10 Reasons NOT To Be a Camgirl

March 5, 2015 43 Comments Basics 132300 Views

People love talking about the benefits of webcam modeling, and they especially love it when new models get excited with them and sign up through the very convenient affiliate link provided. Yes, we like getting paid. Let’s drop the pretense.

Payday

 

 

That’s not to say that I regret choosing the camgirl life, but it’s not for everyone. It may or may not be for you, so let’s see if you still want the job after reading this post. 😉

 

The Cons of Camming

 

1. Every show you perform has the potential to hang around the interwebs for the rest of time.

If you’re not comfortable with this reality, you should probably be looking for an alternative source of income.

 

2. The sex industry is highly stigmatized.

Thanks to tradition and religion, the people in your life may not understand or even want to understand what you do for a living.

Read more: Prejudice in the 21st Century is So Not Sexy

 

3. The road to success as a camgirl is long, hard and slow.

And no, that’s not an innuendo lol. Camming is hard work!

 

4. The IRS still gets paid.

Cam sites are not your employers and therefore don’t take taxes out of your check. As an independent contractor, you’ll most likely end up paying your own taxes each year (assuming you pass up your personal amount).

 

5. Making money is never a guarantee.

If someone tries to tell you it is, they are lying. I’ve found that it tends to even out in the long run, but those few hours when you’re sitting there making nothing will likely be the most frustrating hours you’ve ever endured sitting there making nothing.

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6. You won’t always feel like working.

As with any self-employment gig, sometimes you’ve gotta kick yourself in the butt. This is when you find out how self-motivated you really are.

 

7. If the thought of entertaining guests you can’t see weirds you out, this might not be for you.

You’ll see some customers on cam during private sessions, but most are acting out a fantasy that turning the lights on would destroy. Sometimes you won’t even get any clues as to what they’re looking for and you just have to put on a random show.

 

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8. People will make assumptions about your personality based on the work you do, even if it says nothing about who you are.

 

 

You can’t keep secrets and maintain a fulfilling real-life relationship at the same time. If you aren’t currently with someone who supports your thoughts about becoming a camgirl, finding a new partner may prove to be more challenging than you would hope. The same goes for friends. If you have social anxiety, the life of a camgirl could be lonely.

 

9. Some people are creepy.

Others are mean. In my experience, most customers have been pleasant and/or fun to talk to overall – but you’ll need either a thick skin or the ability to laugh it off when the other kind of customer tries to rile you up. If you take things too seriously, camming can become just another stressful job.

 

10. The camming industry is full of liars and sometimes it can be hard to tell what’s real and what’s not.

I intend to shed a lot of light onto webcam modeling here at O Camgirl. Ultimately I want to give you the tools you need to recognize the scum and scammers and make smart decisions on your own.

Read more: How to Recognize a Scam in the Camgirl Industry

 

Want more? Check out:

20 More Reasons Not To Be A Camgirl

 

Take it easy.

 

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Cat

Founder and editor-in-chief at OCamgirl.com. Three years on cam. Rocks out on the piano in her free time.

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43 Comments

  1. Monica Woodbury January 22, at 01:03

    One more reason, Cam sights rip u off badly… When you are making .30 cents on the dollar and and they are getting .70 cents yea.. and I’m going to go back threw the agreement because we’re I signed up I read 60/40… When I finally figured the math was wrong, and they tell me it’s 30/70 I was blown the f away…. See that is worse than strip clubs… And they are being sued, because of taking so much money, if they take money, without them paying you a paycheck , that is a employee, which means they pay u min.you also have rules were you can’t apparently tell them about the fan page you may have made up for just the sight lol…

    Reply
    • Cat January 22, at 08:31

      I can’t disagree with you there, Monica! When you stop to think about how much the site is taking, goddamn. But I have to say, I make the majority of my money on Streamate where the payout is only 35%. This is pretty standard for the private platforms. You get a higher cut on sites like Chaturbate, like 50%+ but they are public oriented. So this is why you gotta research the sites and pick the one you feel works best for you. I’d rather make 35% than nothing, personally. But yeah, definitely something to consider. Thanks for reading/commenting!

      Reply
  2. Bambi December 16, at 09:46

    Whats a legit website that pays good?

    Reply
    • Cat December 17, at 07:59

      Chaturbate is highly recommended for beginners and they pay out 5 cents per token.

      Reply
  3. kassiass December 04, at 10:09

    Hello,
    As a young lady (48) that has been told by several guys that I need to get into this business, I appreciate your information. Unlike younger ladies that may care what their families or others may think, I truly don’t give a flying flip because only I pay my bills. After reading this I feel I have a better perspective on what to and what not to expect. I did have visions of money piling up at an incredible rate but now those illusions of grandeur are gone. I am very confident and I have been on cam enough for free to know that I do enjoy pleasing the person on the other side. Thanks again for sharing!!

    Reply
    • Cat December 04, at 19:07

      Hi Kassiass,
      I think you’ll do very well in this industry with that attitude. 😉 Very happy to hear you’re going into it with realistic expectations, and if you ever need anything you know where we are! All the best, Cat

      Reply
  4. Bunny November 14, at 07:08

    I totally agree with this article. It takes a lot of guts to put yourself out on the internet like this, I was a cam girl for a little while, but It wasn’t ideal because I lived at home with my parents ( lol ). But i think if you have a strong mind and set out clear goals for yourself as a cammer, you can make a lot of money and have fun too. Its not for everybody, but Its also really fun in my opinion. Please do some research if you are thinking about doing this –
    Formerly an IM affiliate link.

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    • Cat November 14, at 10:44

      Thanks for commenting Bunny. I definitely agree – it’s important to treat camming as a business and not everyone is cut out for owning their own business.

      Please refrain from promoting your affiliate links on O Camgirl. This site does not exist for you to spam.

      Best,
      Cat

      Reply
  5. Shameless Self Promotion October 11, at 16:00

    You are right. Getting little bit extra money is very easy, but for huge incomes you really need to put effort to this. Most important thing is ATTITUDE.

    Reply
  6. Kendra August 21, at 19:10

    Hi Cat,
    I just read your article which was very insightful. Thank you! I considered trying this work because of my debt and my biggest concern was the first one you stated. It’s not that secure and can be seen on the web by non-users. My question is even with the best secure technology, can’t it be very private on the web from anyone wanting to search for me online, secure whether working at a studio or at home? A friend convinced me that even if I used an alias, if someone wanted to find me online, my photos/ videos from webcam could still come up, along with any other photos, information out there on me. How is that possible with the top, secure technology these sites and studios are offerring? Can you explain some more. Thanks!

    Reply
    • Cat August 22, at 11:32

      Hi Kendra,
      This is a great question. The only thing the sites can really defend against is hacking (i.e. their records with your info). No one can prevent your guests from potentially recording what’s on their screen, using a camera or screen capture software. It happens, and it’s the Internet. There are of course steps you can take to protect your privacy. However we as camgirls have to come to terms with the fact that the possibility of being “outed” always exists. If you’re very concerned about your privacy, I would not recommend this line of work.
      Thanks for reading O Camgirl!
      Best,
      Cat

      Reply
      • Kendra August 22, at 11:59

        Hi Cat,
        Thanks so much for your quick response and yes the privacy factor is huge for me! This is just not for me.

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        • Cat August 22, at 13:34

          Hi Kendra,
          You’re quite welcome. I’m glad we could help. You might want to consider alternatives such as phone sex work or paid sexting. I don’t know a lot about these but I do know they are options that would allow you to work in the industry without sharing as much of your image.
          All the best,
          Cat

          Reply
  7. Dana Mau July 18, at 00:47

    I think it really depends on the webcam studio you work with. I’ve had different webcam jobs that I wasn’t satisfied with, mostly because the people there were’t professionals. But now I’ve finally found the best webcam studio ever and I wish you all could benefit from the same experience!

    Reply
    • Cat July 21, at 11:00

      If you want to work for a studio, there are certainly good ones. However I always recommend working directly with sites so that you get your full commission. I would ask that you not name drop your own studio here. This is not an advertising forum. Thanks for sharing!

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      • Zgirl July 23, at 06:43

        Hi cat I am considering to be come a camgirl I am really over welmed with my decision and so on one of my reasons for noting to do this is one I’m a 26 yr student trying to finish college with no job you see I’m all so a high school drop out do to hard times so I have to get my GED as well and just recently my dad who was the help got sick so I had to stop school agin this is my third time and it was and is pretty serious really serious and try to take care of my dad and food and everyday expenses I feel it taking a toll on me and I’m plus size with big boobs an big booty so everyone I ever worked with in the past pretty much think I a slot anyway so I need help I don’t really care what happens to me but my family is the most important and I talked to my Dad about this and he very supportive and tells me he just wants me to be safe and happy the rest of my family is kinda who I worry about they can care two shits about but that won’t stop them from having something to say negative about me hell they do any even if I did this or not why would you do thanks

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        • Cat July 23, at 10:42

          Hey Zgirl,
          First off, thank you for reading O Camgirl. I understand your concerns about what your family thinks, and you’re way ahead of a lot of people already since your dad is supportive. This is a job that a lot of people decide to keep secret from certain people because it is so stigmatized and there is always unfortunately a risk that people won’t understand your choice of work. Personally, I would keep it a secret from those kinds of people. You don’t owe them anything, and if you have to tell them about your job you could just say you found something in internet sales or customer service. I wish you the best.
          Cat

          Reply
  8. JR July 02, at 00:03

    Camming is hard work ?? lol Dancing around half naked while sipping cocktails is not work.

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    • Arcana July 02, at 19:39

      JR, In attempting to decipher your comment, I have concluded that you have no idea what you are talking about what so ever and really aren’t worth responding to but still, I can’t resist… You seem to have this image of a camgirl being like a dancer at a strip club and I sincerely wonder why you would bother to comment at all with your obvious lack of knowledge about the topic. Take a look over the site you are running your mouth on and educate yourself a bit before making yourself a target for those who would gleefully expose your ignorance and have a laugh at your expense. Let’s have a chat again when you can define the difference between a camgirl and a stripper- both of which have likely worked harder & with more passion and purpose than you ever will in your life. —Arcana

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      • AngelCakes December 16, at 07:08

        Better yet, JR can sign up for a site and try it out since it’s sooooo easy. Just sipping cocktails!
        I’d love to see what the boys on the sites make of JR

        Reply
  9. Cassie July 01, at 22:16

    Hey Cat. What website do you recommend for someone who wants to do webcamming and how does the pay work if you do not recommend PayPal?

    Reply
    • Cat July 04, at 10:10

      Hey Cassie,
      Check out the sites we’ve reviewed so far here: Cam Site Reviews. Cam sites usually offer a number of payment options like checks in the mail, direct deposit, Payoneer (an adult-friendly Paypal alternative), etc. The customer pays the cam site, and the cam site pays you. Hope that helps! Best, Cat

      Reply
  10. Cam studio March 25, at 06:47

    Thanks for all the info! I hope webcam models read it and use these honest pieces of advice. Some people feed on young girl naivety, so it’s important that they are aware of both pros and cons of becoming a webcam model.

    Reply
    • Cat March 26, at 18:12

      Happy to hear you found this info helpful. Thank you for your kind response! All the best, Cat

      Reply
  11. sky March 22, at 16:25

    Is webcamsuniversity legit?

    Reply
    • Cat March 22, at 20:28

      Since they offer Paypal as a payment method I would not personally recommend them. Paypal is not a legitimate payment method for adult services. Please refer to this post for more info on how to recognize a legit site. Thanks!

      Reply
  12. belly belly March 17, at 22:08

    You may have some valid points, but your “opinion” doesn’t sway anything when you don’t have circumstantial situations to explain why you feel so. This article didn’t help me one way or another, only made me think you got your feelings hurt and are trying to project them out to anyone wanting to try this experience.

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    • Cat March 18, at 08:20

      I appreciate you sharing your thoughts on this post. My “opinion” is based on three years of experience on cam, and the point of this post is not to sway anything. The point of this entire blog is to provide a complete picture of camming, and this is just part of the series designed to help with the process of deciding whether the job is for you or not. (Most) every other blog on the subject attempts to convince you that webcam modeling is fucking fantastic, but fails to provide the complete picture. On that note, this is only a piece of the Start Here page, where you’ll find the pros as well as the cons. Thank you again for taking the time to comment! Best, Cat

      Reply
    • "Pointing out dipshits" Mcgee December 02, at 23:44

      I’m sorry, but are you an imbecile?

      She didn’t once say anything against it, only facts that every performer that sticks with it faces frequently. If this didn’t provide you with any kind of info, it might be because you’re a damn moron.

      Reply
  13. Lynn March 19, at 15:07

    I think your article is very insightful, I applaud you for your honesty. There is a lot of good information on your website. It really made me think before I made a judgement.

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    • Cat March 19, at 15:15

      Thanks Lynn! It is my goal to make you think, so mission accomplished 😛 All the best to you.

      Reply
  14. Michael March 08, at 15:46

    Wow! You have a lot of courage stating the facts about being a Camgirl and expressing your personal experiences. I have a lot of respect for you!

    Reply
    • Cat March 08, at 15:56

      Michael, thank you. I really appreciate your encouraging comments. Thanks for stopping by!

      Reply
  15. Hilda March 07, at 13:47

    Creepy people is a strong reason not do be a camgirl. Someone performing that kind of show may put herself at risk unknowingly. I imagine that , as you point out, the road to success in such a job must not an easy own. In fact, I imagine that it involves a certain amount of sacrifice. This article is a very honest summary of the reason why someone must not be a cam girl. Great job, Cat!

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    • Cat March 07, at 20:10

      Hi Hilda!

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this topic. It’s good to have multiple perspectives here. However I’m not sure what you meant by sacrifice, given that these cons are here to help girls and guys weigh whether becoming a webcam model is right for them or not. If a model is sacrificing anything of herself or her values, she is either not model material or she is giving away too much. What a camgirl does on the job is always completely within her control.

      I feel that I should point out that creepy does not equal dangerous, and even if it does there are tons of safety precautions that both the cam sites and models can take. Models go in with a fake name, fake or vague back story, and everything else merely personality-based to protect their identity.

      My point with this post is to get people to consider the cons before getting excited about the benefits. Too many models jump in headfirst when they hear the numbers, but there are so many other factors to consider. For one, as you point out, it’s not easy at all. It takes a particular mindset and determination to succeed at this type of business. I do not regret becoming a camgirl myself, but the job is not for everyone and there are not enough sites that actually tell you what you’re getting yourself into.

      Again, thank you very much for your input. I appreciate you taking the time to comment. 🙂

      Cat

      Reply
  16. John March 05, at 15:30

    Cat,
    This is very interesting line of work. Your ten reasons for not being a camgirl are much like other internet jobs. If you do not do your research, you could be giving away money instead of earning money. Very difficult to weed out the legitimate jobs when you are not going to a place to work. Great information.
    John

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    • Cat March 05, at 19:37

      Hi John,

      I can see some parallels for sure. I’ll be addressing more on actual scams in the future, but suffice it to say if a camgirl is asked for money she is being scammed. She should only ever be making money! But it can be hard to find a company that will give a fair commission. All things that will be addressed in future posts so stay tuned!

      Thank you for taking the time to comment on this one.

      Cat

      Reply
  17. Donna B March 05, at 15:07

    These are all well thought out reasons based on your personal experience which people will relate to. Stay safe!

    Reply
  18. Jason March 05, at 14:31

    I don’t check out these sites and nor do I envy the girls who take on the task of doing this for a living. I would not personally advise anyone to go down this route and I have to be honest, I would be highly disappointed and annoyed if my daughter took this job. But at the same time I am happy to see there is a support network for those that are in the trade. For this reason I can say to you, good job and keep up the good work.

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    • Cat March 05, at 19:32

      Jason, I really appreciate you commenting on this. I don’t think any parent would be happy to see their son or daughter working in the sex industry, but of course this does go back to the stigmatization of it all and traditional values. I can definitely understand your perspective though, which is why I don’t let my parents know what I do. It makes me really sad to have to keep it from them, but I do because ultimately I don’t want to hurt them with my choices.

      Then again, I think the same could have been said about massage therapy (for example) only a few years ago.

      Thank you again for taking the time to share your thoughts! All the best.

      Reply
  19. Emily March 05, at 14:30

    Hi Cat!
    Love your honesty and direct approach! So good that you are trying to prevent others from being abused or scammed within this industry. It does not seem to be for everyone that’s for sure and it is not easy magic money as some might think. It seems to be like you have to be sure of yourself and be able to handle different types of personalities to be a cam girl

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    • Cat March 05, at 19:27

      Nice to see you again Emily! You are totally right, as a webcam model I have encountered so many different kinds of people that I doubt I would ever have met in real life. It can be seriously interesting if you’re into psychology haha! But yes, no such thing as “easy magic money” 😉 Thanks for your comments!

      Reply

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