Deano’s answer to: “Do porn stars enjoy their jobs?”

Well, do they?

(Detention again? But I’m 32! Photo courtesy http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fil…)

For someone to be a “porn star” rather than a mere “porn actor”, I would say it would have to be enjoyable on some level, but that enjoyment may be based on any number of things:

  • comparatively high pay for low and/or flexible hours
  • many travel opportunities
  • attention and adoration of fans
  • chance to break social taboos
  • promoting positive attitudes towards sexual expression
  • great sex (rare, but possible) with a variety of thoroughly-STD-tested partners
  • working in a “startup atmosphere”, with a small, tight-knit community that is largely supportive and understanding of the work and negatives surrounding it


(Oh yeah, and invitation-only karaoke! Photo ‘courtesy’ http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ps…)

And that’s just off the top of my head. Like any job, working in porn is not enjoyable 100% of the time, and sometimes the less bearable parts involve literally having sex with someone you dislike for money, or being treated poorly by directors/producers/crew. But, for those who do stick with it, it’s certainly not merely for the monetary consideration – there are other aspects of the porn industry business model or social subculture that are appealing.

This answer originally appeared on Quora: Do porn stars enjoy their jobs?

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