When it comes to living the dream of being a gay pornstar, there’s no one-size-fits-all formula. From selling personalized content to dabbling in merchandising, the ways these performers make their livings are as diverse as their bodies.
We recently spoke with Chris Harder—a zesty burlesque performer and star of 52 adult films—about how he got started in the business. And he had some good advice for anyone interested in getting into the industry.
Unless you’re a mega-star with an enormous schlong, most gay porn stars don’t roll in the dough. The average scene rate is around $500 per shoot, and the top-tier guys are raking in more than that. But even so, that’s only a few thousand dollars a month at best—and only about half of the median household income in the U.S.
Fortunately, some gay pornstars are bringing in more money than ever thanks to new subscription-based monetization platforms like OnlyFans and Clips4Sale. These services allow performers to sell custom content in monthly, quarterly, or yearly subscriptions. That adds up to a significant sum of extra cash for stars who want to boost their paychecks and diversify their portfolios.
So, who are the hottest queer pornstars on the planet right now? To find out, we consulted Pornhub’s 2023 Year in Review—which shows what terms and porn stars users searched for the most. Among the notable revelations, it’s no surprise that Joey Mills (a regular winner of the GayVN Favorite Twink award) and Cade Maddox (a two-time favorite c*ckster at the GayVN Awards) rank highly.