That’s right readers, I had the pleasure of interviewing Alvin Tan, the latest Asian male adult film actor on the scene. This year, at 26, he decided to start his own company (http://www.alvinheaven.com). Why not, right? With L.A. producers all but refusing to show empowered Asian men on the screen, Alvin had the (cock &) balls to… well, just insert himself.
BAP: Welcome to BAP Blog Alvin! Now I got word from one of my blog readers (Jack L) that there was yet another Asian brother introducing himself into the adult film industry. Jack messages me via Twitter and I saw you had well over 12,000 followers already. That’s fantastic. So first off, congratulations.
AT: Thank you. It’s an honor to be given a platform to voice my story.
BAP: So tell us first a bit about your background, where you grew up, and what it was like there.
AT: I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, until I was 15. Thereafter, I went to neighboring Singapore on a government scholarship to do high school and college until I was about 23. Growing up in both Malaysia and Singapore was difficult and repressive for someone like me, because I was tremendously sexual and had an extremely liberal attitude towards sexuality, sexual identity, nudity, pornography, and exhibitionism.
While Malaysia is an Islamic country with Muslim values (pornography is illegal, whereas ethnic Chinese like me along with other non-Muslims are discriminated against via the law and government policies), the majority of Singaporeans professed Confucian values that viewed sex with almost as much cringe and scorn as the puritanical born-again Christians in the US. I moved to Los Angeles, CA about a year ago to seek political asylum, since I was imprisoned and prosecuted and received death threats for insulting Islam (full story).
BAP: Oh, shit. I’m quite sorry to hear that. So then, how long have you been an actor here?
AT: Believe it or not, I’ve only started acting since April this year. I’ve done a few extra roles here and there, and to date I have two IMDB credits to my name. I have a few more projects lined up next year, two of which I’ll be playing a gay person. I’m very excited about these gigs, and I look forward to doing my best in my upcoming roles.
As for the adult industry, the first ever film I did was when I’ve been hired to do a shoot for the same studio that Jeremy Long works for, doing a shoot alongside Jeremy himself in late July this year. After the shoot, I had a falling out with the producer, however, and I was cut from the project. Then I just decided that I’ll start my own “Asian male” production — it’s not rocket science. I released my first film in November, entitled Cockasian Love. It was a success, I made my money back many times over, and it was the top-selling film on Clips4Sale under the interracial category for 7 days straight. I have another film I’ll release soon, and, in January, I have a shoot for another studio, which I’m anticipating too.
BAP: What things in particular drove you to this field?
AT: So first things first, I have an absolute abhorrence for the corporate world, corporate bureaucracy, office politics, commuting to work in a tube train, etc. I made a promise to myself that I’ll never work in an office no matter how much I was paid. In fact, I burnt my bridges by behaving myself into getting expelled from law school back in Singapore, losing my scholarship, and never looking back. I’m literally just a high school graduate, though I was brilliant back in school (e.g. I had 2,400/2,400 for my SAT, I kid you not). Everyone commented what a waste it was for me to go from top student to acting in porn.
“So if not office work, what else?” I thought to myself. They say, “Pursue your passion, and the money will follow.” What is my passion? Well, I’m not going to bullshit people and say that, “oh, my passion is medicine, because I want to help people,” or “my passion is marketing or accounting or engineering or lawyering or actuary or ENTREPRENEURSHIP, because BLA BLA BLA…”
If you want me to be absolutely honest, my passion is sex. This is as real as it gets. So I’ve decided that I’ll do whatever it takes to be a professional porn star.
After shooting my first adult film scene in July, working with a certain cute blonde starlet, I felt a sense of deep satisfaction. The whole experience was surreal and mesmerizing. For a dude like me to be even hired by a studio to shoot a scene (though it’s a three on one gang bang), and get paid fairly for it, it’s a dream come true. Getting paid and getting laid with hot women IS the ultimate career — no arguments at all.
It’s then that I know I’ve finally found my calling with porn.
BAP: So I gotta ask, because I considered it too at one point – what was the initial entry like? How did it hold up to your expectations? Racial politics factored into my desire to try my hand at porn in a pretty big way – did you see that take any particular form?
AT: First of all, the porn industry is racist. Black girls get paid less than white girls for the same job, consumers boycott female talents who work with black guys, female talents boycott black male talents as a result, and it remains one of the very few industries where you can choose not to do “interracial” and still be considered a good person. The fact that “interracial” is a separate category on its own reflects the deep-seated racism entrenched in the industry.
I’m not completely oblivious to this harsh reality. For a guy like me to be hired for regular work by a normal studio is not going to be an easy task; my oriental looks will always be a hindrance, because consumers can’t relate to an Asian protagonist in a porn film. That said, to continue to blame racism for one’s lack of success — even if it’s true — is a defeatist mindset and the stuff of losers. The correct mindset should be to ignore racism and continue improving yourself until, even taking into account your “ethnic look,” they still want you based on merit.
They say that, if you can’t find an open door, make one yourself. That’s exactly what I did. I make interracial porn featuring myself, an Asian male, and female talents of other races. And my market isn’t even Americans. My market resides in the goldmine of Asia, and I know it.
BAP: What’s been the most memorable thing to date? Do you have any projects lined up?
AT: I just finished shooting my second film that I produced today with Abbey Rain, a popular interracial performer. It features some outdoor scenes and indoor scenes, and it’s the most challenging shoot so far. As for projects that I’m hired for, I have one shoot coming up in January next year.
BAP: Very nice. Congrats on those. How much do you talk to your friends or family about it? I mean, you can’t keep something like this a secret for too long… People find out, you know?
AT: I have a history from where I come from, and I’m quite well-known in both Singapore and Malaysia. My parents definitely know that I do porn. Let’s just say that we’ve learnt to be civil and polite. We don’t talk a lot, because we all know it will degenerate into an argument really soon, so this year I’ve only spoken to my mother twice… and it’s December. I haven’t spoken to my dad since 2014, and I don’t intend on starting. He’s a jerk, but let’s leave that for another day.
Stay tuned readers, Part II is coming up soon. I’m going to do another interview sometime this week so if there any questions you want to ask him, make sure you put in the comments section below.