by Coleen Singer at Sssh.com Porn For Women and Couples
One hot topic over the past years has been the “Cam Girl” (and guy) phenomena. As technology has advanced over the years, it is now possible for people to live video sex chat with performers on their computer, tablets and even smart phones.
The “live cam” phenomena goes all the way back to the early days of the internet, with the first being Jenny Cam. 19 years ago, a 19-year-old woman name Jennifer Ringley started streaming photos taken from her dorm room and inadvertently invented lifecasting. As an experiment, the college student rigged her webcam to broadcast a snapshot of whatever she was doing at the moment every 15 minutes: browsing the internet, staring off into space, reading a book, masturbating. The extreme transparency—and possibility of co-ed nudity— was eminently clickable. She broadcast her daily life for whoever wanted to click, jump starting a DIY internet-based streaming concept that still has voyeuristic legs today.
Things have come a long way and today’s cams offer HD streaming, two-way live video chat, free shows that lead to private paid shows and even a tip jar where viewers can leave a tip for the performer in the free area.
A great deal of attention was brought to the live cam sex industry by a critically acclaimed documentary, “Cam Girlz” which takes viewers behind the scenes into the lives of a diverse group of women who find economic freedom, empowerment, intimacy and creative self expression from the comfort of their own homes.
It’s a great documentary on the subject of “camming”, but is scant on the details of how “it all works” in practice for the women and men who are under the umbrella of the live cam companies that handle their feeds, marketing and payment.
Seeking a bit more specific information on the nuts and bolts of “camming”, I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Nikki Night, the Head of Performer Training and Development at Cam4.com
CS: Is Cam4 a legitimate way to make money?
NN: Absolutely! CAM4 has 35 million viewers a week, plus we have daily and monthly cash prizes you can win totaling $22,000 that any performer is eligible to win. The key to being a successful performer is being online regularly and putting on an interesting show.
CS: How much on average can I make?
NN: Depending on how much time you spend online, performers can make anywhere from $50-300+ a day
CS: Is it safe?
NN: Yes. CAM4 goes to great lengths to protect your location and identity, and we also train the performers on how to protect themselves while online.
CS: Is my Cam4 username tied to my name?
NN: No. Once you have submitted your ID for age verification we destroy the digital copy for your protection, no one will know your real name unless you yourself tell them.
CS: Can I see the people watching me?
NN: No, while you are performing you will see your own broadcast stream and the chat room. CAM4 does offer a cam2cam feature in private chat, so if you and the viewer want to both see and hear each other while in the private chat room you can at no extra charge to the viewer.
CS: Do I have to watch other people’s cams?
NN: You do not but you are truly missing out if you don’t. CAM4 has an amazing community of performers and viewers that are really cool and love to socialise with each other. Its also a great way to see what others are doing on the site and get new ideas for your shows.
CS: What if someone tips me for something I don’t want to do?
NN: You never have to do something you don’t want to do on cam….ever. If you get into this situation just kindly say that you don’t do that and tell them what you will do, it’s also a good idea to have a tip menu and list of do’s and don’ts on your CAM4 profile for viewers to look at. If you need further help with this you can always firstname.lastname@example.org
CS: How do I get paid?
NN: All payments are in USD and CAM4 offers on-demand payouts to performers. The 5 methods of getting paid are:
-convert your earnings back into tokens to use on CAM4
-A check (All checks are from Crosstown services LLC, no mention of CAM4 anywhere)
-Payoneer prepaid mastercard that is used like a credit card to purchase and a debit card when used at an ATM
-Local bank transfer through Payoneer. For this option you have to have a Payoneer card then you simply transfer your balance to your local bank so it is converted to your local currency.
CS: Can I stop my friends and family from finding me online?
NN: Yes you can. CAM4 offers you the ability to block any region or country that you don’t wish to be seen in. This means no one in that blocked region or country will be able to see you on CAM4 on any device, this includes mobile. You are also free to not show your face or wear a mask if this makes you more comfortable.
CS: Thank you so much, Nikki! that really will help our readers get a better sense of how this all works!
Gentle readers: Obviously, “camming” is not for everyone, but if you are looking for an ongoing source of additional income on a totally flexible schedule, all you need is a laptop with a webcam, a decent internet connection speed and a willingness to have some sexy time on camera! The folks at Cam4 will take care of the training and coaching to get you online in a safe and gentle way. Check it out here at www.cam4models.com.
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