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“What Do Japanese AV Stars Make?” Redux Part Four

Harrows Entertainment - Original Japanese Date: December 4th, 2015
English Translation Published: December 30th, 2015

A deeper look into the types of Japanese AV one can appear in allowing with the pay as noted by HARROWS ENTERTAINMENT.

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



Soft Image Model
Pay: 100,000 to 500,000 yen per performance (1-3 days).
Info: This is a type of job that will have you dressing revealing outfits for softcore videos. Most commonly you'll be wearing swimsuits, schoolgirl uniforms, and revealing lingerie. Sex in these productions almost never happens. Usually you will be filmed by yourself. We think this is a great entry to the AV industry for those who are iffy about doing something overtly sexual from the get-go. Of course you can simply only do soft image modeling and not advance with harder work.


Pay: 10,000 – 50,000 yen per performance (1 – 7 days).
Info: Movies released as V-Cinema titles are not shown in movie theaters. Rather, they are released direct-to-disc for private use. The types you may appear will usually have nude scenes and some acting on your behalf is necessary. Some types of work will have your output shown in smaller pink theaters. This is a good outlet for those wanting to do adult work, but also looking for fame.


Pay: 10,000 – 20,000 yen per performance (1 – 7 days).
Info: We sometime receive requests for pretty faces to appear on TV. On top of the erotic, these types of jobs may allow you remain mainly clothed. You may also be able to appear on variety TV shows. There's also a chance you may appear on regular broadcasting shows on top of satellite TV.


Photography Club Model
Pay: 40,000 to 100,000 yen per shoot (1-2 days).
Info: Amateur photographers will take pictures of you in the nude. You will not have sex while doing this, but customers may put their arms around you for one-on-one shoots at the end. There is also a chance you can shake hands and sign cards for them. All those who are taking part are vetted extensively beforehand so please feel at ease.


Interview AV Amateurs
Pay: 20,000 to 30,000 yen per shoot (3-4 hours).
Info: This is great for those who need money right away. These shoots feature a director who does everything: he handles the lighting, the sound, and also the acting! These types of jobs are numerous and the directors all belong to big agencies so there is nothing to worry about. The only caveat is women with previous AV experience are not eligible for these roles.



Translator's thoughts:

We actually reduced the price figures for all categories above from what was originally posted on HARROWS ENTERTAINMENT'S website. What they had was a bit too ideal and even if you're incredibly attractive and outgoing, you probably will not receive from the get-go.

It is possible though they kept the pay high because a huge chunk goes to the agency (them) before being passed on to you. The agency system is another very salient topic we may discuss in a future update at My Dearest Desire.

Interestingly, we still have not seen an AV agency site talk about appearing in uncensored titles. Going by their popularity, we're pretty sure multiple agencies are introducing curious women in their rosters to these types of productions. The pay is significantly more, but most likely due to the gray area legal zone producing these titles lay in, outwardly talking about them on their sites may be pushing it.

It's definitely possible to forgo using an AV agency such as HARROWS, but you may find it a lot harder to get work and larger production companies may not even/not be contractually allowed to work with you.

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