Setting the Stage

Step One to Your Show: Setting the Stage

Whether your first show is soon to happen, or you’re an experienced cam model, the atmosphere you design is a crucial part in getting views. Here are five things to consider when setting the stage for your audience.

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Pick a Background

A lot of people in the cam world tend to start out by filming on their bed. The perk of this is that it’s comfortable, but the downside is that a majority of cam models have the same setting. I’ve heard of people doing quite well outside, in their bathrooms ect. Personally, I set up a rug on my floor to stay comfortable, but also to offer an alternative background for viewers.

*Quick Tip: double check there’s nothing in the background that could hint at your location, or who you are. Examples of this include flags, university logos, and so on.

Actually Clean

I’ve visited other models chat rooms, and the number one thing I notice clients being turned off by is a messy background. You need to realize these people are buying a fantasy. They don’t want to see your dirty socks next to you rolling around for the camera.

Music

Make a playlist of not only mood-setting music, but also music that you like. When traffic slows, you’ll be thankful for a song you can hum or sing along to while you wait for things to pick up. Just be sure to keep the music at a level where you can enjoy it, but your customers can still hear you speak clearly. They’re here for personality. It’s also worth noting that it’s much harder for someone to steal your show and post it as porn if you’re playing music since it becomes a copyright issue.

Lighting

Lighting and angles are the two most important aspects in making you look good for the camera. The best tip would be to set up your light source behind the camera. Invest in a great light if you can, but if not, a high power lamp will be just fine.

The Main Attraction

The main challenge of being a cam model is finding a way to stand out from the crowd. You aren’t going to be able to accomplish this by throwing on your nude undies and stained bra. Consider investing in matching underwear sets, lingerie, and even costumes. Catholic school girl, teacher, and cosplay tend to be costumes that get the most attention, but you can be creative and dress however you please. I once dressed up as a mermaid, since I have red hair. It didn’t last long, but I had a lot of fun with it! 

Toys

The final tip. When setting up up your surroundings, make sure you have your toys cleaned, and ready to be used. Perhaps even place them in the shot to grab viewers attention. To get sex toys, check out Pink Cherry or Lovense!

 

I hope these five tips to setting a stage was helpful. Be sure to catch next weeks blog about the entire reason we have this job… Money! Disclaimer: next weeks blog is about the technical stuff, but don’t worry, there will be one on tips to make more dough coming soon. Thanks for reading!

Love always,
Amy

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Q&A on Money

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Let’s be real. Some of us only get involved in this industry for the money. Those of us who are in it for another reason still recognize that the possibly of making good money is a major bonus. In this blog we’re going to go over some things you should know when making money as a cam model. 

Money: The Technical Shit

Q: How much can I expect to make as a cam girl?

A: It’s near impossible to estimate how much you can expect to make as a cam model since it ranges so dramatically. As a person who put in mediocre effort, and broadcasted a few nights a week, I made $600CAD biweekly. That was my personal experience, but just because you make a different amount does not make you any better or worse. There are slow weeks online, and sometimes you get really lucky with who joins your chat.

Q: How much money am I actually making?

A: Cam websites have their users purchase tokens. Said tokens are typically bought in bundles, and are used by the viewers to tip their favourite broadcasters. While I can’t speak for other platforms, the website I used paid models 5 cents for each token they were tipped. So, if a model were to make 1,000 tokens, they’ve just made $50. 

1,000 x 0.05 = 50

Q: Someone offered to pay me outside of tokens. Should I accept?

A: You will come across people who say they want you to profit entirely from their tips, rather than having the website take a portion. While this may seem nice, be very cautious of accepting money in any form other than tokens.

-Don’t use pay pal. It states clearly in their guidelines that pay pal is not for such use, and if caught your account will be closed.

-Don’t ever accept direct e-transfers. You never want a client to have any kind of access to your real life information, no matter how well you think you know them.

-If you’re reading this, I assume you care about your personal safety. For this reason, I think my next point is redundant but I’ll just throw it in anyway. People have offered to meet up to pay me huge amounts in cash, and I’ve always declined. If you ever receive such an offer, please be smart. No matter the promised pay, always decline any real life interaction. 

-It is okay, however, to accept Amazon gift cards under an account made for your cam model persona. Just make sure that you receive, and claim the gift card before providing your service since gift cards can be retracted.

Q: What about taxes?
A: The thing about having a typical job is that taxes are automatically deducted from your pay cheque. This is not the case for cam girls, and no, it isn’t because you don’t have to pay them. I recommend putting away a fourth of every pay cheque to have ready for the government when tax season comes around. It’ll suck when you see how much you have to put away, but you’ll thank me for this later. Besides, you’ll most likely end up putting away more money than you needed to, and this will essentially be a tax return.

If you were hoping this blog post was going to be less about the technical side of things, and more about increasing your monetary flow, don’t worry! That blog is only a few weeks away. Be sure to check next week for tips and tricks on getting more views. There will also be a special announcement so be sure to check it out!

Love always,
Amy

 

 

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Before You Become a Cam Model

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So, you’re thinking of becoming a cam girl? Great. Here is a brief list of things to consider, and things to do before you get started.

Some Things to Think About First

Your job.

This is arguably the most important thing to consider. While becoming an online model is a legal and valid way of making extra income, not all employers will view it that way. If you work with children, politics, or anything of the sorts, perhaps being a cam model is too risky.

Your clients.

When it comes to the men watching you, some moral conflicts can occur. A lot of them are married, and aren’t shy about it. Some will even want you to talk about their wives, or pretend she just caught him cheating. It’s a fantasy that you have to be willing to play along with. Aside from cheating clients, you also need to be aware that some men seem to be under the impression that they are “buying a girlfriend” and will want to always be in contact with you. Most importantly, you need to be aware that some clients will attempt to locate you. While there are plenty of precautions you can take to keep yourself safe, this will always be a risk.

Your time.

A lot of the appeal in working in this industry is that you get to make your own schedule. While this is true, being a cam girl will still take a lot of your time. To be successful, you’re going to need to make a regular schedule, and engage in social media while you aren’t on the clock. Snapchat was the demise of my cam model career, as it made me feel like I was constantly working.

Before You Start

Still want to become a cam girl? Glad to hear- there are lots of perks to the job. Here are some things you need to do before starting.

Social Media

Lock it down. Update your Facebook settings so that people can not search your name. Make your Instagram private and detach your real name to the account. Change your Snapchat username to a nickname. The last thing you want is for someone to accidentally stumble upon one of your personal social medias.

Social Media 2.0

When it comes to setting up social media for your cam girl persona, make sure you use an email specifically for this. Do not attach any social media to your personal email. You’re going to want an Amazon account, a Snapchat (probably), and a Twitter. Some also opt to have Skype, Kik, and Instagram but all of these are at your own digression.

Signing Up

To sign up, the website you use will need your real name, a scan of your ID, and a photo of you holding your ID close to your face. Your real information will be safe with your website.

Quick Tip: It can take a while to get verified. I remember having to re-submit my scans and photos upward of 10 times. Pay close attention to the guidelines, lighting, and angles (ie. the photo may not be accepted if admins cannot see the top of your head). It’ll happen.

I hope you enjoyed today’s blog. If you’ve decided on becoming a cam girl, good luck, be safe, and have fun! Check next week to read all about making money as a cam girl.

Love always,
Amy