He left his hometown and established himself in a tiny apartment in Manhattan, New York City, that he called "Les Folies des Hommes." He performed in drag shows and as a male dancer in night-clubs, namely the infamous Club 82. He graduated from the Parsons school of design, and worked professionally as a window-dresser, costume designer and free-lance photographer. From 1963 to 1967, his photos were published in a range of Physique magazines, namely The Young Physique, Muscleboy, Demi-Gods, and Muscle Teens. He did two short films for the Carpezio shoes company, to advertise their models. He met Robert as a photo model, named him Bobby Kendall and actually lived with him during most part of the filming of Pink Narcissus (1971), from 1964 to 1969. He was most upset with the fact his major art film was released without him having control of the film's editing and sound, destroyed the storyboard, and started a new project that did not materialize, based on Jean Genet's play The Balcony.