Maybe this will be the right thing for you? Maybe it won’t. I can’t say. All I can do is tell you the truth and let you decide. So on this page, I’ll tell you how a lot of young people make money at Pandora Modeling. The challenge is not at all in telling you what it is and entirely in convincing you that it’s legit. That’s always the case. So my goal is to help you see it, believe it, and then leave you to make an informed decision about whether we’re a fit for you. For my part, I’m Jordan Laubaugh, the owner of Pandora Modeling. If you want to get in touch with me: Instagram, Twitter, Email.
The what is beyond simple. We’re a management agency for adult video chat models. The title of this post is as accurate a description as there is. Models broadcast their live video to a chatroom on our network’s site, a few dozen or a few hundred people join and watch them and talk to them, and some amount of those users spend money in the form of tips or 1 on 1 private chats with the model. Pure, unadulterated adult entertainment.
On average, our models earn $51/hr. This is not the industry average by any means. We’re really selective in our screening processes and aim to find people that want to do it full-time as a profession, who have the capability to be top performers on the site. Breaking it down into segments though: Around 30% of people earn $12-20/hr. Around 30% earn $20-35. Around 35% earn $35-60/hr. And the remaining 5% earn in the range of $60-300/hr. We manage the $51 average because the people who earn the most, tend to work the most hours as a result, and that skews the hourly average higher.
It always feels the slightest bit strange to say “our models.” The overwhelming majority of everyone at our company doesn’t identify as a model. Most of us feel the term model isn’t fully accurate, performer is more apt. And for most, this work isn’t the defining characteristic of their life.
It’s much more commonly a side hustle, or a temporary gig, or “the thing I do to make money so that I can do whatever I want in life.” And we are all purely in it for the money. If we could make $51/hr folding napkins, we’d fold napkins. If we were better at Fortnite, we’d be on Twitch.
In most cases, adult video chat isn’t a permanent career. It’s something you do when you’re young, or going through a particular phase of life where it’s useful to you.
Relatively Fast, Not Easy, Money.
To start making money is easy. Apply, get an account setup and verified, and go live. As soon as a customer spends credits on you, you make money. For almost everyone we sign this happens within the first few hours online. There aren’t a lot of things that allow anyone to earn money that quickly, and it’s obviously one of the major draws.
This is possible because the audience for the models is already built. The network takes care of that side of the business. You don’t have to find customers, you just have to go online, customers will find you, and you react to the people coming into your room and engaging with you. It all happens pretty quickly.
The key point I want you, especially you, to understand is that it’s not really easy money. What causes customers to part with their hard earned money? That’s a question I’ve been musing over for 8 years now. No matter how many ways I find to answer it, I’m never done, there’s always something deeper.
Most people think of our work as pornography, and yeah, it is, but it’s not sex. Models sit alone in their bedroom, living room, closet, wherever and stream their video. Customers sit alone in their homes and watch. You don’t meet anyone. You don’t touch anyone. They don’t know your real name. You don’t know theirs. In most cases, you never even see anything besides a username/text. (Caveat: in private 1 on 1 shows customers have the option to turn on their webcam so you can see them. Only 2-3% of users in private shows do.)
Sitting by yourself at home on the computer. That is the environment for the most graphic performance possible by adult video chat models.
But the performance art side of it is absolutely erotic/graphic. The overwhelming majority of customers want to see you naked, and in private 1 on 1 shows often want some version of an erotic sex show. These often include fantasy role-playing, fetishes, emotions, self-stimulation, and anything else that you bring to the party. Some version of this is the case for everyone.
When first hearing about camming (our shorthand term for our work, please use it), most people have a similar reaction: “Can I, me, make money doing it? How much? Ok… What will I have to do?”
What follows after that is this sort of self-reckoning where you decide how bad you feel the work will be, how degrading, how uncomfortable, how boring, whatever. And then whether the money you’re likely to get from it is worth that. You weigh it against your other options and decide whether you’re willing to put up with it.
I can’t really say don’t do that, everyone does, it’s natural. But I want to offer a different perspective, my perspective, and propose a less dull vision of reality.
I think camming is really, really, really fucking cool. When I first heard about it, I assumed it was bullshit, like everyone. A friend of mine signed up to try it out, I discouraged him from doing that. He made $42 in 90 minutes and I shut my stupid mouth forever, sort of. It was a defining moment.
I thought it was the coolest thing ever. We were both young, dumb enough, and broke. We were hungry for anyway to make money. To come up with a way that was not just far more money than we could make at any regular job but that made us sex objects was a dream come true.
It’s been 9 years since that story took place. The feeling of wonder, joy, and excitement that came across my face back then has never left. I mean, it’s been elusive in dark moments, sure, but i always find my way back to it.
No experience. No job skills. No resume. No prospects. The reality with camming was that none of it mattered, it’s simply it’s own thing, a different marketplace. The only qualification is how appealing you are to customers. If customers like you, customers spend money on you, end of story. Your background doesn’t matter. Your education doesn’t matter. Your current situation doesn’t matter. No one cares about any of it in our world.
This is where I point out that, “YOU will never be an adult video chat performer.” If you decide that you want to, you’ll create a fake persona using a stage name and that persona will be the adult video chat performer. Maybe that persona has everything in common with you besides your name, or maybe you’re a completely different person on cam, this also doesn’t matter.
I am not using the language “doesn’t matter” to be dismissive or condescending about you, or anyone, ever. What it means is simply that the economy of the cam world is driven by customer desire. It is a complete equality of opportunity. The customer base is global and affluent (while being heavily weighted to the US/Europe). The only thing rare in the customer base (for all models) is women. The demographic of customers skew overwhelmingly male, like 99.5%.
There is a clear bias in this marketplace for people who are exceptionally physically attractive. I't’s not a gig, literally anyone, could do. It’s superficial to an extreme degree. But I always tell people that you only need to be sufficiently attractive. The top rankings aren’t a beauty contest. If you’re sufficiently attractive, the entire world of camming is yours to conquer, work is the bigger variable of success.
Work is the variable because the site ranks models predominately based on their total sales over the past 7 days. So, if everyone was earning the same amount, the person who worked the most hours would be the top ranked. This is pretty close to how it plays out. The top tier models all earn comparable amounts of money per hour, with variance day to day. Most of the time, 1st place is held by the one that was on the most hours in the previous week.
Despite that market reality, models work 13 hours per week on average. Welcome to my nightmare! Top models obviously don’t, they work 30-40 normally and more as needed, but that’s 1% of the models. The majority work less than 20 hours a week.
As a result, it’s usually the case that anyone who is sufficiently attractive, that puts in superior effort, wins.
It’s hard to spend 6-8 hours a day in front of a webcam, actively interacting with and engaging an audience. It’s not like a normal job. Anytime your feed is live, you have to be on. Your room will almost always have annoying users, demanding you to perform for free. When you first start, even though the audience is there, none of them know you, it takes time to establish yourself within the community of fans on the site. Even once you have, the turnover rate is extremely high. As soon as a customer no longer gets the feelings they want from you, they’ll ditch you and move onto the next person.
It is always a lot harder to succeed at than anyone thinks. It will take more out of you than you expect. Nothing I say up front will ever be able to communicate to you the very real challenges that lie ahead.
So why do it all in the first place?
I get the sense when I talk to people about camming that they think I’m bullshitting about it being hard. “I sit in my bedroom and masturbate? What could be hard about that?” The people who don’t giggle when I talk about the difficulty are the performers who have tried to do it before. Most fail, and will attest to its difficulty. Some succeed, and will absolutely attest to its difficulty.
So why do it?
In a single word, freedom.
Freedom. The freedom of not having to have a job to survive. The freedom of being able to work whenever you want, from wherever you want, as much as you want, or as little as you want. The freedom of being able to tell anyone who wants to tell you you have to do something to fuck off.
I don’t know how other people value freedom, but for me it’s always been paramount. I wanted to be free to live my life as I saw fit, to make mistakes, learn from them, adjust, and proceed. I wanted to be able to work as hard as I possibly could on having the life of my dreams, not working in the hours someone else scheduled me to work. I wanted to be in control of my own destiny. I wanted to be free to travel, to see the world, and to try to understand something about my place in it. I wanted to feel alive.
I’ve done all of these things now. I’m writing this from an apartment that’s far larger and nicer than I often feel I deserve, in a foreign land on the other side of the world from where I was born and raised. I continue to work to ensure that I get to keep doing them, to keep living this life, my life, the one I wanted, and the one I made for myself.
There is an amount of money that I would take to give it all up. sure. There are certain amounts of money that I think we all have a moral obligation to accept no matter what, if nothing else then for the good that that money could do for others. But no one is asking me to give it up, and no one is offering me anything to walk away. Because no one really cares all that much what I do, or what any of us do.
I was prepared to give not just anything, but everything, to earn my freedom, and I did. I gave it and I earned it, and I work to keep earning it. Like we all must.
But you’re probably not like me. Statistically speaking, you’re probably normal. You would probably be happier and more content with a life where you had a regular career, a good job with benefits and a pension plan. A job that you go into 9-5, 5 days a week and perform work that you’re good at. You probably need that organizational structure, most do, it’s what we’re conditioned for.
Freedom sucks a lot of the time. Because I don’t ever have to be up at a certain time I often have an erratic sleep schedule, that’s not healthy. Because I don’t answer to anyone, I can often struggle to self-motivate. I’m lucky to have intrinsic motivation and a chip on my shoulder that carries me a lot of the way, but sometimes I lose sight of my own vision and get lost. It’s dark days then. Depression, coping mechanisms, feeling the opposite of alive, it all happens to me. It’s a life filled with doubt.
I make it work by finding meaning in all of that. Never in real-time unfortunately, when I’m down I’m down, and I hate it. But on reflection, I extract lessons out of all of the dark periods that are valuable to me, and I hope make me a better person. I learned early on that all of that would be a part of it, it’s part of the price, and I was OK with that.
So what about you?
You might be into all of this. You might find it cool. You might think that being the sexual fantasy of a bunch of people who are paying to watch you would be a dream gig. You might find the connections you make with people to be exciting and meaningful. You might actually like your customers.
You might want freedom more than anything else and decide that this is a relatively practical way to achieve it. You might be willing to work really hard to get it. You might have what it takes.
You might find that you actually enjoy doing it and it excites you more than any job you’ve ever had or tried to get. You might find that you’re good at it and that people really like you and that makes you feel good. You might experience a new lease on life and a feeling of confidence and certainty that you haven’t felt in a long time. You might find something to believe in and get out of bed for.
Or… you might not. You might hate it, hate me, hate yourself if you do it, and you might want to run as fast as you can as far away as you can and forget that you ever read any of this.
You might have to decide this one for yourself.