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, do some reading. we’ll wait.)
Make sure you have everything you need to get started.
• HD Webcam
• High-Speed Internet
• 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.)
• Clean and Comfortable Space to Work
• Something to Wear (some inspiration on Amazon)
• Something to Play With
• Government-issued photo ID (you MUST be 18+ to do this work)
Decide who you want to be on cam.
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 headshot 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 color. 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 the 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.
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 modeling 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 the 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!