How to Get Ready For Your First Day on Cam

April 11, 2016 16 Comments 66833 Views

You started here. Given all the pros and cons, you’ve decided that webcam modeling may be a good fit and you’re ready to give it a try for real. Well, okay then! Let’s get you ready.


Things You’ll Need:


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] High Speed Internet and HD Webcam

Your future clients are much more likely to pay for your show if you’re streaming in high quality with a proper cam. Your built-in webcam is probably not gonna cut it here. Logitech is always a pretty safe bet. A lot of models are using the Logitech C920.

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[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Proper Lighting

Most of your light should be coming from behind your webcam, at around 45 degree angles to you. If you can set up while the sun’s up in a room with a window, you’re golden. Use at least two sources of soft light. Try lamps without shades if you’re starting on a budget. If you’ve got some money to sink into your lights, you may want to try a simple lighting kit like this one. Your lighting is going to play a huge role in the overall quality of your stream. Higher quality streaming leads to higher money making potential.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Toys

I recommend starting off with one quality vibrator. You can expand your collection after you start making money. I know the best discounts usually happen on Amazon, and the selection is tempting. However it can be hit or miss when you’re buying from third party vendors, since you can’t guarantee exactly what you’re getting (some vendors sell knockoffs). I personally trust PinkCherry though, so I buy all my toys there.


Read more: 7 Popular Sex Toy Shopping Questions Answered


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Outfits

You’ll want to have at least a couple of cute options ready to go. If you need to expand your new alter-ego’s wardrobe at all, just look up “sexy” on Amazon. It’s kinda magical, lol.

I personally get everything but toys on Amazon. (I buy my toys at PinkCherry.) If you want an alternative for costumes and shit, I have heard really good things about Yandy and PinkCherry also has a pretty good selection. 

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] An apt disguise (optional)

Many of you have asked about wearing disguises on cam. If you’re more comfortable that way, try out a wig. I recommend getting something you could pass off as your own hair unless you’re into cosplay. Japanese synthetic fiber (Kanekalon) is the best affordable option in my experience. Pretty masks are also a great option.

Read more: Can I Hide My Face to Disguise My Identity?


Things To Do:


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Set up your cam space

Nothing worse than a dysfunctional work area. Whether you’re setting up on a bed, couch, or even in your kitchen – make it comfortable and appealing for you and your guests.

Read more: 5 Simple Steps to a Cam Space You’ll Love


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Take a super sexy profile pic

Sexy doesn’t have to mean sexual. Just show off your best features and look like you’re having a good time. A quality head shot can work wonders on your profile.

Read more: How to Take a Super Sexy Profile Pic


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Take 1 head shot and 1 full body (non-nude) pic for application

During the application process, you’ll usually be asked for one picture of your ID and one of you holding your ID.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Choose a model name

Choose wisely. Your name becomes your brand.

Read more: How to Choose the Best Camgirl Name


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Choose a cam site and apply to become a model

There are two kinds of sites: private oriented and public oriented. If you’re into the idea of entertaining a crowd, you’ll be right at home on Chaturbate. If you think you’d prefer the intimacy of one-on-one sessions, you might want to start by checking out Flirt4Free. This is obviously just a starting point as there are many sites to choose from. But you only need one to learn the business and these two are beginner-friendly sites where many models have created successful camming careers.


[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Set up profile and Twitter account

If possible, make your model name your Twitter handle. This will help you promote yourself more effectively in the future.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Get sexy

If you wear a normal amount of makeup, you might look like you’re not wearing any on cam. While a lot of guys love the natural look, you may want to apply extra.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Tweet it.

Might seem futile but it’s a good habit to get into. Just let the world know you’re logging on to your cam for your first show ever. Remember to use (just a couple) relevant hashtags.

[wp-svg-icons icon=”checkbox-unchecked” wrap=”i”] Turn on your cam

Your future fans are waiting for you. 😉
Take it easy.

About author


Founder of Five years on cam. Rocks out on the piano in her free time.

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  1. athena November 25, at 13:40

    hi ! i’m going to start camming very soon but i’m not quite sure how taxes come into play ? i’m 19 and i’ve never done them before but i heard even as a camgirl you will need to or you’ll still get in trouble and i’m very anxious about doing it properly. i’m not sure what i would file them under or how often to pay or things like that, but if it would be possible for you to maybe give me some sort of advice or rundown of it and what other camgirls do i’d really appreciate it !! thank you so much for your time and thank you for your posts, they’ve been incredibly helpful !

    • Cat February 11, at 20:51

      You’ll file taxes as a self employed independent contractor every year at the same time as everyone else. You can claim all your business expenses to save taxes- if you work from home that’ll include the portion of your living expenses that you use to run your business. Please consult a tax professional if you need more specific info. And thanks for reading O Camgirl!

  2. PRedd June 23, at 12:33

    hey ! I just signed up & got accepted on a cam site.. its asking for Model Tags.. do you have any examples you can help me with please !? I’m a beginner obviously lol

    • Cat June 23, at 13:19

      Cool, sounds like a great opportunity to market your attributes. Some customers have very specific things they look for, so don’t leave out something even if it seems mundane (for example: glasses, piercings). Other attributes might be things like body type, other physical features, tattoos, personality descriptors (example: dominant/submissive), available toys, etc. You get the idea. Hope this helps 🙂

  3. Sofiagrace November 18, at 17:11

    Hey I was wondering if you could
    Make a post talking about camming coming up on your background checks!!! I hear confusing things like jobs don’t check these things unless you’re applying for a federal job or that it just comes up as you working as an independent contractor?

    This really made me nervous !!! I want to cam but I don’t feel comfortable if it’s going to be ingrained in my info. People are still pretty closed minded sadly.

    • Cat November 26, at 23:29

      Hi Sofia,

      Most cam sites operate under a parent company that won’t raise any questions for people looking into your history. All that will be on any background check is the fact that you were an independent contractor with that parent company.

      Hope that helps.


  4. Estela October 29, at 20:57


    I’m considering camming but quick question– do most people masturbate on camera? Are there viewers who don’t necessarily need it?

    • Cat October 30, at 10:00

      Hi Estela!

      Yes, most people masturbate on cam. This is because some form of masturbation is an extremely common request in this industry. However, there are definitely viewers who don’t need this. There are various fetishists and viewers looking for a different kind of experience. Just pay attention to requests and be clear about what you’re willing to do on cam. Thanks for the question!

  5. Dee April 19, at 00:45

    If I want to start camming soon, but my ID doesn’t arrive yet for another 45 or so days, are there any wesbites that don’t require you to show yourself along with your ID while filling out an application?

    • Cat April 19, at 08:17

      Hey Dee, I get that you’re eager to get started and I don’t blame ya! But you will need to take a picture of your ID, and a picture of you holding your ID, for any reputable site. It’s standard procedure for age verification which, in this industry, is extremely important. Hang in there!

  6. Em October 28, at 12:47

    Do I have to show my face?? I want to start camming a couple nights a week to help with my savings account but I don’t want to show my face because this is not what I want to do as a career.

    • Cat October 28, at 14:57

      Think about it from the customers’ perspective. If they never see your face, what reason will they have to come see you again and again? If you want to be successful at a camming gig on the side, you will need to show your face. A lot of camgirls opt to use disguises, like wigs and a ton of makeup so they won’t be recognized.

  7. Simoriah September 29, at 05:02

    I have a name question, since it does become a brand, can you take it to multiple cam sites? Or do they try to regulate names you use?

    • Cat September 29, at 13:19

      Your name is your brand, as you said. You can take it with you wherever you go. Thanks for the good question!

      • Simoriah September 29, at 16:24

        Thanks for the info. You’re doing an awesome job with this blog keep it up. I swear I check in every week just to see what’s new.

        • Cat September 29, at 20:44

          Thanks so much for the encouraging comment. 🙂


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