Can you tell us a bit about how and when you got into this domain?
I broadcast online for the first time in April 2009. I think I created an account a few months before then but it took me a while to actually make up my mind to give it a try. Months prior to that, I was simply trying to find ways to work from home and came across ads for online girls, and I thought it was not really live. Then I realized it was and the idea grew on me to give it a try. And here I am so many years later, and have been doing it pretty much full-time since.
Have you ever faced different treatment from people in the industry, because of your gender or because you work as a live cam model?
Because of the gender? In this industry? Well, most webcam performers are female. People in the industry probably know they need us to have any business in the first place I think? Lol. I do believe camgirls are well-respected by the people in the industry and most know it is much harder that it seems.
What are the biggest challenges you are facing in your job?
For me, since I’m an independent performer (not in a studio), I think it is the ability to wear many different hats, especially after winning awards which led to a lot of interviews, articles and other media appearances. I then grew my two websites, a free one and a membership one. Besides that, it is like running a hectic business every day. Managing my time is the hardest part for me. Finding time to create content, post it on my sites, on social media, and do all the “offline” things related to what I do online is very time consuming and requires attention. It’s become even harder since I began traveling to events. But while it’s all been challenging, it is none-the-less very exciting and I love it!
Did the adult business change you over the years? If so, how?
I think it did a lot, in few ways. There are more camsites and more camgirls, so the competition is probably stronger and the demand (the traffic) probably seems more diluted than in the earlier years. Also, when I started, we used to just log on, and off. The sites were bringing the traffic and our job was to be online and make people happy, stay and come back. Now, I think it is almost a requirement to be on social media. This is really time consuming and hurt our online time. It is great to keep closer contact with our members and online friends, but it can be a lot of work if sites expect us to generate traffic this way too.
What is the best piece of advice you could give to the new generation of performers?
There is no special recipe. I think camming is the same as any job: you have to make sure you like it and it’s for you and give it a fair chance as well, which can take a little while. And like any job, the more you are dedicated and the more you work at it, the better you get at it and the more you get the benefits from it. If you love what you do, you do not see time go by and it doesn’t feel like work. So I think each individual has to find their way to enjoy it and share what they have. We are all unique and being yourself is probably a key as well.
Which achievement of yours in the live cam business makes you the proudest so far, and what would be the next one?
From the day I started I’ve had a different style and approach than most in the industry. Despite what people were telling me, I kept my integrity and kept doing what was the best for me. Call it stubbornness I guess. And even though I was mostly an “underdog,” for many reasons, to my surprise, I grew in popularity, won many awards and gained respect from a lot of people in many levels of the industry, not just my peers. All this even allowed me to travel around the globe, meet a lot of different people and learn a lot about the overall industry, especially other cultures and outlooks which I could’ve never done by working online all year round isolated in my little bedroom.
The next move? Well it’s hard to say. Maybe some things will come up sooner or later. I really wish to be able to share my experiences and knowledge to other models and help them benefit from it to avoid struggling as much as I did getting where I am today.
Finally, we are curious: what does a regular work day of yours looks like?
Oh. A regular day? Nothing amazing to hear about, actually. I spend A LOT of hours online. So I guess like most people when I’m not working I do chores, run errands, do my offline work and preparation before getting online. After working most of the night I cook a little something, eat while enjoying a TV show or movie to relax until I fall asleep, then do it all again the next day. 🙂 Exciting isn’t it? Lol. It’s just a typical day for me. It kind of always varies a little at times though, but it is probably similar to most people working for their own business and doing it from home. But maybe we work more for ourselves than when we have a boss. Lol