Updated March 10, 2013
June 8, 2011
I like to think I’m pretty much up on things when it comes to TS adult entertainment, but Jonelle Brooks took me completely by surprise. To look at her, it was no surprise that her debut at Shemale-Club soared in ratings. I was surprised because we’ve both spent time at some of the same haunts in Florida and I’d never bumped into her. However, we did bump into each other on Twitter and that was it. I wanted to learn more about this beauty and share it with you.
Caramel: Miami seems to be the mecca for Floridian TS pornstars and I was pleasantly surprised to find out you were living at Daytona Beach. One of my best friends from Daytona has been transitioning since she was 18 years old and it’s been no picnic for her. Are you originally from Daytona or from elsewhere in Florida?
Jonelle: I am actually from a very small beach community just south of Daytona Beach called New Smyrna Beach. However, I lived very far west in the country on a small horse farm. Believe it or not, I raised quite a few hogs and sheep for the county fair in my day. The area, like you said, can be a difficult place for someone who is different. I grew up hearing every slur people could think of to throw my way. I guess it has helped mold me into the strong TS woman I am today.
Caramel: Oh okay, I know pretty well. It’s smaller than Daytona, but a more upscale so to speak. There’s a flip side to being raised in an affluent area however when you’re transgender and without a so called “community” to assimilate into. You’ve indeed been molded into a strong TS woman and it’s not easy for anyone, no matter where you were brought up. How old were you when told yourself something like, “I cannot continue to live my life in this male gender” and everything that goes along with being born with the classification of “male”?
Jonelle: I can remember when I was eight years old and working in my first professional musical “The Music Man” that I knew I was sexually attracted to men. The kids of the cast had a separate dressing room from the adults. However, to use the bathroom, you had to walk through the men’s dressing room. Wouldn’t you know I just so happens that I always had to use the bathroom right when the men were changing their clothes. I struggled all through middle and high school with my gender orientation, using drugs, alcohol, and sex as a way to cope with my frustration and confusion. When I was 20, I finally was able to come to terms with who I am and like magic, my unhealthy lifestyle came to a halt and I blossomed into the person I am today.
Caramel: Hold up a minute. I want to know if you went through some of the same things I did from age eight and onward. Unlike you, I was in denial about my attraction to men at that age, but I also drew comfort from alcohol, drugs and sex to try and suppress that desire. But I had to explore sex with transvestites who were basically part time girls before I was finally able to admit to myself that I actually liked completely masculine men when the makeup and girly clothing was shed. How old were you when you first started dating men?
Jonelle: I had my first sexual encounter at the age of 15 with actually someone who is still a very close friend. This person was a man and after that I openly dated men and was open to my friends and family about it. I too was like you in the sense that I explored with what I would also call TVs. These experiences lead me to accept the true me. At that point I too was dressing for sex, but I knew in my heart that it wasn’t just a sexual phase. I felt more confident, sexier, and all around happier with hair, makeup, and all that goes with it.
Caramel: I can’t guess at your ethnic background, so fill me in.
Jonelle: That’s funny you ask about my ethnic background because everyone always asks me. Most people usually guess some sort of Latin background; however, I am not even close. I am actually Hungarian and Native American. I suppose that contributes to my eyes and skin tone 🙂
Caramel: Thanks for being so candid, Jonelle. I wanted to know when you developed your courage and now I know. You’re a remarkable and confident young lady. I’m not at all surprised that you’ve made your adult debut with SMC Productions at Shemale-Club. None of us transsexuals are overnight successes in general society, but how did it feel for you to jump in at the top?
Jonelle: SMC is definitely at the top of their game. I feel incredibly blessed and humbled to be part of such an amazing group of ladies. I am so excited about the journey I have began and cant wait to take the ride ( no pun intended. 😉
Caramel: You couldn’t have possibly just been tanning at the beach, took a look at yourself and decided one day, “Hmm, I think I’m hot enough to jump into TS porn and I think I’ll begin at Shemale-Club!”.
Jonelle: To be honest, there aren’t many great options for work in this area, especially for a TS. I have worked as a showgirl all over the state of FL for several years. Twirling in a bar is no way to make a living, and as a result, I struggled for many years. I finally decided it was time to take control of my life and steer it in the direction that would help me achieve the life I had longed for. I submitted photos to SMC and the rest is history.
Jonelle: My family has been struggling with my transition, and unfortunately we are very distant; therefore I did not find it necessary or even relevant to share this with them. My close friends have always been like a family to me. The unconditional love and support of my friends I receive has allowed me to live my life and all my wildest dreams!
Caramel: Sometimes we go through more in life with your friends than we ever do with our families. All of us can’t have the balance we want. Speaking of balance, I love glamour erotica but also Domination and submission and role play. Would you ever consider doing BDSM based work with TS Seduction?
Jonelle: I have had offers from other producers, but I am going to be working with SMC exclusively for now. I’m sure as my career progresses DVD work will be a part of my work. I’d love to work with Joey Silvera, as I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things. If I got an offer from Kink.com, I would be very interested in doing TS Seduction. The production quality of their scenes are incredible and I must say I do like being dominant every now and then 😉 I guess we all will just have to wait and see what happens next!
Caramel: Thank you for giving us the opportunity get to know you better and for some of us to live vicariously through you, Jonelle. You’re an inspiration to others just starting out, to those in the industry for year and you’re bright light and a phenomenal woman. I hope we can add an update to our interview soon. You jumped into the game right at the top and I see nothing but continued success and notoriety in your future.