Finding a long-lasting career in any field is an accomplishment. In the world of gay porn, longevity usually mean sticking around for a handful of years (2-3 maybe) and still being relevant and desired by the time you exit.
Jake Deckard was able to do that for a much more prolonged period, to the point where he is considered by many to be a legend in and out of the industry all this time later. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as he was able to command presence in all the scenes he performed in no matter what the position or theme.
He hung up his hat on the industry many years ago but is still reminded about it every single day due to the new and old fans that reach out to him on social media. It’s something that he seems to enjoy based on our chat that we did recently, where he also talked about what he’s doing with his life currently and how the porn world is truly a (good) thing of the past.
Take a look at my exclusive with the one and only Jake, who spoke about his time in the community, how being a masseur is inspiring his writing, and so much more.
You are one of the few men who experienced longevity and success in the gay porn industry. How were you able to accomplish that?
Honestly, I have no idea. I think part of it was that I was ambitious and smart about it. I had specific goals. I wanted to be a Rockstar and see how that felt. I wanted to direct and have my own studio. I wanted a legacy that young gay men would respond to the way I did my own idols. I wanted to win the awards. And I pushed for it. And Chris Ward at Raging Stallion heard me and saw something and took my offer. As far as longevity, I would say it was about quality. The stuff I did resonates. It continues to ripple even though I’ve been away for years.
Do you look back on your time in that world in a positive, negative or indifferent sort of way?
Well I learned some things the hard way. Fighting with people on the Internet is never a good idea, kids. Seriously, stay away from trolls! But overall, I had an amazing time. I consider myself lucky and looking back those were glory days. I got to be one of the last DVD porn stars that will ever exist. Things have changed now, and people come and go quickly. Names are unimportant these days.
Is it one that you would ever want to enter again, and if so, why?
Naw. I thought about it for a while. But I am in an awesome relationship now, I have a great life and I have an amazing legacy. Young men come up and repeat lines from my movies to me. How crazy is that? I hear “you were the first guy I ever jacked off to” at least once a week. Why would I need to do more?
What are your thoughts on the current state of it and do you think it can survive with all the changes that keep happening?
My guess is that eventually commercial porn will completely die. The new crop has learned finally that they can make their own money filming their own sex. And the generation after them is going to just not give a shit and just give it away for free. Unless of course the government “Handmaid Tales” us into submission.
I see that you have become a successful masseur over the past couple of years. What inspired that career change?
That’s funny, I’ve been doing massage for 25 years. It wasn’t a career change, in fact doing porn was the career change for a few years. But I’m a masseur for life… since I was 22 years old. I doubt you’re going to find anybody that can say they’ve worked one job for that long.
Is this something you want to continue doing or do you have any other career ambitions for yourself?
I’m writing now. Specifically, on a fiction novel. I tell myself stories while I’m doing massage to pass time. One of those stories has managed to flesh out into something that I really like. So, I’ll take a few years and bang this fucker out.
You have quite a lot of opinions about many hot topics going on in the world today. What are your thoughts on the gay community overall in 2018?
Well considering I’ve seen the gay community from 1988 until now, I’d say we’re in pretty good shape. If I had one bone to pick it would be that we need to be more careful about the battles we choose now. The Masterpiece Cake Bakery case was a huge mistake in my eyes. If we had really lost that we could’ve easily wound up in a Dred Scott situation. Just because we won a couple of good rounds doesn’t mean we need to chase every single rat around the yard.
Anything going on in the future that your fans would like to know about?
Naw. My real fans are awesome and know my personality. If I did do something you wouldn’t see it coming.
You can follow Jake on Instagram here and learn more about his massage business here.