Cocky Boys porn star Levi Michaels is embarking on a new endeavor -- creating his own YouTube channel in an effort to connect with fans outside of the adult entertainment industry.
The first video, titled "Life With Levi," is available above and involves a Q&A with the porn star about what his fans want to see from his new social media platform.
In order to better understand Michael's new YouTube channel and his hopes for the ways it will connect him to his fan base, The Huffington Post chatted with the Cocky Boys star earlier this week.
The Huffington Post: Why did you start this channel?
Levi Michaels: To be honest, I started the channel just for fun. I've always loved YouTube personalities and thought it was something I could do successfully. Then RJ Aguiar asked Ricky Roman and I to appear on one of his shows, and it reignited that spark. I got to thinking about it and the more I thought about it, the better it seemed to sound. People always ask me really deep questions on platforms like Twitter -- things I can't answer in 140 characters, ya know? I'm just excited to be able to answer some of those questions while letting people see a little more of my non-porn personality.
What do you think is the biggest misconception people have about sex workers?
We've moved into a new age. The way porn used to work was you popped in a video and watched it unfold. Very linear, very standard. Now, adult entertainment is completely different. We're in an very interactive age now, people see actors they like and they find us on all different types of networks and demand to see more. The veil is lifted a little. Sometimes people don't like that -- sometimes people don't want to see me checking into a movie theatre, they want to hear me talk about blowing a stranger in the theater bathroom. This new window into our lives is interesting because it's breaking down some stigmas. I notice a few misconceptions almost every day.
First, people tend to think about sex workers as these sex-crazed monsters. Don't get me wrong, I have avery active sex drive, but it's not my only interest. Not everything I post about has to be about sex. A lot of it is, but I'm not going to put on a facade -- I'd rather just be genuine.
Next, people assume we aren't smart and don't care about our futures. This drives me crazy. I'm about to graduate from the University of Texas and I've always performed well academically and in traditional work settings -- I just like what I do. I consider myself an intelligent guy, and I also consider myself sexually liberated -- the two aren't mutually exclusive.
Finally, it's assumed sex workers were forced into the industry -- that it's a last resort of some sort. It's not only inaccurate, it's insulting. I choose to work in porn, I'm not forced to. While I'm sure it may be different for others, the majority of the people I know on a personal level wouldn't consider themselves forced into it.
What do you hope people learn by watching your YouTube videos?
I don't want to come across as preachy or haughty, I just want people to enjoy the content and have a quick laugh. I think the more people see of me outside of porn, the more they'll learn that [porn actors are] real people with other talents. Allowing porn stars a platform to show that they're real and have personalities really provides the opportunity to fight some of the stigmas. I think people will learn to see sex workers in a different light without even realizing it.
Check out the first video from Michaels above or head here to visit the new YouTube channel.