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The New Asian Persuasion

Acme Andersson
With a fractured adult industry overflowing with talent, it’s more difficult than ever for even a worthy performer to find recognition. Asa Akira is one starlet who, despite her beauty and consistently strong scenes, seems to get less attention than some of her more publicity-hungry rivals.

That’s probably because Akira is too busy enjoying her job to worry about it. While she doesn’t spend all her time buried in self-promotion, she is not a fly-by-night performer who decided to get into adult at the spur of the moment or in an effort to make a ton of cash to pay off a series of reckless debts. She simply loves fucking on camera. Always has.

Still, she eased into her job fucking for the masses. At 19, the New York City native took a job at a dungeon in Manhattan, working as a dominatrix. A year later she got into stripping. But it wasn’t until she got a job as the official Show Whore on Bubba the Love Sponge’s radio show that she was intimately introduced to adult. She started doing a solo site and after meeting Gina Lynn began adding g/g material shot with the blonde legend. Lynn had told her that if she ever decided to go hardcore to give her a ring. And that call finally came a year ago.

“Porn was more of a fantasy, it never really crossed my mind that it was something I would actually do, and the desire to do it gradually overcame the hesitation,” Akira said. “It’s everything I thought it would be. It’s absolutely wonderful. I really get off on fucking in front of the camera.”

She debuted with Lynn’s hubby Travis Knight and then later made the move to Los Angeles and signed on with Goldstar Modeling.

“You’re putting yourself in a really vulnerable position,” she said of her initial hesitation. “You’re naked, you’re having sex and everyone you’ve known in your entire life can see it.”

Akira, who is full-blooded Japanese and lived in Japan for many years as a youth, said she has been pleasantly surprised that she hasn’t been more typecast in Asian roles. She said that probably a quarter of her work is Asian-specific. That’s in part because there are certain things she won’t do and her agency knows that and doesn’t book her for some shoots. She said she only speaks Japanese with her family and doesn’t feel comfortable using it for porn purposes. Affecting a fake accent also is out of the question because, she said, “It feels so stupid and not sexy to me.”

“If it doesn’t turn me on, I’m not going to do it,” she said. “I’m 24, I didn’t get into this business to do anything I don’t want to do. It’s the wrong business to be doing things you don’t want to do.”

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