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FJERSTAD IS NOW A REGULAR MALE TALENT FOR Vivid Alt, an imprint of Vivid Entertainment that features dark haired punk girls with tattoos and piercings rather than surgically sculpted breasts and dyed blond hair.
He’s entering the industry at one of the worst times for adult entertainment, when even the most prominent stars are seeing a dent in their paychecks and a deficit of work.
Industry experts estimate that sales and rentals of pornographic DVDs have fallen as much as 50 percent since 2006, when proceeds reached a high of $3.62 billion.
“The entire porn industry is in trouble,” says Lux Alptraum, editor of the sex oriented blog Fleshbot. “Adult entertainment used to be a business that was considered recession proof, but it’s hurting like everything else.”
“Performers were hitting an unattainable ideal through the overuse of plastic surgery,” he says. “It was just getting unreal. Alt porn doesn’t mean we use unattractive people necessarily, but we are definitely more about everyone’s real style.”
McKai wanted to hit a market of people who might not be porn fanatics, but can easily connect to his work because of their relationship to the alternative scene. Seeing actors they find attractive and hearing music they enjoy could make the feature more accessible.
McKai met Fjerstad in 2008 and quickly saw his potential to fit Vivid Alt’s image.
“He’s really sweet and kind of naive in this way that you can respect,” McKai says. “He’s really attractive, but nerdy. He’s real and has a look and vibe that women respond to.”
The women still get all the attention and the cash; they make $700 to $1,800 for a sex scene, while men make $250 to $900. But McKai says not to underestimate the importance of guys like Fjerstad.
Sporting a bowl cut, braces, baggy JNCO jeans, and an ill fitting Limp Bizkit T shirt, he nicknamed himself Choad and started a rumor that he was stalking the hottest girl in class. The scheme worked. Girls recognized him as “the stalker” and would approach to ask if the rumor was true. He’d deny it and charm them with his quirky humor.
At home, Chad was just like any awkward teen boy, bursting into puberty and spending too much time perfecting the art of masturbation. Before discovering scrambled porn, Spice Girls music videos did the trick. He became obsessed with Ginger Spice in the “Say You’ll be There” video, where she sports a barely there leather outfit and red thigh high stockings.
One time he started jacking off to the Spice Girls video, but the song ended before he did. Next up were three beautiful young blondes belting bubble gum pop.
“It was the second time I had seen the video and I still thought Taylor and Zac Hanson were girls, and that they were attractive girls, so I continued what I was doing to the Hanson video,” Chad recalls. “That’s pretty much the whole story, but that’s pretty awesome, right?”
In ninth grade, Chad used a website template to create a list of every girl in his grade. He handed out the link to kids and asked them to vote for the hottest girl on the list. Pretty soon the site had thousands of anonymous votes.
In high school, Chad joined the local metalcore scene. He formed Nehemiah in 2000, playing bass guitar at all ages shows at venues like the Garage. The band’s fast experimental riffs,
metal breakdowns, and screaming vocals gained a strong high school fan base.
“I was growing out of the n metal thing,” Fjerstad says. “I didn’t feel like wearing black nail polish and butterfly clips anymore.”
His hardcore band persona, combined with his new clean cut look, made him even harder to pigeonhole.
“A lot of people who don’t know me think I am a tool or a douchebag, and it’s because I come across so poorly,” he says. “I’ve changed a lot, but that outside perspective has always been there. People always made it apparent I was the weirdest person they knew.”
“I was definitely in love with her, and the sex problem is what pulled us apart,” he says. “I fell out of love with her because I wasn’t satisfied with the sex. She was normal sexually and I wasn’t.”
Fjerstad craved wild, promiscuous sex. His newfound obsession seemed to perfectly fit with his passion for the porn industry. Not only did he watch porn regularly, but he would have friends over to watch and critique the films in his basement.
“If you want to do porn, you have to want to have sex with a lot of people,” Fjerstad says. “Clearly I know it’s not a great thing and there are a lot of negative aspects to it, but it’s what got me into the porn industry.”
Fjerstad saw porn as a world where he could have the wildest sex possible and be celebrated rather than scorned. It was like going out barhopping and picking up girls without the drama and awkward conversation the next morning.
His next girlfriend was considering a career as a porn star, too. The two decided to film their own sex scene and put it up on the internet for fun.
Fjerstad held a video camera as he stood up on the bed in a cluttered room. She pulled down his boxers and launched right into a blowjob. As things heated up, the camerawork got shaky. Fjerstad breathed heavily and moaned.
After editing the scene, Fjerstad submitted the video to an amateur site. Weeks later, his relationship fizzled just as the video made its debut online. His ex girlfriend called constantly, blaming him for trying to spite her.
“It’s just a bad memory from a relationship that ended poorly, and it’s up there right next to my real work,” he says. “I just wish I could make it go away so we can both stop thinking about it.”
By 2005, Fjerstad had a full time gig touring with his new band, Dead to Fall. At one point, his band stayed with one of the starlets from alt porn site RazorDolls. When she heard Fjerstad was a porn freak, she insisted he do a scene with her. He couldn’t turn it down.
Soon after, RazorDolls asked him back to do a scene with Riley Mason. She assured him it would be a one on one with her. But when he got to the hotel room for the shoot, 12 people were milling about, including many of his porn idols: Stoya, Page Morgan, Dane Cross, Violet Skye,
and Jack the Zipper.