Whoever came up with the notion that accountants are boring clearly has never met Veruca James. True, most accountants are, in general, boring. But then, how many CPAs have you ever heard of that are as sexy, uninhibited, and insatiable as Veruca? How many external auditors have you ever seen devouring cock and pussy alike, as though they were born to do it? Veruca does all of that and then some. A true exhibitionist, she is an upper echelon performer on screen, churning out scintillating scene after scene after scene. To top off her undeniable greatness and stunning beauty, she’s probably one of the smartest people you’ll ever meet. Although she did graduate from college with a very different career in mind, it seems she has now found her true calling. Veruca James was made to do all manner of dirty, vulgar, explicit acts on camera for the viewing pleasure of pud pulling perverts everywhere, and the porn world is better off for it.
Gabriel Lan: You’re a college graduate, correct? What do you have your degree(s) in?
Veruca James: I have Bachelors’ degrees in Accounting and Finance from DePaul University.
Gabriel Lan: So, being as you’ve passed your CPA exam, are you a practicing accountant? Should make it easier when doing your own taxes at least lol. All those 1099s lolol
Veruca James: I am no longer professionally employed as an accountant; I quit when I began performing. And I don’t even do my own taxes! Haha Tax accounting is awful and should be left to those who specialize in it. Accounting is like the medical and legal professions, while everyone takes the same standardized test to become licensed, you select a specialization when start your career. There are tax accountants, external auditors, internal auditors, consultants, computer specialist, etc.; I worked as an external auditor for a public accounting firm and as a corporate accounting operations manager. To make it even more boring, there are also industries/businesses that accountants specialize in. For example, manufacturing, financial services, not-for-profit, banking, etc. . . . I worked in the financial services industry, specifically, mutual funds and hedge funds. So, while I passed the tax portion of the CPA exam, I have no experience in tax accounting professionally.
Gabriel Lan: Do you help any of your industry colleagues out with theirs??? I’d imagine you could almost quit porn and just be the ‘CPA to the Pornstars’
Veruca James: No, not really. I can give very basic advice, most of which I learned from my own tax accountant, but I avoid giving any advice that could effect another persons’ personal finances. Last thing I want is someone to miscalculate their own taxes and blame it on me. Yikes! Also, I don’t hold a current license anymore. You only have to take the CPA exam one time, but you have to keep up with CPE (continuing professional education) and other requirements to actually hold a license. I chose to let my license expire in Illinois when I quit working as a professional accountant. You really only need a license to sign off on taxes and external audit opinions, neither of which I have any interest in doing. So, thankfully, I will never be “the CPA to the Pornstars!” I quit accounting to perform because I was tired of spending 90 hours a week crunching numbers behind a computer screen. When my time on camera is over, I can, of course, always fall back on my accounting experience, but I guarantee it will never be calculating taxes. :P
Gabriel Lan: Is that something you think you’ll be doing after you’re no longer performing in front of the camera?
Veruca James: My goal in life is be my own boss and have my own company. If I’m going to dedicate time and effort into anything, I want it to be my own. Ideally, I’d like to find a way to travel the world while making money. I can’t imagine not being involved in the adult industry in some facet. I imagine, I will happily spend the rest of my life involved in many different types of projects, always busy, learning and exploring.
Gabriel Lan: You worked in the corporate world before porn, right? How/why did you make the jump into adult film? What was your thought process on that?
Veruca James: Yes, I did. It wasn’t a sudden decision; it took place over about 3 years. I first realized I didn’t want to be a public accountant anymore, too many hours documenting shit that would most likely never be necessary. I found myself crying at my dining room table at 4pm on a Sunday, working hour 90 something, on instant messenger with my manager who was telling me that our partner needed hours more of documentation by Monday morning. I sat there overwhelmed and overworked and asked myself “is this how I really want to spend my life, my 20s?” I quit shortly after that and got a position working for a mutual fund company in their operations department. I was promoted to Manager in less than a year and had 13 employees. That worked out for a while, maybe a year or so. At least I had time to have a personal life. The more time I had for myself, the more I realized I was leading a double life. I loved going out with my friends, who weren’t accountants, and just having fun. Most people in my social circle didn’t even know what I did, it didn’t matter, and that was very freeing for me. I was always an exhibitionist; I always loved girls and sex. I just loved doing whatever I wanted really. I met some friends who had shot for BurningAngel.com and after some time, I decided I wanted to try it out. I shot for BA a handful of times, loved it, and began realizing that I could do other things and I’d always have my degrees and experience to fall back on. I decided I wanted to live my life for myself. Long story short, met Mark Spiegler, he agreed to represent me, I moved to LA and began performing full time.
Gabriel Lan: During your time working in the corporate world, were you ever at any time known as ‘”the office slut”? lol
Veruca James: No, never! In the corporate world being a “slut” does not help you. So many women have fought so hard for equality, they wouldn’t want their sexual relationships to overshadow their intellectual skills and experience. Also, I was always more of a monogamist, with intermitted bouts of sluttiness ;)
Gabriel Lan: Aren’t you married as well? How long have y’all been together?
Veruca James: I’m actually not married, but we are engaged. J I’ve been with Damon for 3.5 years now, engaged for 1.5 years.
Gabriel Lan: What sort of strain, if any, does being in porn put on your relationship? Is there ever any jealousy, and how do you both deal with it? Your husband is also in the industry, right?
Veruca James: The only strain we have is finding time for each other. When you are an independent contractor there is no guaranteed paycheck, so you are always on call. We perform in scenes, run our own Clips4Sale store and produce custom videos. It’s a lot of administrative work and we have sex together as part of our job. There is always something to do, an email to respond to, an update to post, a scene to prepare for, so right now all we worry about is having sex off camera for fun! Funny how that works out, but it’s actually been a huge relationship building experience. We put extra effort into having our own personal time, planning dates, making dinner, doing special things for each other. As exceptionally sexual beings, we’ve learned how to truly appreciate the non-sexual aspects of our relationship, as well as making our own sex life a priority. Thankfully, we don’t have jealousy issues; we both understand that sex and love are not synonymous. I think our ability to have a safe and open outlet for our sexuality, outside of our relationship, enables us to have a healthy relationship that neither one of us could have otherwise.
Gabriel Lan: I guess the obvious question is: are you swingers…..or were you swingers prior to getting into the adult industry?
Veruca James: No, we aren’t swingers and never have been. When we started dating we had an open relationship, meaning we both were allowed to sleep with other people as long as we were both honest about it. Honesty has always been the most important aspect of our relationship. Over time our relationship has evolved and boundaries are constantly being explored and defined. I don’t know if there is a term for our relationship now. We both perform with other people, but we don’t have sex outside of our relationship. Meaning, we do have sex with other people while the other person is present or involved, but we don’t seek to have sexual partners without each other involved in some way. So, we aren’t going out trying to bang other people at a bar while the person is at home or away.
Gabriel Lan: So….who does the cooking, who does the cleaning, etc.? lol
Veruca James: We share the cooking and cleaning. Although, I have to admit, Damon makes me breakfast almost every morning. J We typically prepare dinner together or we take turns making our own specialties. The cleaning typically depends on whoever has more free time that week. Damon is really good about keeping the house clean day to day and I’m more of the deep cleaner. Every few weeks when I’m home alone, I’ll break out the bleach and toothbrush and really go crazy. :P
Gabriel Lan: It helps to be something of an exhibitionist to get involved in porn, but would you say you are undeniable an exhibitionist by nature? Is it even more of a thrill for you to have sex in public?
Veruca James: I am undeniably an exhibitionist by nature, always have been. I love having sex in public. Damon and I have always loved sneaking off to fuck in bathrooms, alleys, parking lots, wherever. We have actually fucked at a few bars, at the bar, while it was open. Haha While sex on camera and sex in public are similar, in that they both are in front of other people, they are also different. When I have sex on camera, I love being watched and filmed, but I’m not worried about being caught. Sex in public is exciting because of the spontaneity and the idea that neither person can wait and have to have each other at that moment. Also, the idea of being caught is pretty exciting.
Gabriel Lan: Do you get nervous at all when a scene is going to be “in public”? How about on just an average set….when there’s only 10 or so people around lol?
Veruca James: Damon and I used to have our own web series on woodrocket.com, “Naked in Public,” based off our tumblr blog (damonandverucajames.tumblr.com) which included photos and videos of us having sex/being naked in public before we even got into porn. I was never nervous taking photos or videos in my personal life, but when we started producing our own series and planning out our public adventures, I would get really nervous. There are differences, in our personal life, the photos/videos are discrete and typically on an iPhone. When we started producing, Damon would shoot on his DSL for quality purposes, and that is more noticeable in public. Also, it had to be semi-planned out, since we would be shooting an episode, we had to know it would work out. I’m much better at spontaneity, once I have time to think, I get nervous. Haha We got some awesome episodes though, things I would have never thought of if we weren’t forced to get creative. Like our super sketchy bj on Venice Beach!! If I would have been able to see all the people in the background I would have freaked out! Hahaha That’s the fun of public sex though, for me I “know” people “could” see, but I don’t think about it when I’m doing it.
Veruca James: On camera for a scene, there could be 100 people in the room, as soon as that camera is on, it’s only me and who I’m performing with. Sometimes the director too, I love when I see the director smile or make other excited faces from behind the camera. That’s fucking awesome. Sometimes, the director will flip the viewfinder around and show me what he/she’s seeing when he/she’s on a close up and my face is off camera. I love that!
Gabriel Lan: Personally, I have NEVER seen you do a bad scene. You are a dynamic performer! Don’t feel you have to give the specific scene(s), but do you feel you’ve ever had a “bad” one? One where you felt like you just ‘went through the motions’ in you opinion?
Veruca James: I’ve performed in just under 200 scenes; I assure you I’ve had my share of bad scenes. LOL A bad scene can happen for any number of reasons; lack of chemistry, scene partner being sick, scene partner not liking sex or you, sex on horribly uncomfortable objects or maybe you try something new and you find out you hate it. It happens to everyone, you just have to let it roll off your shoulders.
Gabriel Lan: You’ve had many, many epic anal scenes to date. Is that something you enjoy in your personal sex life as well? Had you done anal before porn?
Veruca James: I love anal sex. I enjoyed anal sex in my personal life before I started performing. Unfortunately, I don’t have many opportunities for anal sex in my personal life now that I do it on camera. Anal sex on camera is practically an Olympic sport. It’s longer, harder and requires extra preparation. Since I do so many anal scenes on camera, I try to let my butthole rest in my personal life. :)
Gabriel Lan: Other than the obvious for anal, what sort of mental and physical preparation do you normally have for a scene? Does it vary depending on the gender or number of partners?
Veruca James: I don’t really have anything specific I do to prepare for a regular scene. I keep my body healthy, get a good night sleep and eat healthy. A healthy and happy body will perform to maximum capacity.
Gabriel Lan: How much of an impact do you think the mandatory 14 day testing as opposed to the 30 days has had on the industry? Other than the paying for a new test every 2 weeks, is it all positive?
Veruca James: I support the 14 day testing policy completely. The Aptima RNA test we use to test for HIV has a 7-10 testing window. It tests for the actual virus in the blood, unlike other tests, which test for the antibodies, which can have a 3-6 month testing window. As I see it, if we can know 100% every 14 days that we are HIV negative, why wouldn’t we. It’s in our own best interest. Yes, it is expensive, my testing expense is more than my car payment, but my life is on the line. If I can’t afford to take all the precautions/tests necessary to ensure my own health and safety, then I shouldn’t be performing.
Gabriel Lan: There have been many changes in porn just the last decade, both positive and negative really. What do you think the next big change will be in the adult industry?
Veruca James: The recent condom legislation is what comes to my mind first. Measure B hasn’t really effected the industry, from a performer perspective, but AB 1576 has far more potential to effect all facets of the industry. It would mandate and enforce government proposed safety measures in porn, without any consultation with industry professionals. The age of the internet is still a relevant issue, how do you convince consumers of porn to pay for something they can get for free.
Gabriel Lan: Since 99% of the female performers in the industry are paid more than the men, would you agree that porn is a more ‘feminist’ industry that almost all others?
Veruca James: I actually wrote a blog post on my tumblr about my views on feminism. Here’s an excerpt: “Feminism is about equal rights socially, economically, politically and culturally. To me it’s about the right to choose what you want to do with your life, while receiving equal opportunities, without preconceived ideas of what stereotypically or ideologically is expected by outside judgments.” So, I don’t think that pay is the single factor in deciding if an industry is “feminist” or not, but in general, I do believe that porn allows women more equality and choice that many other industries.
Gabriel Lan: How soon do you think we might see a woman president, and is the world ready for that? LoL Personally, I’m all for it. Men have been fucking it up forever, so why not let a woman take a shot at fixing things lol
Veruca James: If we get a good candidate, then soon, Hilary has a good shot. The world doesn’t care. Haha I don’t mean to make it seem like less of a big deal than it is, it’s huge, but it’s our own ideas preventing it from happening.
Gabriel Lan: What is your favorite form of social media? Would you say the added dimension of connectivity with fans has been mostly a good thing?
Veruca James: I have a tumblr (damonandverucajames.tumblr.com), Instagram (verucajames) and Twitter (verucajames), all of which are linked to each other. My tumblr focuses most of my work and personal public sexcapades, my Instagram is “my attempt at PG” and twitter is all-inclusive. I think twitter is my favorite because anything goes. I think the added connectivity fans have with their favorite performers due to social media is a huge asset. It’s a direct line with the consumer. It also provides a personal aspect for fans, they can regularly communicate with performers, producers and directors. The fans are most important, they allow us to continue as an industry, it’s important to hear and consider their desires.
Gabriel Lan: Clips4Sale and similar mediums have become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. How necessary do you feel it is for porn performers to have these outlets to make up compensation that is constantly being ‘stolen’ (for lack of a better word) by “free” tube sites?
Veruca James: Having my own Clips4Sale store, I know the benefit of having what is essentially passive income constantly coming in. Scenes income is not consistent or reliable, so I think it’s crucial for a performer to have as many sources of income as possible.
Veruca James: It’s important to clarify that a performer is an independent contractor for their scenes, they get a lump sum of money for their scenes, and there are no residuals. Yes, “stolen” porn affects performers, but indirectly when producers are effected by loss in profits and can’t afford to produce as many scenes.
Gabriel Lan: When was the last time you played ‘Twister’, and did you have clothes?
Veruca James: There is a giant Twister board on my roof, well actually it is 4 boards in one, but about 2 years ago there was a handful of girls over and we took some naked photos of us “playing”
Gabriel Lan: Since I personally feel naked without it, have you ever finished an entire tube of chapstick?
Veruca James: I finished 2 recently!!! I felt like it was a huge accomplishment since I couldn’t remember ever finishing a tube before in my life! I had to go to the store and buy more chapstick because I was out, not because I lost one.
Gabriel Lan: What sort of things do you do for fun? Stuff you do away from work…. hobbies, activities, stuff like that?
Veruca James: I love all outdoor activities; riding my bike, hiking, going to the beach, skiing. I also love to read and cook. Travelling is my favorite hobby, I want to travel all over the world and experience all different cultures.
Gabriel Lan: What’s an average off day like for you?
Veruca James: It’s pretty rare to have a day completely off from all things work related when you’re self-employed, but when I do, I hang out at my pool or the beach with friends.
Gabriel Lan: How often, if ever, do you hang out with fellow Spiegler girls or other industry friends away from work?
Veruca James: I’m lucky to have found a great group of industry friends that I regularly hang out with outside of work, some of which are Spiegler girls (of course because they are awesome).
Gabriel Lan: Being a native of Chicago, what do you miss most about the Windy City? What do you miss the least?
Veruca James: I miss the food most, Chicagoans know how to eat! J I also miss the nightlife, Chicago, like NYC has a pretty big variety of dive and rock-n-roll bars. I miss the weather the least! I have a love/hate relationship with the Midwest values. I love the kindness and manners that most Midwesterners have, but I’m more than happy to be living in a more liberal city now. Midwest values can be very conservative and small-minded. A lot of the conservative values are stemmed from a lack of exposure to other ideas, it’s very easy to be a very well educated person with a small world view in the Midwest.
Gabriel Lan: When was the last time you were back home?
Veruca James: I was home for a few days this past May to visit my grandma. I hadn’t been home in 2 years and I surprised her. I had a great time being home, but I definitely know I will never live there again.
Gabriel Lan: As a Bears fan myself, I’d say Chicago is arguably the best sports town in America. Are you a fan of any of your hometown teams?
Veruca James: There isn’t much to do in the Midwest besides drink, eat and watch sports, so naturally I was a fan of my hometown teams. I’m a fan of the Bears, Bulls, Hawks, Wrigley Field (lets be honest, that’s what people really like about going to Cubs games) and Sox.
Gabriel Lan: What do you like most about living in California? Anything you don’t like about it?
Veruca James: I love that it’s 75 and sunny 99% of the time, it’s hard to be in a bad mood with that weather. I love the proximity to the desert, mountains and ocean; there is so much to do outside for free! People in LA are very health conscious, so it’s pretty easy to eat healthy and have variety. Although, sometimes I do crave the comfort food from home.
Gabriel Lan: Being as you are highly educated, does the horrible grammar and bad manners that exist in society more than ever get on your nerves at all?
Veruca James: Haha Well, sometimes. Specifically, bad manners, I don’t see any excuse for bad manners. You should treat people the way you want to be treated. Being polite and appreciative is way to set your self above those with more education/experience or fame that do not. I try not to get upset about grammar and spelling, I make mistakes too and I don’t want to be crucified for it. Although, I do consider social media to be a casual form of communication; whereas, in all professional matters I expect communication to be accurate, without excuses.
Gabriel Lan: Have you set any goals for yourself within the adult industry?
Veruca James: Perform as long as people want to see me. J I want to have my own company and I hope to continually become involved with creating a unified and respected voice for performers’ health, safety and community. I recently ran for APAC (http://apac-usa.com/) Treasurer, uncontested. :P APAC is a performer based organization for performers. A professionally organized group of individuals focused on educating performers in matters of health, safety and community, supporting and publicly defending performers’ rights and overall providing life based resources for performers.
Gabriel Lan: You’ve done pretty much every act there is to do. Do you have something in mind as to what you’d like to do next? Anything that you haven’t done that you’re dreaming of doing?
Veruca James: I haven’t done doubles ;) I’m a go-getter, so when I want to do something I seek it out. No scene is the same and there are plenty of performers I haven’t worked with that I would love to. Just because I don’t have a specific fantasy in mind right now, doesn’t mean I won’t think of one, soon!
Gabriel Lan: This isn’t actually an interview question, but how does one, being YOU specifically, become so utterly adorable AND infinitely sexy all rolled into one??? It’s a fine line maintaining both lol ;)
Veruca James: You’re making me blush! It is true though, I am very sweet and innocent in most ways, but I have a very sexual and deviant side that I embrace very openly.
Gabriel Lan: Let’s say I was a genie and could grant you 3 wishes. What would you wish for?
Veruca James: Happiness for myself. Happiness for those I love. A visit to another planet with intelligent life.
See, and you still thought ALL accountants were boring.
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