Most models, like 25-year-old Lisa Klark, work from home.Originally from Russia, Klark began camming two years ago to supplement her job as a ballroom dance teacher in South Florida (she occasionally shows off her steps for viewers).Klark works for a few hours every night, after her classes.
Day or night, at any hour and across a dizzying array of sites, models of every shape, age and ethnicity perform all sorts of acts for group audiences, most of them unprintable in a newspaper. The tactics to maximize profits might even include raffles — one model recently offered tickets for 99 tokens (about ), with the winner getting a dinner date via Skype. If you toss out the pay-to-play sex acts, some exchanges almost seem sweet. "I don't want to do yard work." One chat guest offered to send her electric hedge trimmers.
Couple that with cheaper everything — internet connections, smart phones, web camera equipment — and a proliferation of streaming websites, and many web cam "stars" were born.
One model might even be your neighbor, though you wouldn't know it unless you were trolling for sex services online.
In the aftermath, many performers had no choice except to go independent and into web cam work, said Stephen Yagielowicz, of the adult-industry trade magazine XBiz.
"Performers had to learn to rely on themselves, " Yagielowicz said. Camming was the perfect vehicle." And with that came the rise of websites such as You Porn and Pornhub, which generally earn money from advertising while letting people watch X-rated video clips for free.