‘After Porn Ends': What 9 Porn Stars Did After Their Careers Ended (Photos)

Tim Molloy

What do porn stars do when their lives in the adult film industry end? That’s the question at the heart of documentary filmmaker Bryce Wagoner’s film “After Porn Ends,” its sequel, “After Porn Ends 2,” and its new follow-up, “After Porn Ends 3.” The film looks at the tragedies and successes of people who left an industry that famously uses up young talent. Some have no regrets about their years in the industry. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair. Johnnie Keyes: Johnnie wasn’t the first black adult performer, but he was the first black PORN STAR. Coming from poverty he enlisted in the army and became a champion boxer. Using the GI Bill he got a drama degree and starred in Jesus Christ, Superstar. After a chance casting in Behind the Green Door, he found himself on the shores of Cannes and a cultural icon. Eventually retiring to raise his family, Johnnie is now an accomplished jazz singer and runs a youth outreach basketball camp with his son in Seattle. Lisa Ann: Starting as a stripper in Pennsylvania, Lisa used porn to further her feature dancing career and was a well known player for 15 years before the opportunity of a lifetime unfolded in front of her, the opportunity to do a parody of Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. This catapulted her to porn superstardom and made her the top performer in her business for five straight years. Always the ambitious one, Lisa parlayed her media appearances into a shot at hosting her own fantasy sports radio show on Sirius XM, which has launched a whole new brand and successful book. Ginger Lynn: Simply the face of XXX in the 80’s and early 90’s, Ginger was the original “girl next door.” Starting in bikini contests and taking the advice of famed photographer Suze Randall, Ginger played the adult business by her rules, commanded the largest salary in porn, and got out exactly when she wanted to. Studying acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse, Ginger has had major roles in Wing Commander, American Pie: Band Camp, The Devil’s Rejects, and 31. She is as much an icon in the comic-con fashioned events as she is in the adult world now. Tabitha Stevens: A Vegas Dancer who did one scene that kicked off an entire 20 year career. Tabitha holds the record for most porn star appearances on Howard Stern and became a regular on Doctor 90210. She and her husband run a fine art photography gallery in Utah. Brittany Andrews: Brittany knew that she wanted to do porn to further her own business interests. She made her own line of videos and distributed them all herself. After getting some mainstream cred by posing in Playboy Magazine, she learned to be a DJ and now plays all over the world being booked by the largest DJ agency in the USA, Skam Artists. Darren James: Darren began his path to XXX as Navy veteran from the streets of Detroit. After trying to be in the LAPD, he was waitlisted due to budget cuts. Starving and not knowing where his next job was coming from, he tried porn and became a prolific performer. But after taking a big contract in Brazil, he wound up getting infected with HIV and now does public speaking and advocacy work for those living with the disease. Chasey Lain: Chasey began as a dancer and became one of the highest paid performers in XXX. But after struggling with the changing economics and structure of the adult business, she turned to working as an escort at the world famous Bunny Ranch. She’s now saving money to go back to school and start her life over. Georgina Spelvin began as a Broadway dancer and actress. When the work dried up she got a job on an adult film as a caterer and then starred in the director’s next film, The Devil in Miss Jones; which would go on to be one of the most successful XXX movies of all time. Georgina bounced back and forth with retirement until she took a job in an office and retired with her pension (and love of her life) 20 years later in Hollywood, CA. Janine Lindemulder: A one time softball star with college scholarship offers, Janine found her way into adult through a modeling ad. Her porn career led her to the most successful feature dancer in the world. She retired to marry and have a daughter with Orange County Choppers star Jesse James, but after a brutal custody battle she also went to federal prison for owing hundreds of thousands of dollars in unpaid taxes. After getting out she moved to the Oregon Coast to get her life back on track. It’s still a work in progress. After Porn Ends 2 is the follow up to the iTunes and Amazon #1 2012 predecessor and delves deeper into society’s ongoing stigmas of race, misogyny, and the reality of decreasing opportunities for these former VHS box cover stars. For some, their careers in adult entertainment is accepted proudly and without regret. For others, a career in the adult industry has proven to be a conduit to certain despair as they struggle to find a way to bury their past and emerge with a new career or calling. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon and iTunes, and will be released on VOD as well on March 28th. It is directed and produced by Bryce Wagoner (After Porn Ends, Parrot Heads), and produced by Michael Weiss, Andy Weiss, Billy Sorrentino, and Michael Tipps, with Cara Kidwell serving as co producer. Michael Weiss negotiated the distribution deal on behalf of the filmmakers. Wagoner is represented by Zero Gravity Management.

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