Recently, I stated that I planned to use this blog more. I also warned everyone to expect a mix of three topics—the paranormal, paganism, and erotica. This is one of the latter. So, don’t read on if erotica and/or pornography offends you.
Over the past few years, the world of pornography has changed drastically. Once upon a time, if you wanted pornography it meant a trip to a dank, rundown, seedy theater. Inside, you never knew what you’d find—or who! The advent of the VCR changed that. The VCR—Video Cassette Recorders, for those of you too young to remember them—allowed us to buy, or rent adult films on tape. For the first time, we could easily watch pornography in the comfort and privacy of our own homes. It was fantastic!
More recently, the Internet has brought about an even more radical change. Although pornography has been accessible via the Internet since the 1980’s, it was in the early 1990’s—when home use of the Internet upsurged—that on-line adult fare really began to flourish.
Brief side note: Despite overzealous fundamentalist claims about the expansive distribution of pornography on the Internet, studies have reported that only about 12% of the millions upon millions of website currently in existence are of a pornographic nature.
Internet pornography has changed the face of the adult business industry. Studios that have long been established are struggling to keep their businesses afloat. More and more, people who want to break into the business of pornography are turning away from floundering adult film studios, and launching their own careers, solo, as adult Internet celebrities. One major venue for such things has become the webcam.
Webcam sites continue to become more prevalent. The careers of several high-profile Internet adult entertainment celebrities—male, female, and transgender—have been launched via webcams. They continue upholding their status the same way. Webcams can be run by a single person, or through a larger site. Even people who create a name for themselves in the once-mainstream adult film industry tend to appear, even if only sporadically, on the larger webcam sites. These larger sites provide an increased amount of traffic for the performers. However, in exchange for that, such sites also lay claim to a set percentage of each performer’s income made per appearance. It’s a trade-off—higher amounts of traffic, and increased visibility on the larger site, but paying that percentage for it. On the other hand, by setting up your own site and going purely solo, you might get to keep all of the money for yourself, but you won’t have the instant traffic and exposure of the larger sites.
Not that simply appearing on one of the large sites means instant success! I’ve talked to webcam model agent Julie St. Claire (find her Twitter feed at
@JulieStClaire01). Julie has been kind enough to offer some tips for webcam models to help them build their business.
First, she reports: “Always be honest with your viewers. Often, a model will promise something, say the removal of all of their clothing, once a certain monetary amount has been paid. People pay. The amount the model quoted is reached. The model will strip, but then IMMEDIATELY DRESS AGAIN.” Why is that a problem? Julie tells us: “Technically, the model isn’t lying—they DID undress once the donations reached the level they’d set. But saying something like, ‘I did as I promised, I got naked. I simply didn’t say how long I’d stay that way!’ is very close to lying or false advertising. It upsets the viewers. As a webcam model, you’re in business. Your viewers are your customers. You don’t want to lie to them. It upsets them. It alienates them. They’ll not only stop watching your webcam shows and paying you, but they’ll spread the word of your tactics. They’ll tell other people not to give you money.”
When asked how the model should act, Julie says: “The best way I’ve found is to set a fairly small amount for the removal of clothing first. Some models set a cost per item of clothing. Some set a higher amount and, once it’s reached, they strip completely. Once nude on camera, the webcam model will then put on a small show, enticing viewers. Then they set another, larger, amount for something else, typically a masturbation show. If and when that goal is met, give your viewers what they’ve paid for. Make it special. Make it memorable. They’ll keep coming back to you for more. They’ll also spread the word to others. It can take a while, but you’ll see your fan base grow. With a growing fan base will come growing profits for your performances.”
When asked what a model/performer should do if people simply aren’t paying during a show—just lurking in the hopes of seeing something good in a public show that others have paid for—she gives this advice: “You might want to give away a little bit. You might want to give your viewers a brief peek at your breasts, maybe even your genitals. If you really want to give them something good, masturbate briefly. Just DON’T EVER give them a whole show for free. If people refuse to pay, simply state that if your donation goal isn’t met within a certain amount of time, you’ll be logging off. When that time runs out, you might wait another minute or two, especially if you think someone is about to drop some money for you. Otherwise, politely tell your viewers good-bye, let them know when you plan to be on-line again, and then log off. If you become known as someone who will give away a performance, they won’t pay. People will log into your cam feed, and then wait for you to get tired of waiting and give them a free show. Remember, you’re there to make money. If your customers aren’t paying that day, close down your shop early. Don’t give away much for free. Make your customers pay to see what they’re there to see.”
Julie also has this advice for webcam models, or anyone planning to break into the business of webcam modeling/performing: “Always be polite. No one likes to watch rude, bitchy models on-line. Sadly, as a webcam model, you’ll have to deal with far more than your share of assholes who scream at you, berate you, and try to order you around. The best way to cope with that is to just make it clearly known that you won’t tolerate it, and that anyone acting in such a way will be instantly banned. When someone does start to act that way, don’t hesitate. Ban them from your cam and focus on the people who are having fun with you. Get on with your show.”
She also says: “Another thing to keep in mind is to always, ALWAYS pay attention to your audience. One huge mistake a lot of newbie webcam models make is not doing that. They’ll turn their camera on, lie back with a magazine, or watch TV, ignore their audience, and just wait for people to start paying for the striptease. DON’T DO THAT! Talk with your viewers. Chat with them. Flirt with them. Tease them. Make them want you. Make them want to see you nude. Then make them pay for it. That’s the business you’re probably in if you’re a webcam model. Not every model is comfortable undressing on camera. Some simply chat, flirt, and tease. The ones who masturbate on camera do most make the most money, though. If you want to truly make money as a webcam model, be willing to be naked in front of your audience. Be willing to give them long, enticing masturbation shows. Give them long looks at your genitals in action. That’s what they’re there to watch.”
I asked Julie if any special looks, or talents are required to be a webcam model. Her answer is: “None at all! It doesn’t take a lot of talent to remove your clothes, and play with yourself. Even if your elderly, are an amputee, seriously overweight, or anything else you can make it big as a webcam model. In fact, a lot of people are willing to pay more for such niche performers.”
Keeping in mind what Julie St. Claire has shared, it’s easy to see why so many people have migrated away from mainstream adult venues to foray into their own webcam businesses!
Please visit Julie on Twitter at twitter.com/JulieStClaire01, say hello, and thank her for taking the time to share these tips with us. For those of you who are either ready to launch your webcam modeling careers, or are simply looking for a new webcam venue at which to perform, you can go to Julie’s sign-up page and get started now: http://www.i-camz.com/agent/Model.php?agent=2719. The webcam site Julie represents promises their models the highest pay in the webcam modeling industry.
Again, thanks to Julie St. Claire for taking time to help out with this blog post!