(Los Angeles, CA / December 7, 2022) — Slava Siderman, better known to adult film fans as director Ivan, took to the Sickboy Podcast with hosts Taylor and Jeremie to discuss his recent health struggles and long road to self-care as a result of living with diabetes over the past few years.
In the episode “Making Porn & Fighting Diabetes”, the award-winning adult and horror filmmaker opens up about the psychological impact of chronic health issues, the complications that developed over time and the months-long stay in the hospital’s ICU, where he suffered kidney issues and nearly lost his entire leg. “I was telling everybody, ‘I’m going to be the best one-legged porn director in the world!’”
Of the hour-long podcast conversation, Siderman says, “I’m so happy to actually share my story of pain and reality of what we all will face eventually. I love talking about my struggles in hopes of someone learning from my life lessons.”
Ivan, a respected and prolific adult industry producer/director and mainstream horror filmmaker of more than 20 years, is living his best life as the inspired force behind entertainment studios such as Alt Erotic, where he currently serves as CEO and Creative Director, as well as former companies such as Extreme Associates, Evolution Erotica, Anabolic, Desire Films, Pornstar Empire, and others.
Born in Russia, Ivan moved to the U.S. as a child and earned a degree in Cinematography before embarking on an entertainment career in mainstream film and TV. He came into the adult biz in 2002, making his mark with such movies as 2004’s Texas Asshole Massacre and 2005’s Dawn of the Head, earning him a number of awards, nominations and a Hall of Fame induction that celebrate his talents.
While reveling in his success as a filmmaker, media personality, entrepreneur and podcast host, the past few years have also seen a diabetes diagnosis that affected his ability to walk and work. Between the extensive healing process, adopting a healthier lifestyle and developing new creative projects, “What I learned during this experience is how important it is to listen to your body. Many of us have this ‘I got this!’ mentality, but truthfully, we don’t. It’s a serious reminder to stop and do a wellness check on ourselves physically, mentally, business-wise and how we treat others. We hustle and bustle and just run with no breaks, but we need those breaks… they are crucial.”