“Ryan,” who now goes by Devon Hunter, wrote a lengthy play-by-play of his two scenes with Sean Cody called “Know Before You Go,” and maybe after reading it you’d rather work in a Siberian labor camp?
After the dates were set and the plane tickets purchased I then spoke on the phone with my recruiter at Sean Cody. He gave me tips and expectations concerning my appearance, and then asked me questions about myself, so as to create my “character.” He wanted me to be bisexual; however, “I have been out since I was 15, and I have been dancing in gay clubs since 1998. No one is going to buy that. I am gay. Period.” Okay, well, they could work with that. At that time I thought I was going to remain in the thirty-something closet (since I was still, at that time, dancing under the declared age of 24). Then the recruiter asked me about my career, and we had this conversation (or something to this effect):
“What do you do?”
“I’m a professional dancer and choreographer, and I am also a career exotic dancer.”
“Oh, wow. You can’t say that. Sean wouldn’t like that. Don’t tell anyone here that.”
“It’s too gay.”
“Oh. Well, I write for a gay newspaper, and I have taught writing at the college level. I’m an educator, and I’ve studied languages. I guess it wouldn’t be a lie to say I’m a linguist.”
“Okay, perfect. We’ll use that. What sports do you do?”
“I don’t. I’m a dancer.”
“Well, make something up.”
“I don’t want to do that. I was a gymnast before I was a dancer.”
“Perfect. You’re a linguist and gymnast. Don’t bring up the other stuff.”
“Okay. So, you guys don’t like gay guys then?”
“No! No, it’s not that. It’s just that straight guys sell better.”
Ha. Straight-for-pay is the new gay-for-pay? It gets worse:
If I seem quiet, shy, and/or tentative in the videos on Sean Cody it is because of the direction I was given by the crew moments before filming:
“Okay, don’t talk with your hands; don’t use any big words; and keep your voice kinda deep.”
“So, you want me to speak as I am right now?”
“YES! The way you just said ‘right now’ was totally perfect.”
“So you understand?”
“Oh, yes. I understand perfectly.”
There was the constant threat of not getting paid. “If you cum too fast everyone goes home with no money.” Great, I get it. How many times do you have to say that? [Scene partner] Fuller said, “Dude, if you fuck up my money we’re going to fight.” My gay eyebrow went up really fast. He stood down, and tried to go back into encouraging me. But it got worse every time Fuller would say, “Man, you are doing awesome!” or “Dude, think of the money.” I know he meant to help me, but everyone on the staff was getting shorter and curter with me as getting a hard-on got more difficult (and painful). I kept up fine for the first 4 hours, but going into hour 5 I started having severe issues from going numb. At hour 6 I doubted I could finish at all, and at hour 7 I was contemplating calling it all off and giving up completely. Fuller then said, “Dude, can we move this along? I wanna get to the bank before it closes.”
There’s more (and the promise of two more posts on the subject) on Devon’s site.
In defense of Sean Cody, shoots regularly take several hours (especially with straight models), so that’s not a problem. And, if you think the line about straight guys selling better than gay guys (and white guys selling better than black guys) is just a myth, consider all the money Sean Cody spends treating their models like kings. Straight, white kings.
I will give Sean Cody this much: They absolutely go all out on travel, lodging, food, and general pampering off set. When I had some incredible airport drama they were right there helping me get the flights I needed. I was to be chauffeured in a limousine, and when my flight got redirected from San Diego to Orange County they sent the limousine 100 miles north to pick me up and drive me comfortably back to San Diego. I stayed at a gorgeous resort hotel for both trips, and the food before and after the shoots was awesome. They really didn’t scrimp at all on making sure I was comfortable. I really have to applaud them for being so generous in this regard. They also pay amazingly well – far, far better than other houses.