Are you, like so many others, tantalized at the thought of making boatloads of money by becoming a webcam model? Not just by joining the first decent cam site that comes along, and hoping for the best; that’s what hobbyists do. If you want to truly grow your career as a cam model, you’ll have to know a few tips to get you started and keep you going.
Of course, it’s a given that you should sign up on one of the top webcam sites. Not only does this communicate to your viewers that you’re serious about what you do, but you’ll also be able to build a viewership from people who are generally more willing to spend money on quality content. Once you’ve signed up on the right site, what’s next?
Tip 1: Treat it like a business, not a hobby
Do you want to know what sets apart amateur and professional cam models? It isn’t just the level of experience, the quality of content, or the number of viewers; it’s also their overall approach. An amateur can simply park themselves in front of the webcam and start taking their clothes off, and for many of their viewers, this will do the job. A professional, on the other hand, will develop a content strategy, invest in the right equipment and toys, and maybe even specialize in a particular niche. Here’s what that could look like:
The average webcam site offers both public and private shows. Models are generally paid through tips for public shows, and by the minute for private shows. A content strategy will establish how much revenue needs to come from tips, and how much needs to come from private show earnings. Once that’s determined, the model will know which type of content to promote more, through social media outreach, special offers, etc. A content strategy will also help keep webcam performances consistent, which is key if you want to build up a loyal viewership.
Invest in equipment and sex toys
Even if you’re going for the relatable “girl next door” vibe, you won’t be able to cultivate it with a shadowy image quality and a distracting echo. Even sultry, minimally lit cam shows should have a good lighting setup to get the mood just right. And lighting isn’t the only thing to invest in – you should also consider getting an HD webcam, a microphone, some toys or sexy outfits, and maybe a few decorations to dress up the background.
Find your niche
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You’ve seen the categories on webcam sites – MILF cams, BBW cams, gay and lesbian cams, and more. You could certainly cultivate a viewership without occupying one of these niches, but if you want to build a brand as a webcam model, it’ll be easier if you specialize in a niche.
Tip 2: Look at the part
Most webcam models are naturally beautiful, but the pros don’t just rely on natural beauty – they take advantage of all kinds of techniques to turn their looks up to 11. From manicures and pedicures, to expertly applied makeup, to skin treatments that make them look extra glowy, webcam models should always look their best.
Tip 3: Make your viewers feel special
As you grow your following, you won’t be able to keep up with everyone who shows up to your public shows. Even so, you can still make people feel more included, no matter how many viewers you have.
Call viewers by name
Whether it’s someone who sent a tip, or a regular viewer who just showed up in the chats, you should keep an eye on who’s participating so you can acknowledge them during a public show.
Follow viewer requests
In many cases, webcam models get requests to incorporate something special into their performance. Sometimes these requests are accompanied by a tip, sometimes not. To keep everyone on the same page, a lot of models will specify how much to tip for a certain activity. This can help cut down on extraneous requests, and it encourages tipping too.
Take note of your viewers’ preferences
You might start seeing that many viewers are requesting the same thing, or you might notice that some of your regulars are making specific requests over and over. If you start seeing a trend like this, it’s time to make some money from it. One great way to do this is by contacting these viewers directly with special offers of private shows. Loyal viewers are more likely to spend money on private shows, so if you target them with a special offer, they’ll be more likely to respond positively. You could also offer exclusive videos or photos, if your chosen webcam site supports this type of transaction.
Tip 4: Fine-tune your setup
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As mentioned above, the right equipment goes a long way towards making your webcam performances look more professional. However, it doesn’t stop there. Consider your lighting setup, for example. It isn’t enough to simply avoid exaggerated shadows or a washed-out appearance; you can also adjust your lighting to set the perfect mood. Something brighter might be appropriate for a college cam show, while something more subtle could work for a MILF cam show.
And while you’re at it, don’t forget the background! Even if your background is generally clean and presentable, you could be doing a lot more with it. Think of the space as an opportunity to tell a story. Going back to the college cam example, a youthful, slightly messy background would be more convincing than a sensible, orderly background.
Tip 5: Set your boundaries
Turning a viewer down might feel like you’re ruining the vibe, but remember – you don’t owe anyone anything. You’re offering a service, and they’re paying for it. And since you’re the one who decides what you are and aren’t comfortable with, you get to choose which services you offer.
Being a great cam model takes plenty of work, but with the right advice, you’ll quickly be on your way to achieving success!