Life After Public Accounting: How One Woman Chose Porn Over Spreadsheets

As you all may or may not recall, last summer we profiled a rising porn star who may or may not have gotten her start at Deloitte. We have yet to confirm that she did come from the green dot but we do know that she's still enjoying her post-public accounting career change, as per this recent profile in LA Weekly [we need not warn you the article in its entirety is NSFW]:

An only child, James grew up and attended high school in a Chicago suburb, then graduated from DePaul University – which bills itself as the largest Catholic college in the nation – with a double major in accounting and finance. The petite brunette then got her CPA and took a job in the public sector.

"I was this young, ambitious girl that really wanted to please her family, and do really well, and be successful," she says.

But James was miserable.

"I would go in to work on Sunday at 4 p.m. because my manager decided that some paper required more meticulous authorization," she says, "and I would come home bawling my eyes out. I hated putting in that much work for something that did nothing for me, for anyone else, that was all just paperwork."

You know it's bad when you'd rather take it up the ass than file one more piece of meaningless paper. I'm sure there's some brilliant comparison I could make here between figuratively taking it up the ass for "The Man" and literally on camera but I'll leave that one to you guys.

She started off very innocently shooting a few scenes and eventually knew she had to choose between public and, er, public:

James shot about ten more scenes in Chicago before she knew that she had a decision to make. "It was time to start thinking about where this was going," she says. "Every shoot you do brings you closer to another person finding out who you might not want to know."

Well aware that she either had to go all in or give it up, James made the choice that would change her life – porn, she concluded, was more than a way to let loose after her divorce or to escape the stress of her day job.

Unlike leaving public for private, a CPA-turned-porn star has to be realistic about their long-term career opportunities. James has already thought about this:

James wants to perform for as long as she can, but she harbors no delusions. She knows that the time will come when people "don't want to see you naked," she says, adding, "I'd like to start building a more diversified portfolio. Eventually I'd like to have my own company, and do my own shooting. Something where I could keep my own books."

Her former life, though, is over. "You have to be OK with the fact that when you do this, you can't go back," she says.

I guess this mean she's an inactive CPA, then?

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