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XXX Wasteland Exclusive Interview: Charlie Laine

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407760Once a popular performer amongst XXX fans, Charlie Laine has since transferred her experience and passion for adult entertainment into a new role as talent consultant under the roof of top industry agency Adult Talent Managers. Handling sales and marketing duties as well as public relations for ATMLA models in addition to other responsibilities, Laine is an integral part of the company’s day-to-day operations.

Prior to becoming a behind-the-scenes player in the adult industry, Laine enjoyed a successful career of her own in front of the camera. The Wisconsin native’s stint in performing included appearances in major publications such as Hustler and Cheri as well as parts under some of porn’s leading studios such as Wicked Pictures, Digital Playground and Adam & Eve.

Laine’s proudest moment as an adult actress came in early-2006 when she was named Penthouse Pet of the Month for the magazine’s February issue and later accepted a position as production manager for the company, a job Laine held for approximately two years.

Charlie kindly spoke to XXX Wasteland on the morning of September 12 to discuss her career performing in adult films, the transition into working behind the scenes and more.

You can visit Laine online at ClubCharlie.com, follow her on Twitter under the handle @ImCharlieLaine and check out Charlie’s FreeOnes page at this link.

P.R. and media inquiries pertaining to ATMLA talent may be directed to info@ATMLA.com. The agency has also organized an online benefit for former adult performer Cameron Bay, who was recently diagnosed as HIV-positive, to assist with Bay’s medical expenses. You can donate to the fund at https://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/hl03/cameron-bay-hiv-medical-fund.

(Special thanks to Mark Schechter of ATMLA. Photo #1 courtesy of Tom Byron Pictures’ Strap-On Sunny. Photo #2 courtesy of Penthouse. Photos #4 and #5 courtesy of Charlie Laine’s Twitter account)

charlie-laineLet’s start at the beginning: Can you tell us how you entered the adult industry initially?

I was doing some swimsuit modeling out in Florida and I had a profile up on One Model Place. John Steven from Matrix Models contacted me; I gave it some thought and came out a couple of weeks later. I shot with Suze Randall, Earl Miller and Stephen Hicks. About three months later, I moved out here and joined up with Ed Powers; I worked on his Cockless series for the first year exclusively, so I did all the girls’ first time on film with another girl. And that was a lot of fun. Then, I progressed into working for other companies and … now I’m here. (Laughs)

And you first entered in 2002, is that right?

Mmhmm – November of 2002.

And you retired from on-camera performing earlier this year, is that correct?

It was approximately three years ago in January.

Oh, really? Wow.

Yeah.

If you don’t mind my asking, can you tell us what was behind your decision to retire?

I have always liked performing in the industry; the only thing is, it was becoming a job, so to speak. I knew that if I was going to continue, I was probably going to have to do boy/girl and in the industry of sex, I want to do what makes me happy and I didn’t think I would be personally happy doing boy/girl. I got offered a position on the other side of the camera and I took it, and I’ve been happy about it.

Very cool.

And I like food. (Laughs)

(Laughs)

I got older, I was performing for eight years and I didn’t want to watch my weight anymore. (Laughs)

Sure, sure. What would you point to as some of your standout memories when you look back on your performing career?

Definitely being a Penthouse Pet was a highlight, traveling the year with them that I did. I was still doing promotions for them for years and years after. I actually did a radio show for them maybe a month or two ago. So, probably being a Penthouse Pet was the highlight.

I don’t know … I have so many (good memories). I had a really great time performing, so I think just everything was a great experience: traveling, getting to meet all different types of people and seeing different places.

Absolutely. And your official website is still up and running, I believe – the ClubCharlie.com site?

Yeah, it’s ClubCharlie.com. I’m not sure how the updates are going – I haven’t been in contact with my webmaster lately. I’m not really involved with it that much anymore.

166546_r3I’d also like to ask about your work at ATMLA because I really enjoy speaking with people behind the scenes. Can you tell us how that position came about and describe some of your responsibilities at the agency?

Yeah. Originally, back when I first retired, Shy Love offered me the position part-time just doing some administrative work. About six months after that, I went over to Penthouse as a production manager and I was there for approximately two years. Then, I got out of that and went over to another agency. I wasn’t very happy there, so I talked to Mark (Schechter, owner of ATMLA) and he said a position was opening up here at ATM.

I love Mark – I think he’s an awesome guy, he’s one of the good guys to work for – and we connected right away and about a week or two later, I was working here. It was a really good experience for me – he’s definitely an awesome boss, he believes in me. I mean, I started out doing administrative work and now he has me doing sales and marketing and P.R. for the girls. So, he’s definitely put a lot of faith into me and my abilities, which is awesome.

Yeah, absolutely. And you are a talent consultant, is that right?

Yeah. I do recruiting, as well as P.R. and marketing for the girls. I handle the interviews, I’m co-ordinating AVN schedules and just anything the girls need I take care of for them – if they want new photos on the site, if they want to do go-sees and so on and so forth.

Great. As you mentioned, you worked as a production manager at Penthouse for a couple of years as well. Was working behind the scenes in the industry something that you sort of always had in mind and wished to do or was it more a case of developing an interest in that side of the business when the position was offered to you?

Well, it was kind of always an interest of mine just because … performing for eight years, you always wonder what it’s like behind the camera or on the other side. And I truly enjoyed being a production manager. Penthouse shot in all 3D and that was really cool; I got to experience boy/girl shooting for the first time because I’ve only done girl/girl. It gave me a lot of open eyes to see the behind-the-scenes on how everything works and I also think it gave me a better grasp on how it is to work for an agency and help with production and so on and so forth. As a production manager, you know what production needs. But as an agency, sometimes you don’t really get it and I think every job I’ve had up until now has led me to do this job as well as I can.

Seeing as you have had such a great tenure within the industry both on and away from the camera, is there maybe one misconception about the adult business that you wish you could dispel?

A misconception about the industry … probably that the girls are trashy … to the outside world, people judge automatically on what type of person a girl or a guy is by being in this industry and I necessarily don’t think that is the case at all. I think it definitely takes a strong person to be able to open yourself up on camera and for the world to see, but I don’t think it lessens your morals or your value in any way, shape or form. I know a lot of really, really good people in this industry and just like any other industry, there are good ones and bad ones. But I don’t like the misconception that all are bad.

For sure. May I ask a few questions about yourself as a person if that’s okay?

Sure. Go for it.

BBy24WfCQAA0QNaGreat. Can you tell us where you were raised and how you would describe yourself growing up?

Yeah. I was raised in Marion, Wisconsin, which is about a one square mile town about forty-five minutes away from Green Bay.

I grew up kind of as a tomboy. I had a lot of guy friends, grass stains on my knees, just kind of a country girl. But my mom had always had me in dancing pageants as a kid, so that’s where I got my girlie side and where I wanted to be the center of attention, so to speak. (Laughs)

I always kind of knew I wanted to live in L.A. or New York and get out of Smalltown America and when I got the opportunity, I jumped. But I was very happy with my childhood, I loved where I grew up. I think it’s a great place to raise kids and have a life. I just actually got back from attending a friend’s wedding out there and every time I go back home, it’s like I never left; everybody knows your name, everybody knows who you are. Nothing really changes and I really like that about where I’m from.

What are some of your interests and hobbies away from work?

Well, I love animals. I volunteer at a horse rescue when I can on my weekends. I used to do it a lot more prior to the past three months, but that was a huge hobby of mine.

I love going to the beach, hanging out with friends and mostly spending time with my animals – going to the dog park … having a nine to five job, it doesn’t really leave much free time. (Laughs) Like I always say, I used to work five days a month. Wow … what happened? (Laughs) Now I’m working five days a week, but I love it. It definitely makes me feel like more of an accomplished adult.

You mentioned working a nine to five job now as opposed to being a performer, where the work schedule is more loose and unconventional. Was that a rough transition or something you sort of welcomed?

It was definitely something I welcomed. At Penthouse, I was working 12-14 days sometimes; we had a long production schedule. I think as long as you love your job, it doesn’t really matter how long or when you are working. And I’ve been blessed enough to have jobs where I actually do love them.

Is there one thing about yourself that you feel would surprise people?

For all those people that know me, they kind of know I’m a big dork. I’m a huge Star Wars nerd, I snort when I laugh, I burp. (Laughs) My co-worker, Brent, he always says, “When I was 13, I would have thought working with a Penthouse Pet would be cool. Now that I know you, it’s just you.” (Laughs)

(Laughs)

Yeah, I’m just very laid-back. I’m a jeans and T-shirt kind of girl, wear my hair in a bun with glasses.

Are there any current or upcoming projects in the works that you would like to mention, whether it be with yourself or ATMLA?

Well, I’m just working on a lot of P.R. stuff, so if anybody wants to contact me for interviews or any promotions with the girls at ATMLA, they are more than welcome to contact the office.

And as far as myself, not really. I’m just working on being happy and as long as I can contribute to the fantasies of men out there one way or another, I’m going to help it out. (Laughs)

BBvDh-MCMAEkl8K(Laughs) I understand that Mark Schechter and ATMLA have organized a fundraiser for (recently diagnosed HIV-positive performer) Cameron Bay.

Yes.

Would you like to take a moment to tell people about the benefit?

Of course. It is a fundraiser for Cameron Bay. I would like to say personally – with everybody else’s opinions aside – that I personally knew her, unlike a lot of people who have been bashing her. She is a very sweet girl. Working for her as an agent and as a consultant, I never had any problems with her. I feel bad for her – I feel bad for anybody who is affected by this. As an industry, we should all get together and support someone because it could have been any of us.

Yeah, absolutely. It really is sad, some of the reactions people have had, not only toward Cameron Bay, but everything that has been going on. Some people only focus on the negative, I guess.

Yeah. And I think that comes with a lot of small-minded people. Just because someone contracts a disease, that doesn’t make them a bad person, kind of like how I said just because someone’s in porn, that doesn’t make them a bad person. What someone does with their life doesn’t make them a bad person – it’s what is on the inside. And Cameron truly does have a beautiful soul.

To finish up, is there anything you wish to say in closing to readers?

Well, I love this industry. Thank you, guys for making me a part of it for 11 years and going strong and I hope to continue a long and prosperous career.

Excellent. I want to thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me.

Awesome – thank you for inquiring about me. It made me feel like I wasn’t so old anymore. (Laughs)

(Laughs) No problem. It was great speaking with you and I’m glad that you are happy working now in a different capacity within the industry. I wish you the best in the future and have a great day.

Thank you so much, sweetheart. I hope you have a great day, too!

Written by Adam Wilcox

September 16, 2013 at 1:53 pm

Posted in Interviews

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