How Jim Walker a former news reporter became Dallas Steele the gay adult film star. Coming to terms with change, desire, and what one can be for oneself.
Former TV news anchor Jim Walker has told of the moment he knew he needed a change in his life which naturally led to the 23 year news veteran picking up a career as a gay adult film star.
In a revealing expose, the 44 year old California native described feeling stifled in his former career. While he relished the stories he got to cover, the high intensity environment driven by ratings and exclusives served to sour his appetite as he increasingly began to question what he called embellishments of news stories and the increasingly sensational nature of reporting.
Nothing much has changed Jim.
Told Walker who also now goes by his adult film name, Dallas Steele via the nypost:
‘There were four years in between where I basically contemplated what I was going to do next. And when a friend of mine suggested I do movies, I said, ‘I’ve got to do something.’’
Prior to making the switch over, Walker had worked for a number of corporate media outlets across the country, CBS affiliate KBAK in Bakersfield, Calif., FOX affiliate KBTV in Beaumont, Texas, and NBC affiliate WBBH.
While Walker finally made the crossover to a new industry, it came over the course of the last 19 months, with the ‘once-clean cut journalist’ transforming himself from a weather anchor to a silver fox name Dallas Steele, and in the process turning heads in the gay porn industry since he left his network job.
That said, the impetus to consider a completely disparate career change concedes the adult star might have come when a former boss relayed to him research indicating viewers in south Florida just didn’t like him. One of course can’t help but wonder if a certain segment of Florida simply adores him. Alas.
With the death of his longtime partner two years ago, Jim Walker decided to get out of his comfort zone and pursue the one thing that he may have secretly coveted but until then didn’t have the impetus or the courage to concede. Becoming a gay porn star.
Recalled Steele: ‘You know, I loved telling news, I loved breaking news and I loved telling good stories,’
‘But I didn’t like the continuous bulls––t that management put you through and the constant pressure to sensationalize and exaggerate what was really true just to boost ratings.’
Responding to allegations from a certain quarter that the switch over came as a result of a midlife crises, the former news reporter responded:
‘They’ve obviously decided at some point that there are limitations about who you can be and what you can do once you hit 40.
Adding, ‘I’m sorry if the haters have decided that gays over 40 are supposed to put on the board shorts, move to the suburbs and settle down to bridge parties once per week. I don’t plan to ever go quietly into the night.’
The 6-foot-3, 240-pound porn star said his former career ‘very rarely’ comes up while on set, but if it does, Jim Walker aka Dallas Steele said other actors or crew members are usually fascinated.
That said, Dallas Steele reckons his latest line of work is simply a bridge to bigger things.
‘It’s not a career, no one considers it a career,’ Steele said. ‘It’s a stopover for maybe a few years and then I’ll consider my third act in life.’
Which leads to the question, what next for Dallas Steele?
Reflects the former news reporter cum adult film star (talk about becoming your own sensational story…): ‘I’m open to whatever the world has to offer, provided they’re OK with me being me,’
‘That’s not to say I’m going to continue doing movies.’
Asked whether he has any plans to return back to news reporting, Walker responds:
‘I have no interest in going back to traditional news, ever,’
‘I would consider doing something in LGBT media or with an LGBT-friendly company doing some kind of work.’
That said the adult film actor insists it’s important that he not be defined by the choice of vocation he has now.
Explains Dallas Steele: ‘My story is not about porn,’
‘My story is about getting out of an environment that’s toxic to you. Whether it’s long-term or temporary, it’s about getting yourself to a place where going to work every day doesn’t make you want to kill yourself.’
Reiterated the former newsman: ‘I am as comfortable in a suit as I am a jockstrap.’