Mark Spiegler Profiled in Office Magazine
CANOGA PARK, Calif. — Office Magazine recently took an up-close and personal look at Mark Spiegler and his thriving one-man enterprise, Spiegler Girls, in a Q&A interview.
Office Magazine, available at OfficeMagazine.net, is a New York-based biannual magazine that offers a collection of articles on “original personalities and uncommon lives.”
Spiegler, as many in the industry very well know, fits in as an “original."
Spiegler in the Office Magazine piece describes why he’s just like any mainstream Hollywood talent agent — licensed and bonded — who guides models into stardom, complete with management and publicity.
“Spiegler Girls is a little different, we’re small and kind of boutique, most of our girls are the top girls, and we only take a small amount because I retired when I was young, before this. So, it’s not about the money,” Spiegler said.
Spieger, who grew up in the Los Angeles area, said he created most of his wealth in the late 1980s and that he dived into the business of adult entertainment only by chance.
“When the stock market crashed in 1987, I bought a bunch of Apple stock. And I bought gold-related securities, so when the market crashed I made like 19 percent. I made a ton of money on that, then I didn’t do anything for years.
“Then, a guy who grew up with my cousin in New York was a porn director. He was living out here, and in the 1980s I helped him out as a [production assistant] once in a while,” he said. “In the 1990s he came to me to borrow money to shoot porn — back then it was a lot different than it is now, you could shoot movies, bring them to a company and sell them.”
As for looks, Spiegler Girls has a certain focus, he said. The talent agent typically has 20 to 30 models under his wings.
“First of all, you want a girl of course that’s good looking. Preferably 18 to 25 with no tattoos,” Spiegler said.
Spiegler noted that his agency never recruits talent, and that it has to turn down more than 200 girls a year — many of them who he lectures about the darker side of the business.
“If they’re like 18, 19, never did porn, the first thing I try to do is talk them out of it. It’s not made for everybody,” Spiegler said. “A lot of girls when they’re really young, they don’t think it through. I tell them, ‘Your relatives will find out. I don’t care if they don’t even know what a computer is. Your grandmother in Minnesota, your cousin Johnny, they’re gonna hear about it from somebody, and they’re not gonna be happy.
“'And, also, you’re gonna get STDs doing this. You got a good chance of getting gonorrhea and chlamydia at some point. You’ ll work with guys you don’t like, they’re not good looking, they’re smelly.’
“But then there are some girls that were made for this, who’d be doing it for free.”
Spiegler said that he’s got a certain way to go about business, and for 18 years, things have relatively worked out fine.
“I built this thing so that it runs well, I have like 30 girls, and our girls are really reliable,” he said. “I’ve been doing this since 1999 officially, and only once has a girl ever not showed up for a job.
“I answer my phone all the time, and they’ve got to answer the phone too, they’ve got to answer emails, texts. If they’re smart they’re going to do it, I don’t have to prompt them."
As for moral issues, Spiegler definitely holds an opinion and draws a bright line in regards to who can shoot his models.
“[I] won’t let them shoot for certain people,” Spiegler said. “In the old days, Max Hardcore — really bad stuff. Rob Black. There used to be a site called Meathole where they’d beat the shit out of girls.
“Not just everybody can afford our girls either, some of them are really expensive. Riley [Reid]’s anal rate is insane, I mean I’d practically do anal for what she gets.
Success can mean quite a bit of raw cash for talent, said Spiegler, noting that many models don’t wisely tuck it away for a rainy day.
“Unfortunately, a lot of these girls are young and making a ton of money and just spending it all," he said. "There have been times where I’ve taken a girl, opened a trust account for her and just put their money away for them so they can’t touch it yet."
The Office Magazine article can be read here.