FAME CAN HAPPEN TO YOU AT THE MOST UNEXPECTED TIMES AND IN THE MOST INCONVENIENT WAYS. AS NEW YORK FIRE FIGHTER MICHAEL BISERTA EXPERIENCED LAST YEAR. WHAT WAS ONCE AN INNOCENT THING TURNED OUT TO BE SOMETHING THAT TURNED MICHAEL IN ONE OF THE MOST SEARCHED AFTER SUBJECTS IN THE INTERNET. FAME CAME TO HIM WHETHER HE LIKED IT OR NOT. AND MIKE? HE IS WHAT HE IS. A DOWN TO EARTH GUY, AND A PASSIONATE FIREMAN.
When Michael Biserta took off a bit more then just his shirt in a small video back in 2004, he probably had no idea it would make him one of the most popular guys on the net only three years after. For those who have no idea what we are talking about, here is a quick update. Michael Biserta appeared in a short episode of Guys Gone Wild, a video that enjoys immense popularity and not just because of Mike’s pretty face. But most people would probably not even have heard about this clip – let alone seen it – if it hadn’t been for the fact the New York Fire Department decided to pull the plug on their annual charity NYFP calendar project (featuring Mike on the cover) when they learned about his earlier camera experience. Result: no more calendars but a glorious modeling career for Michael. Or not?
10 Months after the ‘scandal’ BeautifulMag decided to get in touch with Michael Biserta to see what happened with him over the last year, what keeps him busy and where he wants to go, and had a nice conversation with this true to his heart and super sexy New Yorker.
Michael, although we have seen a lot of you, we don’t know that much about you. Can you please introduce yourself?
Michael: My name is Michael Anthony Biserta, I’m Italian by way of Staten Island New York. Born and raised. I’m 23 and I’m a New York City fireman… absolutely hands down the best job in the world. I live home currently with my mother and father and I have a 21 year old sister who is away at Seton Hall University. I have a girlfriend of 3 years named Danielle who is the best woman I’ve ever met.
A New York fire man... Was it a young boys dream to become one?
Michael: Yeah, I always wanted to be a fireman, ever since I was young. When it happened it was a dream come true. I have two uncles who were "on the job" and I took after them. I love helping people, and there is nothing more exhilarating than walking into a fire building.
Really? So what is it that attracts you so much in this kind of work?
Michael: I guess it is my desire for adventure and danger. I was always the crazy one out of my friends when we were younger. I was the kid who would do anything. I guess the danger suits me. I like not knowing what lies ahead when I go to work.
Michael, you became known all over the world thanks to your appearance in the Guys Gone Wild video. What made you decide doing this video?
Michael: I was in Cancun on Spring Break and I "happened" to drop my pants ☺. Someone from the video company saw me and asked if I wanted to be involved. I walked into a room with five girls… my clothes couldn’t get off fast enough – ha ha ha. Let’s just say I was young and I have no regrets about it.
How did your direct colleagues and firemen partners react after the video was released?
Michael: You know, the firehouse is a tough place… a lot of ball breaking goes on when you’re with 10 other guys for 24 hours at a time. The guys were supportive when it looked like I might get into some trouble. It was only once we realized I was safe from that the jokes came out.
How do you feel about the decision that was made after the video became public, to stop publishing the FDNY calendar?
Michael: I think its ridiculous, bureaucratic bullshit. It’s a charity project and it raises money for a good cause. If they start looking into peoples past's I’m sure they will find worse stuff than whipping your cock out. But I don’t make the rules ya know.
So tell us what happened with you after all the commotion.
Michael: I got a few porn offers which I turned down, a few modeling things, and then I signed with Red Model Management in NYC. I’ve had a few jobs but it isn’t any big deal. It’s a tough industry to break into I guess. After all, I am not a model. I’m a fireman.
Still, you did and still do model sometimes, and from fire fighter to male model… It’s quite a step. Are you happy where you are now?
Michael: I wish I could do a little more model work. Like get a big campaign. But I’m happy right where I am. I love my job and if I make a few bucks on the side then that’s great. If not... f*ck it. ☺
So is something going on right now?
Michael: It’s kinda quiet. If you know anyone, hook me up - lol.
Now Michael, let’s try to get to know you a bit more personal:
What do you wear in bed?
Michael: I can’t have much clothes when I sleep. But if I do, they are boxer briefs... not a tighty whitey kinda guy.
Which is the first CD you listen to when you come home at night?
Michael: I’m more of a iTunes kind of guy. I throw on a playlist. Something like Goo Goo Dolls, Matchbox 20, Gin Blossoms. When I go out I need to hear something I can dance to though... Hip Hop, House… Anything I can move to.
Do you like to cuddle?
Michael: Not really a cuddle guy. When I sleep I need I like to be cool and spread out - lol.
What do you think is the biggest invention in human history?
Michael: Electricity I guess...the automobile...and the blowjob. Not necessary in that order.
And the biggest mistake?
Michael: this whole watch-what-you-say-or-you-might-offend-someone attitude that America has taken in the past ten years. Everyone has to be careful what they say or do because you might offend some pain in the ass liberal, or hybrid car driving, dolphin saving asshole. I’m from New York. I don’t get that bulllshit. I say what I want when I want. F*ck that.
What ringtone do you have on your cell phone?
Michael: vibrate ☺.
If you couldn’t be what you are today, what would you like to be?
Michael: Marine. Those guys get my utmost respect. That’s the only thing I can think of scarier than what I do. All the armed servicemen for that matter. But marines are tough fuckers. A friend of mine - Mike Jezycki - did two tours over there and that kids the man.
Firemen or model?
Michael: Fireman, definitely firemen...even if they offered me a million dollars to model.
How do you feel about the fact that your physical appearance has turned you in quite a gay icon?
Michael: Ha ha… it doesn’t bother me...I like what I like, and that’s women. I don’t get disgusted or weirded out by the fact that 20 gay guys a day ‘friend’ or ‘message’ me on MySpace. I accept everyone. I’m not a dick like that. A good friend of mine is gay and he’s one of the coolest kids I know.
What is next Michael, where do you want to go with your career?
Michael: If I could get something big then that’s cool... if not I’m still gonna be a fireman, still gonna help people, still gonna be happy.
Finally, we want to give you the opportunity to say something nice or naughty to our readers, so go ahead…
Michael: Listen well and stick with nice. I want to thank everyone - guys and girls - for the support emails and messages I got when I was going thru all that shit... I hope everyone enjoys the work I’m doing and if I ever get famous I’ll know I have all of you to thank. -B-
BeautifulMag Archive for Michael Biserta: Michael Biserta on Fire | Seeing Through Michael Biserta.
With a very special thanks to Michael Biserta and Walter Kurtz.
Interview: R.Evers for BeautifulMag/BeautifulMedia 2008 ©.
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