We recently received a question from an aspiring model who was weighing the pros and cons of starting a career on cam.
This is a significant topic with a lot of angles to consider, so we thought we’d go to a super pro source to get some insights.
Nikki Night is head of performer training and development at Cam4. Previously, she was the online vixen known as Violet Night. Her perspective, clearly, is golden.
Let’s read Night’s response to the following question:
So I have been doing a lot of my own research about camming. I have talked to a few cam girls. One thing that they have all said to me was that there is no way to keep it a secret (even if you block states), and that trying to find a “normal” job if you decide to stop camming is pretty much impossible because of the whole stigma still on the sex industry. I fear that if I’m not successful with it that I’ll really have a hard time trying to find a “normal” job like all of the girls have told me. I have a job that I still want to keep for now. I would like for my boss and my family to not find out, but I know that is not possible.
I’ve always had an interest in the sex industry. I actually enjoy it unlike any other “normal” job. Like I said, my fear of not being successful with it is what is holding me back really…
Night had the following thoughts for this concerned person:
I hope you don’t mind that I call you that! My name is Nikki, and I am a camgirl turned cam coach. I read your question, and I think you are focusing on the wrong thing about camming.
Yeah it’s true that some people find out, but that’s 100% due to interpersonal drama in that model’s life. (e.g. EX-best friend, EX-boyfriend, friending your fans on Facebook, etc…) Sometimes it’s not that dramatic — a lot of times they end up spilling the beans because they don’t have a good cover story for where they work. (The BEST cover is saying you work at a call center. Everyone hates call centers and will never ask you about this job, plus they have long hours.) I’m not saying this is the model’s fault, though. There is also the very real possibility they started telling people because they love camming and stopped giving a fuck. That’s what I did. I loved it, and I didn’t care who knew. I still don’t.
So, if you decide to keep your regular job while you first starting out camming, just say you got a night job. If you need a private place to cam, there are some great studios out there. Just make sure you look around ’til you find one that understands their job is to support YOU, not the other way around. A studio would also help your cover story of going to your call center job (or, where ever you decide to fake work).
Now, when you say you couldn’t get a real job after camming because you wouldn’t have anything to put on your resume, that’s just not true! Camming gave me technical experience (computers, broadcasting, photography, photopshop, filming and editing videos, external encoders and various other broadcasting software), marketing and branding experience, time management, using and understanding analytics (twitter, bitly, Instagram), affiliate programs/cross promotion and — of course — customer service. While you wouldn’t put that under camming, you could list it under experience gained as a private contractor, business owner or consultant (serving other entrepreneurs of course). Best part is, everything you say along these lines is true!
I just don’t want you to think it’s the end of the road if you start camming or that you’re trapped. So many cam models have professional lives both outside of camming and well after. Camming actually gave me the freedom and flexibility to do my dream job (freelance makeup) whenever a gig came up. Before, at my retail makeup job, it was hell getting the time off to do legitimate makeup work, so this was a dream come true.
And I found out something interesting too. When my freelance work dried up for six to seven months out of the year and I just did camming, I enjoyed it wayyyyyy more than when I was doing both jobs. Living a double life was exhausting, and I found it hard to switch back and forth (mentally) from a professional setting to some guy asking me if he could smell my feet. When I was camming full time, I had a better sense of humor, I had more fun online and I was able to fully immerse myself in the camming lifestyle… and guess what — that’s what made me successful.
It’s a lot of work and it’s a real job, but it’s the best fucking job on earth. When was the last time you got paid to just cum a bunch of times while working from home having fun with strangers you met on the internet? I highly recommend you try it.
In the meantime, you’re more than welcome to join my weekly coaching. It’s a password protected room, so models have a private place to learn and ask questions. I have a different topic each week, and best of all: It’s free for all models to join. I’d be happy to help you turn your dream of being a successful cam model into a reality.
In the end, you just have to listen to your heart and do what makes you happy! You’re the only one that lives your life, so live it for you bb — XO
Love you Nikki, thanks for the advice!
— Nikki Night (@Nikki_Night) June 27, 2018
Erika Chan is a sex positive people watcher (and writer). Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.