Dan Carter chats with Mickey Taylor for Canal St Online
Singer, Actor, Model, Author and entertainer Mickey Taylor took time out from his packed schedule to chat with us recently.
Dan Carter posed the questions;
I was 20 years old. I was working as a bar manager in Essex and I remember being messaged repeatedly by a guy on Grindr who ran a porn site. After a few months of ‘no’s’ and ‘fuck you’ I caved and went, the rest is history and I’m glad I’ve caved. I wouldn’t change a thing.
How has the increase in amateur porn (Only Fans etc) changed the industry? How have the studio’s reacted?
It’s been incredibly positive for models. It means that our careers and work is completely our own. We can work to our ability and commitment. I honestly prefer working that way, I get to shoot what I want when I want with who I want. Studios have of course suffered and I’m grateful for the platform they gave me to be able to do it myself but I honestly feel like so many models have had enough, and many studios were often neglectful with models’ contracts. It would be nice if the two platforms could work together more.
In terms of sex work what is the state of worker rights in the UK? And how should this change?
Let’s just say a union would be nice! We’re often paid very little in the UK, lack of work, scenes etc. In the US it’s more glamourized; better pay, big award shows, parties, hosting gigs and a certain fame to a degree. There are more options which is why I no longer work in the UK. I feel the US understands us more.
I honestly don’t think it will, the UK industry for the gay studios is almost dead. When I started, I couldn’t count how many studios there were. Now I doubt I could name 10. Sadly, UK law are a big part to play in this too.
A lot of peope will know what you do, have you ever been treated any differently?l
To be honest, I’ve been lucky. People are always polite and kind to me, they ask me respectful questions etc. But I don’t give anyone a reason not to. I’m not out to cause fights or drama online nor do I have outrageous views that could make me a target for hate….unless treating everyone fairly is an outrageous view!
What does sex positivity mean to you?
The ability to not discriminate against those who choose to be free and more liberal with their body. Being able to express yourself without the fear of hate. It’s something we all strive for in the LGBT community.
Do you think the pursuit of the perfect body has hurt the LGBT community?
Absolutely, social media, tv and music depictions of LGBT men and women are always going to have a knock-on effect on how feel about ourselves and our bodies. The same with how we see LGBT people in general. Until that can change, I don’t think we will either. I wish the media would allow people to value each other more. We are incredibly unique and that’s a beautiful thing that should be celebrated more.
What would present day Mickey say to a young Mickey just coming out as gay?
Do what you think is right in your heart, don’t doubt yourself, love those around you and you will love yourself too. On the dark days, don’t judge others when you feel low. Bring yourself and them up too.
Finally, what does 2019 have in store for you?
2019 is all about music! I took a year off to work on myself and who I want to be and what I have to say and now I know and feel ready. I’m looking forward to getting back in the saddle and doing album 3. Porn is definitely behind me, I will still release Only Fans content, but I don’t see myself professionally returning. I enjoy singing and hosting too much!
A huge thank you to you Mickey for answering our questions and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for you.
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