In honor of the new release Femdom Dream Date, we decided to interview one of our favorite Femdoms, Carissa Montgomery. Carissa has had an interesting career as a fetish model, learned the ropes of BDSM as a professional submissive, and she has been featured in major releases. We wanted to know how she began her journey in adult entertainment, and how the industry has helped her to express her kinky side while gaining experience as an entrepreneur.
Hot Movies: What brought you to the adult industry, and how did you start in BDSM film production?
Carissa Montgomery: I was working doing pharmaceuticals. My background is in nutrition, and I ended up working in pharmaceutical sales. It really wore me down. My soul felt worn down. I just wasn’t into it. I felt lost working for these big corporations and I quit without having any other jobs. I knew a photographer, and they had approached me about modeling. He knew I was free-spirited, and said he wanted to put something up on Model Mayhem. I didn’t have another job, and I figured with all this free time on my hands… I decided to get a make-up artist and get professional quality photos. I posted the photos online and I got a ton of fetish work right away. The first scene I did was bondage and tickling. It was so much fun. The acting part of it was so much fun that I was hooked. It wasn’t the actual tickling part of it, but I loved being able to play a role and lose yourself in something, and be all in it. That was really appealing to me. The acting aspect of that first scene was really important, because all the Femdom stuff requires a lot of acting. My personality shines through, but the performance aspect is something I really enjoy. I love it. So, it’s not really an exciting story. It was more like, ‘I can’t work in the real world anymore. What am I going to do?’ Luckily, I found a lot of work, so I’ve been able to sustain it. This business has given me the opportunity to tap into my entrepreneurial spirit, and run my own business and career. You can kind of have your hand in a lot of different pots.
You recently worked on a film with Aiden Starr, who also appears in Femdom Dream Date. Tell us about the experience of filming Pussy Whipped III, also co-starring Ana Foxxx?
Pussy Whipped III was freaking awesome! That was my first time working for Aiden. I knew her, I mean, I knew who she was and I have admired her work for a long time. I first saw her through KINK.com and I also had friends that knew her. I ended up hanging out with her this summer. She told me that she thought that I was perfect for a project of hers. You know, we’re both busty blondes, and she said ‘You’re just like me! Big-boobed, mean Femdom sadist.’ So, she wanted me to play that role. I had already known Ana Foxx. I had worked with her before, and loved her. She is such a sweet person. She was just great to work with. She is just so into being dominated, so it made the job really easy. She’s so hot, so it would be really easy. It was like a play session that just happened to be recorded. I mean, she is as hot as she is totally cool. Her personality is amazing, and that makes her so much sexier. She’s lovable and cool, and you’re like ‘Oh my god, I want to rip you apart.’ I would seriously eat her nipple. She’s just so cute. So, so cute. So, working with them is great, and Aiden is top notch to work for. She makes everything really easy for you. The production side of things was really smooth, because she’s a really good producer. Not only a great Femdom, but a really good producer, and she made everything great. So, I would love to do some more work with her, and I think that may be in my future. I’d also love to do more Evil Angel videos.
You did such a great job.
Thank you. This was the first Femdom scene I have done with a woman, and I was really nervous. I figured I would be fine. Let me just take everything I have done to a man, and try to do that to a woman, and we’ll see. It translated very well for me. I knew I could do it once I started. The same day I was filming, Mia Li and Holly Heart were coming in, and I was so happy to see two other people who I totally adore. I wanted to stay for their scene too. It was a really great experience, for sure.
What projects are you working on right now?
Getting my studio set up in Pittsburgh is my main focus right now, and that’s been a big undertaking. I want to do a lot more filming for both my humiliation website and my website Carissa’s Fetish Playground. That has been the website that I have been updating most consistently recently, and that has an array of fetishes. It’s Femdom, some damsel in distress bondage, that kind of stuff. I’ve been adding a lot of super heroine themes, and regular old-fashioned girl/girl hardcore action to the website. I’m looking to do a lot more videos like that when I have my own studio set up. I’ll also incorporate more female and male slave videos. These will have domination, face-sitting, humiliation, CBT, that kind of stuff. I’d like to focus on more filming at home, hometown stuff.
As a professional Dominant, how is your personal life affected by your work?
The industry has educated me a lot. Until I started this work six years ago, I had never been in any kind of relationship where anyone had introduced any kind of bondage or kink. It’s hysterical to me now looking back. I must have been very unlucky or had a very bad knack for choosing boring partners. I really wasn’t exposed to it. Once I knew what was out there I was freed, and I was really intrigued. I started out as mainly doing submissive roles, and I really learned a lot about myself. I learned what I liked, and I brought that knowledge back home. So, any relationship I have now, bondage and tease-and-denial are a huge part of it. A lot of sensory deprivation and switching roles, I just love that. But, I really was never aware of it before this work.
You mentioned learning from being a submissive and growing into a Dominant. Has your Domination style changed? How would you describe your style?
My style has definitely evolved. When I first started out I related to the submissive side more. I think I really was able to explore and learn things about my own psyche. I started off really tentative in everything I did. At first it was really difficult for me to push someone to their limit. I don’t know why. Maybe it’s just about being comfortable in yourself, because now I have absolutely no problem with that at all (laughs). Especially in filming, and when they give me the go-ahead. Whoever I am working with is a willing participant, and now I am more able to read people and their response. I think I was tentative because in the beginning I was not sure of my skills and ability, but now I can read people better, and communicate with people better to know that what I am doing is working. I consider myself a sensual, but sadistic, mind-fucking Domme. My whole way of being is sensual and teasing. I have a huge sadistic side to me, but I like it to be soft and seductive. Like I’m going to whisper to you how I’m gonna flog you until you can’t sit down anymore. You know, playful but strict. I feel super sensual when I am in the Dominant role. I’m feeling super sensual, but my actions are rough. It’s interesting.
Do you have any favorite toys that you go to as a Domme?
I use so many different ones, but I just used a new one on a shoot that was a vibrator and it had electro stimulation. I used it on a girl, and she was ecstatic. Then I used it on me, and it was amazing. It felt so cool. You’re getting vibed, and then you get shocked. We used it on a KINK.com shoot, but I don’t know where else you can get it. I like to use a medium, suede flogger. I like to alternate my strokes. I like to mix the pleasure and pain, and to add some kind of electronic stimulation.
What tricks of the trade or secrets to filming a good scene have you discovered? Any lucky rabbit paws?
Haha. Good lighting. I’m not superstitious, but good lighting is important. A good attitude always helps. Especially in girl/girl scenes, you want a girl who actually likes girls. If someone doesn’t want to be there it’s like the worst for everybody involved. Ugh, it’s so uncomfortable. I just try to work with people who are professional and have a good attitude. That’s the goal I have for myself is to be positive. That’s who does well in this business, it’s the people who treat others well and they love to do this.
What tips or pieces of advice would you provide to novices that may be interested in learning more or getting into the BDSM lifestyle?
I feel like [BDSM] should be the way that you would be with any partner. There has to be a ton of trust involved, especially if you want to bring the intimacy to the next level. Something like bondage requires a lot of trust. For beginner’s stuff, there is a ton of videos out there for bedroom bondage. I would say start light and then gradually learn up to the crazier stuff. I would start with light rope and blind folds, and then continue from there. I mean, that can be so exciting. But, that’s my opinion. Then again, my first shoot was bondage with forced orgasm, so I guess I’m lying. (Laughs) It wasn’t my personal life, though. What can I say? I’m a risk taker. I guess that’s my trick; you have to be a little ‘good’ crazy. Not the bad crazy that messes everything up, but the good kind that makes things interesting.
I think a lot people might not know how much this work entails traveling. Where do you usually travel to for work, and where are your favorite places you have been so far?
I love Los Angeles. I go there most often to shoot. Most porn and fetish porn is out there in California, at least in the States. That’s the hotbed of activity, and the place to be. I’m also in San Francisco a lot. Outside of the States I am in London often. I actually get a lot of work there. That seems to be where I have found the most amount of work in the fetish arena. It’s pretty cool over there. They have a lot of stuff going on. They do a lot of wrestling. The coolest place I have been to would be Naples, Italy. I went there to work with a bondage producer, and it was breath-taking. It was like nothing I had ever seen. Just to be in the Mediterranean and the islands surrounding the area, it was just amazing. A lot of exploring went into my free time over there. That’s probably the coolest place I’ve ever been able to go to for work. I’ve also been to BoundCon in Munich. It’s huge. It’s probably the biggest fetish convention I have ever been to. There’s tons of people and performances. People are super into rubber and latex. It’s a super fun time. They’re a lot more free than in the States. Nudity is ok. You don’t have to wear pasties like you do [at conventions] in the States. My whole boob is out, but I have to cover my nipple? That makes no sense.
Based on your extensive production experience, how do you feel women are treated in the adult industry? Do they have the same opportunity to get ahead in the business as their male counterparts?
I’ve never considered it a male or mostly female industry. My experience has been with both women and men producers. I never saw it to be one or the other. When I was doing a lot of Mom-and-Pop productions, like small studios, those studios were pretty male-dominated. But, more and more in LA I’ve worked for so many female run productions. So, I’ve never really felt like I would be at a disadvantage. I think it’s about good business sense and it doesn’t matter if you’re male or female, in my experience. If you have it, you have it, and if you don’t, you don’t. My first few years I was very observant of what people were doing, both right and wrong. I’ve developed a good sense of what works.
What misconceptions about your work do you regularly have to correct?
It seems that when I mention the fetish side of things people seem a little less judgmental, which is kind of strange to me. But, then when I talk about the hardcore porn girl/girl stuff I immediately see their face change. I feel like there is a general judgment that comes along with being in the adult industry. The general consensus from people is that they think that I am being forced into it somehow. As if I have to do this and I don’t have any other options. And, that is the misconception that really kills me. I do have other options. I have two degrees. I could fall back on something, so that’s a big one that kills me. I think that people also think you’re going to get an STD. That’s pretty funny. People are actually more likely to get an STD from casual sex in the real world, where as in porn we are getting tested every two weeks. That’s a funny one to me. I think people may also be shocked when you have a brain and are able to make good business decisions.
Femdom Dream Date is a hysterical look at trying to date and find like-minded kinksters. What has been your experience both dating and finding like-minded friends within your line of work?
Yes, this line of work has lead to me making some really good friends, and actually a partner as well, through the Industry itself. The friendships I have are, you know… I’m not someone who has a ton of friends. I have a group of people that I am very close to. The level of intensity between people in this industry [due to] our work brings us immediately to another level. So, when you find somebody you really mesh and click with it sets you up for life-long friendship, which is super cool. And, the open-mindedness that goes along with it. You can tell that person anything. It’s like, ‘Ok, I just stuck my finger up this girls butt, and you saw it, and now we can go on to the next thing.’ Secrets are safe.
What are your plans for the Zombie Apocalypse?
I’m such a planner, so I am surprised that I don’t have a plan for it. I would probably use my fast wrestling skills that I have learned along the way. I would join up with a group of survivors, and we could do choke-holds, death-holds, I don’t know. I really didn’t plan ahead.