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From her modest Oklahoma home to the center stage of the adult film world. CNBC's "Business of Pleasure" takes you backstage and at home with mega Porn Star Jessie Jane.
Having sex on films is what Porn Star Jesse Jane is best known for. She’s starred in the mega-budget porn flick Pirates 2, Island Fever 4 and Jesse Jane Heat.
Jesse Jane: "It’s a job. And, you have to treat it like a job. I'm a mom. I have a family. You know, I bought a house. It’s the way you pay your bills. And, there’s a lot more that goes into it than just having sex on films."
Jesse is often mobbed at events…including the Adult Entertainment Expo in Las Vegas. She’s comfortable in the spot light and on the red carpet. At the AVN Awards – which some call the Oscar of porn – Jesse won “Best All-Girl Sex Scene” for a scene in the adult film Pirates 2.
There's no typical path to porn stardom. Jesse Jane starts as a model, a Hooters Girl and even enters a Hawaiian Tropic beauty contest. The then single mom from California – who once wanted to be a TV weathercaster – decides to write a letter to a porn studio because she wants to be in movies. Jesse: "I know I can do the job."
Today Jesse Jane is one of the biggest porn stars in the world. But, that’s not enough. She wants to be a sex symbol --- with all the movies, appearances and product lines that will extend her career beyond pornography. So for many porn stars today, building a business empire and with it financial security is the “Holy Grail.”
Jesse Jane: “ You want when people look at you, to think of you as sex. When you do adult movies and don’t market yourself…you’re just an adult performer. I want to be a brand.”
It's the off-camera work that is the most lucrative…including appearances and dancing or hosting parties at clubs around the country where she can advertise herself and make thousands and thousands of dollars.
Here Jesse performs at a Hustler Club outside of San Diego.
Outside of work, Jesse try's to keep life as normal as possible including doing laundry in her Oklahoma home.
Oklahoma may seem like an unlikely home for Jesse. It is illegal to sell or distribute porn in this state. Despite, its conservative values, the state is among the top 10 porn watching states in the country.
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Jesse Jane enjoys having the title of adult superstar, but at home, the only title that matters, is that of 'Mom'. She’s the wife of a former porn star and mother to a 9-year old son – who doesn’t exactly know what his mom does for a living.
Here the adult star puts away her son’s basketball jersey.
Jesse and her husband enjoy spending time together. Here they attend a basketball game.
Jesse says she’s a Midwest kind of girl – "I'm country. I have a John Deere tractor. I have go-karts …you name it I have it."
While in Oklahoma she finds time to do one of her favorite things: shop. She also frequents her favorite frozen yogurt shop.
While she's at home, Jesse continues building her brand. She often talks to her fans during live video chat sessions through the Digital Playgrounds website.
Jesse Jane: "I think that I'm more personable as a person. I love meeting my fans. I know that my fans make me who I am. And, I interact with them."
So the payoff of building the Jesse Jane brand and life beyond sex on camera includes a new sex toy line, future clothing line and book.
Jesse Jane: "You always have to have a back up plan because the truth is you can’t do this business forever."
One porn star building her future…one autograph, web chat, dance and movie at a time.
CNBC original production Porn: Business of Pleasure
Nothing is off limits when it comes to the $13 billion industry that aims to please but has been known to offend.
Records required by 18 USC 2257 and its implementing regulations are available for review at CNBC, Inc., Aisha Christian Royall, record keeper, 900 Sylvan Avenue, Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632. "Porn: Business of Pleasure", Tape #1,#2,#3. Recorded [2/10/09], [2/12/09].