Webcam modeling is a game. It is a sport. We are professionals. Not everyone that wants to play gets to, at least not on our team. Our team drafts players that have the potential to win a lot.
The potential is the easy part. A person simply needs to be physically attractive. What's difficult is finding people that have the physical potential along with the drive to succeed on cam. The game is 99.9% mental, .1% physical.
Can you make yourself get ready and login to the website every day? Can you be in front of a live audience for 4-8 hours a day, interacting with hundreds of different people demanding sexuality from you? Can you make real, genuine, emotional connections with complete strangers representing themselves only through a few lines of text on your laptop screen?
How about when things get tough? If you spend your Saturday night online for 6 hours and walk away with $50, will you come back on Sunday? Or will you whine that it's "too slow" or that you "need a break" and take a week off?
The webcam models that make $100,000 per year or more each have probably 15-20 days of full work in the year where they made almost nothing, despite doing everything right objectively that day. It is just part of the game.
Webcam models that make $10,000 per year have 15-20 days of full work in the year where they made almost nothing as well. They just reacted to it by taking a break, getting discouraged, and stopping work for a week or two or eight.
The bad days are just as painful for both. The six figure earners take the pain and use it as fuel to get back in the ring the next day. They don't let it shut them down.
Webcam modeling is always a means to an end for performers. Very few people do it for the love of the game. People do it to make money to pay bills, pay tuition, support themselves and their family, to advance their station in life, or anything else that makes sense.
You still have to do the work. There are no shortcuts. If you want to make a living as a webcam model you have to give it everything. Everything.
Imagine a big, wide river that divides two lands. The land on one side, where you currently live and always have, is "Normal Town". The land on the other side is "The Right And Honorable Kingdom Of Pandora". Where you are is whatever is normal to you. Whatever life is for you now, and has been up until this moment in time.
If you want to move to our side of the river, we'd love to have you here. The simple fact that you want to come here makes us like you. If you do come, we'll welcome you with open arms, open legs, open bar, whatever you like. The only way to get here is to swim though. The water will be rough. You'll want to turn back sometimes and go back to normal. If you don't do that. If you do keep swimming. You'll get here. But you can only swim. No shortcuts. No free passes. You swim, you win. You stop, you drown.
Reading this guide is you dipping your toe in the water to check the temperature. You might decide the temperature is OK and you wouldn't mind getting wet. That's cool and all. But temperature is the easy part. Know that if you dive in, you have a very long swim, and there is a chance that you'll drown.
Everyone drowns in the river eventually. You can only tread water for so long.. You can't have it both ways. You are either a webcam model or you aren't. The swim is 100 hours broadcast on cam. You have roughly a month to do it from the time of your first broadcast. If you take much longer than that, statistically speaking, you'll probably drown, you'll wash out. You will realize that you didn't consider how hard the swim would be and you can't make it.
You have to do the work. The money is laying around, if you pick it up it's yours.
There are two types of new performers that we see. The first type is the person that always has a toe in the water, they get signed up, they login here and there, they make a couple bucks but never much. The second type dives. The proposition clicks for them and they go for it. The click seems to be, "Oh yeah, I can make money doing this, this isn't bull shit." It happens for a lot of people when they get their first payment. The money hitting the bank account seems to appease any lingering concerns and they blast off.
One note on scheduling, your work should be allocated the necessary amount of time first. With camming, this means about 30-40 hours per week, every week, on a consistent schedule, with more hours on some days than others. This is pleasantly flexible and gives you all the freedom you need to attend class, drive kids to school, go the grocery store, relax, etc. But if you're in a situation that has as a lot of other demands for your time (like school or raising kids or in some cases both) you have to be ruthless about your scheduling and establish clear boundaries.
This is not something you should ease into. If you try to, you'll never know what's possible. You won't know your real potential and you'll underestimate yourself. Go all out for the first month. Then review and see what you think.
You should work 4 hours, every day for the your first month of camming. Don't take any days off. Give it a month.
Don't pause to question things in this first month. A bad shift here and there is normal. It happens to the best models, regularly. Just keep showing up, every day, and do the work.
Things will change for you over this first month. You'll get comfortable on cam. You'll start to meet regular clients. You'll make money.
If you aren't working close to 30 hours per week from the beginning, you're going to be getting less than optimal results. Less than optimal results are lame.
Get on cam everyday. Look your best. Talk to as many people as you can. Ask them for private shows. Stop talking to people who don't ever spend money on you.
We'll be here to help, we work everyday. But there's no amount of support we can give that will make a successful model out of someone that doesn't put in the work.
Let's look at the specifics of what's going on when you begin camming. This is what it's like to be logged in.
This is your public chatroom. It is where you arrive when you first login. You stay in free chat until someone takes you private. The purpose of free chat is only to get someone to take you private.
100s of users will come through your free chat every hour. You want as many of them to stop and engage with you as possible. And then you want as many of those to spend money on you as possible.
The simplest way to get more people to stop and engage is to be really good looking, and be very well put together on cam. Great camera, great outfit, appealing look, good energy.
Getting people to spend money is where the art and science of camming meet. You should treat your open chat room like a speed dating setting. As quickly as possible you want to start a conversation, figure out whether that person is into you or not, and get them to take you private. The salesmanship is simply getting those that want to take action, to take action. It isn't getting people to want a private show from you. They will decide on their own within seconds whether they want to go private with you or not. There is almost nothing you can do to change someone from a No to a Yes, but plenty that you can do to change someone from a Yes to a No. And therein lies the art.
While there should be a sense of urgency in open chat, towards private shows, it's best that you don't seem rushed, or hasty. You have to excel at being sexy and seductive. When you do, the urgency will be initiated by the client.
A few things not to do in open chat.
#1. Be Boring. Boringness is the ultimate transgression on cam. Be anything but boring. If you are bored, they will be bored. Do whatever is necessary to remedy that. You are an entertainer. Be world class.
#2. Be Naked. It's almost never a good idea to get naked in open chat. Or to show any private body parts for tips. Keep open chat PG-13. But like one of those PG-13 movies that are super erotic but without nudity. Then do whatever you want in Private.
#3. Accommodate requests. People will ask you to do tons of different things in open chat. And plenty of them will try to sucker you in with the offer of a private show (after you do this one thing, of course). Don't believe them. Only accommodate the requests of people who have already paid you or are currently paying you, and then only when you want to. There are a lot of users on the site who seem to make their living by going from room to room and asking models to do all sorts of things. Some amount of models accommodate them, hoping for a private show, and then these users (who never spend any money) attach themselves to that model and keep asking for more. You don't want anything to do with this dweebs. So just don't give them what they want. Serious customers, the ones that actually spend money, almost never ask for anything in open chat, and even if they do, would happily go private to get it. The highest spending customers tend to be the type of people who would (quite correctly) consider it rude to ask for any type of performance in open chat. The correct answer to every request is, "take me private."
When a customer starts a private show, you should generally continue along with whatever vibe was going on in your open chat. This is where the real performance begins. Figure out what their fantasy is, and over deliver on it.
Anything goes in private shows (providing it's within the network rules) and your goal on someone's first show should be to delight them so thoroughly that they'll come rushing back for more. Try to determine what it is that really gets them, and then do that in an incredible way. Just go for it.
There isn't a script. There is no cookie cutter way to do private shows. The more one tries to script them, the worse they are. A private show is an intimate audience between you and the customer. You simply figure out what they're after, and give them all that and more.
Don't focus on the clock. Focus on the customer experience and the clock will keep ticking.
Your time online will have a certain rhythm. This is the flow of how things are going. It's how long you're in open between shows. It's how many people are in your room talking. It's everything you're doing. You can't control everything about the rhythm, but you can control what you do.
Good rhythm is when these various things are all lined up. Your room is engaging. You keep landing private shows. The private shows go well. Everything is action packed. This is what you hope happens. You should never logoff when you're in a good rhythm.
Everything good that happens in your cam career will be a product of having been online with a good rhythm. You're more attractive when you're in a good rhythm. Keep in mind that for a lot of really successful models, the majority of their earnings come from just a few (sometimes one) main clients. They all met these clients during good rhythm times. Meeting one client, during one shift with a good rhythm, might add $10,000/year to income, with the only work after meetings simply being spending enjoyable time together on a regular basis. In other cases, it might add $50,000/year. Don't underestimate how important this is.
It's impossible to judge customer relationships in advance. You only know how much something matters when you look back at the end of the year. And in almost every successful models case, the review in words at year's end would say, "So and so ended up being a huge factor, I wouldn't have guessed that."
When you are new, you're rhythm should be a new model rhythm. Eagerness, enthusiasm, working long days, meeting as many people as you can, mixing it up. You'll probably have a bit of shyness/awkwardness, that's natural and normal, and thus part of a good rhythm.
Infrequent logins, not following up with customers, and short shifts = no rhythm. It will just be chaos. Chaos that causes a 50% reduction in hourly rate.
Your placement on the site is determined by your power score. A higher power score yields better placement, more traffic, more money. A lower power score holds you down. You should be very consciously working to get the highest power score possible and when you have it, protect it! Your power score is determined based on your total credits earned for the past 7 days. The webcam model with the highest power score on the site is the model with the highest sales for the past 7 days and they show up at the top of the site. Being in the top 100 power score is pretty solid (and not that hard, most people are lazy). Since the site is on 24 hours a day and only displays the people that are actually online, if you are in the top 100, you're quite likely to appear near the top of the site (in the top 20-40 positions) as many won't be online at any given time. During peak hours (8pm-1am EST) this might be less the case.
One by One
Your goal is to amass a legion of loyal (demonstrated via spending) fans. You can only do this one by one. If someone comes to your room, takes you private, has an enjoyable time, and wants to see you again, you have a new fan.
Some models make a good living from a few fans. Fans that take a primary role in the models life. Fans that require a lot of time and attention. These are the best fans. Having them (whether it is just one, or a few) in many ways prevents you from having a much larger legion of fans. All of your time will be spent with them. This is OK. But when things end with one of these fans, you feel the hurt for a few paychecks. It's not uncommon at all for 1 or 2 of these fans to account for 50%+ of the earnings for the model. In some cases, we've seen months go by where a single fan accounted for 100% of an individual models earnings (this is not uncommon).
Others have a gang of fans, with some regulars, and some randoms. In these cases, no one fan contributes a giant percentage (usually no more than 10%).
We can't say which is preferable. For some models, it's nice to have a high amount of spending from a small number of people. Having, in some cases, only one very serious, very real, very long term relationship can be a lot easier than having to satisfy dozens. But it can also be a lot harder. Having dozens of loyal fans that will be there for you offers diversification. Things become reliable and predictable with your income, this is nice.
There are pros to both, no cons. And you don't really get to pick. You do what you do, and fans will do whatever the hell they want. It will end up going however it ends up going.
That's the biggest thing of webcam modeling. It's not up to us. We are performers. If what you do excites customers, they will spend money. The world is full of people with more money than they know how to spend that will pay any price you ask if you'll provide the kind of emotions they want to feel.
Give them the right experience and the money will follow. If that's the only thing you ever learn from us, that will be enough.