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ONLINE WEBCAM MODELING
Online webcam modeling is more socially
acceptable than escorting by both customers
and models. There is a real distance between
the model and his audience, unlike an escort who is
likely to be far more intimate with his customer.
Both buyers and sellers consider escorting a seedier
business. Online is obviously safer with no physical
contact since models don't meet their customer in
Zakk Matthews is a live online webcam model on
Flirt4Free.com. Though he hails from a supportive
family, one of the few porn actors I have met who does,
Zakk takes advantage of limiting features of the cam site
and blocks his state of origin as well as several other
states where family friends live. He would rather Mom
and Dad not take in a show.
Online webcam customers view a model doing
everyday activities such as studying, sleeping, house
cleaning and chatting. Or, even more intimate activities
when the model is successful at getting his viewers to
ante up the fees for a private show.
Website rules preclude nudity in public chats. A
model must at minimum wear underwear. Only in
private shows may a model show it all.
In public view everyone sees the same video and
chat though a customer can speak to them privately by
"whispering" to the model for free. The model can then
respond privately back. Generally a whisper is used to
set up a private show.
A private show can be purchased by an individual
customer or by a group of customers who get together
to cover the cost. These rates are set by the model and
a successful model rakes in tips in addition to the fee.
In a private show the model doesn't see the customer
and each one makes his requests for specific activity,
special performance, or fetish behavior via text chat.
Customers can hear the model's voice though they
cannot speak to the model.
Public viewing, as the website name promises is
free. Private shows and texting the model is charged by
credits per minute and customers can send tips to see
more. Credits are purchased from the website. Similar
to any time based business the webcam model attempts
to keep his customer interested as long as possible.
The longer the private session, the more credits
transfer from the customer to the model. The trade off
is that the customer may give up and leave while the
model drags out his performance. Keeping the customer
interested while keeping tension to a happy ending is
The goal becomes keeping the customer engaged,
energizing the performance by building anticipation
and requesting tips for additional actions. Speaking
the customers name, engaging them personally and
knowing when their interest is waning are all tools
models use to keep their best customers from leaving
the show. In addition to the private show charges and
tips a generous customer can visit the model's wish list;
the website hosts the store, makes the sale and delivers
the item to the model.
Each customer has his own expectations of what
he would like to see. Zakk has been asked to play
with his feet for a foot play fetish customer, pretend
to bottom using positions and toys, cut his head hair
(which thankfully he didn't, its beautiful hair), shower,
masturbate, and oddly enough often to simply smile
and be there.
Ejaculation is the premier event, and anticipation
of that keeps private customers on longest. Multiple
customers can be in the private chat and though they
may have split the cost to be there, they serve as an
additional source for tips. Within the private session
a customer who has not paid the full price of entry
may voyeur the show, seeing the private show but not
As in any successful production a stage is important.
Professional webcam models set up a stage that is
stylishly appointed, even elegant, well lighted, and
uncluttered to stand out from ordinary profiles. Well-
staged sets draw customers in. Many models simply
webcam from their bedroom or dorm room on a rumpled
bed surrounded by personal items, even bicycles.
Online web cam modeling is about creating a
relationship with the customer versus getting off, the
object of online porn. Creating an emotional connection
with the customer helps the model keep his customer
on longer and coming back more often. When a favorite
model is not online a customer can call by phone to
set up a later video chat, or just phone chat to hear the
model's voice, all the while paying for this time.
Many online web cam models are also gay porn
actors. Choosing to model online has benefits over
acting such as better pay, control of working hours,
no boss, no physical risk, performing in the comfort of
their own home, no travel, few work clothes, and no
Brooks Brothers suits.
THE SECRET LIFE OF SMALL TIME PORN
Part 4 of columnist Ric Reily’s ﬁrst person series
on the porn industry
Story by Ric Reily, with
Jonathan R. Nicholes
Visit SFGN.com/PornSeries to view the series.
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