How much porn stars really get paid, according to leading agent for adult actors

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To those outside the adult industry, it can often seem like a mystery completely alien to most people’s day to day lives.

While consumers of porn enjoy watching it, they rarely consider the actresses and actors at the heart of the films. But why do people become porn performers? How much do they get paid and does this depend on what they do?

The Independent spoke to Derek Hay – the founder of LA Direct Models which represents many of the top adult performers – via Skype from his offices in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hay, who is British-born, co-founded the company in 2000 after performing as an adult actor himself.

Overseeing and managing the pay of his clients is part of his job. The pay for adult performers is not set in stone, and usually vastly depends on what they are willing to do. As standard, a female performer in a scene with an male performer could expect to earn around $1,000 (£800), a scene with another woman would see them earn around $700-800 (£550). The rates could go up or down by 10 to 20 per cent depending on who the performer is, their agent and other factors.

However, for some scenes this pay cheque can increase significantly, more so if it involves a sexual act the performer has not done before as the studio will raise their pay in order to incentivise the actress.

“For the right girl, for whatever reason which could vary, to do acts like their first anal scene, first interracial scene, first scene with three, four or five guys, those scenes could pay premium rates. A company’s studios would offer a particular girl a much higher rate to induce her to accept the offer to shoot that kind of scene. That’s always been the case, but in the past few years a number of different studios have put a lot of prominence on those kind of scenes and the rates offered to models to do that have increased markedly.”

And what is premium rate? According to Hay, a model could be offered anywhere from $2,000 to $6,000 for a first anal sex scene, for example. “I have seen figures higher than that but they are not common,” he says.

The fact that an adult actress could be paid more to do her first scene with a black performer is something that stands out and seems remarkably offensive to someone not in the business. When pressed about this, Hay insisted there is “no race element” to the higher pay being offered.

“Interracial is no big deal… it is another one of those things. A girl might say ‘I’m not comfortable to do that’ and later in her career may say she is. Later along the way a company may offer her money to incentivise her to do it … it is an open market, the same as anything else.”

However, in a 2013 article for the Daily Beast entitled ‘Interracial Sex Still Taboo for Many Porn Stars”, former adult actress Aurora Snow wrote: “On-camera race relations are a complicated topic—particularly the way they have been translated in porn’s fantasyland.”

There have been suggestions that pay rates for performers have dropped in recent years, however Hay says this is not necessarily the case and that instead they have just stagnated. “For some special acts [rates] have actually gone higher, but rates in general have not risen in last five years or so. There has been no increase in relation to inflation, they haven’t really fallen they have just plateaud.”

In a world where the gender pay gap is pervasive in a plethora of industries, porn is an exception. Hay says it is “universally known that women get paid a lot more” but said successful male actors are paid “what most people would think is a lot” and suggested they have an advantage in being able to work more than women.

Source by independent….