Learning how to be a cam girl is never a serious idea…until you realize that the money you make could pay for college, buy a house, or even make some serious investments for retirement someday.
Imagine getting paid for doing that comes naturally…namely indulging in sensual pleasure and making friends online. If you’re a free spirit, confident about your body, and dedicated to marketing yourself as a celebrity, you can make this work.
You get full creative control and don’t even have to do anything that makes you uncomfortable. Such freedom and protection could only have been imagined by the sex workers of old, who were forced into doing anything a director or studio wanted.
To say that modern webcam stars are empowered and even feminist in a sex-positive way is no exaggeration. A lot of progress has been made, even to the degree that most webcam stars film in their own houses, making it coronavirus-safe for everyone, and much safer than the life of an escort by comparison.
The easiest way to make money is to fool around with people online and learn how the business works so that none of your time or effort is wasted.
Not only are you trying to get people to watch but you’re also looking for tips because a great performance demands consistent payment over days, weeks, and even years.
Webcam work usually involves:
- Chatting with groups of strangers
- Wearing sexy clothing
- Talking about fantasies
- Using sex toys
- Having sex with a partner on live cam
- Roleplaying a specific fantasy
How Much Can You Make as a Cam Girl?
There have been quite a few amazing success stories with the most popular webcam stars making over $300,000 per year on chaturbate, while the average adult performer takes home $60,000 a year, which is not out of this world but still significantly above minimum wage.
However, the so-called “bottom earners” claim to take home as little as $100 a week, suggesting that success is all about marketing and effort, not just sex appeal.
Webcamming is unlike a regular office job since you don’t have to work 40 hours just to make a chunk of money. There are no required minimums to speak of, only what you can do.
While some performers may want to work 40-50 hours a week, some may only want to work a few hours a week – and can make a decent living doing the minimum. It depends partly on what the public wants…but it’s also very important that your heart is in it. Your audience must sense that you enjoy this as much as they do.
🧐 Closer Look: What Are Tokens?
100 chaturbate tokens = $6 US
On cam sites like chaturbate you earn tokens, which you can cash out for real money paid directly to you via paypal or direct deposit. On chaturbate earning 100 tokens is equivalent to earning $6 after chaturbate takes their cut. So in the above picture where ChronicLove got a 252,000 token tip, that is equivalent to $15,000 in one hour!
Why do cam sites use tokens instead of just cash?
The tokens encourage higher spending by customers since they are more likely to forget the conversion rates and over spend what they meant to. The whole numbers of tokens also encourage more frequent spending over time, it’s easier to tip 10 tokens every minute for an hour, than .60 cents in USD.
What You Need To Become a Cam Girl
1. Cam site to perform on
The first step in becoming a cam girl is in finding a popular site to broadcast your shows. The cam site then acts as a middleman between you and the public.
Here are the top 3 sites to sign up on:
- Chaturbate – largest site by users, more visibility
- BongaCams – best alternative to chaturbate
- LiveJasmin – best sign up bonuses
Besides publicity and listings, the webcam site also verifies you are of legal adult age – always a concern with customers! They also help standardize streaming shows for viewers, with modern browsers and plugins.
In exchange for basic services, the website collects a percentage of all model tips (usually 20-40%).
While there are probably dozens of cam sites, the top four popular cam girl sites below are your best bet for making good money. Here are the best options for serious webcam models.
Chaturbate – Largest Audience For You
Chaturbate is the most successful live cam site and with some of the best interactive features. The cam site charges between 40 to 50 percent commission, based on the coins that users tip. Token value is six dollars for one hundred tokens.
Chaturbate also has the most interactive cam toys and some of the most popular US channels for amateur adult performers. You can use many third-party apps for room patrolling bots, or even games to play with your followers.
Finally, Chaturbate just released a daily payout option to get money faster.
BongaCams – Newer Cam Site
BongaCams’ best advantage, besides comparable cost, is that it’s a quieter atmosphere. It’s not quite as popular and also doesn’t offer the same protection as Chaturbate. For instance, they offer Spy Mode to their users, which lets random users creep on a private show you’re giving to someone else. Not cool to the model!
LiveJasmin – $500 Sign Up Bonuses
LiveJasmin has one advantage – a much more international audience. Chaturbate is largely still American-based. However, besides that, the sites are comparable.
However, LiveJasmine doesn’t pay as well, since they start new models out at 30 percent, but lower the commission as you gain followers and experience, eventually to 50 to 60 percent.
Bonus: OnlyFans – Earn Extra Money From Your Following
OnlyFans can be a great way to squeeze more money out of your Chaturbate success. You can upload old content from your cam shows and then charge fans a subscription rate. You can also receive tips, sell off-site items (like books, videos, t-shirts, photos, audio tracks, etc.), sell nudes and other exclusive content that falls outside Chaturbate’s use.
You can also post public messages and subscriber-only messages and content. Finally, give your fans custom messages or content for an “unlock price.” They can even preview it before they buy to ensure satisfaction.
2. You Need Basic Equipment
For the most part, any modern laptop or PC with a webcam will work just fine. Some webcam software doesn’t work with Mac laptops, so you may want to avoid it just to be on the safe side.
Laptops are always more advantageous because of the mobility and freedom of movement. Part of the job, however, is working with an adequate PC. Not just not filming but producing, logging in, marketing (eventually), and setting up accounts.
Even if you have a quality PC/laptop, however, consider upgrading to an HD webcam. The most successful performers use very high-quality cameras and microphones, well beyond standard webcams. Cam girl sites may even penalize you in the listings for using an older or lower resolution camera.
Modern external cameras have at least 1080p resolution and 30 (framerate) fps. Make sure you have a fast internet connection too – pay for the extra Mbps per month!
10 Steps to Be a Cam Girl
Let’s start your adventure in webcamming with a step by step process.
1. Sign up on your favorite website.
The signing up process starts easily, with a username, password, email, gender, and birthday. However, be prepared to follow the age verification prompts, as you must prove you are of legal age before broadcasting.
You can also read the rules and guidelines for the site, for example, this page from Chaturbate. Much like a social media site, you can also spend some time learning emoticons, messaging, and other chat options.
2. Choose Your Cam Model Name and create a bio.
Most of the best cam sites to work for let you design your own bio page, similar to how you can customize your facebook, but with a more old-school myspace feel. That means you don’t have to settle for the standard or boring pages. You can add social media links, web links, pictures, clips, animations, floating icons, logos, and other unique flare or swag.
You may have to verify your age and identity before adding HTML code. You can either copy and paste code (and replace the names and links with your own) or use a live editor to create your bio by just dragging and dropping features. For example, Chaturbate has Xnight a live page editor for a What You See Is What You Get approach.
As far as personalizing your bio, you should avoid giving out any personal information. Instead, develop a fake celebrity name that still matches your personality. Add your birthday as well as some of your other interests like:
- What you like (men, women, couples, trans, etc.)
- What country or state you are from
- Your schedule (when the best time is to catch you performing)
- A wish list of your desired toys or fun items (which people might buy for you)
- Your biggest tip ever (a goal to surpass!)
- And conversational stuff like Did You Know Facts about yourself or Favorite Quotes from your patrons
As you can see, it’s all about showcasing your personality and making the connection between you and your following more than just physical sex.
3. Create your own cam girl studio – homestyle!
Creating a home studio doesn’t have to be an elaborate process. Just think about basic TV sitcom decor, (nothing too bummy) and try not to add anything too distracting. Think about all the times you were distracted watching bad porn because of weird set decor, or strange haircuts, and the like.
Decorate conservative. Then, turn your attention to lighting. Make sure you preview the show before broadcasting and check for dark shadows, which look amateur. Adjust any lights in the shot by moving the camera or eliminating them altogether.
Keep your face beautiful by avoiding dark shadows. For the best results, invest in webcam lighting with color filters, remote lighting, stand, boom arm, and other modern features.
4. Dress for the part.
Sexy is an almost relative term when you consider the “theme” of your webcam show or the sexy character you like to portray. However, you can’t go wrong with a list of clothing items that are based on the most common requests from fans.
- Latex outfits
- Leather outfits
- Mini-skirts or shorts
- Tight yoga pants
- Pushup bra
- Pantyhose and stockings
- High heels
Remember, that your personality (or the roleplay idea you have) dictates the clothing. It’s actually not that creative to be naked on camera. The most successful performers learn how to strip and tease. They learn how to leave on the right clothing while taking off just enough to make their viewers crazy with lust!
Of course, you can always interact with your patrons directly and ask them for feedback. What do they find sexy? What are their top requests? What are they eager to see – and willing to tip for? Your goal is to impress them. Spoil them with sexy ideas and they will come back.
5. Doing Your First Show on Chaturbate
The most challenging part of doing your first show is knowing what to do. Rather than improvising or waiting for requests, start planning your show.
- Project mystery and fun – nothing too real
- Develop a schedule and stick to it like a normal job
- Create a show with parts – foreplay and chat, strip slowly, and end with an orgasm
- Write a script beforehand to stay on track
- Determine your limits, boundaries, and hard no’s
- Show off your body but learn the art of teasing
- Draw your patrons out with conversation
- Keep your private messages on and address your followers – the more they talk to you and feel an emotional connection, the more they will probably tip
- Be friendly, polite, and respectful
- If anyone is rude or intimidating, ban them
- Appreciate the little tips….they DO add up at the end of the week
- Don’t be afraid to showcase your real personality, even if it is a sexed up cartoony version of yourself
- Reward the viewers who compliment you with a shout out
- Spy on other Chaturbate models for ideas
Now that you understand the basics of becoming a cam model, are you rich yet?
Nah, your adventure is still only beginning. Many people will start a webcam model career and then end it within a week. They think it’s going to be easy money, when in fact the competition is intense.
That’s why the next thing to learn is branding – the “unique” quality that gives you an edge.
6. Know the Difference Between Free and Private Shows
You have the option of choosing free or private video chat rooms.
For public chat rooms, payment is voluntary for the customer and there are many that lurk, rather than interact. They figure, why pay if you’re already stripping for free? With this business strategy, your goal is to make money through tips. So you have to plan your show more elaborately, enticing them to tip you for an even better show.
Private shows are based on a different model, in that customers pay for the show by the minute. With this strategy, you get paid based on subscription or based on entry fees to the show.
Top adult cam model sites have also introduced a hybrid of both business models: free entry and tips encouraged, but with the option of taking a performer into a private room for a higher price.
The advantage of public shows is that customers pay significantly less and enjoy the show in a group, taking the financial strain off just one person. This results in a minimal cost to the customer, but when combined, a moderate profit for you.
7. Load up the sex toys!
Speaking of ways to orgasm, there is always room for variety on webcam shows.
Lovense is the interactive sex toy company and the lush is its most famous toy – the tip-for-vibe toy called the Lush. Viewers can immediately start tipping you and getting the reaction they want instantaneously. You can even adjust it so that you get minor vibrations for a small tip and bigger and stronger vibrations for big tips.
The more you orgasm, the happier your audience, and the more money you make. Everyone wins, which is why Lovense is the top toy for web girls.
Lovense Lush should only be used vaginally. For anal play, choose the Hush or the Edge (for men).
Kiiroo’s Pearl 2 or Fuse + Keon
Teledildonics is another revolution in webcamming, as they are dildos that literally sync their motions with another toy, owned by another user somewhere else in the world.
You can experience virtual sex with any of your fans and so it’s ideal for private shows, such as Skype, where you can focus all your attention on one top paying fan. You can also choose alternative modes, like mutual touch mode, traditional patterns, or submit to being virtually pleasured by someone else.
These toys are sex machines and work for public shows, even the likes of Chaturbate and others. The machine provides a harder and more intense sex rhythm, which responds directly to tips – up to 24 inches of “virtual dick” per second.
These toys provide sexual furniture making it easier for you to lie in a comfortable position with a toy so you can focus on providing charming conversation while the Liberator toys handle the weight and positioning.
8. Building a Following and a Brand
It’s best to think of your first several webcam shows as an entry point rather than a final destination. This is how people get to know you. Your ultimate goal, however, should be to graduate to the next level – building your own brand in addition to Chaturbate and LiveJasmin.
Marketing sex work is about advertising your channel, diversifying your income, and managing publicity. All the while you’re marketing, you are also reminding people what:
- Your unique quality is that other models don’t have
- Why your content is different than everything else out there
Token sites can create a good income, even with small tips per patron. Having 5000 viewers at once gets you a huge payday. But eventually, you can branch out to per-minute private rooms or even subscription content online or offline.
Sign up on social media channels, so your fans can reach out to you and you can send notifications whenever something new is going on.
Adding extra sources of income, and just more social links, in general, is how you grow your web business. You can sell nude photos or videos to your most devoted fans, or start an OnlyFans account for special niche content.
You may even start customizing entire videos for one fan for a higher price or creating a membership site for a number of fans who want the same thing.
Diversify your sources of income as well – such as gift cards, wish list items, online currency, and credit cards.
9. Getting Tips and Doing Private Shows
What will help you broaden your audience, get more exposure, and make more money is not just following a list of suggestions, but actually finding your audience and then learning them.
You might even say that webcam shows are about everything but sex. Porn is everywhere and free. What your audience wants is a personal connection. They desire emotional stimulation, mixed with sexual response.
They pay for the interaction, the personalized approach to sex. It’s fairly interactive in a public show and customized to their fantasy in a private show. With technology advancing, sex is hardly simulated – you can actually stroke each other, simultaneously or taking turns.
But your fanbase wants to be heard, wants your interactions, and wants connection.
10. Finding Your Niche
Some webcam models have excelled by branding themselves as the It Girl in one sub-topic or niche fetish that not a lot of other models are trying. For instance:
- The most interactive web model
- The wild intellectual
- The kinky roleplayer
- Cheating or swinging
- A happy couple of boy and girl
- Wolfpack of cam girls (make friends and share content)
- Camgirl mansions (multiple models on one show)
- Fantasy fulfillment
- Sexy ASMR
Frequently Asked Questions About Being a Camgirl
How can you stay safe?
Never share personal information. Always use a trusted site for financial interactions, even if it’s not on a major cam site. Do not operate a “normal account” with the same G-rated pictures that look too similar to the webcam sites. It’s relatively easy to do a reverse image search on Google.
To be safe, use a fake celebrity name and set all your personal “real life” accounts to private. While many people are open-minded, many others are not and could try to stalk you in real life.
If you encounter trolling, harassment, or fraudulent users, ban them, report them, or even auto-block them using a Chaturbate bot. You can select words to ban (which results in auto banning for the user)
Can camming hurt your future job prospects?
Many progressive companies are friendly towards sex workers and entrepreneurs who think outside the box. Many celebrities already have an OnlyFans or Switch account these days and it only seems to boost their popularity.
That said, if your future goals are outside of webcam modeling, it’s best to never mention it to future job prospects, and it’s unlikely they will stumble on non-public photos.
If necessary, you can even pay a reputation management company to remove any websites posting illegally acquired photos of you.
Can I get in legal trouble being a cam model?
As long as you are over 18 there are no legal ramifications for cam models since webcam modeling does not constitute prostitution, escort services, or even pornographic films. This is an entirely new job title and industry.
What if I don’t want to be a porn star and sleep with all sorts of people?
You don’t have to! A lot of webcam models limit their cam time to masturbating or having sex with their boyfriend/husband. You don’t have to be poly or swinging just to have a great web show.
Can I be a camboy?
There are many successful camboys, as well as couples, and non-binary or trans performers. It all depends on how hard you work, how original your content is, and how you choose to emotionally connect with your audience.
Key Things to Remember About How To Be a Cam Girl and Maximize the Money You Make:
- Working as a webcam girl is a challenging job like any other and you must create a plan of success to follow it through
- Many successful webcam models have compared themselves not to escorts, but to psychologists. Sex workers, and especially cam girls, listen a lot and respond with positive reinforcement therapy for some of these lonely patrons.
- Try to think niches and fantasy fulfillment
- Have a beginning, middle, and end of the show in mind.
- People actually feel more vulnerable in an online environment than a strip club, or even a doctor’s office, so get them talking
- It’s a community dynamic since “chat” is involved. Don’t be intimidated – embrace it!
Conclusion: You Can Become a Cam Girl
In closing, remember that success in webcam modeling as a camboy or camgirl is all about finding a community and a niche that suits you. You excel because it’s something you already enjoy doing and it’s something your fans love to see.
If you’re fresh out of ideas then spend some more time, uh, researching the sexy competition out there to get ideas on what people want.
Don’t be a sexy loner. Join the webcam model industry and make some friends. Reach out to patrons and your fellow celebrity cam performers. It’s the best way to make a serious career out of a fun profession.