There is very little information out there which targets males, so I decided to do some digging to learn more. I ended up needing to adapt female-centric writings to extract things which are gender-neutral, rewrite things so they are more presentable to a male or just write my own stuff.
While interesting, this was a side-project I lightly researched ending in August 2015, but never pursued.
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What is a cam model? ∞
"Cam" is short for "Webcam". These are video cameras used for online video calls. See also /tag/webcams.
A cam model is someone who is viewed by an audience over the internet, using a webcam.
"Camming" is cam model performance.
The majority of cam models perform nude. The majority, but not all.
Appearance and performance ∞
The first idea most people get is that to be a nude webcam model one has to be "attractive". This is completely true, but not for the reason people think.
The majority of models lean heavily on their appearance. This is because appearance is strongly linked to self-esteem and so those with high self-esteem are less shy about performing.
Because less shy people perform, there is significant competition among appearance-based models. Some models try to stand out by having different appearances. This can be done with clothing or with personae. For example, dressing like and acting as a catholic school girl. Niche images, where niche viewers are particularly attracted to a style, are also a way to stand out.
Some models permanently adopt an image, others change multiple times during shifts, and some change for particular private performances.
Even when these appearance-based models work to stand out, there is significant competition. The only way for them to stand out even further is through performance, personality and being in a niche.
Many consumers value appearance, but consumer interest in appearance varies wildly. Many different "looks" exist. There become niches based on appearance. The goal of models in such a competitive environment is to be highly valued by under-served niche viewers.
Just as many high self-esteem models are forced to adopt niche images, anyone of any appearance can directly enter into cam modelling via a niche. As it happens, people who would have poor self-esteem from their perceived attraction become very attractive when entering into a modelling niche.
Beauty isn't everything.
Everyone is attracted to someone. Everyone is a part of some niche somewhere. Anyone who has niche interests which are under-served will gravitate toward models in their niche. Models who serve a niche are highly attractive to niche viewers.
The next level of competition is based on performance and personality. A boring beautiful model has limited value in the face of a boundlessly interesting niche model.
Non-nude modelling ∞
Entirely non-nude modelling becomes possible when niches do not require nudity. Hell, non-nude modelling is its own niche.
Just as a nude model can increase their value, a non-nude model is a strong competitor by focusing on performance and personality.
Attraction versus porn ∞
If people wanted air-brushed beauty, they would stick to porn. Performance and personality are impersonal in porn. The value that cam modelling brings is from live and personal interaction.
Porn can serve various appearance and personality niche markets, but it cannot serve the overall "personal-ness" market. Cam modelling continues to be a growth sector. There are positions available. Apply now, and all that.
Fitness for web cam modelling ∞
As already explained, common perceptions of self-attractiveness do not apply to web cam models. Personality and performance are what matter, even for the already-confident.
The best explanation of a model's mindset that I've read is "it's just myself, turned up to eleven". Being true to one's self is by far the most important aspect of personality. It lets a model stay in their comfort zone. This comfort comes across to the audience and emphasizes the personalness of camming. This is, again, the primary benefit to webcam modelling over porn.
Modelling is not a part-time job. To be part-time is to be buried under competition. Also, success isn't a measure of hours, but of effective hours. Having a short window of opportunity limits not just the collection of occasional viewers but of regulars. "Fan club"-type members are the bread and butter of modelling. Even with a large fan base, having only a few hours of operating limits the opportunities to capitalize on that fan base size, let alone grow it.
Most visitors are just bored or are exploring for their niche, but regulars have found their niche in a model and must be given every opportunity to tip and take them into private. Again, success isn't hours of show time, it's hours of private time. Private time is dominated the adoration of a model by their regulars.
Public and private chats, private shows and the economy of modelling will be explored further, later.
Understanding modelling fitness can be broken down as:
These, and any related nuances, all tie together. All of these qualities improve over time, but they are all immediately important when starting modelling. Why the start of modelling is so important will be discussed in more detail later.
Awkward, uneducated, or lazy modelling greatly impact success. A model who improves these things will increase their fitness.