20 Questions With Madison Young


When porn meets art, both begin to take on a new form… and there is no one I’d rather have tie it up in rope and work it over more than Madison Young. Porno director, fetish star and queer art gallery director, the amazing Miss Young has her hands in everyone’s cookie jar, and shows no signs of slowing down. Part of the queer sex positive porno renaissance in San Francisco, Madison Young has pulled her fetish niche out of the dungeons and into the light of mainstream adult, merging the two into a provocative and inspiring mix of bondage, story, performance and, of course, super hot kinky sex. Whether Madison is behind the camera, on the bed, or both, she brings an element of raw emotion to the project, which is a rarity when it comes to porn. Luckily this busy lady found time in her fabulously hectic life to give us twenty questions worth of lovin’. I hope it doesn’t mean one less orgasm for someone else!

1. How (and when) did you get started in the industry?
Over 6 years ago I started performing and directing for adult films and web sites. I got into the industry in order to fund my nonprofit queer community art gallery and performance space, Femina Potens. I’ve always been a kinky exhibitionist and wanted to participate in a powerful medium in which I would have an opportunity to create visibility for women who are aggressive around their sexuality and making myself open and vulnerable to connection with my on screen partners and at the same time have a chance to educate others around sex and sex positivity. Having a camera present for the last 6 years of my sexual growth has proven to be validating to my own sexual desires and to my audience.

2. If you weren’t in the adult industry, what would you be doing?
I’m currently engaging in all of the mediums involved in all of my major interests – sex, art, feminism, gender politics, education, and writing. When I’m not in front of the camera I’m either directing porn, directing my gallery, or writing essays for books on feminism and submission.

3. What’s the best thing you’ve learned or best advice you’ve received from the industry?
One thing I’ve learned and always stuck to is never engaging in anything that I couldn’t explain and stand up for to either press or my mother. I strongly believe in the work that I’m engaging in. I put all of my heart and body into this work. And I believe that it is important to develop a language around explaining what we do, how we do it, why we do it and the way that it effects us and our audience.

4. What’s the funniest thing that’s happened while filming?
I think the use of deli sliced turkey as a dental dam on the set of my film Art House was pretty humorous.

5. What do you think is the biggest misconception about women in the industry?
That women are forced or coerced in to getting involved in the industry out of desperation. The industry is full of bright college educated sexually aware women who are taking control of their sexual selves, exploring their deepest desires, and documenting it on film.

6. What did you do today?
I spent most of the day preparing press packets for Madison Bound Productions, worked on distribution, finished compiling my book proposal that is going out to my agent, scheduled two queer art events for the National Queer Arts Festival, booked two shoots for two features I’m shooting in LA this month, sent out art design for two of my upcoming releases, and bought groceries…

7. What would you rather have done today?
I have a really amazing life. There is very little I’d rather do. But a day off would be nice. I think I’m going to take off on Valentine’s Day and go hang out in Santa Cruz.

8. If you could do a movie with anyone (living or brought back from the dead) who would it be? Hmm… that’s a hard one. If fictional characters are included I would say Chris Parker from The Market Place Series. I’d also love to do a movie with Midori or Belladonna.

9. Who is your favorite adult performer?
Syd Blakovich, Jiz Lee, Ceci Dolores, Kimberly Kane, Sasha Grey, and Belladonna

10. You’ve got 20 bucks left to your name; what would you do with it?
Take a potential porn producer out for coffee and pitch my company to her or him. Then take a friend out for a beer to celebrate new beginnings. Maybe go home with a photo booth photo if there is change.

11. If you were president, what’s the first thing you’d change?
Stop the war on porn and free health care.

12. What’s the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?
I forget people’s names or call people by the wrong name all the time which is pretty embarrassing.

13. Which is your favorite project you’ve worked on?
My favorite most recent project is Art House, Champion runs a close second. And I had a great time working for Tristan Taormino on her Vivid Ed series.

14. If you could have 1 superpower what would it be?
To clone myself

15. Meat or veggie?

16. What is your favorite book?
On The Road by Kerouac or Post Office by Bukowski

17. What is your biggest pet peeve?
Dealing with dishonest people

18. What is your best piece of sex advice for women?
To not be afraid to be active and present in their bodies and to completely let themselves go and let all of their erotic energy and desires flood out from them and into their partner/s. Breathe. Communicate. And get lost in the moment.

19. What is your favorite adult movie?
My two current favorites this month are Live in My Secrets directed by Kimberly Kane and released by Vivid Alt and Champion by Pink and White

20. Tell me one thing you’ve never told anyone else.
I love to cuddle almost as much as I love rough kinky sex.