anniebear: So you’ve had quite an interesting career. You’re best known as Tim Woodman in the adult film industry for your kink and BDSM themed films. And then you’re also under the name Provillain and most recently the producer of the Villains Ball. To start out, what would you say one of the highlights of your career has been?
Tim Woodman: Well hopefully I haven’t even hit them yet! I’m very very fortunate that I’m riding this constantly increasing wave of really awesome experiences. Certainly the Villains Ball was a huge highlight of my career to date. I enjoyed very much getting to pull together the other bad guys like me. We never see each other off set. We only know each other by reputation. So it was really nice to get to honor them and chit chat a little bit and have a great party together. That was a heck of an accomplishment.
It was commemorating your twenty years in the adult film industry, correct?
That was the excuse but mostly I just wanted to throw a party. (laughs)
Yes it was great to attend. Ultimately, how did you end up getting into adult films. Was it something you’d always wanted to do or it looked fun?
No I fell in completely by accident. As a young lad I worked at the Rocky Horror Picture Show, the live production running in Pasadena operating the spotlights. And I introduced the cast to my new girlfriend at that time and unbeknownst to me, Darla Crane was a member of the cast and she said, “hey could we tie your girlfriend up in a bondage video?” We stared blankly at her because we had no idea what that was or what it meant. And she showed us a video and it seemed fun and tame at that time. So they let me be on set to see how it was done and we bought three hundred feet of rope on the way home and never looked back. It was completely by accident.
Growing up, were you kind of a career entertainer or an actor?
Its an unfortunate side effect of growing up in Los Angeles that you tend to go to a lot of acting classes and at some point in your life you want to be an actor. I had hoped I was past that. As a whole I don’t enjoy Hollywood or the Hollywood type very much so its ironic to me that I’m a producer/director /performer. But it wasn’t a career goal by the time I started doing it. I was always a creative kid and enjoyed the spotlight but I had no designs on being an actor at that time.
And have you experienced the lifestyle in other cities?
Yes a few. I’ve traveled to San Francisco and Phoenix and Tucson Arizona, Chicago. I’ve traveled to a lot of other places but those are places I specifically went to enjoy a lifestyle event.
And what’d you think? I’m always curious and ask everybody what they think of the lifestyle in other cities.
There are some great advantages to living in Los Angeles and one of them is that we’re very accepting of our diversity and the special interest groups get along much better here than they do in a lot of large cities. But that being said there is almost a fault to Angelinos sometimes that we’re not as welcoming of strangers. In my travels I’ve found Arizona and Chicago to be so very welcoming and giving and sophisticated in their desire to help and learn from each other not that that doesn’t happen in Los Angeles but I would suspect how much more that would happen in other states. Does that make sense?
Yes totally. Outside of what is depicted in your films-which is the most obvious of what you do, what are some of your inspirations and kinks as it were in BDSM?
Oh gosh well I love all kinds of things. The guy I play on camera is certainly an honest reflection of one facet of my existence but for example he’s a dedicated top, Tim Woodman professional villain is only a bad guy who catches the girl. In my real life I’m a switch. I don’t know the math but I’d say 70% of the time I’m still top or dominant but 30% of the time I’ll take my beatings if that’s what the situation calls for.
Excellent, so you’ve got both perspectives.
Not because its professionally wise, but a good friend of mine said he’s a hedonist. I’m a hedonist. I’m there for the play and I don’t really care what role I play as long as I get to play. I’m there for the kinkiness of it and to enjoy that.
I’ve heard that term before, it’s a really good way to describe it. I don’t think it’s used as much as it should be.
It’s a good term for me anyway.
Have you ever had to do anything in your films or BDSM career that even you have found to be strange or weird?
Well, yes. Strange is a tricky word though because what strikes me as weird might strike someone else as commonplace.
Or things I do all the time are weird to others. That being said I’ve done enema videos which I had always thought would be a hardline for me. But I filmed a good friend having to get an enema done. That was just, no judgement, outside of my normal comfort zone.
It’s a little off the beaten path I think we could safely say.
I’ve also done video where the damsel was blindfolded and wearing a straight jacket wandering around a room in high heels trying to pop balloons on the floor that she couldn’t even see.
(Laughs) That’s quite the predicament!
There was also one with a girl blindfolded in a straightjacket and high heels wandering around the room trying to find a banana that was hanging from the ceiling on a string. She had to find it and bite it.
Did she find it?
She did, it took a while and there was some laughing involved. And again no judgment but I got to admit that was a strange day in that I’d never done that before.
You’re thinking whelp, just another day in the life!
Yea, banana, string, sure why not.
So you ultimately got into BDSM because of that experience meeting Darla crane at the Rocky Horror Picture Show?
I didn’t even know that grown ups did this [BDSM] stuff. I can look back and remember being turned on by a girl tied to a tree in a Conan movie or whatever and it just didn’t occur to me that grown ups did this stuff until Darla showed me that they did and it was like “Oh, we can do this cool!” It fits like a glove but it certainly wasn’t some burning need that I didn’t know how to find. I just didn’t know it was there.
That’s great! And is there anything else about yourself that you would want to talk about that people wouldn’t guess about?
I think it’s less unusual to me then it used to be but when I started it was very unusual for somebody to work in BDSM and be a lifestyle player. Most people did one or the other at that time or that was my impression anyway. Starting in both at almost the same time I felt fortunate because it gave an authenticity to my stage performance because I was learning from real BDSM players and I think it gave a certain showmanship and certainly opened me up to ideas I hadn’t considered before. So that was a fortunate coincidence at the time that that’s how my career worked out. And I still consider myself to be equal parts lifestyler and adult fetish entertainer.
Well I think that one is rare because you’re always going to be top heavy one or the other or most professionals in BDSM are more just professionals, so it is rare for you to be equal.
At least that’s how it feels.
Sure! And what advice would you give to someone just starting out getting into the lifestyle?
I don’t want to sound like an old “fuddy duddy” but my advice would be to take it slow and be cautious, not don’t do anything but recognize there are a lot of numbers between zero and sixty that are appropriate numbers as well and you don’t have to jump feet first into a six month contract with a collar and a lock. You’re allowed to get your toes wet one at a time and experience at a rate you can analyze. I would hope that’s evident advice but its important advice that people don’t get carried away too soon or jump in too deep all at once. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve been with my sweetie this whole time. That same girl that I introduced to Darla Crane all those years ago she and I still live together so I’ve had a safe person. I never had to deal with that whole does this person love me or do they love Tim Woodman. That relationship has been fortunate to me and not everybody gets that.
Do you have any major regrets or missteps you’ve made along the way?
You know I really don’t and I’m profoundly lucky and deeply grateful that my career has worked out as such that I’ve always had the strength of character to be able to turn down work that I either didn’t feel qualified to do or emotionally want to do and I don’t feel that I’ve failed to do any of the things that I’ve hoped to do at least to this point. I don’t have any regrets.
Tim Woodman is a lifestyle and professional self-proclaimed villain starring in many adult BDSM film titles. You can see more of his work and contact him here.