You can’t help but think, “I could totally do that!”
Sorry, it’s not as easy as you think.
This guide will share the pitfalls and useful suggestions to help you on your way to becoming a successful cam girl/guy.
MAKE SURE YOU LOVE/LIKE IT
We don’t always have the luxury of working at what we adore. However, like any job, if there’s not at least a spark of interest, it will become … a job – the soul-sucking kind.
Considering how many hours you’re going to have to spend on your cam model career, make sure you like what you’re doing.
Your major income is a long-term goal, not a short one (and this means upwards of years, not weeks).
SECRETS AREN’T ALWAYS POSSIBLE
You are entering the adult industry.
And while you might be completely comfortable with it, not everyone will share the same opinion.
First, before you even buy a webcam, make 100% sure you are prepared for the risk of being outed to your friends, family, or employer. Make sure your spouse or partner knows about it, is comfortable with it, and also accepts the risks. After all, it will affect them too.
It’s not a certainty that the two halves of your life will collide, but treat it like the inevitable (even if it’s not).
LEGIT STUDIOS OR SCAMS?
There are studios that you can go to. They are connected to many streaming sites, have premade sets you can work from, and have people there who have been in the industry for years.
More often than not, the studio scene is FULL of scams. I’d honestly recommend signing up to the sites independently and doing the whole thing on your own (while using cam girl forums as support).
Here’s an excellent article about scams.
RESEARCH CAM SITES
There are plenty to choose from, so it’s going to take a fair amount of research to find the one that’s best for you. You should also be asking yourself these questions as your deciding…
- How much of a “cut” do they take from your tips?
- What’s the fine print on the agreement?
- What plugins do they offer or allow?
- Are there fan clubs or store link features?
- Can they do VR (if you want that)?
- Do they accept men, only women, couples?
- Are they new or established?
- When do they pay out?
For example, many sites can take upwards of 60% of your tips. But before you freak out, remember, they have to make money too, and they are providing a platform for you to perform.
Here are some site examples via Webcamstartup.com
I would suggest visiting them directly because there’s way more information to be found.
JOIN A CAM COMMUNITY
There is nothing more valuable than someone who’s been in the industry a while.
Join a few cam communities – these are forums or groups for JUST cam girls/guys to share ideas, rant, offer support, or give advice. And, if you happen to find someone who’s willing to personally mentor you, congrats! They are worth their weight in gold.
Don’t go around begging for one-on-one time from everyone you come across. These people are (or should be) busy too and they will get annoyed if you’re asking questions that have been asked a million times before and are already posted on a hundred discussions.
“Eg. What equipment do I need?” or “How do I get paid?” will be answered with a sigh and “Google it.”
Show initiative and gain as much knowledge as you can on your own first.
- Make sure locations are turned off and you’ve set the necessary setting on your site, Skype, or whatever tools you’ll be using.
- Possibly have separate phone numbers or bank accounts if you’re really worried.
- Never give out your address, no matter how “trusted” a client becomes”
- There are also protection services you can look into.
DO NOT FORGET IT’S A BUSINESS
It’s NOT a “build it and they will come” situation where you open your site and piles money falls into your lap.
Like any business, it will take TIME (both long-term and in daily hours) and you will have to put in the work – you’ll hear about “paying your dues”, and it’s 100% true. Be prepared for ups and downs – lots of money one day and nearly nothing the next, or worse, weeks of nothing.
PREPARE FOR COMPETITION
It doesn’t matter how hot, talented, or inventive you are, there are literally millions of bodies out there with a webcam.
How do you handle this and set yourself apart?
- Decide what you’re comfortable doing
- Decide on your style
- Choose a name and stick with it
- Have a good work ethic
- Be consistent with your broadcasting
- Have a store set up (optional)
- Offer clips you can buy (optional)
- Be yourself
NOTE: It’s also important to be fluid and adaptable, maybe your current ideas aren’t working. It’s okay to change your style or approach. Remember, there will be a lot of trial and error.
Example, one really successful cam model on MFC was a mime. Viewers absolutely loved her.
BUILD A GOOD REPUTATION
I’m sorry to say that, sometimes, cam models can have the reputation for being flakes or untrustworthy in their services.
Some clients don’t care and are just interested in the fantasy and show, but others DO care.
It’s not to say that you have to love every masturbation, and will need to fake the Big O more than once, but if a guy is paying to control your sex toy, and you don’t actually have it on … well …
Should you choose to walk down the slippery slope, remember, clients talk about cam models as much as models gossip about clients.
TO CHAT OR NOT TO CHAT
You don’t have to chat with viewers, but, in my opinion, it goes a long way to connecting with your audience and building your brand. Some people honestly want a human connection and that alternate avenue of interaction.
Whether it’s 5 minutes or 1 hour, set aside a bit of time to chat.
HAVE A GRAND OPENING
Just like any business, have everything set up BEFORE you open the doors. Also, put up a banner advertising you’re a new model. This should help generate some initial traffic.
PREPARE FOR BAD APPLES
There will be time-wasters, trolls, and aggressors that just want to be terrible. Learn to grow some thick skin, brush off their comments, a ban whoever is ruining the environment.
Also, be prepared for some over-the-top perverse comments that might not land within your comfort zone. It’s best to just brush them off with a smile.
BUILD YOUR FOLLOWERS
Most of your income will come from regulars – and it’s a lot of work to get them.
- Post hot pictures (on whatever schedule you choose, but stick with it).
- Use social media to reach out to existing customers and find new ones.
- Use the right hashtags to get attention.
Also, don’t just jump on Twitter just before your show. Build anticipation throughout the day to get customers riled up.
HAVE THE RIGHT TOOLS
Make sure you have:
- A good webcam
- A decent laptop
- A good mic
- A high-speed, stable internet connection
- Proper lighting
- A dedicated website (optional)
Don’t buy a cheap webcam right off the bat. Wait until you can afford to invest $100-$200 in a good Logitech. The same goes for clothes or a background.
If you’re going to use sex toys, DON’T BUY CHEAP ONES. Very often they can contain toxic chemicals (especially jelly). Stick to medical great silicone or other body-safe materials.
There are also long-distance sex toys that you can set up to be controlled by your clients in exchange for tips.
Make money from TIP-CONTROLLED sex toys
CREATE OTHER STREAMS OF REVENUE
Remember when I mentioned clips and a storefront?
These could bring additional sources of income:
- Sell clips or videos
- Sell your used panties, clothes, or sex toys
- Offer private shows or custom content requests
- Sell signed photos
- Charge for sexy stories you’ve written (make sure they are good)
- Make commissions by becoming a sex toy affiliate
- Sell your WhatsApp or other chat contact information
- Fan/members only paid perks
- Collaborate with other cam girls for different vids
- Create an Amazon Wishlist
YOUR AMAZON WISHLIST
It doesn’t have to be cash that helps sustain you. You can take the strain off your income by getting gifts from clients and fans.
Don’t only put on high ticket items, like televisions and luggage set, but also include smaller things like panties or a new pair of affordable stilettos. And, with all items, make sure they are sexy – even things you might wear in a future video. No one wants to pay for your toilet paper.
How to get traffic to your Wishlist?
Mention it on your Instagram, webpage, camming page, Twitter etc. But only the link and don’t do it too much – otherwise, it looks like your begging, and that’s not sexy.
FOLLOW YOUR FINANCES
If you think cam models don’t have to pay taxes, you’re wrong. Follow your income down to the cent and make sure have a way to file your taxes at the end of the year.
LOVENSE LINKS FOR CAM MODELS
- Best Webcams and Essential Cam Model Equipment
- Camgirl Resources – A Mountain of Links
- How Much Do Camgirls Make?
- Camgirl Tips For Beginners
OTHER LINKS THAT MIGHT HELP
- How to Clean Your Sex Toys
- Sex Furniture – Guide and Reviews
- Fucking Machine – Guide and Reviews
- Vibrating Butt Plug – Guide and Reviews
- Female Sex Toys – Guide and Reviews
- The 10 Best Rabbit Vibrators
Anything you want to add? Share in the comments!