Things You’ll Need: Essentials
Internet. High speed.
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.
As long as you have something relatively up to date, it’s unlikely you’ll need to upgrade right now. We’ll discuss specs in more detail on a future post.
While you might be able to make a few bucks with your laptop’s built in camera, you won’t get very far with developing your fan base if you’re not streaming in HD quality with an external cam.
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.
Things You’ll Need: Fun Extras (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. I have a post on this subject in the works which I’ll publish soon. Check back!
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 sexual. But if you feel the need to expand on your collection, Amazon is a great place to shop for sexy thangs.
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. Any costumes that interest you will also interest your future followers. The most important thing is that you’re comfy.
Things To Do:
Set up the space. Speaking of comfy…
You should have a dedicated space to set up for webcam modeling. Whether it’s a bed, couch, or a really roll-y chair. Make sure you have everything you need within reach (think towelettes, actual towels, silicone appendages, drinking water).
Bonus points if you have:
- space to move around, get up and dance, etc.
- a bit of privacy.
- most importantly, your comfort.
Take some pictures.
- Head shot.
- Not that kind, ya nerd.
- 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.
- While you’re at it, 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, or just use them to make your profile cooler.
Pick a name.
Not any name. Pick carefully. We’ll discuss this in more detail later.
Sign up on Chaturbate.
Currently, Chaturbate is the top recommended site for beginners and experienced models alike. It’s also where I cam and I personally highly recommend the platform.
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 model profiles for inspiration, but don’t plagiarize anything. We’ll discuss this in more detail.
Start your broadcast.
The hardest part might be pressing 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.