Thursday, March 3, 2011

THE IMPORTANCE of BEING FRANK



BLISS: There are so many performers in the adult business but only a certain percentage become household names, so to speak. In the youth genre, I can only name you and Brent Corrigan. With that level of fame, why make the decision to retire the Turk character now?

TURK MASON: Well, it has been a long journey and I originally began to simply pay my way through college, as I am sure many in this industry began. The life of my character Turk Mason inevitably took control and my original goal was briefly set aside – about 3 years or so – but recently I found myself back on track and in November of 2010 I graduated. I am now looking forward to pursuing other endeavors which I would still love to share with my loyal fans, ‘Turkies’, that over the course of the last 3 years at TurkXXXOnline, have become friends. That is why I am retiring Turk, the character, but remaining a public figure as myself at Nakkidyouth.com

B: I honestly feel that BLISS owes much of its success to the issue devoted to you and your life. After all this time, you remain one of the most viewed posts. How does that make you feel as a performer?

TM: Actually, I just got chills – That’s fantastic! It makes me feel great.

B: You sent out a press release announcing your retirement and the closing of Turkxxxonline.com. What has the reaction from fans been?

TM: Very supportive, I was a little nervous that people might be angry or sad, but almost unanimously everyone has been very supportive of my decision and happy with the way I am going about it. I know that many of my new friends will stick with me no matter what I decide, and that is a great thing.

B: You are not only a tireless performer, you are a tireless promoter. At any point, did it ever start to feel like too much?

TM: YES! I am the kind of person that gets very bored easily, case in point – the continual revamps of my site TurkXXXOnline. I constantly add things to my plate before I have finished what I already had, it’s stressful at times and I could honestly never have kept Turk XXX online running smoothly if it wasn’t for my great assistant Andy – who has himself developed some great relationships with Turk fans.

At any given time in the last few years I have been a part-time student, full-time bartender at one bar and part-time at another, while also modeling, shooting films for various companies here and abroad, running Turk XXX Online, and creating, developing, and running several other websites. Hectic yes, but would I have it any other way? Absolutely not.


B: When people think about fame, they tend to visualize the perks of adoration and being recognized, but fame definitely has a downside. Did it ever begin to feel intrusive?

TM: At times yes. Back in 2008 I returned to my hometown and I have been living there ever since, it is a small town and there doesn’t seem to be anyone in the area who doesn’t know me or at least of me. I don’t like to be identified as ‘the local Porn Star’, I like to be identified as myself, Frank – not for what I do, or did.

This became overwhelmingly intrusive when a local publication, ‘The North Bay Bohemian’ ran a story on my distributors at Porn Team. A story which when published was much more about me than them, and featured me on the cover, which I was flattered by yet unaware was their intention. By this point literally anyone could point me out anywhere.

B: What has the reaction been from your peers in the industry?

TM: They have been very supportive and congratulatory as well. The truth is, I think this is the goal of many in this industry. It’s very hard to stick around forever in an industry that relies on your looks and ability to perform – there is a lot of pressure.



B: In our last interview, you were very candid regarding your opposition to barebacking in films. In spite of the health risks, these sites seem to be on the up rise. Do you think the industry has become more irresponsible in the pursuit of profit?

TM: In my personal opinion, I think many of these companies should be ashamed of themselves. In the last 2 years I have lost 4 friends in the industry to suicide, drug overdose, and HIV. These companies don’t seem to care that they may be signing a models death sentence. Tests are never 100% accurate, and some symptoms, especially those of AIDS, may lay doormat for several months.

Furthermore, a few of these producers that have more recently come out against barebacking are hypocrites. While they publicly speak out against it, their websites still sell it. Anything for a profit. I am ashamed for them.

B: Over the past month, there have been a number of documentaries on Logo and here! showcasing the private lives of gay male porn stars. I would never assume to guess the intentions of these programs, but on the whole there seems to be a preponderance of drug addiction and HIV scares. Would you say that the industry creates a path down those darker roads, or do many of these individuals come into the game damaged?

TM: I would have to say from my experiences that it is a little bit of both. It comes with the territory, just like with any career that makes a lot of money. Politicians, actors, athletes, and some of today’s smartest people share this same problem. It’s what happens when you let the limelight have its way. It takes a very strong person, with a great sense of self – to refrain from these temptations.

B: Your journey is a fascinating one that I feel would captivate audiences. Would you ever consider opening your own life up in one of these reality dramas?

TM: Actually, I am not going that far as of yet but I will be releasing a book about my life later this year, with the same title as my new site ‘NAKKID YOUTH’. Just fyi, you heard it here first, I have not gone public with this news yet.

B: As this chapter of your life comes to a close, what are some of your fondest memories looking back?

TM: The friends I’ve made with models, producers, cameramen, makeup artists, publishers, photographers, and fans. The interactions I have had with others has taught me so much about myself and the human condition. And of course the relationships I have had both intimately and otherwise.

B: What about the flip side – are there things you wish you had done differently in your career?

TM: I don’t believe in regret – I believe it is for the weak, and I am not weak. Everything I have done and gone through has shaped me into the person I have become and I am very proud of myself. That may sound like an egotistical thing to say, but I firmly believe that if you don’t learn to love yourself you will never be able to love anyone else. I have never once looked back on any moment of my life and thought, wow if only I hadn’t…

B: You leave a lasting legacy within the adult industry. What are you most proud of?

TM: Honestly, I am most proud of the person I have become because of it. I was once a very timid and incredibly nervous person – since I have been in the industry I have grown significantly to become a more outgoing person and thus meet and make several lifelong friends. With fame comes power, and with power comes the ability to use your name for good. I have done my best to help any charity related to gay rights or AIDS for the last 3 years and I plan to continue and hopefully do more in the future.

B: Your final DUO show airs on March 24th with Michael Brandon. Was there a reason you chose him?

TM: Yes, he is one of the biggest names in the industry and has been around a long time. He is a great friend and I look up to him. It just made sense to have him as my final guest.


B: I was given the opportunity to review your site for the issue which meant that I had to spend days watching all those videos and looking at all those photos. I’m sure you can imagine how taxing that was for me tending to the calluses from constant masturbation. One of my favorite duo shows was with one of my favorite models, J. Phoenix. There is undeniable chemistry between the two of you. Did you consider teaming up with Jason again before your farewell?

TM: Yes I did, however J has made it clear that he is not interested in adult film, just modeling. To date he has only worked for myself and 1 other adult company and I am certain he wishes to keep it that way, otherwise you’d have already seen him all over the internet.

B: As you move into the next phase of your career, what do you want fans to take with them in the final days of Turkxxxonline?

TM: Me, I want them to take me with them haha! I really do hope they continue to follow me in my future endeavors.
B: So now you are moving forward as Frank and launching a new site, NakkidYouth.com. What can viewers expect from the new site and how will it differ from the old one?

TM: Well, for starters it will NOT be an adult entertainment site. The site is focused on the rest of my careers. You can expect a blog from myself and Andy, you can expect to view my modeling portfolio (some of which will require a password due to nudity – but free nonetheless), you can expect to be updated on my Esthetic services and my bartending. All and all it is all things Frank. It is not meant to hide that Turk existed, in fact it will embrace that character, but it is intended to be more of the REAL me.





B: In comparing the two, is there a major difference between the Turk character and Frank Fanucchi?

TM: Most definitely. Turk is a creation of my alterego, an ego that until I was about 17, I wasn’t aware existed. Frank is much less attention grabbing and much more grounded. The real difference is that Frank is real, Turk was simply a creation made by Frank to hide behind, and now Frank is done hiding.

B: Mark Grantham did a beautiful book on you titled FRANK. (http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/246149) I plan on purchasing it soon. I’ll have to send it in a SASE so you can autograph it for me. Are those images closer to what we can expect from you in the future?

TM: You can expect a variety of images, many that you have seen and many that you have not. I don’t plan to stop pushing the limits, in fact I intend to see just how far I can go.

B: With this new phase about to begin, would you say you are at your happiest point on a personal level?

TM: As close as it gets.


B: Over the last 8 years, up to this point, what would you say is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in terms of life and self?

TM: That the saying ‘It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all”, was said by a very smart person.

B: Artists often prefer to be known for their current endeavors. Do you want to be remembered for your current output or your long standing legacy?

TM: I would like to be remembered for my legacy as a whole, old and new.

B: Any last words for the fans of Turkxxxonline?

TM: Yes, This has been a long and great journey and I couldn’t have done it without you. I am very thankful to you all for your continued support. Just remember that while people may grow and change one thing can stand the test of time, and that is true friendship. Whether or not we have ever met in person is not important, your support has been felt and I hope you have felt the same from me. This is not the end, only the beginning. Much love.


B: Thanks so much for taking the time for this. I, along with so many others, eagerly await your next move and wish you continued success.

TM: Thank you once again so very much I am very happy to be a part of Bliss Magazine.

©2011 – Sean Dibble
Photo Credits:
www.turkxxxonline.com
www.nakkidyouth.com
Photographers:
Eric Scot
Issacs Eye Photography
Martin Ryter
Sandro Bross
Ronald N. Tan

For a complete list of all the photographers and models Frank has worked with, visit his Model Mayhem page (under Turk Mason) www.modelmayhem.com/TurkMason

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