Garren James possesses the rugged good looks of the boy next door but look a little closer and you’ll find a handsome businessman with extraordinary sex appeal and old fashioned charm. The brilliant mind behind Cowboys for Angels and Showtime’s Gigolos isn’t just another idealistic hero destined for the cover of a hot romance book. Garren James is also the successful owner of the most profitable male companion business in the world.
Specializing in straight male escorts for women, Cowboys for Angels has the reputation of providing the well-rounded date experience for women desiring intellectual conversation with handsome and attentive men. If the aforementioned sparks your curiosity, you’ll want a better view of the men offering their time for a price.
After visiting the Cowboys for Angels website, you’ll agree. Not only does Garren James hire the most attractive men in the business, he employs male companions who are much more than a pretty face.
Recently, I had the opportunity to interview Garren James and I have to tell you—he lives up to his reputation. Not only is Garren approachable and professional, but he is certainly easy on the eyes. I hope you enjoy my interview with the one…the only…Garren James of Cowboys for Angels and Showtime’s Gigolos!
Destiny—Garren, what would you like for readers and potential future clients to know about you? Tell us a little about your life before Cowboys for Angels and how life has changed since. Walk us through a day in the life of Garren James. Satisfy our curiosities.
Garren—I wish I could say my life is about jet setting around the country but my focus is on building a successful business and that takes lots of time and energy.
Destiny—From what I understand, you were a male companion before you started Cowboys for Angels. Do you have any experiences to share?
Garren—I always wanted to be in the entertainment business so working as a male companion afforded me the privilege to do that even if it was just one client at a time. I found that I could entertain so many more by coordinating men with the clients. So I could make 10 or 15 women happy in one night instead of just one. For me at the end of the day it all comes down to the reviews I get after appointments with my men. There is nothing better than receiving an amazing review where a client tells me she had a wonderful evening with one of my men. The reviews are most often short and sweet but occasionally I will get an email from a client who will let me know how the appointment changed her life. Yes this has happened!!!
Destiny—That is exciting and speaks well of your men, you, and your company. Your reply gives us insight, too. Knowing that you are concerned with the overall experience a woman receives means you’re hands-on and committed to overall client satisfaction.
Garren, at what point did you decide it would be more profitable to start a companion business? Did you ever take a step back and say, “You know what. I don’t want to be a male companion anymore. It’s far more profitable to send other guys out on the job." If so, what was the thought process behind the decision you reached? Did you have a special lady in your life at the time? Were you tired of the endless first dates?
Garren— For me it wasn’t about profits. I could actually make more money going out on appointments. For me it’s about trying to make more people happy. I take a small percentage from the men so a few of the men are actually making more than I do. I just found it impossible to run the business while out on appointments. One of my rules with the men is no using your cell phone when out on a date so could you see me answering calls while trying to entertain a client??? It just does not work!
Destiny—That’s a great guideline for anyone to follow on a date!
How did you find your first companions-for-hire? Who was the first companion hired?
Garren— My first branch was in Los Angeles and Nick Hawk was one of the first I hired. He has been with me on this journey and I consider him a close friend. I don’t represent anyone who I don’t think of as a friend. If I don’t like someone or feel like I can’t trust them, believe me there are hundreds who are waiting to fill the spot. I have had so much press that I don’t need to go looking for men. We have an employment page on the website where men can apply. We have had appearances on 20/20, Nightline News, The Dr Phil Show and The Tyra Banks Show. We have also been featured in major magazines and have a four-page spread in this month’s PlayGirl magazine. Be sure to look for another feature coming soon in Glamour Magazine. With all this press I have received an amazing 4,000 employment requests that I have kept on file. So there is no shortage of men who want to work for me.
Destiny –Well, you know Garren, you could always send a few of those prospects to East Tennessee….If any of them look like the hot and bothersome Showtime Gigolos, I’m sure I could find something for them to do!
Let’s talk about Cowboys for Angels in depth. How long has Cowboys for Angels been in business? What concerns did you have, or what obstacles did you face, as a new entrepreneur in the companion business?
Garren— Cowboys4angels.com was started in 2008. At first Cowboys 4 Angels had one client per week, but after appearing on The Tyra Banks Show in late 2008, the business multiplied exponentially. The net sales this year are targeted to be well over 1 million dollars. Our web statistics don’t lie. I have enclosed our most current web stats that show we had an amazing 85,225 unique website views for September 2012.
Destiny—That’s easy to believe and I’m sure those numbers will continue to grow. Cowboys for Angels is definitely a hot topic among women today.
How are you able to reassure a woman who wants a guarantee of total confidentiality when she calls you? Is there anything you can say that will ease her mind and assure her the secret date arrangements are safe with you?
Garren—We have had celebrities, top executives, music entertainers, and large business owners. I have never once revealed any of my clients on any of the talk shows or press that I have been involved in. I even offer clients non disclosures that we can sign if they prefer.
Destiny—I polled some close friends prior to interviewing you. I asked them what they would want to know if they could sit down one-on-one with you. They had a few recommendations for questions to ask but I chose those most frequently asked. Their questions are in bold print. Here we go:
Curious women, me included, wonder if there’s a ceiling, per se, when the guys will be too old for the business. With women, there is a ceiling often marked only by a few years and a woman’s ability to—how should I put this—age gracefully. How about men?
Garren—I guess I have not been in business long enough to answer this question. So far all my men are still young enough and we have not gotten any complaints!
Destiny—I’m sure you haven’t. My goodness, I can’t get over the selection of handsome and available men offering the ultimate date experience!
Garren, several women mentioned something I hadn’t thought about. Your website states companions are located in major cities like New York and Las Vegas. What other major cities do you service? The driving force behind this question was one I found interesting. Some women would love to arrange a date with one of your men, but not every woman can afford the $6000 weekend trip on top of travel arrangements. On the other hand, they can easily pay for a four-hour appointment. Do you have guys in all the major cities now?
Garren— So far we are located in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Miami and Dallas. We are looking to open in Chicago very soon! We are willing to open more cities as soon as we are able. If a client is looking for a date and no one is in their city then we can fly someone in that night and out the next morning. This would constitute an overnight appointment and will save the cost of a full weekend.
Destiny—A question frequently asked was—I wonder how often these guys are hired for an entire week? Is it unusual or typical? Do some guys gain more interest (from clients) in regards to weekly travel?
Garren— A more typical appointment is a weekend. Clients generally book for a week if they are traveling abroad. One of my men just got back from a two week appointment in Morocco.
Destiny—What could be better than sharing the ultimate romantic getaway with an attentive companion and perfect date for two weeks straight? My creative wheels are in motion here.
On that note, what is the most interesting or unusual, date you’ve arranged?
Garren— Special needs clients are the ones that give me the most satisfaction. Someone who has been a victim in this world and who needs special attention are the most interesting to me. Someone who has been hurt and who needs to get back into the swing of things with a professional. Someone who has been physically injured and who needs special attention. These are the appointments that are most interesting for me! The appointments where we can really make a difference in someone else’s life are always rewarding.
Destiny—This is what impressed me most about you and your men. You don’t come across as a cold business operation only interested in profits. You and your men are genuinely interested in fulfilling a client’s dream of a fantasy date.
And the number one question asked—Are you personally still available for arranged dates or do you only book dates for your cowboys now?
Garren— Well I am recently engaged so…
Destiny—Ladies, I’m afraid we have our answer. Garren, congratulations to you and your leading lady. I must say she caught the eye of one of the most eligible bachelors in the world!
Garren, do you have a ‘little black book’ and if so, would you be at liberty to give a rough estimate of how many client names are contained there?
Garren—Seeing that we book 30 to 50 clients a week the book isn’t so little anymore!
Destiny—With that thought in mind, what guarantees can you give your clients that you’ll never experience a raid like Heidi Fleiss endured and YOUR little black book would be exposed?
Garren— This is a very funny question. It’s like asking an investment banker if he is going to be arrested for creating a Ponzi scheme. You hear the job description of Investment Banker and you think of Bernie Madoff whose Ponzi scheme is considered to be the largest financial fraud in U.S. history. Why did you not hear about any other investment bankers? Because they did not break any laws. They are not press worthy for acting within the laws so all we know or have ever heard about is old Bernie.
It seems as if you only hear the word escort when someone crosses the line and has done something illegal so there is a social stigma related to the business. I want to inform you that escort agencies are 100% legal in the United States. The line is drawn when an escort or an escort agency charges for a sexual service and that becomes prostitution.
I guess again the social stigma even affects Heidi Fleiss. The federal charges that were filed in 1994, were overturned. She beat all her charges. Her actual conviction was for federal tax evasion. She didn’t pay her taxes and that’s why they were able to get her appointment book to figure out how much she owed.
I have to be very clear with this simple little question you asked because I take this very serious. I follow all laws at all times. I have a legal corporation and a very good lawyer and an even better accountant. For a more detailed explanation on why we would never be compromised please feel free to read our FAQ page. It was created specifically for those who would confuse us with those out there who cross the line and break laws.
Destiny—What, if anything, has the erotic romance book business done to help you schedule dates for your companions? The closed door sex romances are out and Fifty Shades of Grey and other erotic romances are in. Has your business changed or are clients making any unusual requests?
Garren—I think the only thing I would like to say is that Fifty Shades of Grey does not even come close to most of your work Miss Destiny Blaine!
Destiny—I’m blushing like crazy, Mr. Garren James. Thank you very much for the compliment.
I’m pretty stoked about your upcoming sweepstakes. Tell us about the Cowboys 4 Angels Fantasy Appointment Sweepstakes.
Garren—I would like announce as a thank you for all our supporters over the years that we are giving away a FREE $5000 Sweepstakes giveaway. This includes a flight to Vegas, hotel stay, $500 spending money and a 24 hour appointment of companionship with the star of choice from the Gigolos show.
Destiny—The Cowboys 4 Angels Fantasy Appointment Sweepstakes is a brilliant idea! How many women have entered?
Garren—The contest just started this month and we have thousands of entries but I don’t want to discourage anyone from entering. We are drawing the winner electronically so everyone has an equal chance of winning!
Destiny—Ladies, you heard the man! We all have a shot at winning so what are you waiting for? Isn’t it time to pamper yourself? Visit Cowboys4Angels.com and enter to win a lifetime experience with one of Showtime’s Gigolos!
Garren, Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule for our interview. I really appreciate you and hope to have an opportunity to chat again in the future.
Garren— Thank you Destiny and keep on writing those amazing novels!
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thank you Destiny and Garren for this great and insightful interview! It comes at the perfect time for me, too, because among other projects I still have this novel about a male escort to finish - and now I know where I'll be turning to for more inspiration. Hmm, I wonder if a date with one of Garren's men would qualify as research on my tax report...
What a great interview! I was pleasantly surprised to find this because Gigilos is one of my favorite TV shows. And my husband loves it, too! It's must watch TV! I love all the men, with personal soft spots for Steven and Brace. I'm going to sign up for the sweepstakes, too, though I'm not quite sure how I'd work it with my husband. His idea of an appointment would be to just pal around the man. :D Maybe he could pal and I could, um, handle? I'll work on this. Thanks, Garren, and you too, Destiny.
Another interesting and fascinating interview, Destiny. Thanks to both you and Garren.
Always my best ~ K.
Fantasy Romance Kissed With Dark Sensuality
Great interview! We need a few cowboys in the big city. Come on over to Philadelphia.
Wake Up Your Wild Side
I'm curious how the men handle it when a woman falls in love. I understand the service, and it seems Garren takes customer service very seriously from a business perspective, too. But since I'm sure these men are VERY good at their jobs, I'm pretty certain it would be easy for some woman to get wrapped up in their emotions, especially after a week or two in a foreign county. ;) Is there an in-house policy on how to handle that kind of situation?
-- Wendi Darlin
Great interview. Interesting topic. I LOVE the Cowboys for Angels title, sounds like a perfect title for a nice steamy romance novel. Hmm, maybe this gives me some inspiration. Good luck with your ventures, Garren.
I had the same question as Wendi...how do these men keep women from falling for them. Hmmm...I see a novel here.
This is a great interview and very insightful. I see a novel in this too. Thank you for such a wonderful interview. Now I'm off to write and to tell my daughter to enter the contest...
Sage~ I like the way you think! Research, in its many forms, should be included on tax reports!!!
Tali~I have my fingers crossed for a Brace and Vin sighting over here sometime soon. ;)Nick, too, but wonder if we could drag him away from the studio long enough? Have you seen his latest video: http://www.nickhawkexplicit.com? He's making a big name for himself in the music industry!
K.A.~Thank you so much for coming by today. I know you're super busy this week. Your feedback is always treasured.
Gale~I couldn't agree more. Philadelphia is a great city for Cowboys4Angels!!!
Wendi and D'Ann~Great question! Why didn't I think about asking this question. Inquiring minds want to know....
Tabitha~The inspiration is endless just by visiting the Cowboys for Angels website! Do you have a favorite cowboy yet? ;)
Tianna~Yes! Be sure to tell your daughter to enter. I'll keep my fingers crossed for her!
Thank you for the comments. Ladies, tell your friends to stop by and leave their comments for Garren and Cowboys for Angels!
I wish I could be single for one weekend only! ;) What a great interview. I love the idea and that you enjoy catering to those who have special needs.
I'd be tempted to have an appointment for research. lol
Awesome interview. I shared on all the normal avenues. Everyone needs a little excitement in their life. Wow! If only. *lol*
Great interview, Destiny! Garren, glad we got to hear a little more about Cowboys for Angels. Love the name! You and your men are beautiful (sigh). Congrats on your success!
Great inteview, Destiny, and thank you for the huge plot bunny. I don't normally thank people for plot bunnies, but I LIKE this one.
Darren - Thanks for coming out and answering all these questions. And congrats on the coming nuptials. :D
Thank you for posting this delightful interview! I must agree with Zenobia. It gave me a plethora of amazing ideas for new stories. I'd say this is the best blog topic ever!
What a fabulous interview. As a writer, my mind bounced all over the place with story ideas! I was impressed by his answers to your questions. Most importantly, I love that his clients and their needs come first. Who wouldn't want a great looking guy with intelligence and integrity to boot? I wish him much success in his continued business. May it soon be available in every major city around the world!
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Fabulous interview, Destiny! It's hard to think of anything better than a fabulous hot male body with an engaging and exciting mind attached to it ~ total sex appeal! After all, the brain is the most important sex organ :)
Thanks, Destiny and Garren for a fantastic interview. This gets my creative juices flowing...that's for sure...and to think Cowboys for Angels was located in Las Vegas. Geez, home was just a hop, skip and a jump away. LOL!
Thanks so much for your posts, ladies!
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