Ryan began her pornographic career in 2004. Fellow pornographic actress Shine Louise Houston started a porn company, and Ryan starred in the first film for the company because she had made that promise to Houston when she was younger. Ryan was a stripper before entering the adult film industry.
And she considers herself a “porn superhero” rather than a porn star.
Ryan identifies herself as queer, and she has stated to be attracted to people of all gender identities. She says that her favorite porn actress is Belladonna.
Outside of porn, Ryan is pursuing an Master of Social Work in order to work as an advocate for sex workers in her native San Francisco, which she was also doing before she began her adult film career.