Moran's career in the adult industry began in the fall of 1999 when she responded to an internet ad for models. At the time, she was working at a Hooters restaurant in Jacksonville, Florida. However, she felt that the environment became degrading and she began seeking employment elsewhere. She left Hooters and began working in a variety of other jobs which included a local retail store, the County Clerk of Courts, and the Supervisor of Elections office.
One day, after posting bikini photos of herself on the Internet, she received email responses that led to her modeling in Miami and Los Angeles for Playboy and Hustler. She found greater financial success through establishing her own online pornography site. After moving to California, she eventually performed in over 50 mainstream porn films.
It was reported that Moran was making nearly $15,000 each month through her work in the porn business, along with receipts from her successful website. However, in October 2006, she became a Christian and announced that she was leaving the sex industry. Moran recounts her conversion in a personal interview:
During my [visit, I went to one of his shoots]. While there, one of his friends got a text message … guys there started passing it around laughing. I asked what they were looking at and they told me it was one of their wives posing topless. Out of nowhere I got really angry and I said I would hope that when I'm married that my husband would not be passing around pictures of me topless or nude. Everybody started laughing, but the guy to my left said when I get married I wouldn't show pictures like that to anyone. I was in shock! Later on that day, he and I started talking. He asked me what I did for a living. I said modeling. He asked me what kind and kept prying. Eventually I told him I did pornography. He said he knew already and that my boyfriend had told the guys and then he asked me if I believed in God. I told him yes and he proceeded to preach the Gospel to me. I started crying and he asked me if I wanted to rededicate my life. I said yes. [After that], I didn't do any more shoots and stopped accepting any income from pornography.
Moran now travels internationally and domestically, sharing her story about the realities of adult entertainment. While an adult site based on her photos and video work continues to operate, she does not own it and is not able to remove the site. In 2013, she started NEWcrissymoran.com to reflect her life after porn. She also uses her Twitter and YouTube accounts to post messages about her beliefs.
Though Moran left the pornography industry in 2006, pornographic photos and videos taken during her time working in the adult entertainment industry continue to remain online. Although efforts to date have been unsuccessful, Moran continues to attempt to have her photos legally removed from these Web sites established by past boyfriends and business partners. Moran stated that she "maintained contact with many of the people that promoted my website. There was a forum they'd use to promote the site where they would post comments and I would [tell them to] take my website down. Eventually they just blocked me."
In 2010, Moran appeared in the documentary After Porn Ends, which is an exploration into the personal side of the six billion dollar a year pornography industry. Other participants included Asia Carrera, Nina Hartley, Mary Carey, Houston, Randy West, Richard Pacheco, John Leslie, Amber Lynn, Seka, Raylene, Luke Ford, Bill Margold, Shelley Lubben, and Tiffany Million.
As of 2013, Moran works for Treasures, a 501(c)3 nonprofit founded in 2003 by a former dancer to help women heal from what she calls "sexual brokenness."
Prior to her retirement from the porn industry, Moran had a role in Nick Palumbo's theatrically released NC-17 horror film Murder-Set-Pieces (2004).
In 2008, Moran appeared in the short dramatic film Oversold, which was a modern adaptation based on the Biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, in which she plays the leading role. Director Paul Morrell had approached Moran, originally wishing her to be a consultant for the adult business side of the story, but after discussing the project with her, he realized she would be perfect in the lead role.
In 2011, Moran had a minor role in another Paul Morell project, the indie horror film Filth to Ashes, Flesh to Dust.
Moran was featured in a 700 Club interview about her life, experience in the adult industry, and her religious experiences.
Moran has stated that she had a religious upbringing and she was encouraged by her father to not have sex until marriage. Her parents split up in her early years which resulted in her being a "rebellious teenager". She was married in May 2013 to a youth pastor and lives in Texas.