Mike Dreyden is an adult entertainer and the creator of the upcoming web-series LAST CALL; here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign:
Q: What is Last Call about?
A: LAST CALL is a story finds my character, Leo Ocean on the edge of life change. He finds himself in a state of flux between employment and life goals. After leaving his career as a real estate agent, he finds he is in financial straights and delves in gay porn and NYC nightlife. His dream is to one day have his own bar.
Q: What life experiences did you draw from when writing the script?
A: I drew a lot from my own personal experiences. This script came about when I sat down to write my memoir. I took portions of my life from working in corporate America, real estate, NYC nightlife and gay porn and developed a story I think people will connect with.
Q: There have been several films about men leaving corporate life to go work in what would appear to be less lucrative jobs; what makes Last Call different?
A: I’m not sure what makes it different. But, what if we all stopped doing what we ‘had’ to do and followed our dreams and did what we ‘love’ to do. Lucrative or not, if we are doing what we love, we’re never really ‘working’. This series tells that story and we hope it creatively inspires views.
Q: Do you think being an adult film star has helped or hindered your ability to get mainstream projects completed?
A: Do you mean getting mainstream work? No, not at all. In fact, it’s because of my adult work that I was called in to read for a number of the roles I’ve done in the last couple of years.
Q: What do you think is the most common misconception about the adult film industry?
A: I think the biggest misconception is that people in porn are having sex and partying all the time. It’s not the case. Many of the people I’ve met over the years in porn come from a myriad of back grounds. Real estate, fashion, theater, film, all walks of like.
Q: In 2012 there was a ballot proposition that passed in Los Angeles county requiring adult film stars to wear condoms when they worked. The law was upheld by the court. What is your professional opinion of the law?
A: I can’t give you a ‘professional’ opinion of the law because I’m not a lawyer nor do I know what the law says. My opinion on condom use is this. We are all responsible for our own actions. Condom use is important. If someone doesn’t want to use them, that’s their choice, and vice-versa.
Q: What other kinds of jobs have you had and what makes film making better?
A: I’ve done all sorts of work. From cashier at a fast food joint when I was a kid to bagging groceries, to receptionist at a law firm to real estate. Through it all I pursued theater. It’s always been a part of my life. I think the definite change and decision to leave porn behind and pursue more mainstream work happened one day on set with Lucas Entertainment while working as production manager on a project. I loved the process of creating project. Performance has always been in my bones. It’s who I am.
Q: What separates a good adult film from a bad one?
A: MD: A competent and professional cast and crew. The same can be said for non porn productions too.
Q: How do you go about creating characters when you write?
A: I guess I based many of the characters in LAST CALL on people I actually know. You have to be an observer of the human condition and humanity it self.
Q: If you could go out on blind date with either Vito Spatafore (pre-whacking, no pun intended) or Kurt Hummel, which one do you pick and why?
A: Well, if its a blind date I wouldn’t know who they are or what they look like so I have no answer. If I can just say here that another misconception of people in porn is that we’re stupid. We’re not. I’m not.
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