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.
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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'll need to submit some sort of identification proving your age, but with standards low, laws international, and documents scanned, forging such a thing is a cinch, making underage cam girls a real problem. Trying to find who actually owns it is dizzying: The domain belongs to Flying Crocodile Incorporated, which has a PO box in Seattle.Streamate sells its models through a variety of repackaged and re-skinned websites, like Porn Hub Live — using the site's well-known brand as an easy in with porn consumers. Job openings point to a nebulous firm called Naiad Dev, also based in Seattle (and hosted by Flying Croc).Whatever the case, you'll have to stream yourself through a web cam portal, one of the massive sites that catalogues thousands of models and acts as a go-between between customer and model.Next, you'll need to decide which cam network to use.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.