The 2010 Hookies
By Out.com Editors
Chase Hunter launched his career in the porn industry in 1993 and quickly became the object of many fantasies. Almost 20 years later, he's still turning us on. In 2007 Chase was recognized for his body of work when the GAYVN Awards, presented annually to honor work in gay pornography, presented him with their Hall of Fame Award.
Now he's up for Rentboy.com's Hookie Award in the category of Best Mature Escort 40+ to be handed on March 19 in New York. When we caught up with Chase he revealed his big...heart. He shared stories about his past relationships, what he looks for in a man, and what he's learned about sex over the years.
Out: You've been doing porn for more than 20 years now. Some people have referred to you as a 'legend in the industry.'
Chase Hunter: Well, it seems like it.
How has the porn industry changed over the years?
Wow. That's more than I can say. I've been around a long time. With the advent of the Internet, that's been a big change. People's acceptance has changed. It wasn't so accepted 10 years ago and these days it's not such a big deal.
How did you get involved with the escort business?
It's funny. I actually didn't do the escorting thing for many years because I had gotten into porn. I had a boyfriend and I went out of town. When I came home, he said, 'By the way, I rented a rent boy.' I was like, 'Shouldn't we have discussed this sort of thing first?'
Then what happened?
I decided to pay him back and ran my ad. I wanted to show him who's who. I had a lot of responses, and it worked out well.
Wait...he rented one, but you actually decided to run an ad to be one?
Well, I told him, 'If you're going to do it, do it right. Let me show you how it's done.' I didn't really do it intending to follow through with it, but when I got phone calls, I thought, 'What the heck?'
Are you two still together?
No, not at all.
It must be difficult to find a relationship in this business. Is it?
It's not hard to find one -- it's hard to keep one. I think it's virtually impossible to have a boyfriend when you're in the business. I think it's asking a bit too much of somebody to put up with all that. If you look at them historically, they don't really last. I've had some good relationships over the years, but not while I was escorting. I wouldn't do that to somebody now. I don't think it's appropriate.
Do you think there are different levels of acceptance or criticism regarding doing porn versus escorting?
I don't think so. That's an interesting point. It's interesting that we look down on it so much. Also, the people who look down on it are the ones who want it or do it in the background the most.
What have you learned about sex over the years?
Oh, boy! That's a good question. I've learned how much fun it can be. How to do it right. How to do it wrong. And how many people don't do it right.
Does Chase Hunter know how to do it right?
Very definitely. Practice makes perfect.
What would you say is your specialty?
I was born to fuck. Mother Nature put me together for that reason. Some people can sing. I can fuck.
When you're escorting, do you see the guys before you go out with them on the job?
When I first started I would make people send me pictures. Then I would say, 'Tell me what you want to do, and I'll see if it matches up with what I am willing to do.' But people would back off because they were afraid to put their picture out there. So, that limited the audience. As I became more comfortable with it, I learned you can negotiate something in the middle, depending on their looks and your comfort level. You can find something that's good for both of you. You pretty much learn to work with whatever you've got in front of you. So, after a while I stopped requiring a picture. Although you don't trust what they say either. When they say, 'I'm 40 years old and the all-American guy,' you don't trust that.
So you've never walked in and said, 'No, this is not going to work?'
Once or twice. That's not so much because they didn't look right, but it was the fact that they lied, and if you're going to play that way, I'm not going to go along with it. Don't lie to me. That's just not fair. And actually, some of the people who are less attractive are awfully good at what they do. You just never know.
One of the intentions behind the Hookie Awards is to honor the men of Rentboy.com's courage. Are you ever nervous or afraid?
Just being with complete strangers?
I don't think there's anything to be nervous or afraid of. I'm pretty self-confident, and I've worked on stage for many years in the clubs dancing. So, I got past that a long time ago, but I'm not that self-conscious to start with.
What would you say to people who say that working as an escort is just morally wrong?
It's the oldest profession in the world! It's been around as long as the Catholic church has. Come on. It's funny because I actually used to have a more negative opinion of it just because of the way I was raised. I was raised a Republican. Now that I've done it, I realize how much of a good thing it is. As long as you've got the money to get what you want, when you want it delivered to your door, why not? The people who don't like it are the ones who can't afford it or have issues with themselves.
When was the big "ah-ha moment," as Oprah Winfrey would say?
I look at it like this -- I'm lucky to have my job these days. It's one of the best jobs in the world. My job is basically one thing: To make people happy. Whatever it is, I want to make them smile and be happy when we're done, and that's a pretty good job to have.
How would you describe your prices?
I list a flat rate and pretty much go with that. I'm pretty expensive, but I try to offer something better and try to do a good job. I only see one client a day. I don't do multiples. Some people can do it over and over. I like to do it once, and I like to do it right.
Have you worked today?
No, sure haven't.
How many times do you work in a week?
Anywhere from two to five. Five is a long work week. You get tired after a while. It does impact your personal sex life because you can only have so much sex in the course of a week or a month and on your day off you're like, 'Oh, I don't want to have sex now!'
How important is it for you to win this category at the Hookie Awards?
It's not especially important. I have fun doing what I do. It would be nice to be recognized in some aspect, but I think that happens on its own from day to day and person to person.
Where would you keep the award if you won?
I guess on the mantle where I keep the other porn awards.
I know you said you're not looking for a relationship now, but what do you look for a guy?
Somebody who is fun and has good sexual energy. A nice smile is the first thing I'm attracted to in a guy.
Do you have plans to go back into porn?
I never left it. People often speak of me in terms of being retired, but I tend to make a few movies and then take a few years off. I like that. People don't get tired of me. I'm not done yet. I'll be back.