Male Talent

Myriad Masculinities, Myriad Talents.

“With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility”

–Voltaire… and Spider-Man!

The phrase “professional can often encompass a variety of things, especially emphasizing verbal vocations like education, psychology, law and politics. But professionalism–especially in the sense of some of the most glorious fields–entertainment, spots, military, etc.–also includes one’s capacity for initiative and is a vital skill to master. Especially in areas like customer service, the verbalization of an apology is great, but what’s even better is the professional who can apologize and take the risk to provide the patron an extra helping, garish or drink–on the house!

The incorporation of modeling into my own professional repetition is a great example of a theory of John Krumboltz called “Planned Happenstance”. Coming from a family of counselors, I was always exposed to the humanities and encouraged to gain experience in them as a viable professional goal. My older sister, being my first role model, provided me guidance on film analysis, screenwriting and theatrics. But in my own masculine way, I translated these things often into comic book arts and the mastery of artistic, pencil an paper rendering. However, between high school and college, I made the intentional cultural decision to master and major in Japanese language, in addition to formally studying the arts. And in that planning, my happenstance set me up for performance art related opportunities: teaching ESL, singing in in international exhibitions, commercial acting and most substantially modeling.

Modeling–often both over-glorified and undervalued–is an integral part of our human experience be it in testing applications of experiments in science and empirical observation; understanding light and texture in the arts; or just role modeling to help people master interactive processes. One of our brain’s largest regions, the occipital lope, functions like a video card to help us display a constant amount of visual information from which we emulate, learn and synthesize into our lifelong adaptations.

However the “Modeling Industry” as it is known focuses on the more creative application over the scientific ones and I’ve been developing a unique approach after working with great local San Diego region photographers such Bela Dornon, David Gray, Ken Serge, J.J. Williams, Fausto Palafox and Elliot Russ. In my own approach I provide the perspective of being a model with barriers–a dark African-American skin, masculine demeanor, artistic experience, Pacific Rim heritage, etc. I also share some of my own very unique and verifiable scientific understandings from my studies in psychology, sociology, fitness, counseling and more. I also have a unique gender studies approach that highlights Men’s Studies, female-empowering-masculinity and activism. Because my first peer-aged role model is my older sister, I feel it is my duty to stand against the problematic issues of the industry: models who are underage; the imposition of male aesthetic standards upon women; glass ceilings for performers; and incomplete and exploitative business models.

Creative Careers

Resume
Resumes give a concise record of your career experience. Varieties include

Portfolio

Reel

Copyright

Licensing

Body Aesthetics

Physique

Mannerism

Grooming and allure

Gender styling

Orientation and Sexuality

Fashion

Corporate, Independent & Professional Creative Careers Tracks

Creative professionals like any in any industry engage in a craft or practice. Whether you are an illustrator, journalist, musician, life model, bodybuilder or even an adult actor you have a basic set of work ethics and specialized skills with the SAME inherent value as a doctor, lawyer, scientist, officer, politician or even soldier. If its crosshatching, editorial, falsetto, contrapposto, classic physique or BDSM, you burn an comparable amount of calories, invested a comparable amount of time and developed a comparable amount of customer service skill and finesse to ensure the happiness of your customers and respect from peers in your field. However, in the economic of supply and demand, often in capitalist free markets, we’re all forced to negotiate our value. And often time this negotiation isn’t ensured by socialized structures like healthcare, insurance and education. This means many professionals risk having little financial cushion and can potentially lose a great deal when the bottom falls out.

Corporate CareerIndependent CareerProfessional Career
Pros
– Consistent workload.
– High visibility market recognition.
– Easy brand reputation piggybacking
Pros
– Creator owns all content
– Full creative license.
– High value retention
Pros
– High authoritative level for decision making.
– Duties focus on pure design, planning and policy.
– Major focus on cross-industry collaboration and advocacy.
Cons
– Company owns all rights to your content.
– Limited creative license.
– Consistent workload
Cons
– High customer service skills required.
– Frequent marketing responsibility
– Less project time
Cons
– Maximum communication required for both verbal and written, formal and informal reporting
– Higher administrative duty at the expense of creative opportunity.

Corporate Creative Work

In the negotiation of the value of both your service and products you produce is the biggest battle in the market. When you work as an agent of a company, you sell your agency and traditionally you sell your rights to the materials that you produce for the duration of the contract. This has been a mixed bag for many creatives for long time. Often the exchange is for full benefits and the reputation of the company brand is gained by the creative, but at the expense on a negotiated amount of work and rights to the material that’s produced. Many great musicians and comic book creators with less business savvy found themselves spending their entire careers with one company, later realizing they sacrificed the best of their efforts to a shareholder created entity. This business style is helpful for creatives new to business or trying to gain foothold in a particular market or just build recognition. However it certainly has a shelf life to be aware of.

Independent Creative Work

independent contracting reuires…

Mainstream Subscription ChannelsMature Subscription Channels
Esacpeex

Deviant Art

Etsy

Ebay

ConnectPal


Frontrow.center

Patreon

Soundcloud

Peerspace


Drag4.fans

SexPanther.com

Only Fans

Chaturbate

Just for Fans

Allmyfans

MassuerFinder

Professional Work & Advocacy

As your work capacity changes, the ultimate goal is to have built other certifications and degrees, published unit oriented products like videos, publications, etc, and then work as a consultant who shares knowledge, wisdom and guidance to upcoming professionals.

The following organizations, their certifications, memberships and training can elevate your value as model into being a spokesperson, lecturer, columnist or even academic candidate. Consider joining these for career longevity and contingency planning.

MainstreamMature
Cosplay Is Not Consent. Org

Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE.)


South Bay Youth Services (SBYS)


Comic Book Lega Kool Defense Fund

“Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting the First Amendment rights of the comics medium.”
http://cbldf.org/

Screen Actors Guild & American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA)

“SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals.”
https://www.sagaftra.org/

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE)

“Founded in 1893, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees represents workers in the entertainment industry. Our members work in all forms of live theater, motion picture and television production, trade shows and exhibitions, television broadcasting, and concerts as well as the equipment and construction shops that support all these areas of the entertainment industry.” —https://www.iatse.net/

Model Mayhem

“Model Mayhem is the #1 portfolio website for professional models and photographers. Create a profile, upload your photos and connect with other professionals.”
https://www.modelmayhem.com/

The Modeling Alliance

“The Model Alliance promotes fair treatment, equal opportunity, and sustainable practices in the fashion industry, from the runway to the factory floor.” —https://modelalliance.org/

Hollaback

“We work together to understand the problem, ignite public conversations, and develop innovative strategies that result in safe and welcoming environments for all. We believe that we all deserve to be who we are, wherever we are.” —https://www.ihollaback.org/

American Civil Liberties Union

“The ACLU’s mission remains realizing the promise of the Bill of Rights for all and expanding the reach of its guarantees. Beyond one person, party, or side — the ACLU dares to create a more perfect union.”
https://www.aclu.org/

Electronic Frontiers Foundation

“The leading nonprofit defending digital privacy, free speech, and innovation.”
https://www.eff.org/

Pineapple Support

Pineapple Support Society is a free support and therapy service for all persons working in the online adult industry – no matter their gender, ethnic origin, social status, age or sexual preference. We have an ever growing team of sex-worker friendly, kink-aware therapists who offer face-to-face and online video therapy sessions. We operate 24/7, and we raise funds to help with the costs of professional coaching, counselling and therapy for those who need it.

Adult Performers Actors Guild

“The goal of the Adult Performers Actors Guild is to earn employee rights, set performer responsibilities, negotiate fair practices, and help performers provide themselves with a better future.” —https://apagunion.com/

Free Speech Coalition

“The FSC represents the adult industry in legislative and regulatory processes, and educates the general population to alleviate common misconceptions, build bridges, advocate for our communities and their rights.”
https://www.freespeechcoalition.com/

International Entertainment Adult Union

“The I.E.A.U. is a non-profit labor organization approved by the Department of Labor since 2015. Currently, there are three registered subordinate bodies (chapters) under the I.E.A.U. with more to come.”
https://www.entertainmentadultunion.com/

Kinsey Institute

“For more than 70 years, the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University has been the trusted source for scientific knowledge and research on critical issues in sexuality, gender, and reproduction.”
https://kinseyinstitute.org/

Somatic Sex Education Association

“The Mission of the SSEA is to offer public education, professional trainings and ongoing professional development in support of somatic sex education and sexological bodywork in Canada, the United States, and around the world.” —https://somaticsexeducators.com/

Institute for the Study of Somatic Sex Education

“People are seeking sex educators who are willing to work with embodied practices that address trauma, support healing, and expand what is possible for them sexually. But they need to know that they can trust you! Our extensive training, professional associations, and clear guidelines for ethical practice make trust possible.” —https://somaticsexeducator.com/

International Professional Surrogate Association

“IPSA supports a worldwide community of professionals in the field of surrogate partner therapy, which includes surrogate partners, therapists, and individuals in need of and supportive of surrogate partner therapy.”
https://www.surrogatetherapy.org/

SEEDS Educational Services, Inc.

SEEDS Educational Services, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that specializes in curriculum development, training, and speaking engagements regarding Social-Sexual services for people with developmental disabilities.”
https://www.seedseducation.org/

Sex Coach U

“At Sex Coach U, we train sex positive individuals to transform their passions for sexuality and for helping others into a thriving and successful business as Certified Sex Coaches™.” —https://sexcoachu.com/

The Association of Somatic & Integrative Sexologists (ASIS)

“Healthy sexual embodiment and sexual pleasure are our birthright. The Association of Somatic and Integrative Sexologists (ASIS) is dedicated to enhancing people’s lives through supporting individuals to achieve their full potential of sexual embodiment, building awareness about the profession of somatic sexology, and providing professional criteria for practitioners working in the field.” —https://www.the-asis.org/


Movember: Men’s Health

My interest in male talent is largely motivated by the Movember campaign and its efforts to improve men’s health and create awareness of prostate cancer and other issues. Through my studio and art projects my aim is to contribute to the Movemebr Campaign each November by doing masculine inspired art events as well as connect others to my Movember campaign at . Accordingly, I’ve developed my own branding, Body Of Benin, for an uncensored exploration of male health and body topics, from my own African-American male perspective. Honoring our male health and unique masculine gender expression as a cohesive group is often a difficult accomplishment. As men we create a great deal conflict over the reinforcement of an array of demographic biases that we hold over ourselves and each other. And while the particular contemporary discussion of gender focuses heavily on female empowerment and correcting the ills of colonial patriarchy, the task of progressive male health is to be corrective, establishing an inclusive, restorative patriarchy.

For Men’s Talent development the Movember campaign is a great opportunity for ensuring good sportsmanship and care among men in the industry and in society to make healthier choices in mental, cognitive and physical health. The campaign is a move toward male body positivity, inclusive masculinity and patriarchal restorative justice. The Movember campaign is a way for us to rally around the most quintessential male things we do in a constructive and inclusive way.

Old Patriarchy/ Toxic MasculinityNew Patriarchy/ Inclusive Masculinity
Male body negativity: Penis negativity, circumcision, ablesism, fat shaming, fag-shaming, anti-fem, etc.
Oppression of women: Women as property, child marriage, infanticide, dowry exchanges and genital mutilation.
Male Expendability: High risk jobs, war collateral, short life planning, lack of choice/ freedom..
Antisocial tendencies: Communication aversion, low emotional intelligence
Class Status Nepotism: Hierarchical stratification along racial, religious, sexual, gender, wealth, etc. and the reinforcing the valuation of lives and cultures accordingly.

I’ve used the title, “The Body of Benin” for this institution or body of research as ways to reclaim an ancestral evolutionary inheritance of all black men–and intrinsically all human men–that is stolen from us by non-democratic, nepotist and parasitic actors. As symbiotic beings we all must have autonomy and interdependence and value be it in how we express our gender and how we value and find meaning in what it is to be born with a cock, testicles, vas deferens, glans penis, foreskin, shaft, etc. It is our unique and valuable experience to understand the catharsis of cumming and seeding, as normal and natural as the world of fauna that release pollen from their stamens in the spring.

Gender & Sexual Ableism

We assume all people have access to the sexuality of their own or negotiation of others be if flings, casual relationships or formal partners. We also assume that everyone has an easily distinguished physiology, gender and orientation. However these assumptions are a foundation for bias and bigotry. Some of the most egregious discrimination are in the largest communities, heteronormal community and the sexually able-bodied community. Often in heteronormative communities the assumption of strict reproductive sexuality is assumed while non-reproducing, single individuals are seen as wasting resources. Human value doesn’t decrease if someone is barren and such a stance is supported by the Childfree movement. Additionally, the able-bodied community often assumes that the disabled body is incapable of being attractive or even worth sexualization. One of the most problematic extremes is in the gay community in which ideas of “clean” persist regarding HIV and modern medical advances like Truvada/ PreP as well as undetectable status is often overlooked.

Sexuality is a human need like eating. And as we all have diverse origins, we all have unique conditions of attraction and interaction. Accordingly this means we have a variety of sexualities–including majorities and minorities. However we overlook minorities of sexuality who are often people with disabilities, minority intersex sexualities or from minority orientations.

In modeling and being talent we have to realize that our aesthetic delivers beauty, attraction and sometimes even opportunities of expression for people with less opportunity. And especially as models from those minority backgrounds, we serve as a spokesperson of body positivity and sex positivity to attest that our minority demographic also can be sexual, emotive and beautiful. As the only male, ethnic person with a disability, lgbtqia, non-cisgender, etc. model  available and present, you fight the biggest threat to diversity: Erasure.

Intersex Erasure

One of the worst human rights violations is the non-recognition of intersex people. Often derogatorily mislabeled as “hermaphrodite”, the mythology of non-binary sex assumes people are born male or female, or sometimes choose operation to become trans. However, this is a gross assumption that has led to discrimination, even at the medical, neonatal level. People who are intersex are born with natural variations but have been forced to survive invasive intersex genital mutilation (IGM) or social erasure. Ignorance of their existence may be a matter of fact, but forgetting that such diversity exists is a psychological genocide.

Human Trafficking & Sex Workers Rights Awareness

Often support exists elusively for women when we generally acknowledge lives taken advantage by exploitation and trafficking. We assume men are “undesirable” and are “marginal” and therefore insignificant number of cases of people who count as victims. However that is a myth and one of the biggest errors of the new SESTA/ FOSTA policies that have created erasure of sex worker voices, criminalization of sexuality professions and censorship of sex related content. But it must be acknowledge men survive (and overcome) predatory pimp and exploitative relationships. Young men, too, are forced to overcome the challenges of escape and transferring and developing skills for a decriminalized, autonomous existence.

https://research.qut.edu.au/aboutmaleescorting/tag/male-sex-work/

Research

Gender Studies

  1. Fag-Shaming: A feminism-complimentary approach to male sexual stigma issues
    Sources for Citation: Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.; Online sample assessment

Disability Studies:

  1. Qamarism: A Personal Counseling Approach
  2. Virtual Rehabilitation: THE FUTURE OF REHABILITATION
  3. X-MEN as VR Archetype
  4. All Education, Special: Emphasizing Universal Educational Design for Disability and ESL Students
  5. Realising the X-Men in VR Counseling: Secret Identities
  6. SDSU AMP Program as a vocational infrastructure for Southern California
  7. SYSTRAN for carbon organisms: How psycholinguistics applies to cognition, thought qunatification and behavioral modification
  8. The Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor: An Agent and Talent Manager of Authenticity, Humility and Substance.
  9. Casualties of the Mars and Venus War: Ableism and Disableism; Sex and Gender
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.
  10. Assistive technology, art, framing, exoskeleton and the bodice. Disability and adornment.
  11. African-American Traditional Principles as an American Confucianism and Ethical Panace for Sociopathology
  12. An Overview of Cognitive Vocational Disability Challenges of Refugee and Immigrant Populations
  13. “Inappropriate Behavior”: The Neglect of Maslowian Sexual Needs of People with Disabilities.
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.
  14. Sexual surrogacy: Redefining sex work and decriminalizing prostitution.
    Sources for Citation:
    Janda, L. H., & O’Grady, K. E. (1980). Development of a sex anxiety inventory. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 48(2), 169.
  15. Eliminating Malpractice: Incorporating Proximity and Social Distancing Principles in Program and Practice Design for Protecting Client’s Rights through Telehealth and Virtual Systems.