So after watching cam rooms for a while, seeing models flirting with a camera and then seeing how they get tipped for it, you decide to give camming a go! First of all congratulations for making this huge decision! It’s not a light one. Before you dive in the world of camming please consider the following questions:
– Will I do this as a career or will this just be temporary?
– What is my comfort level on cam? Where should I draw the line?
– Am I prepared to deal with the fact that members may record my shows and then post them all over the internet?
– What if my family and friends find out?
– After considering all of the above is camming worth it to me?
Lets start elaborating on them now:
- Career or temporary fix for money
In any business (yes camming is a business) you receive what you put into it. If you want to be a top model in this industry you need to treat it as a full time job. Just because you have flexibility it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be held accountable and work hard. The general rule is the more hours you work the more money you will make and the easier it will be to make money in the long run. If you come with the idea that camming is easy money and a get rich fast scheme, you are in the wrong business and I suggest you keep your other job. Yes some models make great money at it but if you are just starting out, chances are you won’t be one of them. Myfreecams has almost 40 000 registered models. 134 girls join MFC every day, but 76% quit in 4 months! On average a girl takes 15 months to finish on top 100 for the first time (info obtained from mycamgirl.net)
These numbers are not meant to scare you. Use them as a tool to create realistic goals and make informed decisions about camming.
Let’s talk money now: How much does a camgirl make? It all varies from 6 figures a year to a few hundreds dollars. The average camgirl makes around $20/h and many others make much less.
2. Drawing the line
I know many people (especially members) disagree with this but myfreecams is not a porn site, it is an adult oriented social webcam site however. Even myfreecams itself states that “This is not a porn site” (pasted from their wiki page). This means you can do whatever you feel comfortable with on cam as long as you don’t do anything against the rules. (the rules on myfreecams are a bit of a gray area but I shall save that for another post)
Every model is different: some like to do hardcore shows, they use a variety of sex toys to obtain orgasm. This is a very common type of show on myfreecams also called a “public show” Some others focus more on the social aspect of it, some show partial nudity, some don’t even take off any clothes and just use the platform to chat or play games.
No matter what niche of camming you choose to do, do not put down other models that are different than you. We don’t have to like everyone in the industry, but I have seen some “non-nude” models saying how much “classier and smarter” they are compared to models that do hardcore. If you think this way you shouldn’t be on this site. The opposite happens too, models that show more on cam calling the ones that don’t focus as much on the nudity “scammers”. There are scammers in any business but if you don’t make any false promises you are not one of them, no matter how much skin you show.
You will have members that will pressure you to do things you aren’t comfortable with. Some will ask you to do things that are even against the rules of the sites “will you bring your bf here and have sex with him in from of me” “will you defecate for me”. Sometimes the internet attracts some very very dark individuals too. Although not common you might have people discussing taboo topics such as incest, bestiality and pedophilia. Stay away from those no matter how much a guy promises to tip you!
If you want to be a “non-nude” model you need to understand that despite showing less you need to find ways to still be sexy. If you want to go this way, learn how to tease and use the art of seduction. Being pretty doesn’t matter too much as much as your attitude on cam. Don’t be one of those girls that expects tips just because you look pretty. Being pretty is not enough to make it big in this business. There are 40 000 other women you are competing with, you need to offer smth more unique than just being “pretty”
Some models list on their profile what they will and will not do. I think it’s a great way of doing it, but please try to keep your way of writing positive. For example: Model wants to tell members she doesn’t do hardcore on cam”
bad way of saying it: ” I don’t do hardcore on cam, ever! you mention that and you will get banned!”
Better way of saying that: “I want to be comfortable and happy on cam. If I am happy the room has a better vibe for us all. This means I will not engage in any hardcore action. Thank you for understanding and if that is not your style you are welcome to check out other models on this site”
IMPORTANT: No matter how much money any member tips you, you shouldn’t have to jeopardize your comfort level. If they tip you big asking for things you don’t do (after you have told them so before), they are disrespecting you. Don’t allow that to happen! Also a tip is a token of appreciation in my opinion, it shouldn’t be used as a control mechanism by members. Respecting yourself is what keeps you healthy; mentally and emotionally strong in this business! Don’t confuse respect with not doing hardcore or nudity. I know plenty of models that do both and are women that I have great respect and admiration for!
3. Being recorded
Myfreecams tell you that you can block locations. Yes this is true but people can use a VPN to change your IP and your next door neighbor all of a sudden is in your room. This is an exaggerated example but it does happen. There is a very common trend lately of people putting you on auto record and then posting your shows all over the internet (major porn sites too). If you think that won’t happen to you, think again! It’s very common even the girls that don’t have as much exposure as the top models get recorded. If this has already happened to you, please DO NOT contact the sites directly. It’s the worse thing you can do and it will produce little results. Email the model support on myfreecams and give them the exact links (not the general site) with your content. They have a legal team in place which handles taking down content and they are the only ones that should handle this, not you or anyone else (that includes members too). Legally the content is not owned by you (even if you are featured in it). When you sign a contract to be a model on mfc they now legally own all your content.
Everything you do has consequences and that includes camming. I find it really mind blowing that a kid at 18 is old enough to do porn but not allowed to have a drink in the US until they are 21. Even if you are young doing this please educate yourself and know the consequences:
-what do you want to do with your life after you cam?
I personally think the stigma towards the adult industry is unfair. If it wasn’t for sex none of us would be here. I don’t understand how something so vital to the human race is regarded so taboo in our society. On the other hand our society understands the power of sex and they now use it everywhere; advertising, music industry, mainstream movies. Even kid’s toys (Barbie anyone?) No matter if you decide to show less skin on cam than the people in the mainstream media or make your shows more pornographic in nature you should understand not everyone views things like I do.
You might find obstacles in future careers if they involve children, politics or if you decide to work for a company that has conservative views and does extensive background checks. Or maybe one of your coworkers recognizes you. Anything is possible.
If you want to continue to be self employed after you are done camming it might be less challenging, however not everyone is cut to own their own business, and some risks are higher (ex: you won’t always know how much your paycheque will be, or even if you will have one some months). If owing your own business is the route you want to go, start saving your money and learn as much as possible about how business works. Taking up a business degree is great but not enough. School won’t teach you everything. You need to be eager to learn and make independent choices if you want to be an entrepreneur. Being unique in your ideas and practical are other qualities that will help you in this venture.
Camming can be very lucrative, however for many it’s short lived. I see girls that end up top 20 or top 100 and then take many months off and start buying expensive cars and clothes. It’s ok to spoil yourself a little but cars, shoes and clothes are all depreciating assets, meaning if you are tight for money tomorrow, chances are you won’t sell them for more money than you bought them. Cash is power in the world of entrepreneurship! Save your cash and learn how to invest it properly. You don’t want to be that girl that drove the Lamborghini 5 years ago and now doesn’t have enough money to pay her rent or buy food.
4. What about your family and friends
Some models are very secretive about what they do. Security and protection of your identity should not be taken lightly. But what if your family and friends find out about what you do? Before you start doing this, understand that it is possible they will find out even if you don’t want to tell them. People are all different and some family and friends handle the news better than others. Some are very supportive and some decide to cut all contact.
My advice on this topic is: Only cam if this is truly what makes you happy! Personally I have never felt more accomplished, independent and at peace with myself than now. Camming has been a very positive experience for me and it has allowed me to grow mentally, emotionally and financially. Everyone I have told so far has been very supportive of what I do, including friends, significant others (when I dated) and family. If they get on the way of your happiness and they decide to bring you down they probably are better staying away from you anyway. No one wants to be around negative people. They slow us down and they suck our energy.
5. Is camming really worth it?
You are the only one that can answer this. Everyone is different and not everyone is cut to be a camgirl. I hope reading some of the above information can give you better insight about the industry so that you can make informed decisions. All that matters in whatever you choose to do is that you end up being happy!