Working as a webcam model can be a fun and of course... lucrative. There are not many jobs like it that will give you as much freedom to choose how and when you’d like to work while offering the ability to earn a virtually unlimited income.
Getting started as a webcam model is also easy when compared to most other kinds of work, but just like anything else, you’ll need to be prepared. If you want to be a successful webcam model, you’ll need to have yourself and your equipment in good shape and ready to go. Below you’ll find a few key tips to make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most out of working as an adult webcam model.
As a webcam model you are an entertainer. You don’t necessarily have to be a hyper friendly, ultra social person, but you’ll need to project a friendly and approachable attitude when you’re on camera. The more personable you are with the audience, the better chance you’ll have of converting viewers into paying customers and, better yet, repeat customers.
Most experienced cam models will tell you that it’s the models who are the most fun and playful that make the most money. For the most part, members are not paying just to see someone perform sexual acts. They pay because there is something about a particular model they find genuinely interesting and connected with.
Unfortunately, even if you’re a super positive and friendly person, the Internet is not always a friendly, positive place. Even though you’re much more likely to receive all kinds of gushing compliments from your fans, you will have the occasional troll, who wants to be insulting and disruptive. These people can be easily blocked, but you will need to deal with them occasionally without losing your cool.
High Speed Internet Connection
One of the factors that determines the quality of video you’re able to provide is the speed of your Internet connection. If you’re not able to upload video fast enough, the quality will be low and less attractive to potential viewers. In most cases you’ll need an upload speed of 2 mbps (megabytes per second) or higher in order to transmit HD video without any skipping or lag.
It’s important to be aware that most Internet service providers advertise the available download speed when they talk about their connection rates. Upload rates can be, and usually are, significantly lower. You can test both the upload and download speed of your connection by using a free service like Speedtest.net. If your upload speed is low, you’ll need to speak with your provider to see if it is possible to upgrade.
A Capable Computer
Just about any computer purchased within the last 2 years will most likely be able to run your video stream without any trouble.
The most important component is RAM memory. With more RAM, video processing will be faster and smoother. In most cases, 4GB of RAM should work well, if you can get more, even better.
If you’re serious about earning money as a webcam model, any built in camera that your computer might have is not going to cut it. You’ll want to make the investment in a quality external HD webcam.
An external camera will not only give you much better video quality, you’ll have a lot more versatility in how you can set up your performance. You’ll be able to place the camera exactly where you want it, without the need to move your computer around, and take advantage of a wider field of view and/or zoom functions.
Keep in mind that you don’t have to break the bank to get a webcam that will provide great quality video for you. Logitech, in particular, is known for making very high quality webcams at extremely reasonable prices. We recommend the Logitech C920 which can typically be picked up for under $75.
Often overlooked by beginners, proper lighting is an important part of any video presentation. Light coming from a single source within a room can cast shadows and create dark spots that are hard to see on video.
If the main source of light is behind you or above you, it will make your face dark and hard to see. If the light is coming from the side, it creates uneven shadows and bright spots that will become very distracting. Light in front of you that is bright enough to illuminate your face will most likely be uncomfortably strong in your eyes.
The type of setup that tends to work best is three separate lights. Two lights should be placed in front of you, off to the side, and one light above or slightly off to the side behind you. Basically, you are forming a triangle. When you’ve got them set right, each light will cancel out any shadows created by the others. You’ll appear evenly lit on camera, but you won’t have any bright lights in your eyes.
Again, you don’t need to spend a crazy amount of money trying to put together a professional lighting system. If the room you are working in has an overhead light, two adjustable floor or desk lamps that allow you to turn or focus the light should work fine. Play around with your setup. Everyone's room is different.
And finally, the last thing you’ll need is a bit of patience and persistence. There is plenty of money to be made working as a webcam model, but it’s not going to make you rich overnight.
The key to building a solid income in this line of work is building your popularity and gaining recurring customers. As you meet more members and develop friendly relationships with your fans, you will start to get more and more repeat customers. The more often you are online, and the longer you stick with it, the better your chances of finding those fans who will come back again and again, boosting your earnings every time they do.