in it, I don’t think you can say it’s “destroying gay porn” in the present tense, as if it’s a new thing and there haven’t always been straight-identifying men in gay porn.

      They’ve been there since the beginning, and several of the most famous gay porn stars ever to exist were straight (which is a thing in itself). But the gay porn industry, in one form or another, is still here. And it will still be here a decade from now, and there will be straight men in it.

      Again just to clarify, I’m not saying that’s a good thing. I’m just saying it’s a true thing.

      • McM.

        What’s changed are the attitudes. On the part of G4P performers, they can now be vocal about how distasteful they find their chosen work and aspects of the gay community – and still get gigs, and retain fans. On the part of viewers, there’s far more criticism of performers who call this out than the G4P who disrespect and look down upon gay men. On the part of studios, they fail to hire gay/bi men who will do everything expected of them and instead permit limitations of heterosexuals to dictate the end-product meant for homosexuals. In addition there’s the increasing themes reinforcing the “normality” of straightness and the desire of gay men to taint and or disrupt it.

        This is all fairly new. So there’s some validity in @cam3121:disqus ‘s observation.

    • c_find

      Actually it sounds like most don’t like working with straight but just won’t say it because the studios promote them so heavily. That being said Gay performers were no walk in the park them selves, yes they might be fine with kissing and getting fucked by a man, but a lot brought unnecessary drama to filming, with stupid rivalries and petty fighting. Bad performances come from both sides, but I will admit the gay4pay performers tend to come across as boring and uninspired performances

  • Trepakprince

    So far his crystallization of the issue has really moved me. I used to be very laissez faire on wondering who are these straight guys hurting by being in porn. The only time I enjoy seeing a straight guy in porn is when he submerges himself fully into the scene. Meaning, I want to see him kissing (passionately), touching (not mechanically) and sucks dick (subtle dig at guys like Paddy). It’s the duty of the straight guy to make the gay performer feel comfortable and shouldn’t be the other way around. You’re a guest in our house not the landlord act like it.

    • MK

      They don’t belong in our house at all. They can be the viewing neighbor, not the star of our house. They have their own house and we aren’t welcome; we’re only allowed to be viewing neighbors. So, why should they take over and star in ours?

      • Trepakprince

        I won’t go that far bc there are some enthusiastic straight performers. Guys like Aspen need a seat at the table because my dick says so.

  • Kevin Jones

    Major kudos for Teddy for giving an honest answer about working with straight guys. He seems very down to earth.

  • c_find

    He’s a great performer and always been a fan of his work, and nice thing is he doesn’t mind/likes performing with models of colour. Bonus he’s fisting bottom :-)

  • Maximus

    No thank you, ma’am.

  • Cosmic

    Eh…He lost me at fisting.