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Japanese AV Actors: Then and Now Part Two

Men's Cyzo - Original Japanese Date: August 30th, 2015
English Translation Published: February 19th, 2016

Two prominent actors from the Japanese AV industry share their experiences about breaking into the biz and the key to success.

(Translator's note: This post is a continuation of a previous entry.)


Men's Cyzo: Did you view your initial period as an AV actor to be akin to serious employment?

Carlos: Not at all. Before doing AV, I was working construction full-time. Acting gigs were slow at first so I still had to work part-time initially to put food on the table. Now, however, this is my main line of work. I think this portion of my life story holds true for many AV actors.

Tsujimaru: A part-time job, huh? Most people just live in the present so even actors don't think too much about future finances. A long time ago there were only 20 or 30 production companies so there weren't too many titles released at the same time. Most actors today don't realize how difficult it was in the past. Either way, it's probably best not to think one will make tons of money via this career.

Carlos: Is that so? I was really worrying about that before I decided to commit fully to being an AV actor. Balancing the life of doing this full-time with non-work commitments like saving up and possibly getting married really troubled me. However, after talking it over with many people, I decided to go all-in with being an AV actor.


MC: Why did you worry so much?

CA: Well, my first experience of being an AV actor was that of a Bukkake Juice Man. There, I got a chance to see big-name stars like Joe Oshima and Yuuto Kuroda in action. They made me want to commit to being an actor full-time.


Speaking of groups of about foreign actors?  It's possible!


MC: So gradual steps from side-actor to full-actor?

CA: Yup.

TM: Time sure has changed! AV actors from my generation never even gave future marriage prospects a thought! I never once thought about getting married. Perhaps things are different for actresses...maybe?


MC: It seems like now more than ever is the era of name-brand recognition for AV actors. Actor meet-and-greet events such as a notable one held at the Shinjuku Loft drew a record number of fans. However, do you think fans really want to keep meeting the same actors? Would they rather see new faces?

CA: I think your average fan really only knows big names such as Ken Shimizu, Joe Oshima, and Yuuto Kuroda.

TM: I wouldn't even go that far! I think out of really long-standing names like Taka Katou and Chocoball Mukai, your average fan is not really on a name-basis with AV actors.


MC: That could be the case. There aren't too many actors to begin with and only a few can be considered real veterans. On that note, do you think there is a demand for new actors?

CA: There's always young guys wanting to join our ranks. I'm always being asked by staff members and directors if they know any young men who want to act. There really are a lot of people who want to do this, but most lack the energy and skills to make it a reality. All the guys younger than me want to have sex and nothing more.

TM: Yea, I think the younger generation is kind of in a rough shape. I feel for them. The current crop of men is a bit too concerned and stresses out about the small things like the potential for shiofuki. Guys from my era are more happy-go-lucky and will just take whatever.

CA: I agree, but then you have some angry fans grumbling about seeing the same 'old guys' in all the titles. Work can be given to new potential actors, but many end up doing poor jobs. This is why production companies are risk-averse when it comes to featuring new actors in their titles. With a well-known actor, you're guaranteed to receive a good performance by the books.


To be continued...


Interview conducted by Miho Fumizuki
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(Translator's note: even big name AV actors like the few listed above are not rolling in dough. They may make 50,000 yen per shoot if they're lucky. Granted, that much for a day's work is pretty good, but is peanuts compared to what the actresses receive.)

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