Join Carla Ejarque’s Wine & Ceramics Workshop On 04 June

Join Carla Ejarque’s Wine & Ceramics Workshop On 04 June

Have you ever fancied doing a ceramic making workshop in Adelaide? Learn the art of pottery from architect and ceramist Carla Ejarque in her upcoming “Wine and Ceramics Workshopon 04 June 2021 at the Summertown Studio.

Hey Paolo: How did you learn your skill in pottery? 

I discovered pottery during my Erasmus student exchange programme in Budapest. I started in a very little studio and I fell in love with every aspect of it. After finishing my Erasmus, I decided I wanted to learn more about the art of pottery and so I started a bachelor’s degree in artistic ceramics in Barcelona while I was also finishing my last year in architecture. Since then, I’ve attended more workshops in different studios and with different teachers. After which, I just spent many hours on the wheel on my own while researching for special glazes which I can use such as the lava glaze.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to start this hobby? 

After spending so many hours in front of a computer in the past, I thought I needed to use my hands more. After a few months of pottery, I realised that I didn’t want it to be just a hobby, but also as a job. I really enjoyed studying architecture but I was missing the creativity that I didn’t get during my first fews jobs. I really wanted to make something with my hands. The more I learn about pottery, the more I wanted to dedicate my full self to it. Over the years, I have combined pottery with teaching. Since I moved to Australia, this has already become my full-time job: teaching regular classes, workshops, participating in markets, and designing bespoke tableware for restaurants.

Hey Paolo: What can people learn if they attend your workshop? 

In my handbuilding workshops, I teach three different handmade techniques: pinching, slab building, and coiling. Using one of these techniques or a combination of them, participants will be able to make any design or shape they want. At the same time, they will enjoy creating something from scratch with their own hands and they will be able to connect with the material. 

To attend Carla’s upcoming workshop, book through her website: https://en.carlaejarque.com/copia-de-sculpting-class.

Who can come? Anybody! Anyone that is interested in learning the basic hand building techniques and who is up to have fun. 

Price: AU$95 dollars

​• Where? Summertown Studio, 13 Paringa Ave, Somerton Park SA 5044, Adelaide

Hey Paolo Meets: Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac

Hey Paolo Meets: Alpha Men’s Jock Hardy and Taylor Mac

They’re hot. They’re sexy. And they’re smart. These gorgeous and talented men surely know how to excite and titillate the South Australian crowd.

Hey Paolo: What is Alpha Men?

A diverse group of male performers with the best of the best men in South Australia.

Hey Paolo: What are your future plans for Alpha Men?

To create a group of professionals in the male entertainment industry. They also aim to make a positive change in the community by raising money & awareness to causes such as men’s mental health (Beyond Blue). The boys also have plans of touring around Australia and other countries in the near future. They also wish to solidify their goals of building a multi-faceted group of male entertainers (from modeling, acting, emceeing, etc).

Hey Paolo: How did COVID-19 affect your industry?

The group adapted to the situation and the needs of the market. In more ways than one, it has been a blessing for them too with back-to-back sold-out shows. Also during this period, they found new innovative ways to entertain and engage with their followers through the use of social media.

Hey Paolo: What are the common stereotypes for people who work in your industry?

Being called prawns. People think they have low IQs and that they don’t have day jobs.

Hey Paolo: What are the most memorable performances you’ve had so far?

Watch the video to find out.

Hey Paolo: How do you define “sexy”?

Someone who is passionate and driven.

Hey Paolo: How would you explain Alpha Men to a conservative-traditionalist person?

Alpha Men is a multi-faceted entertainment organisation that can provide many services such as male models, actors, etc. They’re not just strippers.

Follow them on: www.alphamenaustralia.com.au, via Instagram @alphamenaustralia, or via Facebook @alphamenaustralia.

Hey Paolo Meets: Adelaide’s Banana Man

Hey Paolo Meets: Adelaide’s Banana Man

As they often say, “you can take the world in a good suit.” For Matt Eberhart, a.k.a. Rundle Mall’s favourite Banana Man, entertainment can come in all forms — even while dressed up as a giant walking Cavendish banana.

Hey Paolo: What’s the story behind the Banana Man?

I was working as a civilian manager in a Japanese-American military base until Dec 2017. With enough money saved up to sustain me for a year of travel, I went around the globe to busk in my yellow jumpsuit with a small amp and a concert ukulele. During a Halloween party back in 2018, I bought a banana costume for a party which I have then since used as my usual get up for all my future street shows. The Banana Man first arrived in Adelaide in 2019. 

Hey Paolo: Where have you performed so far?

Before the Banana Man came about, I have already performed in Japan, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Seoul, Korea, Israel, Germany, Poland, Ireland, USA, and Australia. As the Banana Man, majority of my performances have been done in Australia (Sydney, Melbourne, Albury-Wodonga, Brisbane Cairns, Perth, and Adelaide) and the USA (Las Vegas, LA, San Diego, Honolulu, Austin, San Antonio, Jacksonville, FL, Saint Louis, Denver, Salt Lake City, Washington DC, and New York City).

Hey Paolo: What are the most memorable stories you’ve had as a performer?

During the beginning of Adelaide Fringe 2020, a mentally ill man broke and pounded my ukulele on the ground and I injured my head while busking in Rundle Mall. This was the worst I have been attacked. But the upside was, a lot of people in Adelaide came out to support me. I cannot be grateful enough how Adelaide still encouraged me to keep performing after this incident.

Street performances can be dangerous: I have been punched in the nuts while in Hawaii, I have been robbed back in Sydney, and I have been thrown a bottle of alcoholic drink to my face while performing at Hindley Street. 

The most positive memories I have are hearing the stories of people who remember seeing me in a completely different city or country.

While busking in Hawaii, I was performing the song “Fire on the Horizion” by the band Stick Figure when the actual creator of the song walked past by. It was awesome to meet him in person.

Hey Paolo: Who is the Banana Man when he is not wearing his costume?

When the Banana Man is not performing, I do a lot of traveling. I feel most free when I am on the road bringing with me all of my worldly possessions. I was born in Germany and was raised in Japan by American parents. I am conversationally fluent in Japanese and I love to socialise with friends at a bar or in a club. I have a strong desire learn something new from people of different races, backgrounds, and creeds. 

Hey Paolo: What are your upcoming gigs?

For Adelaide Fringe, I have two different shows.

“Around the World with Mozart the Banana Man” aims to educate and inspire children four to 10 year olds about four different countries: Indonesia, India, China, and Ethiopia. My partner, Rich Jay, and I created this show to inform and entertain Australian kids about geography, population, language, and culture with music and dancing as a medium. 

“Musical Improv: The Immature Amateurs Troupe,” on the other hand, is a group of five artists and one multi-instrumentalist who will perform an improvised musical based on audience suggestions. No show will ever be the same; any audience member can suggest a song title and we will perform it.

To catch the Banana Man’s show, visit:

“Around the World with Mozart the Banana Man”: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/around-the-world-with-mozart-the-banana-man-af2021

“Musical Improv: The Immature Amateurs Troupe”: https://adelaidefringe.com.au/fringetix/musical-improv-the-immature-amateurs-af2021

Hey Paolo Meets: Tiktok Couple Linda Huynh and Alex Huynh

Hey Paolo Meets: Tiktok Couple Linda Huynh and Alex Huynh

Young South Australian content creators, Linda Huynh and Alex Huynh, found their own niche on Tiktok while entertaining over two hundred thousand of their followers from all corners of the world.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to start producing creative content on Tiktok?

Linda: We discovered Tiktok two years ago. I first uploaded a Tiktok video secretly and I didn’t tell Alex about it because he might think I was lame. I started getting likes and followers. Later on, he joined me and we started creating more proper and serious content.

Alex: I decided to jump on Tiktok because I thought there’s potential for growth. I thought it was really fascinating and fun. It’s like Youtube but in a shorter format.

Hey Paolo: What are your most popular videos?

Linda: I did a dance video where I accidentally stepped on my dog. It might have hit around two million views already at the moment. My dogs have become really famous on Tiktok. They’re Dino and Sora and the hashtag #DinoSora has over four million views. We do weekly vlogs about our dogs because everyone wants to know about them.

Hey Paolo: What are the types of content that you produce?

Linda: We call ourselves lifestyle content creators and we produce a variety: from fashion, vlogs, challenges to dance videos.

Alex: You can follow the journey of our relationship too and seeing things that we enjoy.

Hey Paolo: What is the importance of social media in today’s world?

Linda: I love and hate social media at the same time. I think it’s a very important aspect in everyone’s life especially the younger generation. It’s important that social media can inspire and educate people. We just have to be careful of what we put out and consume.

Alex: It has a big influence on people especially since Tiktok has a younger audience. People can learn more things now compared to what we could have learned when we were younger.

Hey Paolo: What keeps you motivated?

Linda: I’m very lucky to be managed by Born Bred Talent in Sydney which helps me find jobs and campaigns for Tiktok. Other than that, I get motivated by the encouragement from our followers, whether they give comments or likes.

Alex: What motivates me the most is seeing other people’s success while doing what they love.

Hey Paolo: How do you explain Tiktok to a nonuser?

Linda: It’s a 15-second to 30-second video platform showcasing dances, fashion content, or even cooking videos with the sole purpose of entertainment and education.

FOLLOW THIS COUPLE: TIKTOK: @lindarhuynh. INSTAGRAM: @lindarhuynh and @alexander.huynh.

Hey Paolo Meets: Tiktok-famous Jaxon Samwell and Tommy Eyers

Hey Paolo Meets: Tiktok-famous Jaxon Samwell and Tommy Eyers

For most people, the Tiktok world is seen as nothing but pure novelty. But for South Australian content creators, Jaxon Samwell (17) and Tommy Eyers (23), Tiktok goes beyond novelty — it’s a new medium of creative, engaging, and out-of-the-box entertainment.

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to start your Tiktok pages?

Jaxon: Six months ago, I was still a very quiet person and I didn’t really interact with people unless I know them. But after doing two-three Tiktok interviews with random strangers, I thought it was heaps fun especially filming their real reactions and showcasing them on Tiktok.

Tommy: I just want to make people laugh. I didn’t really know anything about Tiktok back then, and I was trying to make videos (uploaded on Facebook & Youtube) to make as many people laugh as possible. Now, you put them on Tiktok and you can suddenly make a million people laugh.

Hey Paolo: What kind of content do you produce?

Jaxon: To make people laugh. I get surprise messages and they’ll say something like: “I was having a bad day and your content made me laugh.” Stuff like that keeps me going. What I do has also inspired other people to pick up their camera and film their own stuff.

Tommy: I used to do what Jaxon was doing like asking people questions and getting their reactions. But three months ago, I started dressing up in a school boy outfit and now all of my videos are of this character. I basically go around in a 10-year-old school kid’s outfit and I ask people to film me dancing and doing random stuff.

Hey Paolo: How do you explain Tiktok to the older generation?

Jaxon: If I had to explain Tiktok to my grandparents (which I actually had to do), I’ll say that it’s just like any other social media platform. Strangers can go viral. You can be nobody and become Tiktok-famous instantly.

Tommy: For anyone over the age of forty, they’ll be like, ugh, Tiktok’s going to steal your data. Tiktok is actually a good platform for those who wish to go viral.

Hey Paolo: What keeps you creating?

Tommy: Knowing that people are “wetting their pants” watching my content while laughing is good to know.

Jaxon: I get mostly positive comments on my videos and I love reading them and replying to them. And then there’s all meeting random people who recognise us. It’s such a weird thing because everything happened so quickly.

Love is Love: David and Adam Rocca

Love is Love: David and Adam Rocca

ROCKIN’ UP WITH THE ROCCAS — More than the fight for legal rights, acceptance, and equality, marriage for David Rocca (34; videographer/content creator ) and Adam Rocca (26; real estate agent) is nothing but a celebration of union and love. 

Hey Paolo: What were your individual “coming out” stories like?

David: I was a late bloomer. I didn’t come out until I was 23 years old. Before that, it was just one big secret. I had a big Italian and Catholic family. Back then, coming out is a scary thing to do.

Growing up, it wasn’t accepted at school. I saw a kid one day and he got extremely bullied when he came out. He had to leave school and I never saw him again. That set me back.

I was lucky though as everyone around me was very accepting of my sexuality. Even though in my head I thought they weren’t going to be…

Adam: Mine was pretty easy as I was very easy-going and I had a laidback family.

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David Rocca

Hey Paolo: How did you both meet?

David: We’ve always known each other for the longest time, but the timing was never right. We were both in a relationship with our ex-partners at that point when we first met and it never really worked out. He was based in Port Lincoln while I was living in Prospect. But eventually, it all just happened.

Adam: We first met through mutual friends. We decided to have coffee one day — and the rest was history.

We built a relationship based on coffee.” – David

Hey Paolo: How did you guys get engaged?

David: I proposed to Adam and I did it, as cheesy as it sounds, at the Eiffel Tower in Paris back in 2016. We were on a European holiday for about a month. We had a backpack then and I had the ring inside the backpack the whole time. He was carrying the backpack during the entire trip, but he didn’t even realise that there was a ring inside.

Adam: It was so funny to get engaged in Paris. You’ll think that you’re having this really unique, special moment, but when you look around, there are about 10 other people also doing their own engagements at the same time. It was nice sharing that moment with other engaged couples.

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Adam Rocca

 

Hey Paolo: How did your families and friends react to your engagement?

David: My parents knew as I told them prior. When we first posted on social media about our engagement, some people got really shocked while the rest were really excited for us. Although same-sex marriage wasn’t legal yet here in Australia at that point, I still wanted to go ahead with our marriage anyway. I wouldn’t let anyone stop me from doing what I wanted to do.

Adam: We were really lucky as we have very supportive families and friends. I personally don’t know any other gay couples who have been engaged prior to ours. Five months before our wedding, same-sex officially became legal here in Australia and it got us really excited. We got married in April 2018.

Hey Paolo: What’s the importance of same-sex marriage?

David: For me, it’s about commitment, love, and building a family. I wouldn’t want to share my life with anybody else.

Adam: Marriage for me is about being able to go through life together and to have that recognition that you’re just one unit as a couple.

 

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Hey Paolo: What is LGBT PRIDE for you?

David: Being me, being loved, and equality in all forms. Having that freedom not to ever worry about where I go, what I do, and what would other people say. It’s about acceptance.

Adam: It’s about feeling safe and being truthful to who you are.

Hey Paolo: What’s the future for LGBTs here in South Australia?

David: It needs to be more openly celebrated. It needs to be more than just a gay club or some gay festivals. We need to have more gay-friendly places. We have to move more freely within the community without worries. I feel in certain places like Queenstown, New Zealand, everyone’s welcome. When we were there, I can hold Adam’s hand down the street without any hesitations, but here in Adelaide, I couldn’t really do that here…

Adam: Adelaide is always quite conservative — it will always be. I would like to see more diversity and LGBT faces in our government who will help form legislation so that everyone’s spoken and accounted for.

“I feel everyone’s more open-minded during the Adelaide Fringe festival in March, and when that’s over, everything’s back to the way it was.” – Adam

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Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Brunch:

David: Cotto (112 Prospect Road) and Exchange Specialty Coffee (1-3/12-18 Vardon Ave).

Adam: FRED Eatery (220 Mount Barker).

Dinner:

David: Pizza e Mozarella Bar (33 Pirie Street) and Bangkok Boulevard (Tea Tree Plaza)

Adam: Madame Hanoi (Adelaide Casino, North Terrace) and Mrs. Q (1/128 Gouger St)

Nightlife:

David and Adam: Henessy Rooftop Bar (Mayfair Hotel) and any of the bars at Peel Street/Leigh Street.

ON INSTAGRAM: David Rocca (@davidvincentrocca) and Adam Rocca (@adamrocca_)

 

 

 

 

Hey Paolo Meets: Radio Producer and 5EBI 103.1 FM’s President Juan Paolo Legaspi

Hey Paolo Meets: Radio Producer and 5EBI 103.1 FM’s President Juan Paolo Legaspi

Radio, as a communication medium, has undeniably evolved over the years. With a new batch of talented and passionate people who constantly aspire to share their voices, knowledge, and stories to world, radio will always have a place among people. 5EBI 103.1 FM’s Juan Paolo Legaspi, 33, shares his radio journey story. 

Hey Paolo: How did you start a career in radio?

My mum is also a volunteer radio presenter at 5EBI 103.1 FM until now. When I was younger, I used to help her and the rest of those in the radio station do some online research for their new segments.

Hey Paolo: What is 5EBI 103.1 FM?

5EBI celebrates cultural/linguistic diversity and it’s a fulltime multi-cultural community radio station here in South Australia. It doesn’t rely on commercial advertising, but instead, it’s managed by the local community and is funded by various donations. We have radio programs in 44 different languages — and Filipino is one of them.

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Hey Paolo: Who is your target audience?

5EBI 103.1 has been around for more than 40 years now. Back then, it was primarily to present news and information coming from the motherland and we share it here to our South Australian audience. At present, our mission has somewhat changed. Now it’s also about sharing cultures, music, languages, ideas, etc.

Hey Paolo: What are the main challenges working in this field?

The biggest challenge is always finding the right, consistent talents who will be able to run the shows. Majority of our presenters at the momemnt come from an older demographic. A lot of them have been doing it for decades now and they still love doing it up to today. We constantly need younger talents.

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Hey Paolo: What’s the future of 5EBI?

We want to create a platform and a network of people who can potentially become radio professionals in this field. It’s a training ground and an opportunity to nurture talents.  Community radio can play a bridge between those who want to do it as a hobby and those who want to do it professionally in the long run too.

Hey Paolo: Recommendations for…

Breakfast: A Mother’s Milk (105 Unley Rd) makes really good baked eggs. My Kingdom for a Horse (191 Wright St) also creates good shakshuka.

Lunch: I wanted to keep this secret to myself, but my favourite is Contemporary Japanese Deli (22/68 Grenfell St) and they offer delicious $10 authentic Japanese bento boxes.

Dinner: For consistency, I like Wasai  (9/15 Field St). Their sushi bowls are always fresh. I also love Borsa Pasta Cucina (1/25 Grenfell), especially for their puttanescas.

 

Hey Paolo Meets: Entrepreneur and Entertainer Shania Twatt

Hey Paolo Meets: Entrepreneur and Entertainer Shania Twatt

They often say, “real queens fix each other’s crowns.” For Matthew Bruno, 35, he might have learned his lessons the hard way, but he is now ready to push himself once again to return to the scene and to bring his fab alter ego, Shania Twatt, back on track. 

Hey Paolo: What inspired you to become a Drag Queen?

When I was younger, I was very much into music, drama, and performing. I have always been good at making people laugh. I can easily mimick/perform different characters and I always feel comfortable being in front of people.

Here in Adelaide, I also grew up with all the drag queens at the old Mars Bar (a defunct gay nightclub) and I always loved how they perform. But at that point, I never really wanted to become a drag queen of my own.

Shania Twatt was really born in the Philippines. When I was working there managing a BPO company, I have visited a few gay clubs and made friends with people. One of the venue owners asked me to emcee for them for a night.

“What should we call you then in drag,” they asked. Shania Twain’s song was playing at that time and that inspired me to call myself Shania… (but as a Twatt.)

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I never called myself a drag queen. I classify myself more as an entertainer or as a character. If you see me in drag, it’s always for business; it means I’m working. It’s not like I go out wearing all these every night. 

When I came back to Adelaide, I kept asking myself: what does Adelaide need at the moment?

I created an agency called Man Netic Entertainment to manage a pool of talents (drag queens and adult entertainers) to serve and entertain different demographics, cultures, ages, and genders. We then initially started performing at Mars Bar, Madame Josephine’s, and a couple of other venues — and these all started successfully.

Hey Paolo: How has Shania evolved through the years?

I bought Mars Bar (which was later turned into OZ Nightclub) with a couple of others at that time but our club had to fold up as it was really difficult running it.

Shania got caught up with all the gossips, drama, and bright lights of the gay scene. Business-wise, I’ve made a lot of mistakes in the past. But I don’t regret anything now because I’ve learned a lot from it. As a drag queen, I’ve made a lot of friends and enemies too. I’ve made some enemies because of my own actions and wrong decisions in life. But you live and you learn.

With the closure of the club, I felt I was left in a really dark place. I stopped performing and hated doing drag shows. I got really depressed and I felt burnt out. I couldn’t find Shania anymore. I couldn’t even look at my costumes.

I took a time off, but I also felt I wasn’t done yet. I come from a family of entrepreneurs who run successful events and restaurants. With the support of my mum, I told myself, one day I’ll come back.

Now, I’m ready to come back. I’m ready to bring events again to Adelaide.

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Hey Paolo: Who is Shania Twatt?

Shania is #hookerrealness. She’s a lady of the night; a madame. She is big, bold, and beautiful. She’s courageous and she never holds back. She’s a big girl who loves to move. She supports big girls and she’s an advocate of body positivity.

I guess I was the Lizzo before there was fucking Lizzo!

Hey Paolo: How different is Shania Twatt from Matthew Bruno?

With Matt, there’s a sense of sensitivity and shyness still. Shania is a bit braver and she doesn’t care. Shania is my armour. I can be personally moody, while Shania is always happy and ready to party. I can be pretty private too, while Shania doesn’t really hold back.

Hey Paolo: How important is Shania Twatt for you?

It has been a tough past six months for me with COVID and the end of my relationship, which caught me off guard and I’m still healing from. So Shania has become more of an escape from the reality of disappointments and heartaches.

However, it was my ex who has also encouraged me to go back out there in the limelight. I still hope that one day though, my ex and I will be able to be friends again. For now Shania allows me to channel my emotions into a creative outlet.

Hey Paolo: What does Adelaide’s LGBTQ community need at present?

Adelaide needs a venue that will celebrate the diversity of the LGBTQ community while catering to a variety of cultures, curiosities, fetishes, and demographics. I just want to see everyone come back together and party like how they used to.

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Hey Paolo: What’s next for you?

We opened up PONY (146 Hindley Street; male cabaret and drag show in Adelaide) last January 2020. At PONY, it’s a destination and a nonstop show featuring gorgeous men, drag queens, performances, visual effects, games, and lots of drinking & partying. Usually after our shows, the same venue turns into a nightclub.

I’m also planning to start a series of new gay events/parties in the near future (tentatively called “Bar Gaga”).

Hey Paolo: Where would Shania go for…

Lunch/Dinner: Of course, it’ll be at my mum’s restaurant, B Social (246 Foster Rd, Oakden). Shania likes drinking refreshing cocktails such as Aperol Spritz or Pineapple Malibu.

Weekend Spot: It’ll probably be at a random beach. She’s probably hangover or partying there.

Vacation: I would love to go back to a place where I have good memories of, like the Philippines. Or maybe Mykonos, Greece because I also have a drag queen friend there.

Shania Twatt’s Instagram Page: https://www.instagram.com/shania_twatt/

Hey Paolo Meets: Mobile Massage Therapy from Luke Van Boekel

Hey Paolo Meets: Mobile Massage Therapy from Luke Van Boekel

Want to enjoy a luxurious and relaxing spa environment in the comfort of your own home? Luke Van Boekel, 24, of Odyssey Health Practices Adelaide provides mobile massage therapy services to help pamper and ease tensions in your tired bodies without you necessarily leaving your own bedroom. 

Hey Paolo: Why massage therapy?

I have always been interested in both fitness and health ever since I was young. It started in 2017 when I took up Certificates III & IV in fitness training and a course in massage therapy too. I have been doing freelance massage services since then.

I’ve always been keen to understand how the body works. I believe fitness and massage also work hand in hand. It’s about learning how the muscles work and how you can help with recovery and rehabilitation through massages.

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Hey Paolo: How different are your services?

I offer “mobile massages” and I do it in the comfort of my client’s homes. I bring my own mobile massage bed, towels, music, and oil. It’s basically almost like a “spa” in their own homes. I also specialise in relaxation and deep tissue massages.

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Hey Paolo: What are the benefits that you get from massages?

I’ve had clients who only go for one-off massages while some are returning clients.

Some of my clients have sleep problems and massages generally help them to relax, calm down, and be able to sleep. While for athletes and those who train at the gym, massages help release tensions from their strained muscles and it helps with quicker muscle recovery too. I also have a client who has some form of disability after getting into a car accident. Massages help create better blood flow throughout his legs.

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Hey Paolo: When to avoid getting a massage?

Generally, if you have broken bones, burns, scars, and pre-existing conditions such as high blood pressure.

Hey Paolo: Local recommendations for…

Brunch: I like going to Salem Cafe as it’s a completely vegan dining spot.

Weekend Spot: K-Pub also has vegan options and they have a killer vegan fried chicken.

Place to relax: I train both at Hangfit Street Workout and at PEAQ

TO BOOK LUKE FOR A MASSAGE THERAPY SESSION, CONTACT: @odyseeyhealthpractices

 

 

 

Private Conversation with William Gargula

Private Conversation with William Gargula

Clothes might arguably make the man — but practically speaking, stripping off any possible facades also make the man true and authentic.

Chatted with fitness trainer, adult entertainer, and one of Adelaide’s very own Magic Mike, William Gargula, 25, about the misconceptions and ins-and-outs of this tempting and rousing adult entertainment industry.  

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Hey Paolo: What motivated you to become an adult entertainer?

My ex-girlfriend and I were approached late last year by a few people from PONY to try working in this line of profession. I eventually pushed through and started working for them.

I like meeting people, talking to everyone, and making different kinds of connections — and I get that in this line of work.

For me to grow as a person, I want to put my “eggs in different baskets.” I am a personal trainer during the day and this is my side hustle.

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Hey Paolo: Have you had initial hesitations entering this profession?

My only anxiety at first was taking your clothes off in front of people and the intimacy part that goes with it. Making love for me is a very intimate process. At first, I didn’t feel comfortable doing it. However, I really do enjoy dancing and entertaining too. I have always been confident and comfortable with my body and myself.

Hey Paolo: Aside from having female audiences, do you get male patrons too?

I actually don’t mind performing in front of anyone regardless of their gender. I don’t care if the person’s a guy or a girl. I actually care more about my performance on stage and how I can feel comfortable during my private/one-on-one dances.

I’m 100% always there to entertain anyone regardless of their gender, age, or looks.

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Hey Paolo: What was your most memorable performance so far?

It was probably my first ever show as I was extremely nervous then. Someone told me before that performance: “If you screw up, no one’s going to notice that you actually screwed up. No one has seen your routine before anyway.” That night, it actually went okay — it was fun and memorable.

Hey Paolo: Most challenging?

My first one-on-one lap dance with a male was my most challenging, only because I’ve never done something like this before. It was a little bit out of my comfort zone.

I’ve done a few hen parties too where I felt a little bit uncomfortable. But once you hear the clapping and the cheering from the audience, then you slowly start feeling more and more comfortable.

Once I start feeling uncomfortable, I tell my clients to stop. I have to always think that I’m in control and that I’m on the seat of power. 

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Hey Paolo: Kinkiest?

At one of the hen’s I was invited to, I decided to do something different in my usual routine. While dancing, I decided to be sandwiched by the bride and her mum. I was facing the bride while her mum was facing my backside. I reckon the mother really loved it more than the bride herself.

Hey Paolo: How far do you go when you’re doing your performances?

For one-on-one lap dances, you can be completely nude as long as you feel comfortable with it.

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Hey Paolo: Are you allowed to kiss anyone during a performance?

I’ve never had, but you probably can.

Hey Paolo: Do you separate your professional from your private life?

I try to separate them all the time. I can’t marry the two together. Some of my clients know that I am also an adult entertainer, and if they’re interested to hear more about it, then I’m happy to share my stories too.

Hey Paolo: What do you think is the greatest misconception about strippers?

Strippers are typically boxed as “slutty” people. But honestly, none of my friends who work as adult entertainers too has ever tried sleeping with any of their clients. It is nothing but a job and it’s purely for entertainment. We want people to pay us money for another lap dance and to also keep coming back for more shows.

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Hey Paolo: Do you have a signature dance that your patrons enjoy the most?

I don’t even know what you call it — it’s probably like a dolphin dive and body roll.

Hey Paolo: How do you physically take care of yourself?

I have been a fitness aficionado my entire life (which is also the reason why I am a gym trainer too). Being athletic my entire life, I’ve had no problems about gaining too much weight. I’ve always been on the slimmer side, thanks to my parents’ genes. I love exercising 5x-6x a week, or sometimes even more. I also consider food as my “best friend.” I love cooking my own food that’s healthy, tasty, and enjoyable.

Hey Paolo: How do you motivate yourself before a show?

I get really nervous before any show. I try to concentrate and listen to a few songs on my playlist. I practice a few moves too before the performance. Before you know it, I’m already fully switched on.

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Hey Paolo: Have you ever felt really steamy and attracted to any of your clients while performing?

I did a lap dance and head massage for a one-on-one client. This person was super attractive and I was very much into her. I had to step back a little bit and concentrate on what I was there to do and not what I wanted to do. She was very keen on playing with me as well. After the routine, we chatted a little bit, exchanged Instagram accounts, but nothing really happened after that.

If I have a connection with someone, I want it to be organic and not really forced.

Hey Paolo: Have you met a client that has turned into a friend/date?

I’ve met a few of them where I’m like, “oh my god, they’re really gorgeous.” I would love to “entertain” them again anytime, but I haven’t gone as far as dating anyone.

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Hey Paolo: Where would you typically see William…

In the morning: You’ll see me working as a personal trainer in the gym.

In the afternoon: Depending on the day, I try to have personal time too whether it’s getting more sleep, watching Youtube videos, or catching up with my family and friends.

Weeknight: Definitely at home while cooking my own food. I absolutely love being in the kitchen.

Weekend: Out hanging with my friends, at a party, or catching up with people.

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Hey Paolo: Your recommendations for a good night out in Adelaide?

I would definitely recommend you to visit Pony. If you’re looking at holding private events, you can also contact and book through Man Netic Entertainment. We have an amazing group of sexy guys who are friendly, welcoming and are more than ready to entertain you.

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