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I want to say I did it pretty fast, but I'd actually been low-key interested in sex work for a while.
I did pole dancing classes, and would joke that I would be a good stripper, but 1) was afraid of the stigma and 2) self-conscious as I'm a curvy lady. Even considered working at Hooters a number times, 'cause I essentially liked the idea of using my tits to get money? Lmao.
When I lived in Ontario I started selling panties for a little bit as well. Didn't consider it sex work or anything, but it kinda showed that I had no issue with it if that makes sense.
Then one day last year I saw an add for a cam site and suddenly I was like yo I could do that!! I researched for about a week and worked up the nerve, then on cam I went.
A couple weeks. I'd thought about stripping for a looong time, but I knew I had too much social anxiety for it. At some point I became aware of camming, and then at some point later I got sick of my job and decided I wanted to be a cam girl. I'd never had anything against sex workers, I wasn't/ am not planning on getting a job sex work would affect, and I was at a point where I could be reasonably responsible about it in regards to finances and safety. Basically I quit my shit vanilla job, researched camming for a couple weeks, and then got online.
I'd sortof kindof heard about the profession but thought you had to be in L.A. working in porn to do it. Then one day I stumbled upon the kooks' bad habit video and started researching it right away. I was broadcasting live within a few days.
My bf and I talked about it for a few months and I was a little bit interested. It started off as just chatting on cam and then turned into more sexual stuff later on. I mostly decided I really wanted to do it when I realized how much money there was in it and I had semester bills coming up so I really needed to do it.
It took me maybe about 2-4 months to get around to it, I had been interested in such things since I was 16 (about 4 years before I started) but I didn't want my naked body to be on the internet forever for my friends and family to stumble upon.
Even then, it took me till I was 22 or 23 to fully accept the reality of the situation and to say "fuck it" to everyone. Now I'm 24 and have been off and on for 4 years, as I have severe confidence issues.
Everything in life is different for everyone, and it's better to sit back and think about it before you try it. No shame in it.
I spent about 1 month researching and watching cam models before deciding to sign up for it. I also talked with a cam model that I know in person about a lot of stuff concerning lighting, what to expect, etc. once I got verified to go online I went on pretty fast even though I was very nervous. I was not really happy at the job I was in at the time, and I thought that being a cam model would be really fun so I tried it and instantly loved it and the community!
I started as soon as I got approved. It took me a long time to try however because 1: Didn't think you could make as much money as in stripping unless you were already famous and doing a lot of things that I knew would be past my boundaries. And 2: Fear of people knowing me seeing me on there and use screenshots to blackmail me. I eventually said fuck this. People I know might see my naked body. So what? Watcha gonna do about it? Show it to my grandma? Yep so after quickly getting over this I got started and realised you can make as much money as you want and you can do that without crossing any of your own boundaries. Im so glad I ditched stripping! Done with the night shifts and being around alcohol all the time!