Even women with moderately reliable camming incomes, like Bambi, can sometimes earn hundreds of dollars and other times nothing at all.
(The sites that host the rooms take a significant cut of the models' tips; MFC has one of the most generous policies, taking 40 percent.) It's especially hard to calculate income when you consider how infrequently successful cam girls work.
She's wearing a little black dress and drinking merlot from a shatterproof wineglass one of her viewers sent her after she'd broken a real one on camera.
She makes almost 0 in the 45 minutes I'm with her, and she doesn't do much besides talk to me (offscreen) about camming.
Most of her viewers right now are her "friends," who seem happy just to hang out, listen to her talk, and reminisce about their shared stories. "People still come into my room asking about the coffee stand," says Eevie.
"Everyone misses it." Eevie got her start camming by setting up her laptop inside the bikini barista drive-through espresso stand she was working at, which is apparently a novelty to people around the world. Like, 'Holy shit, there's a girl in her underwear in public.'" The rules have changed since then.
("Eevie Lain" is her screen name.) Generally speaking, models get tipped via tokens (which translate to real cash) to masturbate on camera, but they can also create "topics" that aren't sexual at all.Men, however, make very little, which is why they compose such a tiny sliver of the internet's camming population.Many sites, including MFC, the largest hosting site with more than 100,000 models and more than one million members, won't even allow male models—they'd rather invest their bandwidth in women.He said one guy described the experience as "less like a strip club and more like a pub with a hot bartender who everyone wants to make laugh," which seems pretty accurate.Another described the models as "therapists who get naked." "I think the main appeal, for both models and members, is the instant connection," Dunne wrote in an e-mail. Camming is like love on tap, and as the community grows and evolves, it only becomes more nuanced and plentiful." o what's the money like?