It’s been a big year for Rawr_ItsBen.* Despite the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent shutdowns and quarantines that essentially forced all productions to screech to a halt, Rawr_ItsBen was able to capitalize on what was happening with solo videos (see his Caught By Dad While Stuck at Home During Quarantine), and even nabbed an XBiz Cam Award for Rising Clip Star — Male in 2020.
Rawr_ItsBen runs the OnlyFans site that primarily features Ben. His growth in audience numbers and growing popularity suggests a trajectory will soon surpass the limits of this platform — and his exuberance demonstrates his ability to think big.
It’s the same exuberance and his genuine affection for his co-stars including lots of kissing and a lot of fantasy scenarios that we all have (getting caught jerking off on the bike trail comes to mind).
He also expertly executes the kind of classic locker room, jockstraps, and sports fetish scenes (like hooking up with your coach), that have an archetypal appeal among many gay guys.
One of the things that makes his work distinctive is his videos often feel like what if the Hardy Boys met a live-action Scooby Doo, directed by Robert Corman (the famous B-Horror Hollywood movie director). Ben responds, “I love what I do and I try to have fun while being creative with it. Anyone can make a clip of them fucking on the bed, but it takes more work to think outside the bedroom… or house for that matter.”
#GAYNRD spoke to the man with one of the most popular OnlyFans site about coming out, protecting his sexual health, his favorite kinks, and what he’s got planned next.
The 21-year-old Florida native says he knew he was gay, “as far back as I can really remember, but the first time that i remember really thinking about it was when I was around 11 or 12. A friend who was a girl really wanted to give me a BJ. She was super aggressive and I had to physically fight her off. The moments and days after that I thought more about the fact that if it was a male friend of mine I would not have fought him off.”
Growing up Ben says that he received no sexual education. “None,” he says, “I grew up in a very religious household. I’m by far the youngest of eight children. All my siblings had long moved on by the time I was coming of age so they did not have the chance to fill me in and my parents would never talk about sex!”
Ben says he was aware of HIV and STIs, “But I did not really think about it too much. I started having sex when I was 15 and I made lots of bad choices at that point. I’m very lucky that I never contracted an STI in those early days.”
Ben says that he’s considered taking a PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylactic) drug like Truvada or Descovy [that prevent HIV but not STIs], but right now he relies on HIV and STI (and now COVID-19) testing prior to filming as a preventative measure. Ben says he started his OnlyFans the week he turned 18, “I had chatted with someone on Grindr when I was 16 who cammed [on Chaturbate]. He told me how great it was and I figured I would give it a try as soon as I could. I really enjoyed it and have never regretted getting into this industry.”
Ben explains that the award he won by XBiz, “is for performers that are not doing the traditional studio porn work. They give awards for cammers, premium social media, and clip starts. The clip start category is for people who produce and make their own porn clips and videos.”
He attributes his success to, “being consistent with producing fun creative content while promoting the content via social media and PornHub. I really like what I do and I think that shows through my work.”
He also says that he saw a huge spike in viewership during the COVID pandemic, “I saw my fan count skyrocket with the start of quarantine. I think it was a combination of people being bored and consuming more porn combined with the fact that I really started to get better content and marketing strategies around that same time.”
This dovetails with the fact that online porn saw a huge uptick in general with the pandemic.
Mashable reported on March 24th that, “Starting [today] users can sign up at the site’s special “stay home” landing page to enjoy premium for the next month. ‘With nearly one billion people in lockdown across the world because of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s important that we lend a hand and provide them with an enjoyable way to pass the time,’ said said Corey Price, Vice President of Pornhub in a press release. ‘We hope by expanding our offer of free Pornhub Premium worldwide, people have an extra incentive to stay home and flatten the curve.'”
Above: Ben does some cosplay as a First Order Dark Jedi guard in an OnlyFans video inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
This change in their policy led to huge spikes in viewers for everyone including Ben.
Ben says he’s into all sorts if crazy stuff, but his biggest kinks are, “public play, feet, socks, and sports gear. One of the great things about this job is that I get to explore my kinks on camera for everyone to enjoy. So when you see in a video doing something ‘kinky’ that is something I chose to do because I like it.”
Two of Ben’s videos were in the top 20 bestsellers on PornHub in September, but his personal faves are: Glory Hole in the Swamp with Hoss Kado and Clyde Poundings, Married Straight Coach Fucking Me, Bottoming in Glory Hole for 50-Yea-Old Daddy, Dad Catching Me, “and the one with by far the most views and likes is me getting caught on the bike trail.”
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Above: Ben and his baseball coach is one of his favorite and his most popular videos.
Ben says his that getting caught on the bike trail is also his personal favorite.
Photo above: A still from Ben’s personal favorite video, where he gets caught on the bike trail by a stranger.
It was so unexpected,” he tells me, “The guy passing by surprised me. I was so nervous but then he just joined in. My only regret is that I stopped filming way too quickly. That was actually the very first time I had filmed with someone and I was not expecting it. Looking back I wish I had let it go further.”
Photo above: Another still from Ben’s video where he gets caught on the bike trail by a stranger.
Considering his successes and recent forays into real-estate, does he recognize himself as a successful entrepreneur? “Lol,” he responds, “that’s a funny question because on my first instagram account I made when I was 13 or so, I listed my job as ‘entrepreneur.’ I never knew back then exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I was very driven. Yes, I have tried to invest some of the money I have made back into making better content by purchasing professional cameras and lighting. I have also worked with an investment partner on flipping a house, sprucing up rental homes, and fixing up a 100-year-old historic home that I live in.”
We can’t wait to see what he does next.
[Editorial note: Ben, Its_Ben, and Rawr_ItsBen are stage names.]