SO YOU (MIGHT) WANT TO BE A CAM GIRL?
If you’re reading this page then you’re probably intrigued by the thought of working online as a webcam model. And YNOT? Cam girls, or camgirls, have the potential to earn a lot of money without ever leaving home. They can set their own hours, and don’t have to report to a screaming boss or corporate overlord. They decide for themselves how they want to dress and how they want to act. Camgirls choose when and how often they want to go on vacation. And yes if you’re creative or just like putting on a show then this work can be a lot of fun too. There’s a lot of freedom in this work, and the very real potential to make good money at the same time.
Of course being a webcam model isn’t for everyone. There are some pretty obvious questions that you’ll need to ask yourself. Are you comfortable getting naked on the internet in front of strangers? Can you keep your cool when the inevitable rude asshole tries to rattle your cage? Are you prepared to treat this like a business, and will you have the discipline to put in the hours even when nobody is making you do it? Will it be devastating to you if the wrong person (“Hi, Dad!”) finds out what you’re doing?
This page is your guide to the ABCs of adult webcam modeling. Unlike the article posts on YNOT Cam, this page is a work in progress and one that we’ll be updating on a regular basis.
FIRST, SOME CONTEXT: WHY THIS BUSINESS IS ALL ABOUT YOU
Live cam shows have thoroughly replaced recorded video as the most lucrative form of online adult entertainment. The traditional American adult entertainment industry that’s based out of Southern California wants to stay relevant and does what it can to promote its stars, but the golden days of recorded video porn are over. Today men who are looking for erotic entertainment online can get all the recorded video they want free of charge at websites like PornHub or RedTube. Now paying for adult videos is a little like paying for tap water — with clever marketing some companies can trick people into doing it, but most customers aren’t buying it.
With video revenue not what it used to be, adult entertainment companies turned to live cam networks to turn a profit. Unlike recorded videos, the live cam experience can’t be given away for free. Why not? Because cam models aren’t working for free. The live cam experience can’t be pirated or shared through illegal movie-sharing websites. If a guy wants to connect with a pretty girl online, interact with her and get the kind of show he’s looking for, then he’s going to have to play by the rules and pay for it.
NEW MODEL CHECKLIST
Here’s a list of things you’ll need to consider when planning your new career as a camgirl.
1. Standard Camming Equipment
Do you have access to the basic equipment that you’ll need to work as a camgirl? Most of this should be pretty obvious, but let’s quickly cover the basics.
Do you have a computer? It seems like an obvious question but hey, you could be reading this on your phone. Laptops work fine, but you’re going to need access to a computer that’s all yours. If you pick a machine that’s old, runs slowly or has other technical limitations or concerns then you’re setting yourself up for a frustrating experience. We recommend Windows-based computers for new camgirls only because they offer the widest choice in camming software options. If you have a Mac you’re not out of luck, but if you’re planning to buy a new machine we recommend you stick with Windows unless you’re 100% sure the software you want to use runs fine on a Mac. If possible don’t install a lot of software that’s not related to camming on your main cam computer. The more software you install, the higher the chance that you’ll run into technical problems later on.
Does your computer have a good webcam? If you haven’t already read it, check out Josie’s article on webcams. She covers some of the basic things you’ll want to consider, as well as linking to sites where you can read reviews for top webcams. Camming is a competitive business, so don’t put yourself at a disadvantage with a poor quality webcam that inhibits your ability to put on the best shows possible.
Does your internet connection suck? When it comes to streaming live video, only high speed Internet should be considered an option. If your connection is too slow you won’t be able to join most of the cam networks, and you run the risk of angry customers demanding refunds. If you can swing it, get “business class” service from your local cable company, or for this in the US, look into Verizon FIOS if you’re lucky enough to have it available in your area. Whatever you choose, fast download speeds AND fast upload speeds are a must.
2. To Network or Not to Network?
Beware of websites offering you advise and then pushing you towards a specific live cam network. These websites are typically just trying to refer you to a cam network for the same of making money. And while we don’t begrudge anyone from making money, it’s important that you’re sure the advice you’re getting in sound. That’s why we don’t cater to any specific live cam networks on YNOT Cam, but instead just tell you about your options and let you decide.
Honestly, it’s generally easier to start off by picking a live cam network rather than trying to go it alone. But if you want to delve into that choice a little deeper, we have a great article from Erika Chan that looks into that debate.
3. Choosing a Network
Assuming you’re planning to start off with a live cam network, we’d like to help you analyze your options. Please check back soon for our Live Cam Network Directory, which we’re furiously working on adding to YNOT Cam. When completed the Directory will allow you to shop around for a network that matches your needs, as well as see reviews from cam models so you can collect advise on which networks are most popular and which seem to have the most upset performers. In the meantime you’re welcome to browse the live cam network listing at YNOT.com, but keep in mind that listing was made more with webmasters in mind, not camgirls.
4. Planning Your Shows
Camming is competitive, and you’ll need to find ways to stand out from the other girls. Whether your show caters to specific fetish, or you’re looking for a visual edge, we have a lot of tips for you in our Art of Seduction category. And if you’re looking for some general advice on getting started with your first show, here’s some advice from professional camgirls.
5. Protecting Your Privacy
This is an important topic and we’re currently talking with lots of experienced camgirls about how they protect their privacy online. Stay tuned.
6. Social Media and Self Promotion
We’re collecting our social media articles in one place, Mastering Social Media. Check back often as we add more advice to this section.
YOU GOT QUESTIONS? ASK US!
YNOT Cam was officially launched on Tuesday, July 5th of 2016. SO we’re a young website with grand plans to add fresh new content every week. To make sure we’re adding the advice you need to hear, please take a moment to drop us a line with the questions you most want answered. If we don’t have an answer for you already, we’ll reach out to other camgirls and see what we can dig up. We’re here to help you be safe and successful online!