We interviewed Jesse Quinn (aka Quinn69), Canadian webmaster and camgirl based in the Caribbean. She has been working in the online adult industry for the past 15 years and has graciously agreed to answer some questions about her experience.
Question: “Let’s talk about the early days and learning how to run your business. What were some of your biggest challenges?”
“I think my biggest challenge starting out was that at the time I only used the internet for email and school research.
I didn’t even know how to use yahoo messenger service when I first left the big box sites and switched to independent camming 13 years ago.
Also, at the time I didn’t know about camgirl forums and groups so I started out on a couple of really lame sites as I didn’t know any better.
All in all it was a pretty steep learning curve.”
Question: “Can you identify any ideas you once held about the adult industry, and how your own work has changed or affected these?”
“I don’t think my ideas about the industry changed, as I never even thought about camming until I decided to try it.
Also I had already worked as a DJ in a strip club for a few years (on a forged ID) and also had done a lot of outreach with high risk street level sex workers, both starting when I was in my mid-teens.
My introduction to adult/sex work was through the women who work in the biz. My ideas about sex work were shaped by their experiences long before I bought a webcam.”
Question: “How has your work in the adult industry changed you as a person or affected your personality?”
“I definitely have a lower tolerance level for bullshit, but that tolerance was pretty low to begin with.
Beyond that I don’t think camming has changed me much, if at all. Over 15 years everyone changes but I can’t ascribe any one change to the adult industry. “
Question: “How has your work changed or affected your personal relationships with family and friends?”
“Not at all. I’ve always been open with my fam, friends and my partner about my work and they’re proud of me for doing well with it.
My dad can’t check out my websites as my tits are all over them but beyond that, to them it’s just a job. I suspect I’d face far more concern/judgement if had I decided to become a Veep for an oil company or something.
On the partner tip, when I first started camming I did almost exclusively couples shows with him (before I realized solo shows were way more lucrative for me) so we got started in the biz together.
I’m not ‘out’ to my partner’s family (except my beloved MIL) but they are not a significant part of my life and know pretty much nothing about me.”
Question: “What do you love and hate about your choice of occupation?”
“I love the freedom to work whenever I want, and from wherever I want (I’ve lived in 4 nations in the past 6 years and never had to worry about finding work).
I love the money and knowing that my financial future is secured.
I love the creativity I can bring to my work.
I love choosing who to see as a client.
I hate, loathe, despise chargebacks.”
Question: “Our society has a lot opinions about sex work. Tell us something about you or your work that would surprise someone who doesn’t know better.”
“I think it would be surprising to some (a group getting smaller every year) that online adult work does not conform to the same stat quo definitions of sexual attractiveness and desirability as say, a strip club back in the 90s where you had to be thin, blonde with large breasts and look as young as possible to succeed.
In terms of the general online-porn consuming public, some still seem to believe that adult work is a low-skill job. While the barrier to entry is low, the truth is that to succeed long term in this industry intelligence, creativity, a strong work ethic and business acumen are essential. Some still assume that sex workers have no other viable career options and ‘reduced’ to this work (the ‘you’re so smart, why do you do this?’ crowd). Eff that noise.
I also think it would be surprising to some how many women are clients and supporters of adult work. “
Question: “Every sex worker has stories. Share one!”
“My fav memory is the skype party a bunch of my clients threw for me when I graduated from uni.
They had all known each other from my first big box site and it was an extremely lucrative and awesome experience. Each one wore something purple (my fav color), it was adorable.
Some of my clients have been with me for over a decade, through huge life changes on all sides. A lot of those changes we have celebrated or endured together.”
Question: “What do you think is the most important piece of wisdom you could possibly impart on someone just getting started in the industry?”
“Avoid 3rd party payment wallets. They all crash eventually.
Save your money, not just for taxes but for short term and long term savings. Protect your financial future and pay yourself first.
Never do anything that would make you ashamed or uncomfortable.
No one can waste your time unless you let them.”
Final Question: Where can folks connect with Jesse Quinn?
Directory site I run with a partner (also a camgirl):