Ever since I first reviewed Collin O’Neal’s sizzling site back in March of 2007, I have been a big (and horny) fan of the man and his growing body of work. (My, doesn’t that sound naughty?–ha ha) So you can imagine my disappointment and softness–er, I mean, sadness, when news of O’Neal’s decision to retire from performing in front of the camera landed in my e-mail’s IN box.
The following is not only the retirement statement but also provides a nice history of O’Neal’s admirable career. Have a read and then be sure to pay the man a visit at his hot site.
Collin Oâ€™Neal, well known for being a masculine power top, has decided to retire from performing in front of the camera. â€œI just think now is the time to focus on working behind the camera since I feel I created a porn aficionado base that is not focused on me being in front of the camera but rather the hot new guys I find to perform for me from all around the worldâ€ says Collin. Oâ€™Neal started his porn career back in 2003 as an exclusive for HotHouse with Skuff II being the first movie he performed in with his ex boyfriend Arpad Miklos whom introduced him to the porn industry. After ending a one year exclusive contract Collin performed for Falcon, Chi Chi La Rue, Rascal Video, Raging Stallion, and Titan to name a few. â€œI didnâ€™t do too many movies since I was very picky about my scene partners. I also had a full time job and attended night classes for my Masters, so I didnâ€™t have a lot of time nor motivation to do a ton of movies.â€ Even though Collin did not make too many movies, Hot House owner Steven Scarborough really pumped up his image and marketed him aggressively. â€œI really have to thank Steven for making such a large star out of meâ€ adds Collin.
After using his porn proceeds to buy a condo, Collin joked to his best friend Rich Richards one day while doing heavy remodeling on the condo about starting his own porn website. Rich didnâ€™t laugh away the idea, but rather gave a very serious stare back at Collin and said â€œyes, letâ€™s do it.â€ â€œI was just joking at first, but I knew I would need massive capital to start the company. Rich and I immediately stepped up the remodeling efforts and put the condo on the market to raise the necessary fundsâ€ says Collin. In 2005 Collin formed Collin Oâ€™Neal Productions, started shooting scenes amidst the construction of his condo, eventually sold it and moved to London to shoot more scenes. â€œLondon is a huge melting pot of people from around the world so I was filming with all kinds of guys and that is when the idea of â€˜World of Menâ€™ popped into my headâ€ added Collin.
Collin eventually moved back to Miami to focus on marketing his website, www.collinoneal.com, and by chance met Chris Ward of Raging Stallion Studios when Francois Sagat requested him to be his scene partner. â€œReally, who would say â€˜noâ€™ to topping Francois Sagatâ€ adds Collin. The day after filming with Francois, Chris Ward called Collin and asked him to have lunch. â€œChris never told me what he wanted to talk to me about, but I was more than willing to delay my flight by one day to meet with himâ€ says Collin. The meeting at a Thai restaurant near Raging Stallion Studios led to an immediate DVD distribution deal for Collinâ€™s previously web only content. A few months later Collin started filming Lebanon with the financial backing of Raging Stallion. â€œI always wanted to film in Lebanon. I lived there for one year and I knew how gorgeous the potential model pool would be. I also had the crazy idea of filming in a bombed out building and messy Lebanese kitchen, but I could have never done it with out the financial backing of Chris Wardâ€ adds Oâ€™Neal.
After the huge success of Lebanon which also included winning prestigious awards such as Best Pro-Amateur release at the GAYVNâ€™s and Best Videography at the Grabbyâ€™s, Collin Oâ€™Nealâ€™s World of Men series was well on its way to becoming a desirable brand within the porn industry. In addition to winning awards as a director and videographer, Collin also, after being in the industry for 4 years, was granted Best Cock by the Grabbyâ€™s in 2007. â€œIt was all so much for one year. I was blown away for winning studio awards, but I also was proud of the industry recognizing my work as a performer after 4 yearsâ€ adds Collin.
World of Men was created when Collin decided to take Raging Stallion Studios off his uniquely produced and directed DVD line. â€œI had a huge ego problem. Rich and I were working very hard on our own products and I really wanted the recognition, not just the financial gainsâ€ says Collin. Oâ€™Neal already started his company as Collin Oâ€™Neal Productions, but wanted to brand his DVD line with a more fitting name. â€œI had an ego problem, but not a massive ego problem. I knew I had to come up with a name that represented my work, not my egoâ€ adds Collin. Oâ€™Neal settled on the name World of Men for his DVD line and started to replace Raging Stallion Studios with World of Men on his 3rd release Miami shot in his home town and featured the first ever release with Roman Ragazzi. â€œChris warned me about replacing Raging Stallion with World of Men. He thought retailers and consumers would not order a non Raging Stallion product, but my ego needed validation over my bank account being fedâ€ says Collin.
After successfully creating a new DVD line, World of Men, Collin continued to move forward with an aggressive business plan with his sights set on self distribution and finally parting from the already loose relationship he had with Raging Stallion Studios. â€œI fought with Collin. At times pots and pans flew across the apartment aimed at me, but Collin never lets up. He had one last conversation with our good friend Chi Chi La Rue while on a cruise ship in the middle of the Mediterranean and when he hung up, his foot went solidly down on the self-distribution issueâ€ adds Rich Richards. Over the past few months Collin and Rich hired Scott Boardman to head distribution and finally released Serbia as their first self-distributed title under World of Men last week.
Now that Collin Oâ€™Neal created a successful company that is not necessarily based on his image nor performance he feels it is time to retire from performing. â€œOver the past year I have invested a great deal of time managing my business and learning to work the video camera and less time at the gym. I just do not feel so good about my body in addition to meeting a special person that is not comfortable with me performing, so I made the decision to retireâ€ says Collin. The final DVD featuring a performance by Collin Oâ€™Neal is World of Menâ€™s Serbia where Collin and Dakota Rivers double fuck hot bottom Bijan. â€œI may change my mind in the future, but if I decide to perform again the scene will only be featured on my website. I feel more like a business man now and less like a porn star with an ego like others in the industry that keep performing in their own moviesâ€ adds Collin.
â€œSerbiaâ€ can currently be ordered and shipped immediately by contacting Scott Boardman at email@example.com, or by telephone at (305) 495-4767, or visit World of Menâ€™s new website www.worldofmen.com which is now fully functional.