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A pornographic actor/actress or a porn star (usually used in reference to a female actress) is a person who appears in pornographic films. Most actors appear nude in films (usually filmed in explicit sexual genres). Most genres have specialists who achieve most of their recognition in a specific niche market such as lesbian sex, bondage, strap-on sex, anal sex, double penetration, semen swallowing, teenage women, interracial or MILFs.
Some legal jurisdictions consider commercial pornography a form of prostitution, though most commercial sex film performers do not regard themselves as prostitutes for various reasons, but rather as actors or models. Most notably these performers are not paid directly by their sexual partners for the sex, but both are paid through a studio or Talent Management Agency.
Most male performers in straight porn are paid less than their female costars. Ron Jeremy has commented on the pay scale of women and men of the sex film industry: in 2003 "Girls can easily make 100K-250K per year, plus stuff on the side like strip shows and appearances. The average guy makes $40,000 a year." and in 2008 "The average guy gets $300 to $400 a scene, or $100 to $200 if he's new. A woman makes $100,000 to $250,000 at the end of the year."
In 2011, the manager of Capri Anderson said "A contract girl will only shoot for one company, she won't shoot for anyone else. Most actresses in the adult industry are free agents - they'll shoot for anyone. Being a contract girl is kind of a big deal. Most contract girls make $60,000 a year, which isn't very much... In one year, a contract girl will shoot four movies, and each movie takes about two or three weeks to shoot."
Some state that gay male porn generally pays men much more than heterosexual porn; a number of male performers, including Peter North, have appeared in both heterosexual and gay pornography. Ostensibly, men who perform in gay pornography but identify themselves as heterosexual, most notably Wolf Hudson, are said to do gay-for-pay, that is, perform in gay movies only for the paycheck, not because of any personal attraction they have to other men.
According to gay producer Seymore Butts, who runs his own sex-film recruitment agency, as well as producing sex films; "depending on draw, female performers who perform in both straight and lesbian porn earn more than those who do [just heterosexual scenes] usually make about US$200--800 while those who only do oral sex (blow job) usually only make about US$100--300 for the scene". It was also noted in an interview conducted by Local10 news of Florida that individuals were offered $700 for sexual intercourse while shooting a scene of the popular series Bang Bus in 2004 According to Videobox, a porn website, actresses make these rates: Blowjobs: $200--$400; Straight sex: $400--$1,200; Anal sex: $900--$1,500; Double Penetration: $1,200--$1,600; Double anal: $2,000. For more unusual fetishes, women generally get 15% extra.
In 2001 actress Chloe said of pay-rates; "In Gonzo, you're paid not by the picture, but by the scene. So it's girl-girl: $700, plus $100 for an anal toy. Boy-girl: $900. Anal: $1,100. Solo: $500. DP: $1,500."
Additionally, besides appearing in films, porn stars often make money from endorsements and appearance fees. For instance, in 2010 some night clubs were paying female porn stars and Playboy Playmates to appear there to act as draws for the general public; Jesse Jane was reported to have been paid between $5,000 to $10,000 for one appearance by a Chicago club.
* Amber Lynn - 52 Pick-Up (1986)
* Anastasia Blue - Blow (2001)
* Annette Haven - Body Double (1984), 10 (1979). Haven turned down a part in The Howling because of its excessive violence
* Annie Sprinkle - Wimps (1987), Young Nurses in Love (1987)
* April Flowers - A Man Apart (2003)
* Ashlyn Gere - To Die For (1992), X-Files s2e3 (1994)
* Ashlynn Brooke - Piranha 3-D (2010)
* Asia Carrera - The Big Lebowski (1998)