Former RAF gunner turned gay pornstar from Edinburgh ‘shocked’ after scooping top award in industry ‘Oscars’
A former RAF gunner from Edinburgh who became a gay pornstar has scooped a top industry award which he hopes can open more doors to pursue his career in the US.
Marc McAulay won the ‘newcomer of the year’ in Europe at the Grabby Awards, which he has described previously as “the Oscars” of the gay porn industry. The awards were held virtually this year and celebrated the best of the gay adult entertainment industry in Europe and America.
The 30-year-old, who lives in Longstone, said organisers announced during the event at the end of May that more than 300,000 public votes were cast for shortlisted nominees.
Marc, who was wearing a kilt for the virtual awards, said: “When the guy announced it, I could not believe it. I was totally in shock.
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“From what I have heard, organisers said it was down to the amount of work and input and quality of my content and that it was a well deserved win.”
He continued: “There’s no doubt the award will help from the US side of things. The guy that won best newcomer a few years ago has got about a quarter of a million followers, and so it definitely opens massive doors because the award covers the whole of Europe and it was a global awards event.”
Marc, who says he has gained followers on Twitter and earns money from subscriptions through an adult blogging platform called ‘Justforfans,’ said he is expecting his trophy to arrive at some point this week.
Marc, who joined the RAF in 2014, says he was a gunner in the RAF Regiment which meant specialising in infantry tactics, weaponry and force protection as part of an elite soldier team with duties like defending RAF bases and overseas air operations.
He was part of the RAF Regiment for about five years but remains a RAF reservist and says the air force has been supportive of his career choice.
Marc said he had recently received a few private messages from people in the RAF congratulating him on the award.
He said previously that he earns between £30,000 and £40,000 a year as an adult film performer. He says being a Scottish porn star is popular with people in the US and Asia as they love the accent and that most of the guys he works with are either European or English.
Marc says living in Edinburgh has been great too because it has a thriving gay scene.
Earlier this year, the city’s Broughton Street was named an official ‘Gayborhood’ by The Gayborhood Foundation, an organisation that recognises leading gay areas globally.
Marc was also a runner up in a competition called Mr Gay UK in 2008 and believes this helped him get into the industry along with his work in underwear modelling.
His first porn audition took place in London about four years ago and since then he has been performing roles on screen about once a month for various adult film companies.
He said previously he has never worked with more professional people and the hotels and flights are paid in advance. He described the industry as safe and said actors must sign each other’s paperwork to get regular blood and urine tests done privately.