Canyon has performed in over 100 adult films and effectively retired from performing in front of the camera three times, as she shot films from September 1984 to March 1985; June 1989 to December 1992; and 1995 to 1997 (as an exclusive/contract performer for Vivid).
In her autobiography, Canyon stated that porn actor Greg Rome approached her while she was waiting for a ride in Hollywood, and told her that she would be a terrific figure model. He gave her the business card of adult magazine and film recruiter/agent Jim South, of World Modeling Agency. After visiting South’s office she posed for men’s magazines and began her video career shortly thereafter. She has stated that her first on-screen performance was with Ronald “Ron” Jeremy (Hyatt) in 1984’s “Swedish Erotica 57,” and that Jeremy soon became a close friend in the business.