So you’ve decided to give becoming a webcam model a shot. That’s exciting! Lots of work ahead of you. Here’s a startup guide that lists everything you’ll need to get started as a cam model and put you on the path to success.

Webcam Models’ Essentials

High Speed Internet

Get the fastest package within your budget. This will affect the quality of any live streams as well as your upload speeds for any content you want to sell. Recommend using a wired connection, though I got by on wifi for a long time. A better quality connection will lead to easier success.


Just make sure you have something relatively up to date. A decent processor (i5 or i7 with at least 2.5GHz) will be crucial to helping ensure your stream is salable quality. This will also be useful for any photos or video content production you want to work on.

External HD Webcam

Read: Best Webcam For Streaming

While you might be able to make a few bucks with your laptop’s built in camera, you won’t get very far developing your fan base if you’re not streaming in HD quality with an external cam.

Proper Lighting

Even the best webcam won’t do you justice if you’re not streaming in proper lighting. Day light through a window can work, or if you’ll be streaming at night time, you might want to check out a basic lighting kit like this one. The key is to keep your primary light source behind and above your webcam. Try to avoid freaky shadows especially on yo pretty face.

Other Camming Supplies
(if you have the cash)


While not absolutely necessary, a basic toy or two will help you initially to get more interest in shows, since you can have a bit more fun. I recommend a simple vibrator from Pink Cherry or Lelo. Be kind to your body and don’t buy from Amazon (you don’t know where that shit’s been).

Another great option is the Lovense Lush 2, a tip-activated toy that integrates via Bluetooth with a number of the most popular cam sites. It’s very common to see this one in use on Chaturbate- and for good reason!


If you feel good about what you’re wearing, you’ll feel more confident in your appearance on cam. Confidence is sexy. Chances are you already own several items which you can make use of on cam. Sexy doesn’t have to be revealing or constricting (unless you’re into that sort of thing, of course).

If you feel the need to expand on your collection, Amazon is a great place to start. I also tend to shop on sites like Shein and AliExpress for some great deals on cute outfits. Those generally take a while to arrive which is why I’d definitely start with Amazon or even a local thrift shop to get you started!


Wigs are a lot of fun if you’re into that sort of thing!

Pretty masks are also an option if you’re concerned about your identity (the eyes kind not the covid kind lol). Any costumes that interest you will also interest your future followers, so have fun with it.

The most important thing is that you’re comfy.

Set Up For Success &
Plan Your Brand Strategy

Set up your workspace. (Speaking of comfy.)

You should have a dedicated space to set up for webcam modeling. Whether it’s a bed, couch, or a real roll-y chair. Make sure you have everything you need within reach (towelettes, grown-up towels, toys, vape, something to drink, and anything else you might need for your session plan).

Bonus points if you have:

  • space to move around, get up and dance, etc.
  • privacy from the outside world (close your blinds!)
  • most importantly, luxurious comfort.

Take some hot pics.

  • Head shot.
    • Smile!
  • ID.
    • You’ll need a scanned copy or clear photo of your government issued ID for the application process. As long as you are going through a reputable site, this isn’t something to be concerned about.
  • You holding your ID.
  • Okay, now to the HOT PICS lol
    • While you’ve got the cameras out, take a fun assortment of profile and full body photos (non nude or as risque as you like) for later use. You can sell photo sets and use them to make your profiles stand out.

Pick a name.

Not any name. Pick carefully. Do your research, and really think about the brand you’re creating.

Read: How to Choose the Best Cam Name

Pick a cam site.

Currently, Chaturbate is the top recommended site for beginners and experienced models alike. It’s also where I cam and I do highly recommend the platform.

Read: Best Cam Sites for Making Money Online

Claim your Twitter handle.

Match your performer name as closely as possible to make it easy for future fans to find your account. This is where you’ll keep folks up to date on your cam schedule and any content you put out, as well as continuously foster connections with the cool people you meet.

Set up profiles.

Outline your personality and interests, come up with a basic Tip Menu of things you’d love to do in exchange for tokens. Think of the kind of people you’re interested in connecting with, and get creative.

Check out other models’ profiles. Never copy, but find inspiration!

If you’re using Chaturbate to start out, you can design a simple image in a tool like Canva, then simply embed the image(s) onto your page using the HTML editor. Most cam sites don’t allow this much freedom and you’ll just be filling out text fields.

Either way, we’ll discuss building great camming profiles in more detail soon.

Start Broadcasting

This might be the hardest part but I believe in you! Press that Start Broadcasting button for the first time. Just do it. As a new model, you’ll get extra traffic for your first few days so take advantage of that exposure and log as much time as possible.

(On Chaturbate this period lasts 7 days.)

Just remember, you don’t have to do or be anything other than what comes naturally to you.

During the early stages, your only goals are to show up, be yourself, and have fun getting to know your future followers.

Don’t expect to be rolling in cash early on, or – let’s be realistic – ever.

Camming is hard work! But if you stick with it and take it seriously, webcam modeling can be a highly rewarding (and profitable) road to embark on.

Good luck! If you need anything, comment fields are open and I’ll be happy if I can help you out in any way.


Join the Conversation

  1. You’re totally right, I thought I was ready until I had to press the start broadcast button. I tended up taking me a few days to get there but it sure was worth it

  2. I just need to work on my lighting and I’m good to go. I don’t wanna make a bad first impression with poor lighting

  3. What advice would you give to someone who started camming, did it a few times, stopped and 8 months later decide they wanted to start again with the fear that gaining an audience would be difficult and all followers would be lost

    1. Any followers you might have gained last time you did a few sessions will come back if they really liked you, but it’s never too late to start camming regularly to build up your audience and there’s no better time than the present.

  4. Have both Lush 2 and Lush 3, the latter being my fave not only because of the extra hours of play but for its curved antenna, it really hits the g spot. Now I need to go through your checklist, thanks a million for all these details, I missed so many of these steps.

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