How to become a webcam girl?
Becoming a webcam model is not difficult things. You need couples of things to prepare to start working. Being camgirl, you can expect to make a lots of money that you may not be able to earn from usual job. This page explains how to become a webcam girl and how to choose the best camgirls site. Reading this page, you will be ready to start working as a webcam girl.
1. Equipment and set up to become a webcam girl
OS: Windows XP(More than SP3) Vista 7.x 8.x 10
CPU: Intel core 2 duo 2.4 GHz
Memory: 2 GB
USB port: 2.0
If you have recently purchased a computer, you should be covered as it broadcasting does not require high spec.
Good lighting can vastly improve the quality of poor webcams.
When choosing the light, you need to consider 3 things
1. Color rendering properties(CRI)
Color Rendering Index (CRI) is how the color of an object appears under the artificial light source illuminating as compared to natural outdoor sunlight which has CRI 100.
Color Temperature is expressed in degrees Kelvin (K). For example, noon daylight is about 5500 degrees Kelvin. Lower the Kelvin is the color looks red. The higher the Kelvin is the color looks blue.
Lumen is a measure of the total "amount" of visible light emitted by a source. The higher the lm, the brighter it is.
This is the example of how the lighting affects the image.
3000K 3000K 6500K
CRI 52 CRI 82 CRI 82
We recommend the lights with following specifications.
85 to 91
5000 to 6500
More than 3000
When choosing the light online, you need to pay attention on Lumen and Kelvin as those determine brightness and color of the light.
No direct light
Using only one light creates shadows. Make sure you use multiple lights. A three-point (three different lamps) lighting system is recommended. Place one light on your light and left and one light on above or below. If lighting is too close which makes your body too white, use indirect lighting system. You can do this by either turning the light to a wall or covering the light by few layers of paper or cloth (Please make sure bulb does not get hot. The lighting can get really hot depending on what lights you use)
Investing in a good quality cam right away is ideal. The better image and sound will provide you a better chance at grabbing viewers' attention. Even if you look beautiful, poor camera quality reduces your attractiveness.
Nowadays, webcam models with poor quality camera can not even compete with other models as viewers choose better quality channel. Thus, becoming a successful webcam model requires good webcam.
The webcams listed below have a built-in microphone that works very well. All three cameras work with the Logitech software, which gives awesome control over how your webcam looks.
Logitech Webcam Pro 9000
this one is no longer directly in production, so you'll have to get it used or refurbished. Amazon sometimes has them for $50-$60.) It has a relatively soft look to the picture and warmer colors once adjusted in the settings.
Logitech c910c920 which are a higher HD version of the 9000 and will cost around $70-$150. These cams have a little more neutral color balance
to them once adjusted in the settings.
Some things to keep in mind for whatever camera you choose:
- 1.Turn OFF the auto-focus setting! It is frustrating that every time a model moves, the image is blurry for a moment
- 2. The exposure/gain and white balance settings need to be adjusted
Attaching your webcam to a tripod makes for easy mobility and great adjustability. This reduces unnecessary movement and noise from having your cam on top of your laptop lid. The c920 has a tripod mount, but you can get creative with velcro or zip ties!
Having camera towards window will let the webcam to have wrong brightness setting. Also looking down the webcam does not provide good view of your face. So this is not good position.
The camera position looks good but lighting is not good. Directly spotting the light on your face will create shadow on your face which make your face look older.
This position looks good. No direct light and no looking down the webcam.
It is good have many variation of Sexy lingerie and clothing to entertain the viewers. Depending on who you are targeting, you need to change what you wear. For example, if you are selling yourself as "a girl next door" type, you may want to wear a pair of jeans and t shirts. For the case of Japanese market, sexy cloth is not recommended. The viewers are there to see amateur models rather than pro models. Thus wearing sexy dress gives impression that the model is not amateur but pro. Wearing girly cloths is good for Japanese market.
Hiding your identity is very crucial to avoid any troubles with viewers. You do not want to use your real name when you do camming. Make up stage name and sticks to it when you work in front of webcam.
2. How to choose the best camgirl sites?
Which site is the best camgirl site depends on who you are and what you are looking for. You may be looking for a site that you can make the money most or a site that nobody who you know can find out.
There are several sites such as, "My Free Cam," "Chaturbate," and "Streamate" that provide a platform to broadcast shows. Each sites has different audiences and market themselves differently. One site targets specific fetish while other markets themselves as free live webcam sites. The way you can earn money is different from each site. Thus, how to become a webcam girl is to choose how you want to earn money. when you decide which site to work for, you have to think several things.
2.1 3ways to make money on webcam
There are 3 ways to make living as a webcam girl, depending on the site you work. Each revenue stream has advantage and disadvantage. Here is the explanation on each.
The most common way of making money in U.S based site is tipping which My Free Cam and Chaturbate are known for. The difficulty to make a living based on tipping is that there is an uncertainty on how much she can make. If it is good day, you can get tipping right away to meet the target earning possibly more than what you expects. If you are lucky to have some rich viewers, you get $1,000 as a tip. However, if it is bad day, you need to work much longer than you usually work. Because the site system is build in the way that popular cam girls get all the attention, most of webcam girls can not usually expect to have an easy day. The earning gap between popular webcam model and not popular cam girl is huge.
In addition, since it is free it is very easy to go into the site and check what is going on. This increases risk that someone you know finds out that you works as a camgirl. Those free site often have function that can block the region where you are broadcasting. But that function is not perfect. Detail is explained at "block the region/country"
Pay per minutes Private show/Group show
Pay per minutes show is other way of earning money. Private chat is 1 to 1 chatting session while group chat is 1 to many chatting session. DX live, FC2 live, Live Jasmin and Streamate fall under this group. The merit of choosing these sites are once a viewer enters a model's room, you start to receive money. The income seems to be guaranteed, however, sometimes you have to wait more than an hour until someone enters your room. In that sense, there is still uncertainty.
Some sites have function to change your charge per minutes. This seems to be great option but the optimal price is determined by "invisible hand". If you set the rate too high, no one enters your room. If you set the rate too low, you get busy but lose opportunities that you can get more money. It all depends on competition that you are facing. This will be explained latter in this page.
Private show vs Group show
While private show is 1 to 1 session, group chat is 1 to many chatting session. The merit of choosing group chat is your earning is multiplied by number of people who come to your group chat show. In addition, the risk that you have to wait is mitigated as you can targets multiple people. However, none of U.S based camming site offer a good platform to do group chat. This is because the competition among webcam sites does not allow market to have a group chat as an appealing option. From the viewers stand point, it is more appealing to go to a site which offers free show such as My Free Cam and Chaturbate. A reason that viewers go to private chatting site is they would like to satisfy their desire to occupy model's attention. With group chat option, viewers can not occupy a model and they have to pay which they do not have to do so in free sites. Therefore, group chat does not get popular in American market.
FC2 live is specialized in group chat. The pros and cons part of group chat is that the earning between popular models and unpopular models is quite high similar to tipping based site.
Selling videos and pictures
This is great way to make money while you are not online. Manyvids is the one of the biggest platform in the market. Selling videos and picture online is very competitive as you are competing with not only other camgirls but online porn providers as well. The questions you have to ask yourself before you choose this route is" Why do people buy videos from me?". If you have solid fans already, you can sell those videos easy but if you are just starting as a webcam model, you would have tough time selling your products.
Which one is good choice for me?
You have several options to choose from. One has big earning potential but has higher risk to be failed and risk that someone you know see you work as a camgirl while other may be suitable for someone who care more about friends and family finding your secret job. The best camgirl site really depends on what you are looking for. Below matrix shows earning potential vs risk that someone you know finds out.
If you are a risk taker, I would recommend the tipping based site as top models(about 10 people) make around $50,000 per months. If you would like to have minimum exposure to the internet world, we would recommend the private chat site. If you would like to have secure and higher earning than private chat site but willing to take little more risk, we would recommend the group chat sites which Japanese sites are the best sites to work for.
What makes the best cam girl site as the best?
You know what type of earning method is better choice for you if you read this page. Now, you need to narrow down the lists of the site into few sites. There are tons of camming sites in the internet world. The process on how to become a webcam models involves investigation on each camming sites to see if you can be successful. Each sites is different and has different audiences. In order to determine what is the best site to become a webcam girl, you need to check several criteria on what makes the best cam girl site as the best for you.
When you think about which site best fits to you, you have to think what you can offer and who will like you the most. You know not everyone likes you and get along with you from your own experience. You have to think what type of person you get along with the most. It can be race, language, age, sexual fetish, hobby, culture and so on. What you can offer depends on what your sexual experiences is. You may be able to offer something that is not something many models can offer such as peeing in front of camera or fistfuck. Once you have ideas on what type of person you get along with well and what you can offer, you need to start investigating if there is any sites that market to people who may have that variables or sexual fetish you can offer. If you can find one, you have good chance that you can be successful model.
You want to work with the site that have decent traffic. The more people at the site, the better the chance is. When you check the traffic, you need to know where the traffic comes from as the traffic changes by the time. People usually visit to a live webcam site at night. One site may have the highest traffic at 12 AM in your time while other site has the highest traffic at 2 PM. It all depends on where the traffic comes from. You may want to find the site that has the highest traffic at the time that you are available. In addition, while it is not necessarily wrong that the higher the traffic, the better chance you have, you have to consider competition as well.
You are not the only model who works as a cam girl. There are tons of models who are trying to make money as much as possible. Everyday new models sign up to grab the dream. So traffic itself is not enough information to determine the chance of success. But you need to check the level of competition as well. This element is often overlooked when new models seek how to be a webcam model. But this is very important process.
Here is the formula to determine the level of competition.
traffic/number of models = the number of viewers that you can expect to have
*you can find the traffic at https://www.similarweb.com/
The higher the number, the better your chance is.
Now you need think about your specific target is. Most of the time, live webcam site has several different audience who has different preference. It is the same for internet model as well. There are different type of models. One may be marketing as "girl next door" or one may be marketing as " BBW" model. Find out how many models who are the same type as you are at the site you are planning to work for.
Once you have the number, divide that by number of models at the site to get the proportion. The lower the number, the lower the competition is. You have to be careful when you do analysis that you need to make sure that the site contains specific audience that you are targeting at.
The payment periods depends on each site. Some sites offer instance cash offer while some do 15 days after closing day.
Reviews of the camgirls sites
Once you have lists of the sites you may want to try out, final thing you want to check is the reviews. Google the name of the site+ reviews to see if there is any bad reviews. Bad reviews are usually regarding the site support. Some sites are known for slow response.