What I Wish I Knew Before I Started Camming by Katy and Greg

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Collab Piece: What Katy and Greg Wished They Knew

Aside from which cam site is best for you or what kind of computer or camera to use, what do experienced performers wish they knew before they started? Katy Churchill and Greg, aka Busyman™, have each been camming for roughly 5 years. Here are some important topics to consider before getting started:

 

What will I do if my friends and family find out?

This work obviously has stigma to it. Think about how you’d feel–and how you would respond–if friends or family found out. You can keep it private, but eventually someone you know will find out, and it’s better to think about how to deal with it in advance, and not when you’re under pressure to respond. You might choose to share your camming work with a select few, but hold off until you’re certain that you’ll stick with it. It’s often hard to correctly guess who might have very negative feelings about it and who would be supportive, so prepare yourself for unexpected reactions.

See Also: Empress Mika’s Tips On Coming Out To Friends and Family

 

How to protect my privacy, including identity, location, etc.

You can’t take back private information once it’s out there, so think about and protect your privacy from the start. Take some time to research ways to maintain your privacy/anonymity on the internet. Use a VPN, do not disclose your neighborhood or address to a customer for any reason, avoid shooting videos or doing cam shows with personal photos or items in the background, and do not use local radio stations for music while streaming.

Use an alias–NEVER use your real name for work. You will need to submit your legal name and identification documents to sites for verification, but that is the only time you should ever disclose your legal name. Depending on your concerns, use the geoblock features on the sites you work on.

See Also: Privacy Tips For Webcam Models

 

How to separate my personal and professional personas

Fans have a fantasy and view of your relationship and who you are, don’t burst that bubble by going into your personal life. They do want your real emotions and personality, just without the baggage of the rest of your life. Think of yourself working behind a counter helping frequent customers, not relaxing with your friends. Separating your online and offline life will also lead to less burnout and stress in the long run.

 

What are my boundaries?

Think about what you are and aren’t comfortable doing BEFORE you’re asked to do it. In the heat of the situation you might agree to something you’ll regret, but hadn’t thought it through. Your boundaries will likely change over time, but start with where you are right now. Get used to saying “no” when customers try to push your boundaries–they’ll try, some even make sport of getting a model to slip up and do something they normally wouldn’t. No matter what they offer, stick to your guns and do not change your list while on cam.

 

There are going to be good days, bad days, and jerks

How I deal with them will affect my life both online and offline. To deal with chat rooms and social media you need to build up a thick skin to protect yourself. You can’t take it personally when you encounter trolls, free content beggars, or people with unreasonable requests. Many are just testing you to get a reaction. There will also be quiet days that aren’t a reflection on you, but the natural ebb and flow of online traffic. Using a simple notebook of show stats and ideas can help you to develop a zen-like attitude. Keep the average/trend in mind to stay positive and resist succumbing to the rollercoaster of emotions that the day to day earnings shifts can trigger.

 

Only about half of “work time” will be spent on camera

You’re a single-employee business, but you have multiple ‘jobs’. Here is a typical ratio of time spent for a cam model who also releases a few videos each week. While the performing might be the most fun, without spending time on the rest, you won’t achieve your goals (money or fanbase).

  • Performing/Creating content 50%
  • Editing videos and pictures 15%
  • Fan Support/Fulfillment/Posting 10%
  • Marketing/Social Media 20%
  • Tracking earnings/collecting money 5%

 

Camming isn’t quick or easy money

In the beginning you’ll likely earn $5-20/hour. Adult work isn’t a get rich quick job, so consider your first 3-4 weeks as training. Focus on learning the craft, how to work with fans, and the features of the site you’re using. If you learn well and enjoy it, there is money, but it will require more work than just turning on your cam and waiting. Also remember that you need to divide the money by ALL the time you spend on the work, not just the time in front of the camera, to get a true idea of your hourly wage.

 

Making connections in the camming community can take time

Making connections in the camming community can take time, but is worth it. There are a growing number of independent cam model online communities to join as well that can be great for doing research on cam-sites, show ideas, technical things, or marketing yourself. Additionally, find an experienced model to take you under their wing. They’ve learned a lot the hard way and you can avoid many problems if you have an mentor to share their experience.

 

You don’t need to have everything together right away

While you do need to prepare yourself for your first show, and I wouldn’t recommend skipping over things like protecting your privacy or planning for eventually handling questions from family and friends, don’t wait to start just because you don’t have the perfect set-up yet. You don’t need the right bedding or backdrop for your camming set-up, nor do you need a giant box of sex toys to do your first shows. Katy started camming from her bed with 2 desk lamps and 1 vibrating dildo, and didn’t even use the dildo in her first week of camming. Upgrade your decor, toys, lighting and computer equipment as you go. You don’t have to be perfect the first time!

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