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Newbie- have not cammed yet, have questions!

Discussion in 'General Cam Chat' started by Aza00, Mar 11, 2018.

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  1. Aza00

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    I am reposting this, I did reply with this response to an administrator.

    Hi, I’m new here and have been thinking about adult camming for a few months now. I initially want to get my feet wet with camming now is due to saving up to get my life together. I’m 19 going on 20 still living with my parents and I really need to pull myself together to put cash aside for school and a car. I’m trying not to get personal but I need something on the side that I can depend on and I will actually be able to make money. I’ve done some research on how much of a profit Camgirls can make, I’m aware that you have to be able to put on a good show to have a constant audience. I also have a few questions if you can please inform me on.
    1) I have done research on PayPal being a nightmare, so what can I sign up for a discreet payment process?
    2) I have a plan on how I want to present myself to start my camming platform which I believe will sell. My question is how many camgirls and camboys have gone into this and have been unsuccessful? Also how long will it take to build my platform?
     
  2. TemporarilyWhining

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    Only way to know for sure is to try it. Everybody's success level is different. Pay platforms will depend on which site you're camming with.

    Cam income is NOT "something you can depend on." Especially when new. It fluctuates by large amounts, by season, etc. That said, you might become successful enough to meet your needs. I would only expect to do it part-time at first. It would be way more steady money for your savings to work a regular job, and then work cam hours on TOP of that in your time off the first job, until you have a following and are making better money. At the beginning, even a fast food job with steady hours is likely to earn you more than camming. A LOT of people are not successful. There are millions of cam models at this point, so plenty of competition, and a lot of free porn out there. The lower your expectations though, the better your chance of meeting them. If you're looking to earn a ton of money right away, that is not realistic anymore for the vast majority of models. But if you're looking to earn say a few hundred $US in a month of hours, that might be doable. Many people write here though having made no money at all, or only like $50 in a whole month of camming lots of hours. I made like $300US in my first 2 week paycheck, but I worked my ass off for that for some 55 hrs.

    Note that camming from home might be a problem, if you are trying to hide this from your parents. That will not be easy. How will you manage issues of sound, and privacy when working? Have a plan. Make sure too that you're ok with this. If you would be ashamed if anyone found out, or your parents would disown you or something, rethink this. This is forever, and images of you will still be online long after you stop. Many people get found out, even when they do their best to protect themselves. The most successful models have to really market themselves a great deal, so their image is everywhere. The more you hide yourself, or wear masks or whatever, the more it limits your income potential. And then, someone you know may still find out, and out you to everybody anyway. So just be sure, because you are really young to have that as a possible issue for the rest of your life, which may impact romantic relationships, kids, future jobs, etc.
    Have boundaries to what you will do, if you do cam, if there is anything that would be especially upsetting for you if people found out. For instance, non-nude models at least have no super-compromising photos of themselves. Some models are careful when they do naked shots or sex activities to never have their face in the frame. Only being sexual or naked in privates can limit (but not eliminate) what of yourself ends up plastered all over the internet. Some people show their naked body all the time, but NEVER show their head - but that usually means much lower earning potential, because people will usually only become regulars for someone with a face for them to get attached to. And if you give it all away for free, they have no incentive to tip. But if it's really important to do this secretly, this may not be the job for you. Sex work is the kind of thing that people often find out about, even years later. I had a friend who was a stripper for 1 summer in college, with extremely strict parents. She had to lie all through college so they wouldn't find out, which felt bad and made them distant. Then 10 years later after she was married, they found out anyway. It became a huge fight, and then her husband found out, and that created problems with him then because she never felt it was important to say anything because it was a short time so long ago. And that was just stripping for a few months, not her face all over the internet forever. Don't make this decision lightly if you feel you have to hide it.
     
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  3. Mila_

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    How much time do you plan to put into it?
     
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  4. paige_orion

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    Something to consider while living with your parents: do they claim you as a dependent on their taxes? Are you prepared to be honest about your job (or come up with a cover story), so they know they cannot claim you? Every year around tax time, we get a ton of posts from models who are suddenly find themselves in this situation. If you file taxes, they cannot claim you, and sometimes, it's hard to keep a cover under this situation. So something to keep in mind before pushing the Cam button.

    As for your other questions... I would use your camsite as your payment process. You will lose out on some money, but you get added security by going through them - your account shouldn't be closed if you are following their rules. Plus, if you cam on a site like MFC, every token earned through their site should help your camscore, which will help your money-making prospects as a whole. When you get more experience, you can think about exploring other payment options, but those can be risky, so I'd recommend waiting until you know the industry a little better and have your eggs in several different baskets.

    As for the last question... There is literally NO WAY any of us can answer those. There are probably hundreds of thousands of people who have gone into this and not been successful for a variety of reasons. This job has a very high turn-over rate. It's super common for models to come into this job, expecting a huge payout and little work, and when it doesn't happen, they quit. Or they realize they aren't enjoying it or someone they know found out or they don't realize how emotionally difficult it can be. For whatever reason... People quit all of the time. While everyone's level of success is vastly different, there are very few people at the very top, and many, many, many people burn out. I think it's way more common to see a cam models whose careers last only a few months, than cam models who have been around for years.

    And how long will it take to build your platform? Again, we can't answer. It depends on how much time you give in to it. If you put hundreds of hours in, it could take months. If you spend a few hours a week, it could take years. It might never be complete, no matter how much time you put into it. You might never feel as if your platform is complete and success has been achieved, no matter how much you try or how much energy into it. I mean, I think most people never have their platform fully built. No matter how many years you've been in this business, there is always something new to try, new to create, new people to connect with. The building is never done. It's an eternal process, in my honest opinion.

    If you're looking for a straight answer on how long it will take to start seeing success after your hard work... We can't answer that either. It depends on you. It depends on how hard you work, your ability to hustle, the time you can devote to honing your craft. And even then, that isn't a guarantee. Some models work their butts off and still don't achieve their definition of success. That's where luck comes in, or chance, some unknown factor we don't have a name for, but luck is as close of a word as I can think of. Every model's experience is so vastly different and so personal, there is no way to answer this question in any sort of satisfying way!
     
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  5. Gonegirl1224

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    I started as a cam girl about 1 week ago and I really liked it. I'm a non nude model but people still join in my chatroom and give me tips. About Paypal, well, I use it and never had problems with it. I love it tbh. I think that in order to be successful you have to spend many hours on the website and learn how to deal with people.
     
  6. Aza00

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    Thank you for your reply much needed- X
     
  7. Aza00

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    Thank you for replying, I was going to do PayPal but then I signed up for Payoneer. I see that I’ve gotten other advise to use the camsite’s payment process due to their security. I believe camming it’s something that I won’t get burnt out of easily, I see it as building myself as well as my platform and what I mean by that is that I didn’t grow up the most confident person. Not sure if that sounds strange lol. I also do want to be able to communicate with people within my platform, I can be a huge homebody so I don’t mind that at all. I’m interested in being a none nude model, do have same viewers tuning into you already even though it’s only been a week?
     
  8. Aza00

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    I really appreciate your reply, you informed a lot for me. How long have you been camming?
     
  9. Aza00

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    Thanks for your reply,
    I work 5 days out of a week when I’m not pulling overtime. So I would put as much time as I can into it when I get off of work and on my days off. Thank you for replying btw.
     
  10. TemporarilyWhining

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    Yes, although each model's experience will be different, my first experience camming was on Chaturbate, as a non-nude model, and I did pick up regulars from my very first day. On Chaturbate, they can favorite/"follow" you, which means you can send them a message every time you're broadcasting, so remind them frequently to follow if you're on CB or a similar platform, and many of those people will become regulars. Likewise, if you use social media (have a camming account with NONE of your persona info for safety!), you can let people know about it if your cam site allows it (usually you require them to tip you a certain amount to give it out, or they pay enough to be a "fanclub" member) and then you can contact anyone who follows you that way. It's all kind of overwhelming tojuggle for your first day, and ost models will change their approach, and possibly their cam persona, over time. Do what works for you, and don't hold yourself to pleasing random customers over your own needs.

    A note, since you said you had trouble with confidence growing up - be very careful. Camming can really affect your self image, and not always in a positive way. Self esteem has to come from liking yourself and knowing who you are, not what random strangers say to you. People will say over-the-top nice things, and over-the-top mean things, and none of them are necessarily the truth. Customers are there to give tips, not to give you advice on how to see yourself - never let them take a more important role in your life than that. It can be hard if you spend a lot of time on cam, and then show intimate parts of your body or sexuality, to ignore their comments and not take them personally. Camming can be lonely, and sometimes these might be the only people in your life that see you naked, or that you tell certain things to. But really, it's best not to believe what they say, whether positive or negative. They say it only to get power over you, to try to matter in your life. Just like you will say things to try to encourage them to stay in your room, and tip you. It's a fantasy relationship. Whether or not you get regulars, whether or not you make good money as a cam model, you still are a beautiful person with a lot of good things to offer. Don't compare yourself to other cam models, and block anyone who says something rude in your room. You don't have to put up with negativity - camming is hard enough, even when everyone is being nice!
     
  11. Gonegirl1224

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    Yeah, I have both, Paypal and had to get Payoneer bc they don't work with Paypal on mfc. But I still prefer Paypal because you don't pay a lot of fees like on Payoneer. But on Payoneer you can have a pre paid card which is awesome, I'm still waiting for mine to arrive.
    I'm still trying to figure out what time is the best time to stream, because I read that when the popular girls are on, you won't have as much guests in ur chatroom as you will when they are not on. I've heard the best time is in the mornings PST.
     
  12. AudriTwo

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    Camming is not easy money. Over 80% of new signups quit after 3 weeks.
     
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  13. Lelo1

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    If you want to try adult cams. You might want to first try some thing like twitch. Just to see if your comfortable with streaming. Get use to talking to yourself, extra.
     

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