Why Us? Why Not Them?
The Pandora Modeling Advantage.
Hey, it's me, Jordan. Yes, THAT Jordan. Jordan Laubaugh. I'm the person that started Pandora Modeling back in 2010. And the person that's still at the helm in 2018. I wrote most of the content you'll find on this site. What I didn't write personally I reviewed and approved. Generally speaking if a page has the word "fuck" on it, I wrote it. If it doesn't, I just approved it.
I thought it was important to write this page as me, and not use the royal "we." I don't want to hide behind the company on this one. I don't like when people, real human people, hide behind a company. And that's the answer to the title question honestly. You should join Pandora Modeling and not "any of the other guys" because I'm Jordan Laubaugh, and because you know that, and because you can Google me, and check out my Instagram, or my Facebook, or my Twitter, or my Youtube, or my personal blog, or some other account that I've setup, posted something lame, and most likely forgotten about. You can see it all. We do offer slightly more than my name, but I'll get to that later.
Pandora Modeling is my company, it is my charge. If something goes wrong with Pandora Modeling, it's on me, Jordan Laubaugh. If Pandora Modeling gets sued (please don't) I am the one that will be held responsible. If Pandora Modeling succeeds, I am the one who will receive an outsized financial gain for that success.
That all probably sounds super obvious and maybe even boring. But what I just did in the last three paragraphs is un-fucking-heard-of in the adult video chat industry (formerly known as webcam modeling, I'm the one that changed the name). No other companies do this. None of the people that own those companies say publicly "I am the person that owns this company."
Certainly, somebody owns those other companies, but who? Why is it so hard to find out? I mean... I know who some of them are. Only because I've attended industry events and met some of them. But you don't know who they are. You're the person that they're trying to get to choose them to manage your career. In a crazily sensitive and intimate profession btw. Why the mask?
WARNING: Now I'm going throw subs (urban dictionary it).
One reason I could think of is the same reason that I might have been tempted, and succumbed, to the temptation to identify myself as Jordan Keith (my first and middle name) rather than Jordan Laubaugh in the very early days of this endeavor. I told myself it was because Laubaugh is a difficult to spell and pronounce last name (it's pronounced law-baw), so it was just easier to use Keith. I was just making things easier for people. But that was a lie. I was afraid of damaging my future prospects.
The internet was weird in 2010. All these things that are commonplace now were relatively new. We didn't have Instagram or Snapchat yet. All the coolest things were still coming (read: Airpods, if you're reading this in 2020 hopefully read: jetpacks). Bitcoin wasn't even in a huge bubble yet (that would take another year). None of us really knew what was going on and this whole "now you put your entire life on the internet and it's there forever" thing was a really scary concept. I didn't want to ruin my chances of a normal life if this one didn't work out.
I didn't want to create a potentially awkward situation when my future in-laws Googled me (if that's you soon to be mom and dad, and you have a problem with my career choice, tough luck. Also, I fucked your daughter). What about the future parents of my future children's future friends? What if they saw, my past, and didn't let their kids play with my kids. This is a fear a lot of us go through. And I was ruled by it early on, like everybody. Then I courageously made a change and stopped hiding.
Maybe my competitors had a similar fear and just haven't gotten over it. But having met a lot of them, I know that's not the case. They know that's not the case. Those of us that do this for a living know the truth about why webcam studio bosses are so intent on anonymity. And because I like you, and hate them, and want to hurt them, I'll tell you:
They pay models really shitty commission rates.
That's it. Super easy to verify. Check their site, does it say what their commission rate is on it publicly? If not, the rate is shitty. Does it say what network they're on? If not, the rate is shitty. Are they on like 5+ networks? The rate is shitty.
In almost every case (the only exception is the company whose propaganda you are currently being indoctrinated with), a model should work directly for the networks, not with a studio.
Here's basically all of the information for all of the major networks that I have handy about pay rates and their general studio arrangement.
Flirt4Free: (Our primary network) If your commission percentage is less than 27.5% it's shitty. If you're an establish model (~$150k in lifetime gross sales and up) and it's less than 29-31%, it's shitty. If you're a superstar (More than $500k lifetime gross sales) and it's less than 31%, it's not good.
MyFreeCams: They payout 50% of sales to performers, no exceptions. People can setup studios on MFC, but they payout 50% to the studio, I.E for the studio to make any money they have to pay the model less than the model would make directly. Just sign up direct with MFC.
Streamate: They payout 35% to all performers (same with studios). Just sign up direct.
Chaturbate: 50% payout (they don't really work with studios). If a studio puts you on Chaturbate, don't walk, run!
LiveJasmin: So they have this really complex sliding scale system that fluctuates a ton based on pay period sales. So I can't give you a specific number, but it's public, so you can just Google it. Just sign up direct in most cases.
I excluded every other site on purpose, they usually suck and don't have enough traffic. Every site I listed above if you want to work on them, you should signup directly, with the exception of Flirt4Free.
A lot of studios work with whatever random site and puts models wherever they make the most money, they being the studio not the model. I've seen studios pay 25% to models they put on MFC (meaning, yes, they kept 25%). I've seen studios pay models 20% on Flirt4Free. It's offensive. And if people knew they'd be outraged, and when people catch on they're outraged, and they quit and our whole industry looks sleazy.
Seriously, if I meet a MyFreeCams direct model at an event an introduce myself as a studio they look at me like I said "serial rapist." And the conversation doesn't last long. Studios are creepy and sleazy and scammy. I recognized that in 2009/2010, and started Pandora Modeling to utterly destroy them, so far it's going well.
I wanted to create the best option for anyone that wants to do adult video chat, full stop. I think we pulled it off. I think every model would be better off working with us. We're the best and everyone else is not as good as we are, including working directly for any of the networks.
I'll clarify why I think that is at the end. But for the uninitiated, let me make clear what the actual distinction is, and how I view the industry. There are 3 ways to work as an adult video chat model.
1. Direct network signup. Anyone can do it, a lot of networks accept everyone, you get whatever the network rate is, and that's usually the best rate (the only exception I know if is us with Flirt). Your support team is whatever the broadcasting department consists of at that network. Flirt4Free's is pretty good. Everyone I've talked to from Streamate seems pleasant. LiveJasmin seems like it's all offshore VAs but I might be wrong. They're European based so maybe it's just Europeans that are bad at English but they're pleasant and prompt in responding. I don't know anyone at MyFreeCams. I've never gotten a response from Chaturbate.
The case with all of them is the same, essentially you're on your own, at best you'll get slow tech support and basic customer service answers with all networks. Most of them are handling 1,000s of emails per day from a giant list of performers, so it's all mass-communication stuff, templated emails, that sort of thing. But honestly, you just setup an account and cam, you probably only need to contact them when you have to change your payment information or address or something.
2. Sign up with another studio. Don't do this. Just signup directly with the network. Honestly, most of the networks are more help than most of the studios. Studios run like affiliate businesses. Setup as many model accounts as possible, give them their login information, and a lame "how to be successful" guide, go setup more model accounts. Collect a lot of money for doing jack shit. If they put you on one of the major networks they're paying you less than the network does. If they put you on another network it's because they're getting an outrageous cut do so.
The only exception to that is if you're in a region where you'd want/need to work with a physical studio, like Eastern Europe. If you were going to do that, I'd probably email Flirt4Free's broadcasting department and ask them for a recommendation in your area. Second to Flirt, LIveJasmin probably has the best physical studio partners in Eastern Europe.
3. Sign up with Pandora Modeling. Do this. Studio is a dumb term, we've sort of abandoned it, like how we abandoned "webcam modeling" in favor of adult video chat. We're a professional management agency for adult video chat models. That means that every time a model signs with us, the resources of our company are utilized to help make good things happen for that individuals career.
Let's recap before we dive into management.
What a studio does.
- Takes a percentage, often significant, of a model's earnings in exchange for providing subpar support throughout the models career.
- Posts misleading advertisements with claims like, "Make $5,000 per week working part-time from home."
- Hides the identity of the principals of the company.
- In addition to paying a low commission rate, routinely send the wrong amount of payment (always for a few dollars less than what's owed).
- Pays people late.
- Creepy, predatory behavior from male studio towards female models.
- Probably wears Oakley sunglasses or fake gold jewelry.
- Generally sucks at life and should be avoided.
What a professional management Company does.
- Tells you everything from the first part of this article because we're not sneaky dweebs. And because outing other people's bad moral/ethical standards shames them and makes it harder for them to survive. They're demise is our goal. I know we don't look great when we shit talk, but in this case we still come out looking a lot better than the others, which is all this industry really requires.
- Actually works with individuals to develop their performance skills. The basic stuff yes, that's the first week, but then all the weird hard stuff that comes later when you really start to take this seriously. The emotional baggage handling stuff. Everyone says they do this, I actually do, and I'm easily better at doing it than anyone else on earth, see stats at the bottom of this article.
- Leverages our now huge roster to squeeze more money out of networks so that models get paid more by working with us than they would direct.
- Pays everyone on time, the right amounts, always.
- Sends out tax forms on time, with the right amounts written on them.
- Doesn't do creepy, predatory behavior.
Let me be very clear. When I say creepy, predatory behavior that studios engage in. I am talking about all of the worst things that one imagines when they think porn operator sleazy behavior, those things. Casting couches. Telling girls they need to "work with a male partner" starting out to build up an audience. Repeatedly making unwanted invitations to "fly you out" via email. Coercing live performances on cam via Skype for "training purposes." Mandating that models engage in performances on cam that they don't want to do.
I'm not talking about one bad actor, When I say casting couches I'm speaking generally, that comes up from time to time on an application. Every other situation I mentioned was told to me by a distinct female model that had previously worked for a different studio. So 4 bad actors. I've received zero emails from models telling me how great their setup with their studio is. If you know of one, please tell me.
It breaks my heart when I hear these stories. It embarrasses me that people look at the work we do at Pandora and consider it in the same industry category as those people. This isn't me throwing shade at competitors to improve my bottom line. I wish I could name them, I really do. But they aren't my stories to tell. If a girl doesn't want to out them, I can't very well do it on her behalf. That's not how the justice system works.
The only thing I know that I could do is keep running a good company, and make it bigger and bigger, so that their companies get suffocated out of the industry. I'm doing my best with that.
OK. Weird to segue from that into numbers, but I already wrote this part and it's an important brag to share. Talking a big talk is like a requirement if you run an adult video chat agency. Just google webcam modeling, read the claims. "Highest paying, top earning models, highest traffic network" blah, blah, blah. Two words: Prove it
My task is pretty simple. Ensure that any model that signs with us makes more money because they chose us than they would had they not. Day to day this can seem intangible and difficult to track, year to year it's a bit more blatant.
Our models account for less than 2% of the total model base on Flirt4Free in a given year (this is a napkin estimation they don't make the data public). In any given 2 week pay period we have 50-100 active models, usually with less than 20 working a full-time schedule. On a network with 10,000+ active models, Pandora Modeling represents about 50 of them. These are people who started their careers with us on day 1 and have stuck with us throughout it. We're a small agency, that's by design.
Here's our 2017 stats.
Company wide statistics 2017:
Average Hourly Income: $49
Total Bonus Income 2017: $121,627 (this is money model's win by doing well in holiday/daily/monthly/yearly contests).
Total Sales: $5,091,808
Total Model Earnings: $1,700,087
Flirt of the Year results. Which ranks the top 100 models on the network based on total sales for the year. (# = link to model's profile, explicit content warning)
Pandora's Female Models Rankings:
#1. Hailey Daniels | # (Female Flirt Of The Year)
#4. Sophia Moore | #
#9. Audrey Piper | #
#16. Olive Ray | #
#54. Dylan Knight | #
#77. Alexia Skye | #
#80. Charlie Waters | #
#82. Stacey White | #
#92 . Cara Cadwell | #
Pandora Male Models Rankings:
Making it into the top 100 for the year is an incredible feat, we did it a lot. Because we're fucking awesome.
It turns out, we're really, really good at fostering the development of superstar models. The only people that haven't been with us multiple years on that list are the people that started this year. If you'd like a testimonial, please feel free to click to any of their bios, make an account, purchase credits, and start a private show. They will all tell you anything you want to know... In private.
Best of luck.
Founder, Pandora Modeling