First of all, why don't you introduce yourself to those of us who
don't already know you?
My name is Veronica Blake, co-owner and
Director for Doorway Productions. I also perform as Phoenix
in some of Doorway's films. My webcam
name is VeronicaBlake as
seen on myfreecams.com
between the first and last name).
You are the new co-head of Doorway
Productions - now how did you hook up with that company in the first
place? And how did you become the company's co-owner?
This may sound so cliché, but it really
was just a matter of me being in the right place at the right time. I met
Joshua Maldonado [Josh
Maldonado interview - click here] through a mutual friend and he approached me about
performing in one of his upcoming films. I refused, stating that I
certainly wasn't acting material, but it took little persuasion seeing as
he is just that charming and I could no longer resist.
After portraying Chloe the
Biker on The Interviewers, our paranormal-comedy reality series,
it was becoming increasingly apparent that Joshua was beginning to
lose interest in the company that he built from the ground up. It was
heart-breaking to see him just "going through the motions"
so to speak, and so I did what I do best. I listened to his concerns
and decided to offer a helping hand with the business end of Doorway
Productions. Up until this point, I was solely a performer and hadn't
thought about what was really involved in a production company.
However, Joshua was so impressed with my ambition to move things
forward and the fact that I'm a quick study regarding editing,
directing and other technical issues, that he eventually just said,
"F%*k it... You take over!"
took control of Doorway Productions at roughly the time it shifted
its focus from softcore to hardcore adult entertainment. Why, and how did
you feel about that shift?
so-called "shift" was a direct result of a collaboration between
Joshua, myself, and Joss Tarnez [Joss Tarnez
interview - click here]. We decided that the soft-core horror had
run its course and
that it was time to move on to a new level of film-making. I feel that it
was a wise decision and it has attracted more fans and opened doors of
opportunity that otherwise would not have been possible. I am thrilled
that we made the switch to hardcore films.
Why don't you talk about some
of your favourite films you directed?
had a blast directing Adult Double Drive-In Feature because of
the wide range of talent that we were privileged to work with. Anytime you
scenes and performers, the crazier things can get, but this is part of the
I enjoyed directing Michelle for different reasons. First
of all, this film took the longest to make because we were really
concentrating on making sure all the camera angles were extremely precise
while keeping the grindhouse-look and feel to it. This film
proved to me that I actually know what I'm doing and gave me the
confidence to continue directing additional films.
projects you'd like to talk about?
2012, so far we have conceptualized two new films. One is a loose
rendition of a live cam show style of experience, and the other is a POV
film that will give the viewer a more intimate experience with the
actresses. As most Doorway fans know, and for anyone new to Doorway, we
always release a horror based film around October, and without a doubt
there WILL be another for 2012.
Productions-movies usually feature quite a bit of bondage and fetish
stuff. Something you are at all interested in in your private life, and
your personal sexual preferences, if I may ask?
I am not a hardcore fetishist, I consider myself to be a switch. I enjoy sub/dom roleplay, and some light bondage, but
it is not something I engage in all the time. It took me many years to
figure out what kinds of sexual experiences were pleasureable versus
"completely out of the question". I
am accepting of many lifestyles, however a lot of them are simply just not
films seem to show a strong influence of 1970's grindhouse
(s)exploitation. Is this a comment you can at all live with, and would you
like to elaborate?
consider that a compliment, since a lot of our fans have a great
appreciation for that era, and style of filmmaking. To be completely
honest with you, I never grew up watching Indie films, or Cult Classic
films, but I am grateful to have been introduced to that genre.
How would you describe your
directorial approach in general?
have a very open mind to suggestions from all those that I work with,
including performers. Filmmaking is an effort of coopertaion, creativity,
and dedication. There are no right or wrong opinons, and I appreciate
working with people as a team. I am not a cruel dictator on set that
believes "it's my way, or the highway." In short, I may be the
director, but we really all work together to make our films a success.
What got you into
filmmaking in the first place, and did you receive any formal training on
the subject? And what got you to the adult side of the business?
Joshua was the real catalyst for my film-making career. I consider
myself to be extremely fortunate to have such a wonderful mentor and
friend that decided to take a chance on my desire to learn every aspect
of the business, rather than just sticking to performing. I did not
receive any formal training, and frankly, I don't desire to follow
anyone else's opinion, free or for a paid degree on the subject. This is
something that, like so many other artists know, you have to DO rather
than study to be a true success.
As I stated previously, Joshua invited me
to be in a film, and although I was extremely hesitant to do so, I
quickly changed my mind after watching Goth Girls. I wanted
to try something new and exciting and live a little bit. Life, I have
found out recently, is too short to live with regret. I now see that
life is to be embraced and not something any of us should take for
granted. I didn't want to be the person that found myself in my older
years wondering "What if?" So, I took up his offer and the
rest is, well, history.
movies are most often written by your TS-star and Doorway Productions
co-owner Joss Tarnez [Joss Tarnez
interview - click here]. What's your collaboration like, and has
he ever written stuff you just refused to film? And come to think of it,
is there stuff you'd never film (apart from the illegal of course)?
Joss and I work extremely well together, being that we were raised in a
similarly suffocating manner as far as our upbringing is concerned. We
have a lot in common, such as our sense of humor, determination, and
creative thinking. We bounce ideas off of each other all the time and we
wouldn't be doing this without each other. We have a bond that is so
rare in the fact that we may not always see eye to eye, but our
compromising abilities far outweigh any creative differences that may
arise. I really don't have any words to describe how great our
collaboration is. It just is.
Joss is the kind of person that is completely logical, and would never
waste her or my time writing something that wasn't plausible to film. We
believe in working smarter, not harder, therefore everything that she
writes is always with the best intention, for us and our viewers.
I don't think I would ever film a boy/boy
scene. That is one of those things that just doesn't float my boat.
Productions' former owner Josh Maldonado [Josh
Maldonado interview - click here], you have done a TV show called The
Interviewers. Would you like to talk about that one for a bit?
was a (one season) show that we aired on our local CW channel. We had a
lot of fun interviewing all of the people involved and none of it was ever
scripted. Some of the subjects that we covered were ghosts, vampires,
voodoo, zombies, Bigfoot, and UFOs/aliens. It was a comedy of sorts in
the fact that a lot of our interview subjects sounded like complete mental
cases, but everyone shared their experiences just as they remembered them.
All in all, it was a great time.
making movies, you are also a webcam girl. What can you tell us about your
webcam shows, and this very special kind of audience interaction?
my webcam shows, I dance, flirt, play games, talk dirty, and play with my
sex toys. I perform on a couple different sites, and these sites have
different rules regarding what can be done in free chat vs. private chat.
Sometimes, I'll just go on cam to have fun and if guys tip, that's great.
Other times, I go on with a specific goal in mind and raise tips before I
perform anything sexually explicit. Interacting live with an audience
while in the comfort of home is a fun and safe way to make some extra
money while working in between films.
getting naked in front of a camera ever bothered you?
think the first time anybody gets naked in front of a camera, it is
intimidating. We all have insecurities and self perceived flaws. For me, I
was scared to be in front of the camera even partially naked. The more you
do it, like with anything else it eventually becomes easier.
other aspects of your career you'd like to talk about?
have dabbled in many different creative subjects and all of them have
helped me to get to where I am now. For instance, a passion for nature
photography runs in my family and I started taking pictures with a 35mm
camera in the 1980's. I once worked for a commercial photography studio
and gained experience with how to make people look their best. I'm also
musically inclined and arranged much of the background music that played
in our three releases for 2011. I also started writing erotica about 20
years ago, and believe that this formed the foundation for my sexual
who inspire you?
Carpenter, without a doubt. Robert Zemeckis (WAY too many films to list),
Robert Hiltzik (Sleepaway
Camp) and of course, I have to mention a female
director that definitely inspires me... Mary Harron - American Psycho
(2000), The Notorious Bettie Page (2005), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996) and
The Moth Diaries (2011).
Your favourite movies?
I know you're going to laugh, but I'll tell you anyway: The Wizard of Oz
has to be my all-time favorite film. I think because of the nostalgia of
watching it every year on television as a child and then my mom
purchased it for me as a graduation gift. What else do you give a kid
that has everything? Just kidding...
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I also love the first Back to the Future
(Robert Zemeckis) film and saw that at the theater when I was 7 years
old. God, am I giving away my age here?
and of course, films you really deplore?
Anything made by
Rob Zombie. Enough said.
Facebook, whatever else?
People can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Find me on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/DPVeronicaBlake
Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Veron1caVamp
I'm on Skype as well, but... I charge by the minute on there... lol
Anything else you are dying to
mention and I have merely forgotten to ask?
Yes, you can also contribute to my luxurious lifestyle on www.mygirlfund.com/FoxyNative
- again, just kidding. I actually do custom videos and picture sets for a
lot of great guys on that site.
If you're interested, look me up and send me an e-mail!