What Jobs Did Porn Stars Have Before Porn?

We’ve all held crappy jobs in our teenage years, and this inclusive “all” includes the people we masturbate to. I speak, of course, about the illustrious porn star. Curious to discover which jobs led adult actors toward having sex on camera, I asked some of the world’s biggest adult actresses what they did before deciding to enter the porn industry.

As I would soon discover, these jobs vary greatly. From burger flipper at McDonald’s, to a cast-member on a popular MTV program and everything in between. What did your favorite porn actress do before porn? Take a look below.

1. Tasha Reign

@tashareigndotcom is taking over @sapphiredayclub today ️ #lasvegas #cincodemayo #sapphiredayclub #ntrlrbls #tashareign #friday #spdcvegas

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I worked as a cast member on MTV’s “Laguna Beach” from age 16-17. At 18, I was a Hooters girl, and at 20 I was dancing at a club called Silver Reign. Before all of that I was a hostess at one of my father’s restaurants, 230 Forest Avenue. Not to mention my years of interning at Too Faced Cosmetics and Think PR. I tried many different things before I tried modeling.

2. Nina Hartley

A headshot for the gorgeous #NinaHartley. This shoot was so fun! ? // Glasses by: @cutlerandgross // #beautiful #babyblues #celebrity #california #headshot #la #portraitphotography #redisherfavoritecolor #wheninCali #josefina_photo

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I did food service after high school. I worked in a hamburger joint, a high-end chocolate bakery and a classy restaurant as a waitress — all in Berkeley, CA, my hometown. Then I worked as a house dancer for 18 months before making video in March of 1984.

3. Joanna Angel

Gonna cook some dinner now 🙂 #housewife #andawhore #youcanbeboththo

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I was a waitress at Applebee’s, a receptionist at a hair salon and an unpaid intern at a magazine.

4. Sophie Dee

Bug eye

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Before becoming an adult actress, I had several jobs. From bartending, to being a holiday representative in Turkey, and cleaning hotel rooms, to being a hotel receptionist. I’ve had so many jobs. Bartending was definitely one of my favorites and making beds in hotel rooms was by far the worst. I don’t even like making my own bed!

5. Jessy Dubai

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I’ve been a waitress, a burger flipper at McDonalds, a cashier, a bartender, a makeup artist and a showgirl.

6. Tanya Tate

#tanyatate #bestboobs

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My very first job, I worked at a local fish and chip shop for £1.70/hour (that’s around $2.40/hour). I was still in school and I thought that was a lot of money.

7. Gia Moore

What Jobs Did Porn Stars Have Before Porn?
I was a legal assistant at a collection law firm, receptionist in a broker office, sales associate in Macy’s baby department, hostess at Shennenigans, cocktail waitress at Solid Gold, cocktail waitress at the Doral hotel in NYC, hostess at Chart House and worked in Juniper Springs hotel in Mammoth at the front desk.

8. Kendra Lust

#setlife #naughtyamerica #naughty #sexy #selfie #selfienation #lust #LustArmy ?

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I was a registered nurse prior to porn.

9. Kelly Madison

It’s Morning! ??

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I didn’t start in the porn biz until I was 33, so I’ve worked at grocery stores, pharmacies, marketing companies and printing companies doing sales and training. I never thought of myself as a “model”; I was always a business person first, and adult performer second.

My big breasts got me in the door but being business minded kept me in the game. I’m 48 now, and I don’t know when or if I’ll ever retire.

10. Jillian Janson

I love this lipstick ?I felt so great last night and I feel it had something to do with feeling #confident about my #beauty #inside and #out I want everyone to know that you don’t need make up or people to tell you that you’re beautiful, just find your inner beauty and everyone will love it!

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Times were pretty tough for my mom, my sister and I. We received child support from a father I didn’t know, but it wasn’t enough. As soon as I was legally old enough to work (at 14) I got a job at McDonald’s. Within two months we moved into my aunt’s house where we stayed for about a year. We moved again and I became a “beauty advisor” at Walgreens for a year until I decided I wanted my teenage experience of high school back, so I joined the softball team. I had such a good time being on a team that I didn’t realize how much my income truly helped us.

I then got a job as a telemarketer. I made enough money off commissions to buy myself a car. The last job I had before I started webcamming and porn was as a waitress where I started understanding the fundamentals of tipping.

11. Jessica Drake

dig if you will the picture… ????

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I was an au pair first, worked in fast food at 15, then was a waitress and a hostess. I also worked in retail, then I was a stripper and college student. I got into porn at 25. Throughout the years I’ve also been very active in volunteer work.

12. Casey Calvert

26 ???

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Prior to being a porn star, I worked as a research assistant for a department chair at the university I went to. I helped him with research, writing papers, grading tests, sending emails — all that good stuff. I also worked part-time at the local rock gym.

13. Chanel Preston

Playing the busty bartender today.

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Prior to being in porn I worked as a house cleaner for a friend of my dad’s. I ended up mostly ironing his work shirts (which I hate doing to this day), so I quit and began work as a barista at a local coffee shop. After moving to Hawaii, I eventually began dancing at strip clubs, which led to performing in adult movies.