Shoots and Ladders

In the beginning of my film career, friends would always ask me what it’s like to be on a film set. Not at all satisfied with an answer like “great” or “so cool”, they usually want the full picture painted using every last detail. I realize, however, as time passes and people change, so does the experience. I suppose that’s the part of life we call growth.


Before any shoot, there are millions of nervous thoughts and overwhelming anxiety that I undergo from the expectation of meeting new people and wanting to make the best first impression. That part, I think, won’t change much. From the moment I arrive to the doorstep of a location I’ve most likely never been, to being greeted by a staff member, the ┬áconstant thoughts that hover like hummingbirds are “Be your best self!” “Give firm handshakes”, and “Don’t forget to smile”. First impressions are ever lasting! I suppose, after so long, you learn what’s most important to make first impressions more memorableIMG_2274.

One thing I have learned is that in order to climb the ladder of success in any field, we must be willing to become experts of our craft. A great shoot day is one where I have had an energizing breakfast, plenty of sleep the night before (which can really make or break; not just because of lethargy but skin so gross even makeup can’t fool the camera), I’ve packed all the little things that provide maximum comfort: robe/blanket, speaker for music, requested wardrobe options, favorite lubricants etc., and occasionally there may be a script to be read and understood in advance. Sounds like a lot for one day? I know.




Working on a film set is all about working as team member. Every one has they’re role to play the best he or she can, in the one day we all come together, to create something spectacular called pornography. Shoots are always best when every person takes on his or her task with a full intent to knock it out of the park. Directors love performers who

  1. Listen to direction without repetition
  2. Are attentive
  3. Can deliver the vision they are working towards

After all, everyone involved (viewers included) simply want the best performance. That is achieved through maintaining good health, having a positive attitude, and enjoying the overall experience. The chemistry shared behind the curtain definitely shows throughout the final production, when all is exposed.

Photos by: Chris Strokes



  1. Michael · April 18, 2017

    Hey Anya,

    Hope you’ve been well. After reading this, all I can ask is, “When are you going to write a book?”

    I know I’ve asked you about this or suggested it once before, but I hope you seriously consider it. Every blog post you write demonstrates your skill. You presented a well laid out vision of how you approach each shoot and how you take pride in everything you do. It’s easy for fans to get captivated with your looks–who wouldn’t be–but I think the world is missing out on how smart and introspective you are. Maybe that’s something you only want to share with your inner circle and I respect that. But I get the sense you have an amazing story to tell. Maybe it’s something to consider after you leave the industry.

    Anyway, I’ve read books by others in the industry and you have true talent as a writer. You don’t need a ghostwriter. I hope you consider it, I think you could tell a unique story, in terms of race, recovery, and family.

    As always, looking forward to your next post.


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    • Dirty Diana · April 19, 2017

      Thank You, Michael. I’ve always had a deep desire to put everything together as one great piece. I believe that will happen if I continue to pour out what’s been hidden and have my many little stories evolve into something I truly stand behind. Your words are encouragement and reassuring of this desire to be more than that; but a destiny. I’ll continue to work through this life I’ve been given and all the stories that come with it. All the while, I’ll continue to be inspired by your kindness.

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      • Michael · April 19, 2017

        I’m glad to hear you’re looking into creating something that showcases your amazing talent! And thank-you for your equally kind words…they mean a lot! Have an amazing day, Anya!


  2. Maurice8th (@maurice8th) · April 19, 2017

    I’d think that Netflix would want to do project regarding your life behind the scenes. Best of luck!

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