Why does one particular porn star get an entire “year end” post dedicated to him? Because it’s my blog and I’ll do what I want, thank you very much. But, more importantly, because the rise of Chris Porter is emblematic of a larger trend in gay porn this year: The rise of the self-made star.
Without studio backing, without an agent or manager, and without a catalog of work under his belt, Porter made a name for himself through the use of various social networking tools, reaching out to the right performers, photographers, and behind-the-scenes industry people, making the right friends, and keeping a good, realistic head on his shoulders. It helped, of course, that he had looks and personality to make the right first impression, but in the end it was about making the right, strategic choices.
Chris Porter isn’t the only star to have achieved success this way in 2010 (Cavin Knight and Devon Hunter also come to mind), but his ascent seems the most profound. Less than six months after his first scene, he had a manager booking his live events and was made a Raging Stallion exclusive. Photographers love him. Co-stars love him. Fans love him. And, ahem, bloggers love him, too.
Here, in semi-chronological order, the year in Chris Porter. (Jahn Hall photo shoot, with Phillip Ashton at the Phoenix Forum, with boyfriend Samuel Colt during Grabby’s weekend, at Disneyland, at Dore Alley, GayVN and Folsom weekend, Hustlaball New York via CraigsPopLife, and shots from Ryan Scott, Fiasco Magazine, and Joe Oppedisano.)
Chris Porter’s first blog post, from January 29th, 2010:
Hey guys. My name is Chris. I am new to the adult industry, starting only last month. I was born and raised in Virginia. When I got out of high school I moved to Richmond to attend Culinary School. After a year and a half of that I decided that I had just burnt myself out on cooking. I started cooking in kitchens when I was 15 and it very quickly took over my life working 40 to 50 hours a week. I still love cooking and always will but I decided that it is not what I want to do as my career. A lot of my life has consisted of me doing things for other people and doing things that I did not want to do. I made a promise to myself that in 2010 I was going to put an end to that. I am not doing anything I do not want to do and I am doing everything I have always wanted to. I have wanted to do porn since I was probably 13 years old, but I always told myself that I couldn’t do it because of what my friends and family would think. I am at the point in my life where I am tired of worrying about what people will think of me and I am just going to do what I want, no regrets.
Anways, I love what I am doing and I have never been happier. I can not wait to do more movies and see how 2010 plays out. I will post some of my personal pics until I get my other ones. Also be sure to follow me on Twitter and friend me on Facebook. Thanks for taking the time to read this, if you did.