Being a porn star might not be the kind of job you'd like to write home to your parents or your granny about, but it turns out it could actually be a pretty lucrative means of paying the bills - if you're into that kind of thing. The Independent recently spoke to Derek Hay - former porn star and founder of LA Direct Models, which represents a number of the leading adult performers in the industry - to find out whether money in the bank is the real incentive for these professional sex-havers. According to Derek, the money varies from porn star to porn star depending on their status, who their agent is and various other factors, but there is basic rate of pay to be expected. So how do the male salaries compare? Interestingly, porn is one of the only industries where female earnings are, on average, far higher than their male counterparts.
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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. VICE: Do you think people have the wrong idea about how much porn stars really make? Valentina Nappi: Think about it: how many people pay to watch porn online? Thinking porn actors are rich is absurd.
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Subscriber Account active since. 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.