Alternate Careers of Porn Stars

Porn Stars: What Might Have Been

There's a point in everyone's life where they stand at a career crossroads. Go one way and you end up in your current profession. Go the other and you wind up doing something entirely different.That's true not just of people in the traditional business world, but also those in the porn world. Before they began having sex on screen, the people in the adult entertainment industry were often working in other fields or studying to be a part of them.We were curious about what some of today's top porn
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There's a point in everyone's life when they stand at a career crossroads. Go one way and you end up in your current profession. Go the other and you wind up doing something entirely different.

That's true not just of people in the traditional business world, but also those in the porn world. Before they began having sex on screen, people in the adult entertainment industry were often working in other fields or studying to be a part of them.

We were curious about what some of today's top porn stars would be doing if they weren't a part of their current industry, and tracked some down at the recent Adult Entertainment Expo. Cosmology? Cosmetology? The answers might surprise you. Click ahead and find out.

By Chris Morris, Special to CNBC.com
Posted 26 January 2012

Ron Jeremy

I'm a licensed schoolteacher. Before I got into porn, I was a schoolteacher – special ed. I did it so many years ago that they barely called autism “autism.” They called it childhood schizophrenia because it was just being discovered back then.
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I'm a licensed schoolteacher. Before I got into porn, I was a schoolteacher — special ed. I did it so many years ago that they barely called autism “autism.” They called it childhood schizophrenia because it was just being discovered back then.

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Lisa Ann

I would do anything in the sports world. I have such a passion for sports. I know if I was involved in sports, I would love getting up in the morning just as much as I do now. I'd probably be a sports agent or writer/blogger/reporter.
Photo: Chris Brody

I would do anything in the sports world. I have such a passion for sports. I know if I was involved in sports, I would love getting up in the morning just as much as I do now. I'd probably be a sports agent or writer/blogger/reporter.

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Gracie Glam

I would probably be in school or working at a tanning salon hating my life. That's what I did my senior year.
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I would probably be in school or working at a tanning salon hating my life. That's what I did my senior year.

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Allison Tyler

I would probably be furthering my education. I have a bachelor's degree, but I would probably be going a little bit further. I've always been interested in entertainment, so I'd be doing something related to that industry.
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I would probably be furthering my education. I have a bachelor's degree, but I would probably be going a little bit further. I've always been interested in entertainment, so I'd be doing something related to that industry.


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Jacky Joy

I graduated with a business administration degree, so probably something in that area, but who knows because the economy sucks these days.
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I graduated with a business administration degree, so probably something in that area, but who knows because the economy sucks these days.

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Jessica Drake

I would do humanitarian work. If I needed to seek out a job as a profession, I would love to have been a foreign journalist. It's something that really interests me and combines my nosiness with my quest for travel.
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I would do humanitarian work. If I needed to seek out a job as a profession, I would love to have been a foreign journalist. It's something that really interests me and combines my nosiness with my quest for travel.

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Sunny Leone

I have no idea. I've been in the adult industry since I was 18 – [but before that] I was studying to be a pediatric nurse.
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I have no idea. I've been in the adult industry since I was 18 – [but before that] I was studying to be a pediatric nurse.

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Jesse Jane

I would be a weather girl.
Photo: Chris Brody

I would be a weather girl.

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Asa Akira

I would either want to be a food critic or yoga instructor.
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I would either want to be a food critic or yoga instructor.

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Chanel Preston

Since I was younger, I was always bouncing around. There was only one thing I wanted to do: to be a cosmologist – not a cosmetologist! I was obsessed with that stuff when I was younger. I would read Stephen Hawking's books when I was a kid, but I couldn't obviously understand them.
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Since I was younger, I was always bouncing around. There was only one thing I wanted to do: to be a cosmologist – not a cosmetologist! I was obsessed with that stuff when I was younger. I would read Stephen Hawking's books when I was a kid, but I couldn't obviously understand them.

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