My name is Kayden Kross. I’m best known as a contract performer from when I was at Digital Playground, and now in the years since I’ve left I’ve been working behind the camera as a director and producer, with little blips of performing still here and there. I’ve been in the adult film industry for ten years now.
What prompted you to join the adult industry?
When I was 18 I began stripping in a local club, and did very well there compared to the minimum hourly wage I was used to. I’d had full time jobs since I was 15, and had carried full class loads at a community college and then a state college once I had my two year degree. At the state college I was forced to choose a major. Nothing really interested me, in hindsight, I had a very small worldview, and when I was forced to choose a major I just picked the one that I already had the most units in because I wanted to graduate faster. Meanwhile, the housing market was exploding. I remember I made 10k a month in cash, I was 19, I was on track to have a BA in Psychology, and I thought that all looked so accomplished on paper but then when I looked at doing something as simple as buying a house it was out of my reach. Now we all know that the housing market was in one of the most historically destructive bubbles of all time, and was technically out of everyone’s reach, but at the time I just believed that that was how the real world was and saw no way of actually getting ahead. I’d already exhausted myself and I wasn’t even legal to drink. Then one day John Stevens from Matrix Models walks into the club where I work and tells me I would make much more money just posing for pictures. A couple of weeks later I was on a plane to LA. My first published magazine spread was in Penthouse. The adult film industry had never been anything I’d considered, I’d never even watched porn, but I attended the AVN convention that year as a model signing for Hustler, and I saw all of these women who were my age and who were getting ahead. I signed my first contract with Vivid and began performing in films that year. I never looked back.
How has the industry changed since you started to now? What would you say are the pros and cons?
God. It some ways the industry is and will always be the industry, and in other ways it’s unrecognizable. Here’s an example: when I came in, there were models who made their entire livings only doing solo and girl/girl work. There was no supplemental income made on camming or onlyfans or with other side work. The Internet wasn’t delivering at speeds fast enough to reasonably compete with DVD. And there was a fan base that was completely satiated just with pictures of these models posing prettily with toys and other female models. That fan base was large enough to provide regular and ongoing work for these models for years. Today, most of the companies that used to book those sorts of shoots have either folded or shifted focus to boy/girl scenes. I also remember that on the set of my first movie, the other contract girl didn’t even show up. They just shrugged. In the second movie, there was a girl hired to play some character that required that she be on set for both days of the two day movie. She only showed up for one of them. They shrugged again and changed the script. On the set of the third movie, a different contract girl showed up eight hours late. When she arrived, the director hugged her and told her to get in the make up chair. They shrugged because porn sold because it was porn. They had the cash flow to cover the location for that extra eight hours if someone was late and no one was really producing such masterpieces as to make the other companies step up to stay competitive. With piracy and the competition available at the click of a button, everyone has had to get competitive. That means the models treat the job like a job. They show up, they show up prepared, they don’t waste time, and they work with the angle of working for that company again in the future. They bust their asses on self promotion. The companies won’t suffer idiots anymore. They can’t afford the extra eight hours in location costs, or the chance of losing customers over a botched storyline because a girl flaked mid-character. Reputations in porn used to be fun drinking stories. Now they dictate your workflow.
You started your own company a while ago called TRECHCOATx. What lead you to start this company and what would you say the vision is for your movies?
I just want to make what I want to make. I wouldn’t say there’s a unified vision. My two debut titles have a sort of yin and yang thing going. Sun-Lit is obsessed with natural light and sun flares and a few simple guitar notes played over beautiful models having intimate sex. Sacrosanct is dark and complicated and leans towards a bit of psychological domination. I don’t know what I thought was going to happen when I got involved with TRENCHCOATx in the beginning. It had just become clear that the industry had changed to a point that I wasn’t going to be in it on my terms unless I was working for myself.
Would you say your company’s scenes are more couple or female friendly compared to other companies?
I don’t think the scenes can help being more female-friendly, if for no other reason than I am a female and we all work our biases into our projects whether we realize it or not. I think being female-friendly automatically makes scenes couple-friendly. Women naturally focus more on interpersonal play, and scenes that have interpersonal play tend to work for an audience hoping to achieve the goal of interpersonal play at home.
You also have a YouTube channel called Porn Soup. What was the thought process behind starting this channel and how would describe the videos?
Really, the opportunity presented itself. Porntube offered to sponsor the project based on some YouTube videos I’d done in the past, and the Porn Soup episodes are just fun to make. I mean, we’re basically making sex jokes. What’s not to love?
What would you say is your favorite scene so far?
My favorite scene that I’ve been in is the one I made with myself and Jillian Janson for Sacrosanct. It’s called “Champagne Room,” and I was really personally invested in the fantasy. Bringing it to life was one of the hottest experiences of my life. As far as scenes I’ve directed go, it’s really tough to name just one. The scene I shot with Eva Lovia in Sun-Lit has had a massive response, and it came out as perfectly as I’d imagined it in my head. I love that we were able to show make up sex in that way. The scene I made with Honey Gold in Sacrosanct is so unendingly cool to me. I can watch it over and over again and I never get tired of it. But to only mention those would mean leaving out the others in those two movies, and they’re all so individually wonderful to me. I love Angela White’s scene, and Valentina Nappis, and Ana Foxxx and Elsa Jean together, and Karlee Grey was perfect in her setup. Then of course Katrina Jade’s scene is what inspired the whole Sacrosanct movie. I love how different and dark her scene is.
If money wasn’t an issue, what would be your dream scene or movie to make?
I’d make an independent movie that had sex in it. Something like Blue is the Warmest Color, or Tangerine.
Who would you say are the people you really want to work with but haven’t had the chance to as of yet?
I’d like to get Riley Reid in a Sun-Lit episode. She just looks so happy all the time. I love that about her. I’ve always thought Tori Black is one of the world’s most perfect specimens. I think Adrianna Chechik would shine in anything. I wouldn’t say I haven’t had the chance to work with her, but I want to get Abella Danger in something. I know exactly what it is. I just need to make it.
If you could have a conversation with anyone, dead or alive, who would you choose and why?
David Foster Wallace, except I wouldn’t want to be expected to take part in the conversation. I’d just want to listen, and maybe interrupt with questions here and there.
What sort of things do you like to do when you aren’t working? Any hobbies?
I am apparently running a farm. We have horses and chickens, and at the moment we’re fostering a litter of kittens. I like books. More recent hobbies include staring at Google Analytics for TRENCHCOATrx. It’s deeply fascinating for only me.
Are there any projects or special events coming up that you would like to promote, if so please do so?
TRENCHCOATx.com, of course. Go there.