How does a young man from conservative Memphis go from working at A & F, and attending college suddenly become a popular and in demand porn star? JJ would start his porn career in Memphis. Recruited by Jason Sparks he would do his first scene in a hotel room. I’m not going to speculate about that room. “It was a little nerve-racking at first, I was afraid that my family and friends would find out. But what the hell I can have sex with hot men and get paid”.
His first scene would be for Falcon Studios’ in October 2015 and shot in Palm Springs (Heated). It’s hard to believe that he's only been in the industry for two years; since then he has managed to learn the “ropes”; comfortable performing while people are watching, developing an established name, and the understanding that even if you’re not attracted to your co-star you still must perform. “I might have to “juice” myself up” he states. Establishing a name for yourself is important as he explains, you might get asked who you want to work with, however, that’s not always the case. If you go into a scene with someone you’re not typically attracted to you must complete the scene, it’s what I’m getting paid to do. To be always professional, regardless of the scene or scene partner.
Every porn actor must understand and know that there will come a day when they're no longer in demand. So, I asked JJ his thoughts, “of course I’m afraid that one day I’ll no longer be in demand. So, you can either make the decision to leave or someone will do it for you”. There are just a few porn actors that have remained in the industry for a long period of time and remain successful. Explaining that he doesn’t expect this to be long term, but would like to work behind the camera producing movies. Like most in the porn industry, he has learned the value of self-promotion using social media. Social Media has truly become one of the most important aspects of promoting not only his name but scenes or movies.
I want people to know that they can approach me, to say hi. Some people might think I'm a asshole, in truth I'm not. JJ Knight
For every porn actor, public appearances and dancing can be tricky. So, they must learn that it's a balancing act. JJ fully knows that he is there for the fans. There are times some will go a little far with touching, but it's part of the business. "I completely understand that people are going to touch me, especially in the area I'm known for " (depending on what you like, there could be a lot to touch, just saying). He appears completely at ease with this aspect of his life. He does admit that sometimes it's hard to go out. Fans or people in general what a picture and you just don't want to do it. That many don't comprehend that even porn actors have a personal life and that what you see on film isn't a true depiction of their personal life.
When it comes to his personal life including, dating, and relationships JJ stated that it has been hard to date outside of the industry and simply impossible. The guys he wanted to date were either dancers or models but didn't want to date him because he was in porn. He has found that most of his friends are in the industry, maybe because they understand how it works, and know that it's a job. I would imagine it would be hard; I mean here's your boyfriend working 12-16-hour days sucking, getting fucked or fucking someone perceived as hot. I can only imagine that the industry might take a toll on personal relationships.
JJ is currently engaged to Brent Corrigan. JJ considers this his first serious long-term relationship. While in Australia promoting a new movie, he would ask (and had the ring for a while), however, Brent was hesitant at first since he had been engaged before but said no and it would be several months later that Brent would say yes. JJ contributes this to their getting to know one another, and this allowed JJ and Brent to grow closer. It's apparent that the two are devoted and committed to their relationship and love each other.
I can say that I found JJ Knight to be relaxed and laid back during the interview. Willing to be open about his life and career, candid, realistic about the ups and downs of the porn industry, remaining focused on his career, and the balancing act between his personal and professional life.
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Video: Heated. Falcon Studios. Gamma Entertainment. 01/15/2016. Jacob Peterson & JJ Knight.