Overcoming to Keep on Cumming

Carpe diem. Seize the day. Live the dream. Yes, we hear these phrases thrown about all the time, so much so that they really don't have much meaning anymore. But if you take a step back to really think about and consider whether you are taking life for granted and just phoning it in, you might be surprised. Sometimes just having a dream is good, but then sometimes your dream can get snatched away from you before you even have a chance to fulfill it.
Calvin Taunton is a regular guy. If you take a look at him you'd probably not guess that he's a porn star and producer of Fuck-tastic. You also wouldn't guess that he had testicular cancer. But, he got past that and remembered his dream of being in porn, no matter what other people said. Sexlife Canada seized the opportunity to chat with Calvin about his true passion for porn.

SLC: How did you get into porn?
CT: I guess I didn't really "get into porn", as much as I "got around porn" by doing it myself. That said, at some point in my 20's—I was a fan and porn enthusiast like most guys—I realized that I genuinely loved the idea of liberated people enjoying sex for entertainment. Somehow, as a business and a career, it made total sense to me. The more I thought about it, the more I actually found myself getting pissed off and impatient watching videos, and being only a spectator. I did some research into getting into the business to find out, simply put, you don't get into porn as a guy. Either you know the directors or producers and you live in LA, or you just got lucky and won the genetic lottery and were inducted on that basis. My frustration grew, but my ambition was limited by the several obstacles that made the idea no more than a distant fantasy. Then one day I was diagnosed with testicular cancer. That shook up my life (obviously) for about a year, maybe 2. One was removed, but luckily I'm otherwise totally healthy to this day. On the upside, I was very fortunate not to have to endure anything near what some cancer survivors endure, if they ever recover. So, after I recovered, I looked at myself in the mirror and remembered my
ambition, and remembered how lucky I was to be alive. That was the emotional combination that put me into "fuck-the-porn-world-for-saying-no" mode. That morning, I showered, dressed, went to work at my day job in the creative industry, and began planning. Shortly thereafter, Test1 Productions was born. Been fucking ever since.

SLC: How long ago did you battle cancer?
CT: That was 12 years ago, now. With respect to those who truly battle cancer more dramatically than I had to, I'd rather say I was "pushed and shoved" by cancer on it's way by. I got off easy—my heart truly goes out to families dealing with the real dark villain's wrath.

SLC: Had the cancer not happened, do you think you'd be in porn now?
CT: That's a tough question to answer. I suppose that my desire has always been strong enough, and I don't entirely associate porn with some personal anti-cancer strategy, specifically. I likely would have tried eventually, but I'm not sure I'd have been as tenacious about it as I am. My chances of success are greater now, because I've "crossed a bridge" and it means more to me, if that makes sense.

SLC: You call yourself a normal guy...how do the women you work with react when they meet you?
CT: So far, great. Almost all the models we've shot with keep in touch and ask about doing more shoots. Some have shot more than once and want to come back again. There are some models who've contacted me, but then not booked a shoot. That may be because they have a personal standard regarding male co-stars to maintain or because they just chickened out. All that said, I treat the models with enormous respect, and that makes a huge difference. The rumours of fat, greasy sleazy porn producers is all too true. I take a different approach, and it's my highest priority that the models, the crew and everyone involved has a great experience, regardless the time
and financial cost.

SLC: Do you think there is room in the porn industry as a whole for "normal" guys?
CT: I don't want to discourage anyone trying to get into the industry by saying "No", but at a mainstream level, there's little-to-no chance an average guy will get into porn, unless the standards change dramatically. With the "I want everything free" attitude of the average internet consumer, and the pirated free porn sites making it almost impossible to get online traffic to pay sites, the economics of porn has changed. Fewer and fewer guys will have any chance of getting paid and making a living at it through the big producers. If you're willing to put in the work, effort and financial investment to create your own, it's a lot of fun, but I hate to say—it's a tough business.

SLC: How did you go about putting together the Young Babes Love to Fuck? Was it a Zack and Miri type of situation?
CT: Pretty simply, I just started to advertise for models, assembled a crew and got to work. As for the Zack & Miri... scenario, yes it's an amateur venture by comparison to the industry, but it's never been about making money—actually, quite the opposite. To answer the question properly, I did a quick calculation based on the cost so far to build the business. The content development, equipment, startup expenses and everything else has cost me 2000 times more than what I've made since launching the website (yes, I said 2000 times, and yes, I know what that number means). The business will repay me and make profit one day, but that's the long haul. I'm doing this for the sheer passion of it, and I certainly hope it eventually repays my initial investment.

SLC: Are you connected with your family and how do they react to this career?
CT: I have only a loose connection with my family, though we all get along. To be blunt, they're backwards religious people, and have been for all of my adult life. I never followed that path. Frankly, I don't share this with them because ...what would be the point? If they discover it through any other means, I'll certainly not run and hide, but they aren't the supportive lot in most secular matters. This news would simply bring a flood of judgement, bible verses and absurdity. I'm cut from an entirely different cloth. It's too bad, but it's how it is.

SLC: Now that one DVD is done, what others are you planning? Any specific genres?
CT: We're working on the second DVD now, and these releases are also going to be available on PayPerView. Once a couple more releases are ready and the website is making more profit, there'll be oral and interracial focused projects, then maybe something fun like a room full of girls and one guy, interesting Canadian locations,
etc. Maybe I can get permission to fuck a cute Asian girl in the CN Tower's rotating restaurant with a view of the city in the background...a guy can dream.

SLC: What attributes, would you say, make up a great porn scene?
CT:
 Beyond a girl or guy you find hot, good camera work or whatever, there's really only one thing that can make a truly great porn scene, and it's always a factor in all of my favourite scenes...they have to be having a good time. Charmane Star is my favourite starlet, and there are 2 of her scenes that are my favourites—I both love AND hate watching them. Love it because she has a genuine smile on her face and she's totally going for it out of a pure sense of pleasure. Hate watching them because it's not me she's fucking. Same goes for the scenes on my site. What get's me going in a scene is when a model giggles, or smiles, or when she just grabs a hold of the sheets (or me) so she can pull harder. Enthusiasm is a sexy thing. Meela and Hazel Star are my favourite models to work with for that reason. And, they're both totally sweet girls, and they're both incredibly sexy, too. That helps.

SLC: What is the best compliment you've received on your work?
CT: I've received a number of compliments, but many are attributed to the crew. My camera-man and director Nolan is a great guy and he's a real pro. Respectful and so generous with his time. Rob, the lights, sound guy and co-director is also top-shelf. He's always making sure the set and environment is ready, and he's just a fun guy to have on set. Andrea, the makeup girl has a bright smile and she's really sweet, and makes sure the girls are at their porn-worthy hottest. Mostly, people comment that the girls are hot, and the site looks good, but the best compliment is always when a new member joins the site, buys a DVD or watches the PPV. With all the
available content to consume out there, when someone picks our content, they're really saying "Thanks for putting in all that work so I can watch some hotties and fulfil a fantasy." That's something that means a lot to me.