Carrera worked during the early 1990s as a dancer at several go-go bars in her home state of New Jersey.
After doing at least one photoshoot for an adult magazine, she put together a demo porn tape in 1993. At the end of that year she relocated to California to break into the pornography business and she announced her retirement at the end of 2003. She is sometimes credited as Asia or Jessica Bennett.
Carrera has also been involved in writing, producing, and directing movies, as well as doing all her own make-up and hair-styling, and doing much of the hair and make-up for other actresses in the same movies.
As is common practice among adult film actresses, the name “Asia Carrera” is a pseudonym. According to interviews, she chose the stage name surname from actress Tia Carrere, intentionally misspelling it for legal reasons.
After her contract with Vivid expired in the mid 1990s, Carrera had her right labia minora pierced and has henceforth had a variety of 1/2″ gold rings affixed there ever since. At this time she also had her first breast enlargement, going from a medium B to at least a full C cup. She has had at least one subsequent breast surgery and is now a D cup or larger.
Carrera performed only a few anal sex scenes during her career because she didn’t want to be considered an “anal queen”. Her first scene in the movie A is for Asia (a film to which she owned all the rights) which occurred after her contract with Vivid finished.