That's a tough stab at making a living, even with your clothes on. How did they wind up these poorly furnished, fluorescent-lit rooms in this oversaturated, low-res corner of the web? She says it with a serious voice that sounds a little tired.So who are these tireless women (or girls), these internet sex pioneers? I don't know her real name, and I don't get the feeling she's willing to tell.
All that's available is a semi-robotic technical support chat, which fields basic questions about how to use the site and credit card processing. You'll get your split — typically around 35-percent, but sometimes upwards of 70 — siphoned to you via an innocuous credit card processing site like CCBill, while the site takes the rest of the cut. Some sites, like Streamate, allow actual sex to the point of orgy, while others limit your act to a solo show.
You can do whatever you think will earn cash in the form of dollars-per-minute private shows or instant "tips". You're up against tens of thousands of women (and men, to a lesser degree) offering the same product in varying versions. "There's a lot of burnout in this industry," Domino tells me over the phone from one of the three houses she owns in Wisconsin — one of them a lakefront property outside of Madison.
You're still working through, say, My Free Cams, but instead of only giving MFC a cut of your take, the studio owner takes a piece as well. If you don't stick to your mandatory hours, you'll be fired.
You'll also be potentially living with strangers in conditions beneath the grimiest motel.
But a recent tax bust against Live Jasmin's Hungarian CEO Gattyán György — one of the richest men in Hungary — and his corporation, Dolcer Holdings, shows just how muddled the corporate picture is. My Free Cams, one of the most popular of the cam portals, has a domain registered to a Leo Radvinsky, and a legal contact in the Netherlands. (Click to expand) But if you don't have this luxury — like a lot of girls across the world — you'll likely work for a "studio".
If you've got your own hardware and connection, you can essentially be self-employed, putting aside the big chunk each site will take out of your earnings. Here's the cam setup from one Romanian model I spoke with at length. That's basically a euphemism for another person's computer (probably a man), in front of which you'll perform on a tight schedule.They all offer more or less the same "service:" You supply the body, the network supplies the eyeballs — and takes a cut of what your viewers pay.Each network will ask you to fill out a brief bit of biographical information — list your interests, and try to sound fun — and then check a box or pull down a menu saying that you're 18 or above.But the company's custodian of records is one Rena Erotocritou, employed by "Ariel Secretaries Limited", a ghost of a company based out of Cyprus.The massive Live Jasmin would have you believe it's owned by "Gestao e Investimentos, Lda", a company based in an autonomous region of Portugal — and has a host of fraud complaints lodged against one of its subsidiaries.You've seen them sitting at their keyboards, wearing barely anything, winking at you, typing to nobody in particular with thin, lethargic arms: bored and conventionally beautiful.