There's a well-worn porn cliche about the college student-turned-actress who decided to have sex in front of a camera in order to pay off her student loans. Like many cliches, it's rarely true — but it's worth wondering: How big are paychecks in the porn business, anyway? Money is a topic that's shrouded in mystery in the adult entertainment world. While it's widely presumed to be a multibillion dollar industry, there's no real firm accounting to back that up. Companies regularly inflate their numbers when speaking publicly and may deflate them at opportune times as well. The same is true of performers.
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Luca Ferrero and Martina Smeraldi. Both pictures courtesy of the interviewees. When it comes to the average actor's salary, though, the figure is harder to pin down. On one hand, the explosion of free porn sites has squeezed profits; on the other, social media has allowed performers to build a following , produce content and go out on their own. To understand how much porn stars are really making, I got in touch with four Italian adult actors who've had very different careers — some have worked in the US, others in Europe, while one has been working since the s, which was supposedly the golden age of porn. Valentina Nappi: Think about it: how many people pay to watch porn online?
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Jenna Jameson is one of few to earn a million dollar paycheck in the porn industry. The name Mark Spiegler, a top talent agent in a different billion dollar entertainment industry, may not ring as many bells. Spiegler's boutique firm, Spiegler Girls, represents a small group of elite women and is regarded as one of the industry's top agencies in the Hollywood of porn: The San Fernando Valley. But while many aspects of the business are changing — from the just-passed L. County measure requiring condom use in adult movies to shrinking profits — 40 million to 50 million people in the U.
Fame in the adult entertainment industry is a fickle thing. Many performers leave the industry before anyone knows their name. Some experience a meteoric rise, only to fall in the course of a few months.