From Cam to Porn: Yes, No or Maybe So?

If you want to succeed in business, adding revenue streams is key. For cam models Kylie Maria and Evie Envy, this has meant “crossing over” into conventional porn content production for additional income. It’s a diversification that is making money for both of them — and boosting their camming brands to boot!

“I began first with camming back in 2013 to help fund my transition, and it opened the door for me to do mainstream porn shoots,” Maria told YNOT Cam.

She continued, “Maybe a year after I had started camming, I was contacted by a photographer for a popular trans porn site who offered me a paid solo shoot. After that I reached out to another popular trans porn site and shot for them too. It took off from there and I got offered shoots from other studios. Shortly after that I began to create my own content.”

Envy built her brand up incrementally too, adding variable pieces and components as she moved deeper into the industry.

“Camming came first because I felt like I could do it under the radar, like dipping my feet in the water,” said Envy. “Next, I created my Twitter and OnlyFans, which I ended up using as my portfolio in a way for when I started reaching out to porn studios. I went into it with a realistic mindset — not everyone is going to want to work with me — but I put myself out there and luckily a few studios got back to me!”

Evie Envy

A Profitable Combination

Both models have discovered that shooting adult content and camming go well together.

“These days, I basically just cam when I don’t have any shoots booked or am not shooting my own material,” said Maria. “And yes, you can cross-promote between each platform and you absolutely always should!”

“The beauty of this industry is that every platform can stream into each other, collectively building your fanbase,” Envy added. “I have some fans who found me from camming, others who found me through porn scenes, Twitter, OnlyFans promos and so forth. No matter which platform you’re on, exposure is exposure, and it contributes to your overall fanbase as an adult performer – and that’s good for business.”

Indeed: Doing “crossovers” helps cam models reach customers who may not be into camming.

“You have viewers who prefer certain media than others,” Maria explained. “You have some who just like watching content, some who just like watching webcams and of course you have some that like both. By doing both you reach a wider audience. Some who found your cam show may then go on to check out your adult content and vice versa.”

And the best part?

“As with most jobs after so long it all becomes second nature,” she said. “You find what works for best you and what your preferences may be.”

Kylie Maria

Difference and Similarities

So what it is like to split your time between camming and shooting adult content (for yourself and for third-party producers)?

“There’s a lot of similarities between the two like wardrobe, hair/makeup, toys, dialogue and lighting,” Maria shared. “But for me, camming is a bit easier because it just consists of me being at home, getting ready, having some adequate lighting and turning on my computer and webcam. For shoots you’ve got to find locations, have a photographer most times and have more detailed set design and lighting equipment. You also have to have an editor or be able to edit your own content.”

“Camming also is live where adult content shoots are not,” she further noted. “Some people may be better at doing shoots where they don’t have an audience of hundreds or thousands watching and talking to you. You can mess up and do a retake, whereas camming is live so you never know what can happen.”

According to Envy, camming’s live performances versus adult content’s recorded material is what really sets the two apart. This is also why camming remains a passion for her.

“What I love about camming and content platforms is that they allow you to connect with your fans on a deeply personal level,” she said. “You’re able to have genuine conversations and build real connections over time. It’s really beautiful. For me, I feel as though camming is more in the now. It’s real time video, whereas my content on OnlyFans is recorded and distributed. You do have the option to go live on OnlyFans as well, but it’s limited to your fans. Camming opens your live streams up to new viewers as well.”

Evie Envy

Advice for Models New to Content Creation

For those cam models who still find the prospect of shooting adult content daunting, these crossover veterans have some sage advice.

“Don’t be afraid to expand and evolve!” Envy enthused. “In my opinion, crossover work is incredibly valuable because it gives you such a wide exposure to fans who frequent different platforms. Not everyone is on Twitter, not everyone uses cam sites, and so on. If you’re on a variety of platforms, you’re giving yourself the opportunity to connect with people you might not have met if you stayed in one place.”

“Just give it a shot,” Maria advised. “You never know what can happen. I think most performers would benefit from it, even if just a little.”

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— Kylie Maria (@kylieluvsyouuu) July 16, 2021

Allyson Creighton is a freelance writer and sex worker advocate with credits at various industry publications, including Transformation magazine. She can be found on Twitter at @Lovely1Allyson. Contact Creighton via allyson@ynotcam.com.

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