I’ve created my own little community within this giant community. And the reward is, you get to see me naked every once in awhile.
«I still shoot movies — adult film — I webcam, I feature dance, we have a cam house here in Vegas, which is our house,» she says. «And that’s pretty much the main stuff, but it comes with a bunch of other things here and there. You know, like custom videos and just all that. It’s crazy. Like I can’t even sometimes. I don’t even know what I did yesterday because of how much we do.»
Camming offers a nearly endless supply of revenue streams. Models are only limited by their own inhibitions, time and motivation. In addition to adult films, Marie regularly performs at strip clubs as a feature dancer, solicits gifts from fans via an Amazon wish list and records videos scripted and commissioned by her fans. During our visit, she and Spade will also take a break to entertain a pitch for a reality television show.
As cam models go, Marie is as close as you can get to a bona fide star. She admits that her time in adult films set the stage for the success that she’s experienced, but it also cemented her audience’s expectations.
«I can’t compare myself to the regular cam models that haven’t done adult films,» she says. «My guys are gonna expect me to do something more crazy than a girl playing video games or something. Like I’m not going to make any money from a guy that’s watched my scenes just playing a video game.»
From the early days of Jennicam, webcamming has been as much about the promise of the eventual money shot as it has been about all of the moments in between. With the tools of production in the hands of the models, they decide what those moments look like. «
Holland says she loves it «because it gives so many more girls so many more opportunities to do what they want with their bodies
Models can be as hardcore or reserved as they want, but everyone I’ve spoken with says it’s all about giving your fans what they want, and, according to Cox, that’s not always an orgasm.
«The majority of it’s just interaction and talking and people spilling their guts to each other. It’s just like psychotherapy, digital psychotherapy.»
Models are known as much for the personality, party tricks and gimmicks as they are for their sexual prowess
«Eighty percent of it is interactivity — if we’re talking about hardcore cams — the final 10 percent is where there’s actually something sexual that happens,» Cox says. «The majority of it’s just interaction and talking and people spilling their guts to each other. It’s just like psychotherapy, digital psychotherapy. I literally used to watch the numbers and watch these people consume the amount they would consume, and it wasn’t anything more than just internet companionship. Like, ‘Hey, click for info let’s press play on this movie at the same time on YouTube and watch it together.’ Play. Press pause. ‘You want to order a pizza? Let’s get a pizza going.’ Pause. Order a pizza. ‘Pizza’s here! Let’s eat pizza.’
The nature of interaction on cam sites has allowed a new breed of adult performers to emerge. Lotts tells me she shot a hardcore scene once. It was a girl-girl scene with Aspen Rae. It wasn’t as profitable as she’d hoped and her fans aren’t looking to her for that sort of hardcore action anyway. As opposed to the «girlfriend experience» or the «porn star experience,» Lotts says she provides her fans with «the best friend experience».