EDDIE STONE :: The ‘Former’ Porn Star

By on March 29, 2012

More than just shagging: a porn star expands his brand.

EPIPHANY :: Sometimes life gives you exactly what you asked for and you just don’t see it.  Recently I was described in an article on me as “‘former’ porn star, Eddie Stone”.

I was taken aback. Former?  I never retired. Former?  Eddie Stone is still alive and well, producing social media content, blogging from my porn star P.O.V., and I’m also writer, producer and host of gay porn’s entertainment news & reality show, Hard TV!

What bugged me at first about the word former, was that it implied I was done with the adult industry. That got my ego up because I’m so not. Former can also imply I have nothing left to offer the industry. I do. And the simple use of the word ‘former’ in front of my name – something I should put there first, if anyone – boxed me in to what the writer thinks a porn star should be doing.

Although it’s a good question: What does a porn star do? Obviously, they have sex on camera. But that’s only beginning for someone who has built a name for themselves. Merchandise, related projects, media, personal appearances and the on-going creation of expanding the porn experience for their fans.

When I moved home to Toronto from L.A., my intention was to continue in the industry, but in ways that were going to expand what my experience was about.  It’s easy to get caught up in the fast cash and easy fame of stripping down in front of the cameras, but it takes a brave man to take it to the next level.  What is the next level?  The unknown can be scary.

So, the other day, I was stewing over all ‘former’ business at lunch on a sunny patio. And then it hit me: I asked life to give me more. I asked for the next level. I wanted to be more than people’s short definition of what a porn star is. And I got my wish: “Former” porn star Eddie Stone.

I have to be brave enough to be more than the title  of porn star.  I have to let go of my iron grip on those words.  Relax, Eddie Stone, life is showing you that yes indeed you are ‘former’ porn star Eddie Stone, because now, you are that – and so much more.

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