You have surfed the web, perused the porn sites and played with your digital camera or you web cam and captured saucy pictures of you naked and doing naughty things. You felt the exhilaration of exhibitionism and wondered, “Why can’t I get paid to get off on camera?”
Why not? Let us pause for a moment here and let you think about why not. The adult entertainment industry is a multi-billion dollar business. For the successful few who choose to be the actors and actresses, this is a business like any other. Success comes from knowing what you can do and marketing that, hard work, hustle, good business sense and a vision or plan.
They understand that their image and name are their brand, which is something to be developed and protected throughout their career. Their reputation and performance are what gets them roles, but it is business savvy, which makes the money and turns every effort into dollars. The more they can control that brand and build on it, the more they can make. Already, it is starting to sound more and more like work. It is and it can be tough both mentally and emotionally, but it does have it’s benefits.
Before you decide that porn, the adult entertainment industry is going to be your career vocation, there are some personal considerations like:
- Anything online, in print or video is permanent and impossible to remove completely once released.
- Family and friends will consider you differently and you will find many not accepting or supportive when they find out.
- Your image is public and your sense of privacy and your lifestyle will change permanently.
- For every on sincere compliment, you will hear lots more put-downs and criticisms.
- Main-stream people will not take you seriously.
- How will you transition out of your current life, you cannot protect family and friends from your choice.
- What will you do when you want to or have to get out of the business?
- What will you do if you do not make it in the business after giving all this up?
It does take a pretty thick skin, grounding and focus on what you want to achieve to keep you from becoming a “victim” in the business. In the end, you are part of an industry that sells image, illusion, fantasy and it all fades away after the money shot. Ok, despite the dark cloud, there are many successful adult stars whose success is not just on the screen, but in magazine, online clips, web chat, sex models and licensing their image and brand on adult products.
Where do you start? Many performers got their start on amateur strip shows out on the stage bumpin’ and grinding and being invited to parties and introduced to the right people. Many went to small studios and worked their way to notoriety performing in scenes and short sex clips. Some got into magazines then branched into adult films. Others, simply went to studios or answered casting calls. Each of these approaches have one thing in common. They got paid a single performance fee and missed out on the residual incomes from the licensing and re-licensing and repeat publishing in different media that performance or photo shoot.
What I am trying to say here is simple – what ever you do, you need to retain as much control over your image as possible as well where and how it is used to allow you to earn potential residual income from that work.
Today, you have the greatest marketing and mass media tool, the Internet! Never before has there been away for an individual to build their brand and maintain maximum control over their images. This DIY approach gives you a chance to earn while you learn and lets you develop your brand in a way that you can control and minimize the personal impact of jumping in with both feet and your eyes closed.
Start simple, start as a web chat hostess. It is easy, you choose your hours, you do not have to perform with people you do not want to, you do not have to perform any sex act you do not want to and you get to miss the creepers and wanna be people. Online, you can always say no and block the offensive caller. As a bonus, some sites even let you choose which countries can access your video stream.
Sounds good? This still requires, consistent effort, hustle, learning new things, lots of self- promotion a laptop (or desktop) and a decent web camera. So now what do you do? First is to visit some web cam sites and watch. Watch how the girls keep the keep the conversation and direct that conversation to the “all important” private shows or to their galleries for paid access to pre-recorded show and picture galleries. Watch how, on some sites, they hustle for the tips, keeping the audience interested and engaged. Then practice with your web cam recording your practice sessions and critiquing your recorded clips.
As you surf the various cam sites, click on the “how to become a model links” and download their hostess agreements, look closely at their payout structure and how to get maximum payouts. Always check out their top performers, their profiles and get an idea of how you will plan out your profile. You will find that many of the models have their own websites that are cross link to their model profile to maximize their exposure. Some even have downloadable pay for access content on their sites.
You do not need your own site yet, focus on research, practice and watch others. As you do, you are in the audience and you can see how others see the video stream. Notice how some are grainy and, look horrible despite the hostess’ best efforts. The key here is lighting and space. You do not need professional lighting but two or three clip lights strategically placed will make all the difference. Also, consider your space – is it cluttered or messy? This is your stage and should add to the image you are trying to present. It may not seem much, but as you watch the other cams, you will find there some hostesses with very messy or distracting spaces which actual detracts from their performance presentation.
Now it is time to sign up on a chat site. Your decision should be based on your review of the modeling agreements, how the site is promoted, site for reviews and features to help you the hostess. We work with Streamray Studios, to see their site click on Vice Live Chat Cams! to check out their site. Before you launch your cam, take the time to recoded 5-10, ten minute clips featuring you in different lingerie or outfits doing simple scenes, strip teases with you having a happy ending for their viewing pleasure. Also take about a dozen or two pictures of yourself to create an image gallery with some free pictures and some pay for access.
Each of your clips should be edited to include titles at the beginning and the end to give them a more complete and professional look. You do not need any fancy editing software to do this as Microsoft gives you a free video editor – Microsoft Movie Maker, (see: http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-movie-maker-get-started).
You are now ready to build your profile page. All of these sites have very simple drop and drag templates for you to build your profile and add your pictures and video clips in. Many also have simple page editors to allow you to customize you profile page, changing colors and adding backgrounds. Take your time here and do as best a job you can. Feel free to experiment with the page editors. You won’t break anything and you can always edit it as you learn more. Having your profile complete with pay access galleries and downloads is the way of generating additional income with out working.
Another place you can post pictures and video clips, is on clip sites. These are YOUTUBE like sites with one big difference, people pay to see your video clips One example is www.clips4sale.com . Before launching your studio, make sure you have at least 8-10 clips as well pictures to create your profile. Like your web cam profile, it is important to add new content on a regular basis.
Let us start tying this all together. This is very important. You want to promote to viewers of your web cam performances, that they can visit your profile or your clip site for downloads of you. Also on your video clips, you want to put your web cam profile web address and your clip site address so you can cross promote with each clip download. The same is true with your pictures; make sure you add either your clip site or web cam site URL on every picture.
Now you have your own business, you are a porn star and more or less on your terms. Your job now is to create content, do your online performances, develop your look, develop your brand and promote yourself. It does not stop there, you are also the business manager and accountant. When setting up your web cam and clip site account, you need to provide a bank account for you to get paid. I highly recommend you set up a separate chequing account so you can easily track your income from your online enterprise and keep all your receipts for things you purchased specifically for this business. This is important because this income is taxable and like any business, there are things you can write-off against the business income. You will need to consult a qualified accountant for more information on this and your local tax and accounting requirements.
The money does not come rolling in right away. You need time to start building your fan base and this is a slow process, requiring patience and consistent effort. Fans are won, one at a time, especially paying fans. The easiest way to lose them is by not having good new content consistently available. Also remember, the more content you have, the greater your potential earnings because you create more buying opportunities. You will see that as your fan base build, so does your income.
There is still lot for you to learn but hopefully this overview will give you enough information to make the right choice for yourself and give you enough insight to get started. Always remember, the more control you have over your image, the more money you get for the effort. Have fun and I hope to see you online sometime!
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