RAFAEL CARRERAS
I'm a porno star !

By Antonio Albert, Photograph by Juan Lafita July 2016 LIFESTYLE Read in PDF format N10/2016
RAFAEL CARRERAS CUBAN AND BASED IN IBIZA, HE HAS TWO LIVES: ONE AS A GAY PORN STAR, ANOTHER AS AN ENTREPRENEUR

Rafael Carreras is not a person that quits easily. He decided to become a porn star and made it at his first attempt. He arrived in Ibiza in 2003 as a barman and two years later he was already a successful businessman. Rafael is the star of gay porn. Julio is the businessman behind SOD-Soap at Dôme and Boy Toys, two clubs that are always filled to the brim. Julio and Rafael coexist in the same body although they occupy different moments – they do not overlap. The actor works a few days a year on shoots, attending parties and presenting events, while the businessman spends the summer seasons at his bars, managing a team with his partner. “One thing is the person and another is the character. Both enjoy sex, of course, but in different ways.”

A few years ago, being a gay porn actor was something sordid, now it’s cool. What’s changed?

“The internet. A few years back, pornography was considered dirty and seedy. But now people have access to it on their laptop or their mobile. Its consumption has become normalised. It is an easy way of fulfilling a sexual fantasy and earning money.”

Why did you decide to become a porn star?

“Because I wasn’t getting laid. They said it was very serious. But I like good-looking men and I liked the ones I saw in the films, so I thought that maybe I could be with them, be one of them. So I sent my CV to five North American producers – they all answered me, so I got to choose the most interesting project.”

When we talk about porn, how do you choose the most interesting?

“By the conditions. Studio2000 offered me exclusivity, monitoring, supervision and an international publicity launch. We are talking about a studio that paid for physical training, language courses, etc. And in return they wanted absolute control; I couldn’t cut my hair or get tattoos or change my image for example. For five years I had a monthly income for working about 10 days a year.”

And a pleasurable job at that...

“Well, it is now because I have earned it. My first experience was traumatic. The film was recorded in Prague, with Czech heterosexual actors, who are used to working with each other in a mechanical fashion. On top of that, the scene was in a room with the whole crew. It was awful. Although it was my debut, I was the star, so I spoke to the director and asked him to allow me to be myself in the next scene. Since then, I almost always direct the scenes I appear in.”

Can I ask you what you mean by being yourself?

“By taking the initiative, having fun. I ended up covering his mouth with a pillow (laughs). That’s the key: pleasure. Now I have the luxury of filming with whoever I want. I don’t do it for the money, and that gives me greater freedom.”

And what is the most difficult about a porn shoot?

“The photo sessions. A lot of things happen at the same time on a shoot: the scene for the film, promos, internet clips, sessions for magazine covers, etc. And the photos for the scenes, which are never taken during the sex, but rather before, so you have to imagine what you are going to do and how, or afterwards, so you have to remember what you did and how. It is very hard.”

Is a lot of porn filmed on Ibiza?

“Less than what many would like, because it is an expensive location. During high season, the prices rocket up.

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