Setting up for your first webcam modeling job is easy and dirt cheap. Just follow these basic guidelines to set yourself up for success!
Either a desktop or laptop will work fine.
Minimum 400MHz processor and 256Mb of RAM. In other words, any non-ancient computer will work just fine for starting out.
Once you get going and start to see the money coming in, you might want to consider upgrading to something with a better processor (like Intel i5 or better) and designated sound card, if you don’t already have that. This would help to produce a more professional sound and image quality, but it’s definitely not necessary as a new model.
A high speed connection is a must-have here, whether it’s DSL or cable or whatever. The better the upload speed, the better quality stream you’ll be broadcasting, and customers are more likely to pay for better quality. I recommend at least 1 Mb of upload speed. I work with around 1.6 Mb upload and I never have any complaints about my quality. Test your connection speed here.
You need a webcam to be a webcam model. Shocker, right? lol. Well, you’ll need an HD webcam to be more specific.
I started with the Logitech HD Webcam C525, but you can use anything that streams in at least 720p HD. You can expect to invest around $40-$50 here if you don’t already have a good quality webcam.
When you’re ready to go further, check out the Logitech Conference Cam BCC950. It’s fucking sweet. Full HD and remote control so you can zoom/pan. A lot of the top models use this one, and it looks really nice on cam. A bit more expensive, but worth looking into if you have the money to spend.
Comfy Space to Work
A bed or couch will work great for camming. Your clients want to see you in your own space, so don’t try to look like you’re in a studio. One early mistake I made was hanging a solid coloured backdrop behind me, and I totally looked like I was in a studio! So, don’t do that lol. Make it look nice, and just keep it generally simple and uncluttered.
While your surroundings are important, you are the focus. If you are comfy, you are happy. If you are happy, you are confident. If you are confident, you are gorgeous and your customers want you.
And, well, if that’s the case, then you are also making money, ha.
A lot of resources for webcam models make this way more complicated than it actually is. You’ll probably do some experimenting with lighting to find what works for you in your space. Just keep this basic template in mind:
Just try to avoid major shadows, keep the lights more-or-less at eye level, and go with your gut. Try out different lighting with your webcam turned on (not while you’re working! lol) and find a setup that makes you (more) beautiful. If you plan to cam during the day, a window can be a great alternative to one of your light sources.
Alright, so you’ve got your setup ready. NOW you can totally get on cam, right?
Absolutely! If you’re eager to start making money, feel free to pick a cam site and start the application process.
In the meantime, check back in with the Tips page for important information, ideas, and tips that will help you to be as successful as you want to be.
If you want it, work for it. You can have it.
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