Most of Japanporn actresses were second tier actresses and girls of the soaplands (naked body massage salon). Most of these girls were not forced BUT rather themselves wanted to be famous.
Japanporn actresses are usually discovered by scouts, who are affiliated with talent agencies who then hire the actresses to the AV production companies in Tokyo, such as Roppongi, Shinjuku and Shibuya. The production companies are typically charged ¥1.5 million or more for an actress per video. Japanporn actresses make between ¥200,000 (2000 USD) and 4 million yen (40000 USD ) per video. According to Steve Scott, president of Third World Media, an importer of Japanese adult movies to the United States, estimated a top-tier japanporn star could make up to nearly ¥36 million (360000 USD) for an eight picture deal.
The life cycle of a typical japanporn actress is as the following:
In her AV debut video, the girl is introduced as a "new face," and her inexperience is played up in interviews preceding the modeling and sex scenes. From now on, the AV audience are encouraged to follows the actress' journey through sexual awakening, and her eventual specialization, after about five AV appearances, in a specific genre such as lesbianism or SM.
Once the actress has established herself as a mature AV star, she has the options of continuing into some of the more outrageous AV genres, retiring, or, sometimes, re-emerging under a new name as a "new face."
Some major AV types include: the prim Office Lady, the virgin-next-door, the randy farm girl, the leotarded aerobics enthusiast, the sexy predator in the hot-spring resort and, last but not least, the self-assertive slut who is put in her place by being gang-banged on the floor of the cutting room, busty and mature.