Becoming a webcam model is not a decision to make lightly. So before we start prepping you for your new webcam business, have you done your research? From where you’re sitting, do the pros outweigh the cons? If that’s a resounding yes, you’re ready to take the next steps to become a webcam model and start making money on cam! (Otherwise, go do some reading. I’ll wait.)
Here’s a quick guide to get you set up.
Might wanna bookmark this. It’s a centralized guide that links out to a bunch more information as needed, but you’ll probably want to refer back to the steps here along the way.
Make sure you have everything you need to get started.
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] HD Webcam
[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] High Speed Internet
[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Good Lighting (Guide coming soon! In the meantime: if you’re on a budget, experiment with windows and lamps without shades. If you have some cash to sink into your setup, try a lighting kit like this one.)
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[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Something to Wear (some inspiration on Amazon)
[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Something to Play With
[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Government-issued photo ID (you MUST be 18+ to do this work)
Decide who you want to be on cam.
[tweetthis]Pro tip: Be yourself! It’s the easiest person to be over long periods of time.[/tweetthis]
You’ll also need to choose a stage name you love. Here’s a guide my friend Ashe wrote on this subject if you need some tips.
Spend some time coming up with your name, and make sure it isn’t already being used. Your cam name will become your brand and it’s not something you’ll want to change in the future once you’ve established your fan base.
Your future clients will know you by the name you choose right now so don’t pick something you might regret 6 months out.
To prepare for Step Four, you’ll need at least one quality head shot and one quality profile pic.
Keep it tasteful and keep your clothes on. Roxanna wrote a great guide on taking quality pictures for your profile a while back. Check it out here if you need some tips.
While I’m on the subject, yes to makeup. I’ve found webcams generally make my naked face look kinda bleh. So even if you’re like me and never wear makeup in real life, I recommend at least a good foundation, mascara, and maybe a lip gloss or colour. Definitely yes to liquid eyeliner for a more dramatic effect (check out this cat-eye for inspiration).
Oh, and don’t forget to smile. 😉
Pick your first cam site and apply to become a model.
I get a lot of emails asking which cam site is best. Unfortunately there is no one answer to this question. It really depends on your goals and personality. But, there are two main styles of site you should be aware of:
Public platform: On these sites you’ll set tip goals, play games and perform for a potentially large group of guests. This setup is particularly great for building your fan base, and the income potential is quite high due to the number of viewers allowed.
Close second: MyFreeCams, but it’s a very competitive environment, not recommended for beginners.
Private platform: This is where we do per-minute shows on an individual basis, as well as private group shows. Traffic and commission are generally much lower than public platforms, but this shouldn’t deter you if you’re more introverted or more interested in building one-on-one relationships with clients.
Top recommendation: Flirt4Free [Application] …This is where I started. I may be a bit biased, so that review is pending. But, it’s worth mentioning that they have their own private forum for models and working with them basically taught me everything I know.
If you’d like to work directly with me to get off the ground on Streamate, you can learn more about our studio and apply here (if you go this route, I will set up your account but you will retain full control over it).
Pick one and get that application in! If you try one and don’t like it, there’s nothing stopping you from trying another.
Be careful not to sign up with a studio that takes half your check and then binds you to a non-compete – those are a bitch. Always read your contract!
Familiarize yourself with the site and its rules.
Before you start broadcasting, make sure you understand how you will be making money on the site. Explore the interface. Read everything they give you. If need be, communicate with the site support to make sure that you’re on the same page.
Sell your soul.
I’m joking. Just fill out your profile.
- Upload one of those tastefully sexy photos from Step Three.
- Be totally clear about your limits and what you’re willing to do in your show. A.K.A Do not sell your soul.
- Highlight your unique features, interests, and personality.
- Remember, it doesn’t have to be all about sex. Without revealing any personal information, give your guests a glimpse of the real you.
Select your office hours.
And yeah, stick to them. Webcam modelling is a business, so treat it like one. Consistency is going to be key to your success.
Get ready, turn on your cam, and get started. It’s totally normal for it to feel a little awkward at first. Embrace the butterflies. If you need help with anything, contact site support first. If they are not helpful, contact me and I’ll do my best to help you out.
Remember that you are the boss. If a member is being rude, give him a warning and don’t be shy with the boot button. Stay in control of your room and don’t do something that you weren’t planning on doing, unless you’re comfortable with it.
If this is something you want to do, then I want to help you do it to the best of your potential. I’ll offer as much advice and info as I can to help you succeed if you decide to become a webcam model, but ultimately the best way to learn is to do it. So jump in!
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Thanks for reading.