Max Cameron had only been dating his porn star boyfriend for about five months when he was brought to the set of Treasure Island Media. “One day he was like, ‘Hey, I have a shoot and I talked to the director and he said if you want to be in it, they’ll pay you and you can be in it.’ In my mind, I’m thinking I’m going to go and check it out and decide when I get there.” But once on set, the director quickly arranged the scene, and Max found himself falling into place. It wasn’t an easy shoot but Max got through it, and got better. Less than a year later, he’s become one of the industry’s most promising up-and-cummers, shooting for studios like TIM, Raging Stallion, NakedSword and, in a few weeks, Lucas Entertainment. Max caught most people’s attention when a video he made featuring him and his ex Drew Sebastian discussing Max’s use of PrEP to maintain his health and safety on bareback sets went viral. I called him up in San Francisco after a night of “debaucherous fun” to discuss barebacking on PrEP, high school romances, piss play and who he would put to death in a dystopian future.
Adam: Hi Max, are you ready to chat?
Max Cameron: Yes! I just finished getting ready!
Where you going tonight?
I’m going to meet my friends for a drink, then hitting The Eagle for beer bust. Sunday fun day.
Do you usually take only a day to unwind during the week? Are you really busy?
It depends. Friday is usually my big day out. But last night my soccer team had a little team bonding, I guess you could call it, at the Nob Hill Theater. Billy Santoro was performing, and it was a lot of fun. A lot of debaucherous fun.
Wait, this sounds like a porno set up! The gay soccer team although in the porno they would be straight guys decide to head to the Nob Hill to watch Billy Santoro perform and you all end up hooking up with each other or what?
(laughs) Well, I vaguely remember getting pulled up onstage and some soccer friends may or may not have been involved. There was a lot of drinking.
You get pulled up onstage by Billy and you join in, and your soccer buddies join in and the others are sitting, jerking off and watching y’all.
You could sell that as a script.
Totally! It was a lot of fun. This is the second time we’ve actually done it. Larry at the Nob Hill loves us.
Who wouldn’t? You bring a whole horny soccer team to party there!
Yeah. Anyway, I’m just finally getting my ass in gear.
And going right back to the bar.
Exactly. Hair of the dog.
Of course. It makes perfect sense. You’ll wind up back at the Nob Hill tonight, I’m sure.
If we’re lucky.
One of my friends told me that he likes my interviews with dumb porn stars better than my interviews with smart porn stars. I’m curious which you think you are?
I feel like I’m pretty smart.
You seem smart. I’m getting that vibe. You’re gonna have to try extra hard to make this a good interview.
I’ll try to dumb it down a little bit!
Okay, first real question. It’s 2072 and our government has collapsed, and the way the leader of Earth is elected is by lottery and you get chosen and you have to go make your laws. Name three insignificant things that would be punishable by death under your rule. For instance, mine would be sharing Disney Princess memes.
Slut-shaming. Anything Kardashian related, period. The word Kardashian is outlawed.
What did you think of all that stuff last week?
Well, I think she’s a dumb ho. Let’s be honest. She’s gotta have her face time.
It was weird. People were going, “She’s not a good role model anymore.” I was like, “When was she?” There was a bit of misogyny in people’s reactions to her, and so on one hand, you gotta be careful because if you say she’s a dumb whore, the whore part is not the reason she sucks. It’s the dumb part, it’s the shallow part, and the fact that she acts like she’s above all that, and that that isn’t really a part of her, the sexuality. After the W magazine shoot she was weeping saying she’d never do nudes again for a magazine except Vogue and then she does something for Paper? I mean, that’s dumb!
Oh! Third thing – dirty bottoms.
How often do you encounter that?
Not very often. But escorting you do encounter it, and you have to stop and say, “Uh-uh, go fix that.”
Do you top exclusively?
No. I do everything. But most people are looking for that.
The majority of people want tops?
About 85 to 90 percent of the time.
Do you take your act on the road?
Yeah. For instance, I’m going to be shooting in New York for Lucas in December, and I’ll definitely throw an ad up. But I have regulars in New York too, and I’ll probably contact them and see where that goes. But if I’m traveling I’ll usually do some work too.
This is your first time with Lucas, right?
Yeah. I’m super psyched. They’re one of the ones I’ve been really wanting to shoot with for a long time. I was supposed to shoot with them in May, but I had already booked a ticket to go to my young nephews’ birthday parties and I forgot. So I had to cancel right away because I realized blood is thicker than water.
Right! Plus my nephews are fucking adorable.
How old are they?
They are four and six.
Awww. That’s sweet. One day you’ll be able to tell them about the big sacrifices you made so you could watch them grow up. “I didn’t go to New York to appear in those bareback pornos and escort, I was there at your party.”
Ha! “You matter!” Oh, I thought of another thing I would put people to death for. Big, bro-y, douchey, small-penis trucks. Those would be punishable by death.
Were you a nerd in high school? Is the Max Cameron we see today, a swan that used to be an ugly duckling?
No, it was weird. The high school I was in, all the nerdy smart people were also the cool kids and the partiers. All the kids in AP and honors classes were also the ones having house parties every weekend. It was this weird, bizarre high school situation. That being said, I guess I was kind of nerdy. I was in all the AP and honors classes. But I was also a jock and this is going to sound really horrible and narcissistic but I was popular, I guess.
Well, I mean, if you were popular, you were popular. It’s not narcissistic.
But really, everyone was friends with everyone.
What magical utopian high school was this where everyone was friends and the nerds were popular?
Huntington Beach High School. Obviously everyone had their own close-knit circles of friends. But everyone was friends with everyone.
It’s kind of like the end of the old Batman ‘66 movie where Joker and all the other villains have vaporized all the world leaders at the UN down into molecular powder, and Batman comes up with a way to restore them, but the powders mix and the Iranian sheik is suddenly speaking German and the German leader is suddenly speaking African dialects. And Batman remarks that now, world peace could really be possible.
Is this experience with going to the Nob Hill Theatre with your soccer team and everyone pulling a train on each other – which I just decided happened – was that something that happened in high school in the locker room?
If only. That was the only bit of magic that didn’t happen at my high school. There was a football player that I messed around with, but that was it, Unfortunately.
Was he your first?
Yeah. I guess he was. We didn’t ever really fuck, but we did a lot of exploring and playing around, for sure.
How did you guys discover each other?
I remember the specific moment where I was like, “Oh this is on.” We were sitting next to each other in biology class, and we had this fucking newspaper, and we were both goofing around, shoving it onto the other’s desk. He would shove it on mine and I would shove it back. At one point he shoved it into my crotch and grabbed and squeezed. I was like, “Ohhhh.” He came over that weekend and we had a lot of fun. I was surprised, with him, being the “straight” one. He initiated it. I never approached guys. Things were different in the 90s, growing up in Orange County.
Take me on your journey to porn.
Well, my ex, Lord Voldemort, is what I call him, he introduced me to it. He was a Treasure Island exclusive, and one day he was like, “Hey, I have a shoot and I talked to the director and he said if you want to be in it, they’ll pay you and you can be in it.” In my mind, I’m thinking I’m going to go and check it out and decide when I get there. So we go, and get to the location, and the director comes over and starts talking to my ex, and he’s like, “Okay, you’re going to do this, this, and this, and then Max, you’re going to come on and do this and this and this.” I’m just like, “Uh, okay. I guess I’m fucking doing it.” I was just doing stuff for Treasure Island, because I was only doing stuff for the fun and shits and giggles and a little extra cash on the side. Then I was like, well, if I’m gonna be doing it, I might as well be doing it big. I started applying to studios. I decided to go for it.
That’s such a bizarre story. Like a Linda Lovelace type story being coerced into it by your lover and the director. Very Rosemary’s Baby! Had you been dating him for a long time?
No. Not very long. It might have been about five months. Porn had always been something that I thought about. It was in the back of my mind but I didn’t think I had the body for it. At that point I was like, fuck it, if I’m not going to do it now, I’m never going to do it.
Obviously you were comfortable with him doing porn. Did that make it easier?
To be honest, my first shoot I was kind of terrified. I had total performance anxiety and I was like “Oh my god, oh my god.” I couldn’t get hard and was freaking out. But I made it work.
This is Drew Sebastian, who you were in a sero-discordant relationship with?
When I Google you, that’s the biggest thing that comes up.
The PrEP stuff.
Yeah. You made that video.
Yeah. I’m not much of a public figure, but I figure that if i have any sort of notoriety or name, I kind of want to do good with it. It’s really ironic that I’m doing porn and want to be a do-gooder, but still, it’s very topical. It speaks to the audience that I’m basically performing for. It’s something that people in our community should know about, whether or not its right for them. They should know it’s there and that it exists. Now people are talking about it and that’s kind of what my whole motive was.
How did you come to go on PrEP? I know you’ve talked about it before, but for our readers’ sake. You’ve taken the journey I assume a lot more bareback performers are going to take.
That’s the whole part of it. I wouldn’t have been comfortable, especially for Treasure Island, doing porn if I wasn’t on PrEP. Granted, most people who are positive are undetectable and healthy, so the risk is slim and none. But it was extra insurance, so to speak. Extra boost of confidence.
But how did you wind up going on it?
We played with this guy who was on it. I had heard about it, but didn’t really know much, so I picked his brain and asked him about side effects and the co-pay program. He walked me through the steps. I was really forthright with my doctor, although I left out the porn aspect. I told him I was in a sero-discordant relationship and was sexually active. He said, “Well, it sounds like you’re the type of person that PrEP is ideal for.” He didn’t have any problems at all. But being in San Francisco and seeing a gay doctor helped. He was more than happy to prescribe it to me.
Did you experience any side effects?
The first two weeks I was a little bit bloated and kind of gassy, although it was negligible. It went away.
At first did you only want to do scenes with him?
That was part of it. I don’t know if I would have had the balls to go out and do it on my own, so the fact that he was there and we were doing it together made me a lot more comfortable, but after I had been introduced and had done a few scenes, I was a lot more comfortable in the industry. That’s when I was like, I’m gonna start applying to studios on my own.
What’s been your favorite studio to work for?
I love, love, love NakedSword. Mr. Pam and everyone over there is just amazing. You walk on set and you’re having a good time, laughing. Everyone’s making jokes. It’s just a really comfortable environment. I love working for them. Raw Fuck Club is really fun. Nick Moretti is another amazing person to work with. I just recently started working with Dirty Tony. They’re also a great bunch of guys. Those are three of my favorites. I haven’t done much with Raging Stallion but the scene or two that I did with them was great. They have higher production values and the finished product is more slick but bareback scenes are quicker.
Obviously. Now I’m on PrEP but I haven’t done anything without a condom mainly because I’m afraid of other STDs. Do you worry about that at all with the bareback stuff?
Yes and no. I preferred bareback sex to begin with, and now that I have this pill that’s able to protect me I have this peace of mind. As far as STD’s go, you can get gonorrhea and chlamydia from sucking dick. I don’t feel it’s a higher risk per se.
I just worry about stuff you can’t cure so easily.
That’s true, but you still talk about that kind of thing with the partner that you’re hooking up with. I still ask, and I think that’s still important. But like I said, the pill’s an added layer of protection.
You were barebacking before you were on PrEP, though?
I’ve talked about this with some people, but it feels like for a lot of people, the thrill of barebacking is the risk. Does the PrEP wilt that part?
No. For me it’s just the sensation. Let’s be honest, it feels way better and I love cum. You add a condom and you don’t get that. I don’t know if it’s a fetish per se, but I love cum and taking a load and breeding someone. God, that sounds so whorey.
Dumb whore! No, but see that’s the thing, how are you breeding someone if you’re on PrEP? I get that it can refer to sperm, but it mostly means putting a poz load into someone.
Yeah. I mean, escorting I get that a lot. Guys go “Come on, give me that poz load.” And I’m like laughing in my head. “If you only knew.” That’s also the assumption with bareback porn, too. Everyone assumes that the models are all positive. From my perspective, I always assumed that, and there is that aspect of it, but more than that, it’s just cum. People love cum.
Cum will never go out of style.
What’s the best experience you’ve had on set?
Rocco Steele. I met him back in September and we met and had a scene together. It was kind of one of those weird and awesome experiences, where, speaking for the both of us, we forgot the camera was there. We forgot anyone was there. We just had our own little moment, you know? It was totally natural. Fucking hot. By far my favorite scene so far.
What’s the dirtiest sex you’ve ever had?
Well, this guy that I’m currently seeing, he’s a lot younger. He’s 24. We met through Scruff and one morning I woke up and I was really horny. I saw that he was on. I hit him up, and was like, “Come over, we’ll fuck and cuddle and nap.” He came over, we fucked, and then we tried to nap and that wasn’t very successful so we started fucking again. Basically we fucked from about eight-thirty in the morning until about three in the afternoon. Collectively we shot 11 loads. It was fucking amazing. It was the best sex I’ve had in years. Plus because he’s younger he hasn’t really experienced much, so he drank my piss for the first time. I pissed in his ass. It was a hot, dirty, dirty fun day.
Very hot. When did you become a piss freak?
Probably with my ex. I had never really played around with piss before, and then my ex being who he is, he’s a lot more experienced in that sort of thing. He was like, have you ever pissed in someone’s ass? I said no. He said, “Do it.” I did it and it was super fucking hot, and then he did it to me and I thought it was super fucking hot. So he was kind of the one who introduced me to that whole area.
Do you drink it?
I don’t. I’m more of a top. But someone can piss fuck me for days if they want. Piss on me.
You’re a messy queen.
Do you have other fetishes?
No, not really. The same boy and I had some drinks and came back to my place and started playing around. He was super drunk and puked, and he came out and was like, “I’m sorry, I’m sorry.” I was like, “Fucking stop saying ‘I’m sorry’.” He was like, “I’m sorry.” I said the next time he said that I would fucking slap him. He said, “I’m sorry.” So I gave him a little gentle slap on the face. Then he said, “I’m sorry.” He kept saying it and so I kept hitting harder and harder. It was really fucking hot. I slapped the shit out of him, and then choked him a bit and he was loving it. So I guess exploring that area a little bit is something I’m into.
Tips of the trade for dick sucking?
Practice makes perfect.
Obviously, but I want something more specific.
Just loosen up, make sure you’re nice and wet and go with it.
What do you do to your throat? Do you spray it or treat it in any way?
No. Well, I am really big into kissing, so making out for a little while before hand helps it and gets the juices flowing so to speak. Going in nice and sloppy and wet is for sure one of the top tips.
What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened on set?
Well there was a guy who totally forced me on his giant dick. It wasn’t a spit-up thing, I totally puked everywhere. That was really it. Also I was on a NakedSword shoot with Trenton Ducati, and I was so used to doing these bareback scenes, and we finally got to the fucking, and he’s sitting in this chair and I just go over and plop down onto his dick. Everyone was like, “Ummmmmm” I was like, “Oh shit! Sorry!!!” That was embarrassing. It wasn’t that big of a deal, but it was funny.
Adam Baran is a filmmaker, blogger, former online editor of Butt Magazine and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film. His short film JACKPOT, about a porn-hunting gay teen, won Best Short Film at the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, and was recently featured on The Huffington Post, Queerty, and Towleroad, among others. He is a features programmer at Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival and NewFest in New York. In his spare time, he complains about things to his friends. “Fisting for Compliments”, his weekly musings about the intersection of sex, art, porn, and history, will appear every Monday on TheSword. You can contact him at Adam@TheSword.com and follow him on Twitter at @ABaran999. Check out his previous columns in the Fisting For Compliments Archive.