I’d like to share an interview a friend and associate – his name is Kevin Johnson. He is the marketing manager for Pipedream Products (some blog visitors are familiar with some reviews I’ve done for Pipedream). Kevin also does some gorgeous photography and he’s going to share some details about both of these topics. Read on for more details.
Would you like to share your name?
Kevin Johnson (aka Boots Bryant)
What prompted you to become involved in a love, relationship or sex related field? Or, what helped you to be a “sex positive” person?
I’ve always been a sexual person ever since I hit puberty at the age of 11. I was raised in an extremely strict religious household and while sex was talked about, it was very forbidden and restricted. Naturally, being somewhat of a born rebel, I gravitated to whatever was forbidden by my parents and began to explore sex early on. I of course made mistakes along the way, so as an adult I enjoy being able to help educate people on things of a sexual nature so they can hopefully avoid some of the pitfalls I found.
What qualifies you to be a “sex positive” person? Tell us how you contribute to the growing “sex positive” community.
Real life and on the job experience. I’ve been in the adult industry since 2004 in various positions including marketing, PR, and product development. One of the products I designed/developed recently won a 2011 AVN Award and several more are nominated for XBIZ Awards this year.
Currently, I am the Public Relations Manager for one of the leading adult novelty manufacturers in the world. Part of my job is helping customers understand products better and educating them on how they work. We have an ‘ask a Sexpert’ section of www.PipedreamProducts.com and I’m in charge of getting those questions answered for people, either by myself or someone on our Sexpert team.
I’m also a freelance writer and photographer and use these mediums to inspire people to use their imaginations again. With the glut of in your face porn that is out there, I feel like there isn’t enough fuel for people to use their minds anymore. Between erotic fiction and artistic nudes and fetish imagery, I help people to unlock their imaginations.
In a few sentences, how do you describe what you do and how you help people to be more “sex positive”?
I have always been the ‘go-to-guy’ for friends who have questions about sex or need to talk about thing of a sexual nature that they can’t confide in anyone else. Now I just get to do it professionally at my day job. A lot of people are new to the world of sex toys, and won’t ask a clerk in a store face to face questions they may have about sex or specific products. But having a place to come where they can anonymously ask a Sexpert, they’re a lot more comfortable.
What sort of education, background, experience etc do you have for this work?
All of my experience has been culled from real life and on the job. I come from a Writing, PR & Marketing / Sales background, then moved into being a professional toy reviewer, to product developer and back to PR & Marketing.
What sort of additional training did you feel you needed to do more for your clients?
I’ve literally helped make sex toys from the initial concept & design, to a working prototype that I tested and sent back for revisions. This trial and error process forces you to learn about anatomy, your body, as well as the toys themselves better than merely reading a book in school. I’ve learned a lot about materials and ingredients and enjoy being able to help people by sharing this knowledge with them before they go and shell out their hard earned money on a toy that isn’t right for them.
How long have you been “sex positive”?
As I said, I’ve always been a sexual person since I hit puberty, but I really started taking this seriously as a career and profession in the last five years once I learned I could talk about dildos, butt plugs and anal eaze without blushing.
How did your “sex positive” journey begin?
In therapy while I was in Junior High School crying about how I wanted to kill myself because I was gay. The therapist helped me realize that I’m still a good person and that I should work toward one day helping other people realize that they are okay for exactly who they are. We all have our own unique individual fingerprints on our hands. I think the same is true when it comes to our sexual preferences and sex identities. We should be more open as a society in accepting each other and appreciating the beauty in diversity.
If you have a main focus or niche – what is it?
Photography. I do both mainstream (weddings/headshots/event) and adult (artsy nudes and fetish) and use a different name for the more adult oriented work.
What lead you to that specialty?
A friend asked me to take some naked photos of him for his online profile after he was recently single. They came out REALLY good. Shortly thereafter, I got to interview Joe Oppedisano when I was writing an article for AVN Magazine and he was releasing a coffee table book. I got to go assist him on this shoot and decided that is what I wanted to do, but with my own finger print on the finished image. I’m still working at it.
What has been the hardest thing about your work?
Finding the time to do everything. I don’t get many nights of sitting and watching TV or doing nothing. I don’t remember the last time I uttered the words “I’m bored.” And I don’t get to hang out with friends as often as I’d like.
What has been the most rewarding thing about your work?
Getting private emails from friends or strangers who tell me that I helped them feel better about themselves, or find self acceptance, or that my work helped them find pleasure by having a better orgasm.
Tell us about your business.
Business #1: Pipedream Products is a leading manufacturer of adult novelty and pleasure products. More information about the company can be found here: http://pipedreamproducts.com/about_us-10b.phtml — If you have questions about any of our sex toys they can be asked on the Sexpert area of our site: http://pipedreamproducts.com/sexpert-2.phtml or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org
Business #2: BootsBryant.com – freelance writer and photographer available to help with public relations, brand consulting, marketing, publicity and photography needs. I also have several projects that I’m working on including a magazine, apparel and coffee table books I plan to release in the next couple of years. Since I do have a full time day job, these projects are what I work on in my spare time when I’m done with work for my clients.
How long have you been in business?
I launched my website in 2008. It currently routes to a page where a wall calendar of my work is being sold and will be put back and re-launched in the spring to showcase a complete portfolio of my work.
Do you have a website and/or blog?
www.bootsbryant.com – main site
www.igotdirtyboots.wordpress.com – photography blog
How could someone get in touch with you?
Who are your favorite types of client?
People who are friendly and enjoy bouncing ideas off each other.
How would you describe your ideal client?
Someone who keeps their end of the bargain in a deal, pays on time and is down to earth and talks like a regular person.
Would you like to share your most unusual experience?
I ran an ad scouting for models for a specific project and ended up getting a response from a guy who hired me to take pictures of him for his own private use. He was a preacher, married to a woman, and they had two kids. He wanted to be stripped naked and tied up and have it photographed and paid me to do this and give him a disc of the images.
How do you promote your business?
Total grass roots marketing here. Passing out my cards at events I’m working, social networking sites, word of mouth referrals from satisfied clients and a little online advertising now and then.
Have you written any books or developed any products for your clients?
I haven’t written any books, but I’ve had short fiction stories published. As I mentioned before I developed several product lines some of which have been nominated or received awards in our industry.
If so, definitely share some details and links for more information.
So as not to disrupt the peace at my current full time employer, I can’t divulge details on my product lines that I developed. They were released by a competitor.
What did I forget to ask?
Am I on the twitter? Why YES I am… www.twitter.com/thebootsbryant – I had to put ‘the’ in front of my name because someone has the other parked and empty. I’m also on Facebook: www.facebook.com/bootsbryantmen – these are where people can keep up to date on my fetish artsy adult photography and projects I’ll be releasing later this year.
Thank you for taking the time to share information about yourself and your “sex positive” experiences and your journey.