It’s your very first night modeling…
You have hundreds of viewers…
All of them typing away, wanting your attention…
It’s overwhelming, and not only that, but you keep getting a message saying they can’t hear you…
Or that your connection keeps cutting out…
For many models, their first few days set the tone for the next few months. That’s because a huge surge of initial followers can help improve your rankings and earnings massively, and also motivate you to perform more.
Don’t get caught with a stream someone won’t ever return to. If you want to be a successful webcam model, you’ll want to follow a few basic tips to ensure you get that money you need.
Get a Good Camera, Laptop, and Lights
While you don’t need anything minus a webcam and internet connection to start, most webcams that come built into laptops are terrible. Absolutely terrible. Invest in an HD webcam which are inexpensive nowadays with many under $100.
Any laptop should work, but if your computer is from the early 2000s, you may want to upgrade that dinosaur. This is just to ensure it won’t brick halfway through a windfall session. Initially, your laptop’s microphone will work but look into a proper dynamic microphone to deliver higher quality audio to your viewers.
If you can afford it, get proper lighting for the area you’re performing in. There is nothing worse than talking with a promising performer who viewsers can barely see! It also helps with video quality to have a well-lit area.
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Ethernet Your Computer
Everyone has wi-fi nowadays, but for some their connection may not be as consistent and reliable as others. If you have dodgy internet, invest in an ethernet cable so you can plug your computer or laptop right into your modem for a more reliable connection. You may even notice that your regular internet browsing is smoother as well.
Stick to a Schedule
When you have a consistent schedule you perform on, viewers know when you will be back. Your regulars will be your highest spenders. It’s great to have them coming back for more and more. Our advice to models is to have a set schedule with flexibility built-in.
If you plan on modeling every Friday from 6 pm to 10 pm, set your schedule from 6 pm to 8 pm for your fans. That way you can give them an “extra” show and go twice as long because they were “so great” to you. Use this sparingly! Speaking of regulars…
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Know Your Regulars
Like we said, your regulars will be tipping and spending the most money. A lot of the patrons of webcam models are lonely and looking for a human connection. You don’t necessarily need to be their therapist. They do like to feel noticed and recognized when they return after spending some time with you and money on you.
If you aren’t very good at remembering people by their screen name, keep a diary of names so you can reference previous conversations. Something as simple as “did you get your car fixed?” will keep them engaged with you for the long run.
Be Quick with the Banhammer
You don’t owe anyone anything. If someone is making you uncomfortable, if they’re not a regular, quickly remove them from your room. If they’re a regular issue warnings quick so things don’t get out of hand.
They said they would spend X or tip X if I did something I don’t normally do
No, they weren’t. Money talks, bullshit walks. Additionally, one of the first things you should do is automatically mute anyone who doesn’t have money in the game (tokens). Would you go through an interview process with a job that didn’t have the money to pay you?
Note that on most camming websites there is a difference between banning and just removing messages. Use either at your discretion, you’re in control.
Engage with Your Chat
Imagine going on a date and your partner was on their phone the entire time. That’s what it’s like when you’re distracted on cam with your phone. You may have 1,000+ viewers watching you at any given time, but it’s one thousand one-on-one connections.
Now, this isn’t to say don’t ever look at your phone, but be sure to prioritize the people paying you and engaging with you.
Set Up Your Socials
One of the best methods for communication as a new model is through Twitter. You can post teasers and nudity easily and let your fans know when you’ll be live again. Instagram is good but you can’t post nudity. Snapchat would be recommended, but if you have a premium Snapchat you don’t want to have to constantly switch between the two.
Save Your Money
One of the biggest things to realize when starting in this industry is it’s incredibly volatile as far paychecks go. Some months a given model could earn $10,000+ and others barely scratch by with $2,000. Don’t think your monthly high earning is going to
- Be consistent
- Last forever
Not only should you save for a rainy day, but also tax purposes.
When you’re ready, branch off from only doing cam model shows to start selling your own clips, start a premium Snapchat, create custom works for people, etc. As previously stated, money isn’t always guaranteed. Diversify your income streams to reduce those fluctuations and increase your monthly earnings.
Don’t Be Blinded by Short-Term Money
We see this all the time: a brand new model has a few thousand viewers on her first day and instead of entertaining thousands they go into a private show.
This may seem great, making what comes out to a few hundred dollars an hour for a few minutes.
But those thousands of viewers dropped to a few hundred viewers. Everyone left because she left.
Not only that, but the private show was bad because they weren’t quite comfortable doing requests.
While this isn’t a career-ender, it’s a long climb back to the top of the leaderboard. What’s better: making $200 today or $500 tomorrow?
While some of these tips are for complete beginners, there are some that are tailored to more veteran members of the community. If you took something away from this article, please let us know in the comments below. We love to receive feedback and know what everyone else’s experiences are.
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