Aja is a former pornographic actress from West Brook, Maine. Her porn career began in 1987 as a performer and ventured into directing 2 years later. Aja is also known under the alias Barbara Cunningham. Aja starred in the Best Video of the Year film entitled Mad Love in 1998. Among Aja's notable roles can be seen in Ghostess with the Mostess and The Naked Stranger. Aja also won AVN's Best New Starlet during her first year as a pornographic actress. She also starred in the film Stairway to Paradise directed by Sharon Kane which was eventually used for a study by University of California. Aja was credited in 271 videos as a performer and 17 as a director.