Different strokes for different folks…
Adult Film Star Asa Akira Talks About Her Career Success
28-year-old adult film star Asa Akira has penned a memoir called “Insatiable” about her voyage from her life as a privileged prep school student to successful sex worker and it’s earned her a feature in the NY Post.
Peep some interesting excerpts below.
On Always Aspiring For A Career In Adult Entertainment:
“I was obsessed with it,” Akira, now 28, recalls thinking when she was in middle school. “The girls were just really glamorous. They were having sex for money. I thought, ‘What’s better than that?’ ”
“The first time I was called a slut was in fourth or fifth grade,” she says. “I didn’t know what it meant so I looked it up in the dictionary and it said something like ‘unkempt woman.’ Unkempt? I didn’t understand.”
She watched her first adult movie during a sleep over at her friend’s house in third grade. It was a soft-core movie based off a fairy tale. She wasn’t turned on, but she was intrigued.
She scrolled through Craigslist ads, agreeing to a “sketchy” bikini modeling shoot when she was 14. She answered an ad for a “masseuse” but chickened out when the parlor’s owner asked her to “practice” on him.
Hit the flip for more on how she broke into the business
On Her Big Break:
“Excuse me, miss?” a man asked her on the street. “Would you be interested in working in the adult entertainment industry?”
“It was like if you want to be an actress and [“Kids” director] Larry Clark approaches you,” she says. “I immediately said, ‘Yes.’ ”
That night, she finished a shift as a dominatrix at The Nutcracker Suite on 33rd Street.
Her first client, a pro basketball player, asked her to “role-play like we’re on a subway. I’ll like stare and stare at you, and you’re like totally creeped out by me.”
Other opportunities followed. A friend hooked her up with a gig at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club, a gentleman’s club off the West Side Highway.
The $600 (on a good night), she made at the dungeon no longer cut it. Now she could rake in up to $6,000 a night. She quit dominatrix work and took on the stage name Akira, taken from an anime character.
Deep into a painkiller pill addiction, she began hooking, too, but quit after just two men because she got too close with one of her johns.
She moved to Florida to work as a feature act on Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show. There, she met adult star Gina Lynn, who offered her on-camera work. She boarded a bus from Port Authority to Lynn’s house in Amish country, Pennsylvania, to shoot. Two days later, an agency flew her out to Los Angeles.
It seems like you’d never think it would be that difficult to break in for someone who was so aware she wanted to be a freak in front of the cameras for so long.
A few more crazy quotes from Asa on the flip
It has “shaped me into a woman I had always hoped I would be. I’ve become more confident, more empowered, more sure of myself than I’ve ever been,” she writes. “There’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.”
“I’m part of the new era of porn,” she tells The Post. “We’re feminists, very sex-positive people. We’re not victims of rape, not drug addicts, we don’t have any daddy issues.”
“Slutty girls were my heroes, somehow glorified in my mind,” she writes.
During her daily phone conversations with her mother, “I’ll be like, ‘‘Work is good,’ or ‘I’m going to work.’ But I’m not saying, ‘Hey mom, I’m going to bang a bunch of guys tomorrow.’ ”
“Almost every time I shoot a sex scene, I fall a little bit in love,” she writes. “In love with being watched. In love with being on display. In love with being the center of attention.”
Do you think Asa’s thoughts are more common than most women want to admit? If you had a job that you knew embarrassed your family, would you try to hide it or would you write books about it like Asa has?