by Rich Moreland, November 2018
During my recent visit to LA, I invited performer Scarlett Mae to share a veranda table with me at my hotel. She is represented by Foxxx Modeling and new to porn.
We had a great discussion.
[Photos from Foxxx Modeling and Scarlett’s twitter account are labeled accordingly. Other photos are credited to Kevin Sayers.]
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From the outset of our conversation, this twenty-two-year-old is polite, soft-spoken, and gentle in her words and thoughts.
Scarlett got into porn around her twenty-first birthday and came equipped with a working idea of the sex industry.
A former employee of a strip club–she was a door girl, not a dancer–adult entertainment as a profession was not on her agenda. In fact, Scarlett never cammed, the vehicle that often leads a girl into porn.
So, what’s the story?
Adventure, pure and simple. Scarlett and a male friend wanted to abandon their Midwestern roots and hit the road.
“Originally we were going to go to Texas and then we stopped in Tennessee and stayed there. We were on a campground in the mountains. We kind of made our life living like hippies,” this 5’9” beauty says with a smile that never left her during our interview.
“After a while, I decided I really wanted to see California, to go do my own thing,” she adds.
How did everything lead to porn? Did you watch porn as a child?
“When I was a teenager, yeah,” Scarlett says. She discovered an attraction to it.
“I always knew it was an option. I mean, I never saw it as something wrong. When I was younger, I grew up in a very conservative area, but I was always liberal-minded.”
So, our girl got an agent and a career was birthed out of a boring Midwest existence where factory work and waitressing were the highlights of Scarlett’s young life.
The Sex Feels Natural
Scarlett Mae falls into the gonzo girl category though she has some acting background.
“I did stage acting in high school, middle school. I did like Shakespeare plays. I’d love to do a feature. The only heavily scripted things I’ve done have been working as an extra with not a lot of heavy dialogue.”
Sounds like she’s the girl in the background who is ready to be the center of attention. But for now, Scarlett is forging her career and controlling the outcomes.
“I do shoot my own content, what goes on my Manyvids. I do a lot of hardcore stuff there. I get to do what I actually like to do versus what I’m getting paid by other people to do.”
Manyvids is a form of Clips for Sale. It’s an industry website available to models to market their own content, allowing them to sell their product sans agent and without relying on studios.
Scarlett explains her view.
“There will always be video selling. The guys are buying from Manyvids and Clips for Sale because they prefer to buy from the model herself. And a lot of that is honestly the best content. It’s very amateur, but in a good way. You get to work with who you want to work with. There’s always more comfort with that [because] it’s the most natural, for sure.
“You’re not really thinking about the sex in overly produced video because that’s an acting job. But when you do amateur work the sex feels natural. You think about pleasing him or her or whoever. It just feels like a boyfriend/ girlfriend, girlfriend/girlfriend, or boyfriend/ boyfriend making their videos.”
Scarlett knows what she wants and is confident how to accomplish her goals. Recognizing that, I want to know what makes her on-screen image unique.
“Even though it’s overly produced, I have a way of making sex feel natural, I believe. Just enjoy the sex for what it is. I just like it to be as natural as possible and please myself, please them [her co-stars].
“You know, I think everybody has more fun that way than feeling like it’s a job the whole time.”
Breaking the Mold
Out of that question, Scarlett’s maturity comes forth.
“My favorite thing about the porn industry is it’s punk. It breaks the mold of society and we’re not all just doing what we’re supposed to be doing, living a normal life. And I really like that. We’re doing something we enjoy as long as we enjoy it. We’re doing something that other people either wish they could be doing or they hate on it, whatever. But we have a blast while doing it.”
A true free spirit, this girl.
Interestingly, I bring up a conversation I had with male actor, Chad White, who can assess the authenticity of a sex scene by talking with his scene partner for a few minutes before they shoot.
Scarlett is on board with that.
“I understand. I definitely feel the same way. At least in the first five minutes of talking with my scene partner, I can tell if they’re really there that day. If it’s just a bad day or whatever for them. I can tell whether they’re really going to be into the sex or if it’s just a job to them.”
Impressed, I tell Scarlett her attitude is an admirable trait and she’ll have a productive career should she decide to give the porn business a go.
“For sure,” she says, her eyes still smiling with allure.
Before we wrap up, I ask Scarlett Mae about her piercings and tattoos.
She talks about the tats on her hip and mentions her piercings.
“I have my belly button here,” the auburn-haired sweetie comments, lifting her shirt to show me a fascinating jade chain before adding, “I’m thinking about getting my nose pierced.”
All good for fans of body modification on a modelesque girl who is ripe for a well-versed career in porn.
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Follow Scarlett Mae on twitter @scarlettxmae