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Practical Career Pivots For Adult Performers

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Photo by Bambi Corro on Unsplash

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” - Abraham Lincoln

In this article we discuss a handful of career options that webcam models could transition to from adult video chat. But first, why are we doing this?

There is a mostly unspoken sentiment that adult performers have, where they feel that "having done porn" makes them somehow unemployable. We simply haven't seen any evidence that this is the case. We can cite dozens of examples by now of performers who have left the industry to pursue successful careers in various fields. 

But for many, camming doesn't feel like a logical precursor to any other gig. As such, they have a tendency to want to put off thinking about it for as long as possible. Everything falls into, "I'll figure it out later" territory. 

That is simply a bad plan. Even if for no other reason than the fact that it's unnecessary. It is based on a false premise. Camming doesn't make you unfit for other careers, that's nonsense. Again, no evidence to support it; plenty of evidence to contradict it. 

It's also just an overwhelmingly fatalist and mediocre way of looking at the world. So don't do it. In the words of the inimitable Jordan Laubaugh (me), "If you're not really fucking excited to be alive, you don't pay close enough attention. Read more."

With an average age of 25 for our models, we all have extremely long careers ahead of us. At 25, your career is going to be almost twice as many years long as you've been alive so far. At 40, your professional life is less than half over. 

Considering how you might like to spend that time is a pragmatic exercise. Success and a meaningful life don't just happen one day. It's built incrementally, one step at a time, day by day. 

Being halfway decent at camming affords you a tremendous amount of luxury in directing your career trajectory. It provides you effectively financial freedom (for a period of time). You have to work, but you can generally do so on your own schedule rather than having to adhere to someone else's schedule to get money.

This is immensely powerful. Camming also gives you location independence. You can cam as easily from Bangkok as you can from Boston (if you don't mind working around the time zone difference to hit peak hours). 

This means you can move. You can move to go to a university to enroll in a program that particularly excites you. You can move to do an unpaid internship for a few weeks in a field you think you'd like to work in. You can go where the things you want are at. You have time to become a lawyer, a psychiatrist, a CPA, an MFA, a PhD, an MBA. You have time to go study cutting-edge technologies like A.I. or aerospace engineering and make a career in it. You have time to start a business, build a house, or travel the world. Time is your greatest asset.

But next year, you'll have 1 year less. So it goes. 

Let's start thinking about it now. We're going to provide a few specific example career trajectories to hopefully inspire people to think a lot more about this question. And try to expand on each one a bit more to make it feel concrete. Yeah, you can be anything you want to be. But what does being something specifically look like. Let's find out together. 

After Porn Ends... You could:

1. Become a famous vlogger. 

 
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The unique selling proposition of the business of a webcam model is, at the end of the day, you're willing to take your clothes off and stand naked in front of a camera. Every "performance" skill you might need to be able to make an awesome vlog you've already learned. You can talk on camera. You can look good on camera. You are an interesting and compelling person that people like. That's a great recipe for an individual vlogger. You also have an aesthetic sense about what else looks good on camera and what doesn't and what engages an audience and what doesn't. 

Is it possible to substitute nudity/sexuality and make compelling creative content? The 1099's of the world's top vloggers and the market cap of Netflix would suggest that it is. Of course it is. If it weren't, porn would be the only entertainment industry.

There's a second compelling point to make. You already are a vlogger! You get on video and entertain an audience on the internet. A successful model has hundreds or perhaps thousands of fans who already follow you online and give you money! This is the equivalent of starting on second base in the vlogosphere (or any internet entertainer gig). Plenty of vloggers take years before they pop and make their first dollar from vlogging and have a few thousand fans. 

Editing videos is easy. Sign up for Adobe Creative Cloud, download Premiere Pro CC, take a few courses on it, and you'll be good enough. 

Side note: Getting really good with just about any of Adobe's products (Photoshop, Premiere pro, After Effects, Audition) is a highly marketable skillset for freelance work if you're tired of being in front of the camera. 

Make a vlog about the behind-the-scenes life of being a cam model. Go out in the world and make videos of yourself (non-nude). Make a vlog about travel. About life. Make sketch comedy videos. Make videos about 18th century erotic art. Whatever you want.

You'll be better at this than you think. Just publish content. 

Take this section and substitute podcast, blog, Instagram, etc. for more ideas. 

One last thought on this career path. Camming gives you the flexibility to do really interesting things - like for instance, work an extra 5 hours per week on cam, take that money, and use it to promote your content. A few hundred dollars per week spent promoting good content can build a massive audience relatively quickly. 

Just use your stage name as is and cross-promote your social media for cam with your new projects so your current fans become your first audience on the new thing. Work diligently on cam and on the vlog until you find your feet and it makes enough money that you don't need to cam anymore. Then just do that. 

Or on the other hand you could... 

2. Become a Pro Gamer

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Photo by Caspar Rubin on Unsplash

E-sports is taking over the world and we think it's very likely to continue, more or less forever. It's still in its infancy and ripe for creative competition. 

Enter you. 

"Wouldn't it be cool to make a living playing video games?" That was a common dream of 90s babies; several went and did it. 00s babies won't understand that there was ever a time when people didn't think pro gamer was a legitimate career path. 

I'm not suggesting that you can necessarily become the world's greatest Fortnite Battle Royale player. We've played Fortnite, it's hard, we're 0/100 on solo wins and don't think PandoraModeling has ever survived a 1 on 1 shotgun vs shotgun matchup. We miss, they hit. 

But #1 ranked player is one career path. Good, super entertaining player is another career path. Physically attractive, good, super entertaining player that executes well on Twitch and YouTube, that makes a lot of sense. There's a lot more cool stuff going on in gaming than just playing games well. 

Think about it. 

3. Any Number of Various general artistic pursuits 

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Photo by Olia Gozha on Unsplash

Poet, painter, playwright. Rapper, rockstar, and we couldn't find a third R word to add. Arithmetic maybe?

Art is hard. But you can probably do it. Camming is hard and you do that. Along with the luxury mentioned above of finances/location there's also plenty of time to paint, or draw, or whatever does it for you. 

Cam for 4-6 hours per day. Write for 6-8 hours a day. Cam for 4-6 hours per day. Paint for 6-8 hours per day. Cam for 4-6 hours per day. Record music for 6-8 hours per day. 

What's a hobby you'd like to spend all of your time doing? Become world class at it and you can make it your career. Camming gives you the time to do that in a way that few other things do.

It also gives you the money to attend internationally renowned art schools. To be able to find talented artists you admire and seek them out to learn from them. To be able to move to cities with great art scenes and immerse yourself in them. 

You can cam from anywhere. 

Be creative. 

4. Local small business owner 

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You could just open a store. What store, you ask? Any store! Provided you do the market research necessary and execute the concept well. What does your town/city need? 

The startup costs for lots of small businesses are well within the range of savings potential for cam models. So what would you like to do? 

While we can't really advocate a cafe over a clothing boutique or anything like that (we couldn't care less). We're mentioning this point to remind you that the skills you needed to be successful on cam are the same skills that an entrepreneur needs to succeed.

A good concept and a well-executed plan by someone with a strong work ethic who's self-motivated and great at customer interaction is a recipe for success in any small business. Watch a lot of The Profit, Bar Rescue, Fixer Upper, Kitchen Nightmares or Pawn Stars and go from there. 

Find a small business owner to apprentice with for a few months and learn the day-to-day of operating a business.

Also, read a lot. 

5. Well-educated professional 

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The first four paths we laid out are very much examples of "be your own boss" paths. Which can be a great fit for adult performers to transition into. 

But maybe that's not you. Maybe the self-motivated skills you used on camming were an inconvenience that you had to adapt to in order to make it and not your natural preference. Maybe you're not a #1, type A personality, and you'd rather be at a #2-100 level working on someone else's project. Many people are this way, and it's perfectly OK. 

Take the freedom camming can provide and make yourself incredibly valuable to the potential employers you'd like to have. Graduate at the top of your university class majoring in an in-demand professional skillset with interesting extracurricular activity. Learn to speak Spanish. Spend some time traveling. Give up the stage name and get a real job, with a real company, doing something meaningful that you love.

The sooner you start thinking about your long-term career the better. If you can compete on cam and win, you can compete in any environment and win. Maybe you're not ready to start college and you want to spend a few years traveling and seeing the world. Do it. Maybe you've been traveling and you're ready to plant somewhere and make a life. You can do that too. 

You just have to do something. Otherwise you'll get bored and be boring, and no one will take you private anymore. 

And that would totally suck.

You can do anything you want to. So do.