Aaron Lawrence (entrepreneur) : biography
In 1997 Lawrence appeared in a low-budget porn film titled Pushover and began recording and releasing his own amateur videos that same year. He cites his entry into pornographic films as a "logical extension" to his entrepreneurial approach. "Porn is a great way for career escorts to increase demand for their services, which in turn means more money." He also started modeling professional and was featured on Twink Search, a site specializing in twinks – young-looking gay men with a slender build, little or no body hair and no facial hair. His first self-produced film, Aaron Jacks Off (1997), was followed by Aaron’s Boys Tell All in 1998. Inspired to become more muscular he works out and in February 1998 is the featured model at www.CruisingForSex.com. In August 1998 he modeled for Skinflicks magazine while promoting Pushover. In September 1998 he did his first full magazine layout for Freshmen (magazine). In November he appeared as the featured model on www.Boyweb.com in addition to other websites running his photos in connection to his promotion to find models for his own films. In January 1999 Unzipped featured him as one of five rising porn stars of 1999.Award-Winning Men: Up Close and Personal with Gay Honorees (2002) Ed Karvoski, Jr.; ISBN 0-595-21769-9, ISBN 978-0-595-21769-4. In May 1999, coinciding with the release of Dream Team, XXX Showcase profiled his career in the sex industry. Suburban Hustler: Stories of a Hi-Tech Callboy also garnered both LGBT and mainstream media attention, including the New York Blade which ran an article on Lawrence, and Unzipped, which reprinted an entire chapter. He became a cover model for First Hand magazine, and several radio interviews and a story in The Guide magazine also helped promote the book and author.
By the time his books and movies were succeeding, his website had regularly kept subscribers updated with every step of his career, including his 1999 marriage and "folksy" requests like his search for a housekeeper. When he went on cross-country trips to promote his books or movies, he would invariably have clients on hand to buy his products. The website also had a paid subscriber area offering sexually explicit images of himself and models he had recruited, as well as an online cinema offering video clips from himself and other amateur filmmakers. He included detailed descriptions and even photos of his sexual exploits around the world, all designed to help sell his books, movies and "even a "dildo based on a mold of his 8-inch erection". Using a laptop computer and modem while at film shoots, he offered well-narrated voyeuristic experiences of gay sex, often trying to share cultural differences between countries.
In August 1999, Aaron’s Advice, a syndicated online sex advice column, was launched. Lawrence’s modeling continued a successful run with the cover of Encounter Pages, a supplement to the Dallas Voice and the centerfold of Inches magazine. The 2000 Adam Gay Video Guide, an early publication documenting the industry including the Gay Erotic Video Awards, listed Lawrence and he was covered in Best of the Superstars : 2000 : The Year in Sex.Best of the Superstars : 2000 : The Year in Sex (2000, reprinted 2004); Starbooks publisher, ISBN 1-891855-14-X, ISBN 978-1-891855-14-6.
The first of his travel films, Aaron’s American Tour 1 and Aaron’s American Tour 2, were filmed in 2000 while traveling in the US. He would edit and upload videos after each trip in order to finance the next one. He filmed his first foreign-country films in 2001, the two-part Aaron’s Adventures in Amsterdam 1 and Aaron’s Adventures in Amsterdam 2. Eventually he would record films in Russia,; London; Thailand; Ukraine; Latvia; the Czech Republic’; and Slovakia. He produced a total of 36 amateur films, ending with Aaron’s Bareback Orgy in 2003. Aaron’s Russian Boy Orgy received a nomination for "Best Amateur Video" at the 2002 Gay Entertainment Awards, where he was also nominated for "Best Amateur Performer" and "Best Gay Author".