My name is Tijana. About ten years ago, from a small town, I came to Belgrade to study. During my studies I worked as a webcam model, then I paused a while, and then again I worked for a couple of years more. All in all, I have 6 years of experience working as a camgirl.
Why am I writing this? A friend who made this website asked me to share my experience and what I learned about internet modeling. It can help you decide to try this job… or realize it is not for you.
In both cases, I will be glad to help someone who is in a similar situation as I was. There was less useful information back then, but now you can avoid the mistakes I made.
- About me
- And who are you?
- How much do webcam models make?
- How to become a camgirl?
- Gadgets, clothing, sex toys
- How to choose a cam girl website?
- How to join a live cam site?
- What camgirls should have on their profile?
- The first year in Internet modeling is harsh
- Camming security and privacy tips
- How to manage visitors in your live video chatroom?
- How do you make a good live stream?
- How to dress for camming?
- What are additional sources of income for camgirls?
And who are you?
You’re a young girl, living here in the Balkans and having trouble raising enough money for a normal life. It includes your own apartment, fancy clothes, shoes, going out and traveling. Maybe also money for helping your family or saving for a flat, and the like.
At least you are of average beauty in face and body, you love your body and enjoy showing it. You know, miniskirts, low neckline. You are confident, determined, persistent and hardworking. You have a lively nature and often laugh, easygoing, you like to talk to people and to flirt with men.
You like to get the attention of men, and generally, you like to be the center of attention. You have a lot of selfies on Instagram. And it pleases you when the guys follow you, like your posts, chat you and try to get your attention.
And of course, you know English well enough to be able to read, write and speak on a basic level. If you can read this and understand most of it, you are good to go. Any other additional foreign language is a big plus, but English is a requirement.
And you can work from home.
I’ll be honest – the girl I’ve just described, that’s actually me 🙂 If you are like me it will be much easier for you to succeed in this trade. You will also handle it easier and even have some fun, sometimes you will even enjoy it.
This does not mean that everyone else is doomed to failure, far from it. I met several women in their 40s and 50s who were successful models. I also knew several young men in the same business.
But the truth is that most of the visitors are after 18- to 25-year-old girls, beautiful and athletically built, with big breasts. They are followed by young couples, solo men and everyone else. That is why older models and others have to work harder to find customers interested in them, they have to provide more and give something original in their cam show, to be different from others. While young girls can often go with just dance in lingerie in front of the camera.
If you are shy by nature, some men want to see exactly that kind of girl. Or you like to command and torture men… Again, you will be successful because there are a lot of customers who seek someone like you. But be warned – if you’re not like this by nature, don’t even try acting, it won’t work.
Overall, beauty is less important, the personality is much more important in this business. Although acting is, of course, a part of web modeling, it will be much easier for you to succeed if you act following your nature and minimize your pretense. So if this job psychologically requires too much of you and is completely foreign to your persona, do not try in vain because you most likely will not succeed.
But even though anyone can succeed in camming and there is room for everyone, I will focus on the type of girl I described at the beginning. Because she looks like me, I know how she feels, how she experiences this job, all first-hand. I’m not going to talk about becoming a gay cam model or dominatrix because I only know it from the story, I didn’t try it myself.
Even if you do not recognize yourself in my description of the girl to whom this tutorial is dedicated, you can learn a few useful things if you just continue reading.
How much do webcam models make?
In addition to being fun sometimes, this business has a few unexpected benefits and pleasant surprises. But I and everyone I met while modeling, we are here for the money.
So… how much can one earn?
So… how much are you willing to put the time, effort and determination into this venture?
Because this is a job. No one is going to give you money just for sitting in front of a computer waiting for something to happen, or messaging your friends while ignoring visitors. If you take this as a hobby and work only 4-5 hours a week, your earnings (if any) will be accordingly.
Earnings depend on the quality of your show, your visitors, the site you stream on, the time you spend online, the “stage” and the quality of your equipment.
After the first year girls earn $20-50 an hour on average. They usually work 5 hours a day, 4 days a week (it makes 20 hours a week). That makes $400-1,000 a week, $1,600-4,000 a month.
Yes, I know you have heard that as a web model you can choose how much and when to work, but did you really believe that you would make money working from home without investing time and effort? You can take a break whenever you want, there is no office where you have to spend all day, but there is no guaranteed pay. You are your own master, but with freedom comes responsibility.
On the Internet, girls brag about making $80,000 a month… But have you read just the headline or the whole article? I haven’t met anyone from that elite, but if you dig a bit you will find that:
– the girl is a camgirl for at least 3-4 year
– she spends 9-10 hours a day with visitors
– she works 6 days a week
– she owns a website, Facebook page, etc. on which she is active every day, in contact with fans.
So she takes her job seriously, she is ambitious, hardworking, determined and dedicated. Such a person is successful in any business she chooses because she lives for it. But there are very few such persons among us.
If you are not ready to invest all of yourselves in camming, as most people are not (myself included), don’t expect the money they make. The most I’ve ever made in a month was $12,000. And I’ve never felt envy to the girls who made ten times more money. I find 12 grand to be a big money.
Because we live in the Balkans, we have at least one advantage over the rest – $3,000 a month is worth much more here than in Berlin, London or New York.
How to become a camgirl?
Gadgets, clothing, sex toys
In terms of gadgets, whatever you have now is probably enough to start. And again, no matter what you have now, the first money you earn will go to invest in improving your equipment. The first thing you’ll spend money on is fast internet and semi-professional lighting, followed by a quality camera, microphone, studio, etc.
There are also sexy clothes, role-play and cosplay costumes, wigs, masks, makeup, dildos, oil and various other types of sex toys. Important note: If you do not have money for good vibrators and everything else that will enter your body, at the beginning take one but good quality. You will use it every day for a couple of hours, so you do not want something cheap and poor quality that can hurt you.
You can start with almost no investment, with what you currently have available, but the competition is strong and you won’t get far. So in the beginning, almost all of your profits must go to investing in you and your show. When you get the essentials, you can allocate most of the money to yourself and much less to upgrades.
How to choose a cam girl website?
There are ways to avoid the big sites and be your own boss, but for me, it’s not worth the effort and time. It’s easier to spend your time in what you’re good at (entertaining customers) and leaving everything else to specialized sites. Of course, they take part of your earnings, but it’s all part of the business.
The bigger the site, the more visited, the older, the more girls it has… The more of your earnings it takes. Smaller, newer, less reputable sites take less.
But it’s not the same if that company has been working for 15 years, turns millions and has a well-known brand… And on the other hand, you have a company founded a year or two ago, it offers a high percentage of earnings to attract girls, it struggles to attract visitors, evades taxes and buys cheap technology, and may eventually have to close because it turned out “the business model is not sustainable”… and it owes you several thousand euros. Plus the site was made by “some kid from the neighborhood” so the first hacker who tried on it easily entered in and left with your private data.
If you are serious about business, you will take no chances. Do your part of the job professionally and work with people who are also professional. I worked with several sites and all of them were international, big. Therefore I could concentrate solely on my show, with the confidence they would do their part.
At first, it might be a good idea to try one site, then another, then a third… And compare, see which one suits you better. Everyone is different, what suits me may not suit you. You can even work on multiple of them at the same time. But it doesn’t work in the long run. After a while, most of the profits will come from regular customers, so you’ll have to settle for one site.
How to join a live cam site?
Each cam site has its peculiarities, but it is generally the same:
– (real) personal data
– a couple of photos
– checking your data, especially if you are over 18 or not
– method of payment
– basic public profile editing
– a guide on how to use the site.
Whatever you fill in, including your first and last name, avoid language-specific letters and the Cyrillic alphabet. Always use just the Latin alphabet. Even though everything looks good on the screen while typing, on some other screen (such as a list of girls on the site, advertising or payment forms) it can make a disaster.
It is extremely important to fill out the forms with the correct data, not a fake one. Sooner or later false data might put you into trouble. Big, old sites guard your personal data carefully and invest money in security from hackers, so trust them.
Quite the contrary, your public profile must be completely clear of your real personal information because it will be visible to everyone.
I believe you already have multiple email addresses. Anyway, open another new one, say on Gmail. The address must not contain part of your real name, nickname, or anything like that (city, state, year of birth…). It should contain your username from the site, but it’s not a requirement. That email address is the only one that you will use in this business and the one you will enter on the site. Also, you will not use this email for any other purpose. The same applies for the password.
What camgirls should have on their profile?
The profile is extremely important. Based on it, visitors will decide to enter your show or some other sex chat room. Every detail is important. I will give some tips here, but the most important thing is to find a dozen of the most successful girls on the site and examine their profiles in detail. Analyze, see what they have in common and what’s different, and think about why they did it that way. Then apply to your profile.
Username is important. It must have nothing to do with your real name or anything else in your life that might relate to you. At the same time, it must be short, easy to remember, sexy but not vulgar, equally suitable for all future customers, whatever language they use. It must be unique and different from the rest. For ideas, see how the most successful girls chose theirs.
Photos and videos – of course, they are very important too. Please take a look at the profiles of successful performers to get an idea. At first, you will put the material you have on hand or you can cheaply produce, but later you will need to hire a professional. All the girls do it so you can’t stay behind.
You need to have a channel to communicate with your fans (regular customers). It can be the email you made specifically for this business, or a Tweeter or Instagram account, Snapchat, Twitch… It’s all changing so fast, you have to keep up. Always answer their questions, albeit briefly and with delay.
You must never confuse and mix these social media accounts with your private accounts. Never make the same post on a private and “work” account, never share the same image. None of the contacts on your private account should be shared with the “work” one, and vice versa.
The first year in Internet modeling is harsh
You can work as a model for a few weeks, earn for a pair of new fancy shoes, and leave. Or during the first couple of weeks, you see that it’s not as easy as you thought, some days you sit for hours in front of the camera for only $2-3, and so you leave.
Like any other job, it takes time, effort, willpower and patience. To get more than pocket money from online modeling, you have to push for a year or two and not give up. You will gain experience, regular customers, better equipment, and a better position on the site. You will be more relaxed, comfortable, confident, and richer 🙂
After that, you’ll start earning enough that it can change your life. You can quit when you reach the goal you have set for yourself, or continue as a hobby but with less frequent appearances. Or maybe you’ll get to like this lifestyle, all the attention you’re getting, and camming might become your full-time job.
But, you have to survive the first year and not give up.
Camming security and privacy tips
This is a very important topic. I’m not going to start with the warning that your visitors are the maniacs who would rather find you and kill you if you give them a chance, because that is definitely not true. The reason we pay attention to privacy is that most webcam girls live a double life and want to keep them as separated as possible.
On all sex cam sites, there is the option to block whole countries, or regions. So the ods to have your neighbor or some relative/friend in the audience are minimal. But it is just the start.
I met a girl from America who adores the webcam girl lifestyle, lives in California almost like a minor movie star, her fans know her real name, she gives interviews, paparazzi take pictures of her when she goes out…
But the vast majority of us want a normal life. Very few of our closest friends and relatives, or not even them, are aware of our “secret” life, the one that brings us money. And we do not want our site visitors to recognize us on street or Facebook, reach us, and attempt to become part of our “normal” life.
That’s why you have to be very careful. Many customers, especially regulars, want to know more about you, to get to know you better. They want to feel closer to you, like in a relationship. Therefore, they will ask you many personal questions, they will search for hints in your profile, pictures, and room where you are recording the show.
You can’t say “No” directly when they ask because the girlfriend fantasy is part of the show. Over time, you will even become so relaxed that you will chat with regulars about anything and everything and it will be normal for you to complain about the rain, horrible traffic, or that your college professor hates your guts.
Therefore, for a webcam show, you have to invent a new self. Name, where you are from, what you do, sexual habits and experience, hobbies… Everything, a whole new life. Just stick with that story. At the start of each session get into the role, and when you turn off the camera leave it, and there’s your perfectly separate, secret life.
Your story should be a little unusual, original, exciting, sexy, mysterious. “I do this job because I need money for my sick mother” is not what customers want to hear. But at the same time don’t overdo it, visitors want a fantasy they can easily believe.
– nowhere on the public part of the webcam site is your real, private data
– your public pictures do not help anyone who wants to find out who you really are
– the room you work in is carefully cleaned of photos, documents and other personal items of yours
– the camera never looks out of the window, as this can sometimes give away the location
– everything your fan can hear from you, read about you, and see in your room is in line with your prepared story, not real life.
And of course, never meet fans. For no reason. Just don’t mix those two separate parts of your life. And also don’t bring the boyfriend to the show… though I have at least one positive experience in breaking this rule 😉
How to manage visitors in your live video chatroom?
People are different, but most of us are not aware of how many different kinds there are. In everyday life, we mostly revolve in the same circles and do not have many and deep contacts with strangers. But as a camgirl, you will learn a lot about people.
At first, you are confused, scared, you don’t know what your visitor wants from you or whether and how to do it, you don’t know how to encourage them to ask for and pay for a private show … You don’t even know how to refuse when you don’t want to do something. Nor how to neutralize the trolls and ditch the vicious and aggressive ones.
Well, you’ll learn, just like I and all the other girls learned.
OK, I’ve listed the worst you can expect from a customer. But the vast majority of them will be a pleasant surprise for you, especially if your expectation is a group of sexual maniacs, psychopaths and sexually frustrated freaks.
They are educated middle-aged people with good jobs, and they are lonely. They are alone because they are divorced, widowed, shy, or they are married/in a relationship but feel lonely because they cannot get what they need from the partner (sexual satisfaction, attention or anything else).
You are entering their life to fill that void. They’ll pay you to dance, striptease, masturbate with them, have erotic dialogue, ask him “How are you? Why you didn’t come last week, I missed you”, wear panties of a certain color, zoom in on high heels while walking in front of the camera, dress like high school student/teacher/nurse/policewoman, licking phallus-shaped ice cream…
Some girls have nothing against extreme demands, for example, to record themselves while peeing, if they are paid extra for it (and they are). But not all the girls agree. If you’re asked for something you don’t want to do, you’ll learn how to politely decline it and maybe offer something similar to the request, but acceptable to you.
Do your best not to condemn your customers for their demands, and especially never show it. I actually consider this to be one of the unexpected benefits of this job (in addition to remarkably perfecting English and learning the basics of a few more languages).
Getting to know different people at such an intimate level helps broaden your perspectives, better understand and learn to respect each human being and have compassion for all.
You will get to know yourself better too, as a person and sexually. As an Internet camgirl, I discovered some parts of my sexuality that would most likely remain hidden forever.
How do you make a good live stream?
Visitors come to the site to live out their fantasy. If it was just masturbation, they have so many free porn sites, they wouldn’t need you. It’s your job to find out what their fantasy is and give it to them. A few hours’ session is exhausting both physically and mentally, but you must never show it or you’ll spoil the fantasy.
If you feel bad that day, you’re not in the mood, flu, PMS… – cancel the show. Of course, don’t just fail to show up at the scheduled time and force your regular visitors waiting for you in vain, you have to properly cancel the show.
Your fans, who come to your every show, are your true source of income. Do nothing that could offend or alienate them.
If possible do not go to the toilet while streaming. Have something on hand to nibble on and drink. Let no one enter the room. Do not allow the sounds from the outside to reach the microphone, put on play appropriate, not too loud music in the background. Don’t talk on the phone, don’t exchange messages with friends.
Be cheerful, smile, look excited, sexy. Until you learn to relax, you can take a shot or two, brandy or whatever you like, before you start, but you shouldn’t be a bit drunk.
Dance when you like the song currently playing, let your shirt open a little, tease them. Look directly at the camera because for a customer, it’s like looking him directly in the eyes, like talking to him alone.
Try to answer all the questions, but instead of typing the answer, speak into the microphone. Of course, give more attention to regular visitors and those who pay well and regularly, but make sure no one feels ignored, even if it’s the first time you see him.
Someone will want you to be a shy girl-next-door, some other wants a slut looking only for a hard… Try to get into every role and satisfy everyone’s fantasy. Of course, in some roles, you will be more successful than in others, and these fans will stay with you, while others will leave in search of the “right” one.
Naturally, you will be more successful in the roles that, for whatever reason, suits you. Over time, you will practically specialize in a limited number of fantasies because you will be constantly asked to do them, again and again. You will become “famous” for them, new visitors will come following recommendation.
This is of course almost impossible to plan. Just be yourself and act the way you feel, and over time, the “perfect role” will find you, without you looking for it. In this role you will not only be the most successful but also relaxed, confident and have fun, sometimes you will even enjoy the show. In fact, sometimes it will be so good that you’ll forget it is a show you do for money, you will stop acting.
Lastly, look at how the most successful girls do it and learn from them.
How to dress for camming?
Clothes, makeup, sheetings on your bed… Everything has to be perfect. Think like you’re on a date. Make your bed, no trash on the floor, everything should look tidy. You sell fantasy, something they can’t see every day, a first-class girlfriend, a dream.
Get anything out of the camera’s field of view that distorts the atmosphere, distracts your visitors or can be in your way during the show.
Do your hair/wig too, like you’re getting ready to go out.
Whatever camera and lighting you have, always before the start of a session check how you look in the eye of the camera, and if you need to correct something, do it.
Your dress is, of course, sexy, but that doesn’t mean you start in panties and bra. Do have multiple layers so you can gradually strip and reveal, or cover again if needed.
For sure, take a look at the best girls’ sessions and just imitate the way they do it, at least at first.
What are additional sources of income for camgirls?
This is not something you should be interested in right now, but it’s good to have it on your mind when your cam show matures. Till then you will accumulate a lot of regular customers, if not fans, which opens the door to additional profits.
Even better, it can be a passive income.
On most cam sites you will see options to sell your exclusive pictures and video clips. Of course, they must be exclusive, and of the highest quality – technically and in every other way.
Fans will want to give you something, presents. Sometimes they will pay extra for you to carry/use their gifts during the performance. This can be profitable, but of course, the problem is to give the shipment receiving address without compromising your privacy.
You can also make a wish list on Amazon and let them race who will buy you more expensive gifts. Many of them feel pleasure spending money on you.
There is also a market for used panties 🙂 The longer they are worn and the stronger the smell is, the better. And if you used them during a session and have a picture/video with them included, the price is skyrocketing. Not everyone is interested in this, but a surprising number of men have this fetish. Look on the Internet, there are several large sites specialized in this business. There is also a description of how the panties are packed, etc.
Some time ago, completely private sessions via Skype were popular. Other video chat programs can be used too, just make sure you check how they work before using it for the first time – you want no surprises.
You can organize your group on Facebook and Instagram, as well as other social media platforms. Most of them do not allow sexually explicit material and you cannot sell directly, but they are the perfect place to promote new “products” (sold somewhere else), announce performances (with spoilers) and warm-up audience.
The next step may be to open your website. You can direct fans to it from your profile on the webcam chat site and other accounts (FB, Instagram, Twitter …). There you can put to sale anything you like, or through your affiliate account send visitors to other sites with which you have a contract, and when they buy something you’ll get a part of the money.
It is called affiliate marketing, but you can call it: making extra money online without actually working.
To make more money from the webcam modeling, the only limit is your imagination.